BVI 7 Day Catamaran and Sailing Charter Itinerary - After Irma
7 Day British Virgin Islands Sailing Itinerary - Suitable for BVI Bareboat Sailing Boats and Catamarans
Updated post Irma Hurricane - the BVI is ready for charters again!
Our 7 day BVI itinerary is ideal for both bareboats and crewed catamarans. Your 7 day British Virgin Islands itinerary will begin and end on the island of Tortola, which is easily accesible from neighbouring St Thomas by ferry or plane into Beef Island. The Virgin Islands are the finest crusing grounds in the Caribbean for monohulls and catamarans.
This itinerary will help you experience a bit of everything the BVI has to offer: fantastic snorkelling at the Caves and Indians, secluded beaches and anchorages, some of the prettiest beaches in the world, attractions such as the Baths, and beach bars and clubs such as Soggy Dollar, Foxy's and Pirates.
You will also get the combined advice of the knowledgeable Boatbookings Brokers, who have for over 15 years delivered the finest sailing experience for friends and family. We look forward to helping you maximise your time in the BVI!
Day 1: Tortola to the Bight, Norman Island
Day 1 of your charter is an easy sail through the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Norman Island, passing some of the best snorkelling spots in the BVI. You can snorkel at the Indians, a dramatic series of rocks jutting out of the sparkling cerulean waters approaching Norman Island, or the legendary Caves on which are just around the corner from the Bight anchorage.
With a kaleidoscope of marine life to be discovered, it is no wonder that these caves inspired the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is the perfect way to settle into the island rhythm, finding the perfect anchorage in the Bight to watch your first sunset, cook a great meal, or head ashore to Pirates for island fare such as conch fritters.
Day 2: Norman Island to Peter Island
On Day 2, you will enjoy a gentle sail northeast from Norman Island to Peter Island, with a swim and a snorkel at any one of the 5 paradise beaches. Deadman's Beach is stunning and has numerous turtles you can hang out with on your paddleboard or kayak, and there is often enough surf to enjoy the waves on the white sand beach. For a change of scenery, head around the point to Great Harbour Peter Island for another beautiful setting for your second night onboard - and the new Willy T's should be available there if you want to visit an iconic BVI floating bar and restaurant.
Day 3: Peter Island to Salt & Cooper Island
Day 3 will take you to two of the smaller islands of the archipelago: Salt and Cooper Island. On the south-western tip of Salt Island, you will find the legendary diving spot called the Wreck of the Rhone. Rewind to nearly 150 years ago, when a Royal Mail Ship heading from Southampton to the Caribbean was hit by a devastating storm and sunk, leaving behind this fascinating time capsule. Today you can explore the remaining skeleton surrounded by crystal clear waters and new species of fish. Watch nature in action as more and more of the ship becomes engulfed, bringing her back to life with a spectrum of coloured corals, playful fish and lurking eels.
Day 4: Cooper Island to Ginger Island to the Baths, Virgin Gorda
Day 4 will begin shortly after breakfast on board, passing by the privately owned Ginger Island which rises gracefully from the sea, surrounded by luscious mangroves. Beyond the hilly landscapes of Ginger Island and you will spy the Baths on Virgin Gorda; these natural jacuzzis that fill with seawater will certainly be a hit with both kids and adults. After a fairly complex trail, you will find colourful groves and dramatic granite boulders reaching from the sea up to the clear sky - a stunning reward for the work you put in!
Devils Bay Beach at the south end of the Baths, is absolutely stunning, worth an hour swimming or just enjoying this quintessential Caribbean beach. Spend the night in Long Bay Virgin Gorda for a short sail tomorrow to the North Sound Virgin Gorda. If you're planning on sailing to Anegada, head to the North Sound and skip Long Bay.
Day 5: North Sound Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay, Prickly Pear and Eustatia Islands
Enjoy a slow morning on Virgin Gorda, snorkelling in the crystal clear waters before continuing to the North Sound, a dazzling area of water on the northern tip of Virgin Gorda that is fringed by the smaller islands of Moskito, Prickly Pear and Saba Rock which provide protection for anchorages and exclusive resorts. Because the sound is protected and relatively flat, this is a great place for paddle boarding or windsurfing. Then head for lunch and an afternoon by the pool at Oil Nut Bay Resort.
If you're into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, world-famous Necker Island is owned by Richard Branson and Eustatia Island is owned by Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, both of whom take great pains to build eco-friendly buildings on these islands.
Irma note - North Sound Virgin Gorda was hit directly by the eye of hurricane Irma and sustained significant damage. It is busily rebuilding, but we recommend anchoring next to Prickly Pear Island or around the north bend in the protected, secluded bay before Oil Nut Bay. The Bitter End Yacht Club, which was completely destroyed, is not slated to reopen until 2019.
Day 6: Scrub Island, The Dogs and Jost Van Dyke
Day 6 will be a fantastic sailing day crossing the Sir Francis Drake channel once again past Beef Island Tortola to Scrub Island. Along the way, stop at George Dog, an uninhabited island with a great anchorage and excellent snorkelling.
The Dogs are a series of 5 uninhabited islands at the west end of Sir Francis Drake Channel, named for the barking seals that the original sailors found there (before they ate them). They are best on calm days, as there is often a strong swell given their location at the mouth of the channel.
If your group is looking for a bit of luxury and would enjoy spa treatments, you head to the marina at Scrub Island Resort and Spa. Stop for lunch before continuing towards Manchioneel Bay Little Jost Van Dyke, where you can spend the evening with amazing views. Day 7 has beach bars galore!
Day 7 - White Bay and Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is just a short sail away and the perfect way to spend the final day in the British Virgin Islands. Get to White Bay Jost Van Dyke early in the morning to find the best anchorage before heading onto the beach to sample an original Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar (pictured at the top of this article). Play "hook the ring", get a "cheeseburger in paradise" and read their amazing book about the rebuilding after Irma. Take a walk on the beach to the other famous establishments such as Seddy's One Love. Kids may want to snorkel between the numerous boats anchored just offshore, as you really can find "soggy dollars" that have fallen out of people's pockets as they swim ashore.
As the sun begins to set, head over to Great Harbor for dinner at Corsairs and dancing late into the night at the famous Foxy's. If Foxy isn't playing his guitar, he can often be found in the restaurant and is happy to take a picture with you. He's taken to wearing a "Make America Great Again" red hat these days, but we don't believe it's a political statement and the Blue Staters among the group will be perfectly happy there!
Adventurous? Try Anegada!
If you enjoy open water sailing, white sandy beaches that don't get hot in the sun, secluded beach bars and lobster bbq's on the beach, then consider sailing north to Anegada from Virgin Gorda and spending only one day on Jost Van Dyke! We highly recommend Cow Wreck Beach for afternoon cocktails, and the lobster dinners in the sand in the evening. See our Anegada chartering page for more details!
Get in touch with our team of experienced brokers to start planning your family charter holiday in the British Virgin Islands!