British Virgin IslandsIdeal for the first-time charterer, families, non-sailors and old salts. Colorful harbors rest every-where; there's fantastic snorkeling, wreck-diving, hikes, history, charming people, steel-bands, balmy trade-wind nights, secluded beaches, a little rainforest....Before shanghai-ing a friend and sailing for Hawaii, hook them--go to the BVI!
Private charters are welcome at normal yacht rate.
FLOTILLA ITINERARY: To take advantage of weather or cultural events, the flotilla coordinator may alter the itinerary.
Day 1: Chart and boat briefing at 9am. Then sail for The Bight at Norman Island (aka--Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island). Venture into the Treasure Point caves at by dinghy or snorkel. Meet the crews at the (still floating) SS William Thorton at 5:30pm.(S,A,D,H)
Day 2: Sail windward to the forgotten Salt Island. Snorkel or dive on the HMS Rhone resting in 30'-80'--the perfect introductory dive. Rendezvous at Trellis Bay, Tortola for island food and music...(S,A,D,H)
Day 3: Spend the day at The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Under-the-palms pot-luck party at high noon. Sail to the BitterEnd, N. Virgin Gorda(S,A,D,H)
Day 4: Kick back and explore the Virgin Gorda Sound playground: snorkel, sailboard, tour the island... Boats sailing to Anegada must leave @ 7:30am.(S,A,D,H)
Day 5: It's a downwind sail to Cane Garden Bay, once the home of the flotilla leader. Visit Quito (keeto) at the Ole Works for dinner, drinks and music. (S, D, H)
Day 6: Take an easy day and night in Cane Garden Bay. Go for an early morning swim, then tour Tortola--journey to the rainforest, meander to the rum distillery. (S,A, H)
Day 7: Spend the day marooned on Green Cay. Overnight at Little Harbor for lobster at Abe's. Hike to Great Hbr after dinner. (S,A,D,H)
Day 8: Sail for the spectacular underwater colors of the Indians. Drop anchor back at Norman Is. and plan your escape. (S, A, D, H) Wed. Dec 3: From Norman, it's a short sail back to the Moorings' base. Enjoy an early morning snorkel. Fly out that afternoon, later that week, or quit your job and live - island style. (S,A,D,H)
S = swim or snorkel spot
D = place to dine ashore
A = exceptional dive spot
F = good fishing
H = nice hike
Note for the log: Extra charter days can added to suit.
Our 3-7 boat flotilla vacations welcome individuals, couples and private groups. We share in the sailing as well as the fun. The lead boat will have a local BVI Captain All other boats will need a competent skipper and at least 1 competent crew.
Prices are based on 4-6 crewmembers @ double occupancy.Likely the lead boat will be a Cat. All trips include at least 1 preparation parties.
The Boats are fully-equipped Moorings yachts: 2-3 double cabins, sleep 5-10; 4 is very comfortable. main salon berth(s), elect. anchor windlass, dinghy, outboard, full linen...
Dining: Easy-on-the-cook provisioning plan includes all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and 1-2 dinners. Yachts come equipped with complete galleys and stern barbecues. Dining ashore is available at most locations.
Private charterers Welcome! Looking for discounts, but not the company, no problem. Meet at the mid-charter party or sail away, and we'll see you on the flight home. The costs depend on the season, size of boat and crew. Call for the details.