Chartering in the British Virgin Islands
-Scorpio's suggested Iterary
The BVIs are the perfect choice for a charter destination with lots to do and only short hops between idyllic anchorages. The sailing can be as challenging as you want it to be, short and sweat for those with less experience of living on a yacht or a thrash out to sea in the trade winds for those who have grown up with sea legs!
For those guests who do not choose to scuba dive there are plenty of alternative activities and places to visit on your cruise – and we are just as happy to cater for them. All our guests get to choose the pace of life – filling their days (and nights) with activity or taking things easy.
Day 1: Beef Island - You will be met by your crew at the airport and taken the short distance to Trellis Bay where Scorpio is moored. Once aboard you will have time to settle in before a welcome aboard cocktail and your evening meal.
Day 2: Virgin Gorda – This morning, after breakfast, we set sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel (sailing time 2hrs) to the south west tip of Virgin Gorda where we anchor off the Baths. Here you can snorkel in the large pools among the formations of massive granite boulders where the shafts of light cause fascinating visual effects. After enjoying your lunch in the cockpit, it’s up with the anchor and a sail north along the western shore of the island, through the reef passage and into North Sound. This sheltered lagoon is ideal for settling down for the evening to relax and enjoy your meal.
Day 3: – This morning we move Scorpio the short distance to the islets called the Dogs - For those guests who dive there are some great sites here including “The Chimney”, “Bronco Billy” or the nearby “Mountain Point”, the snorkelling is great too. Or, weather permitting, we could dive the “Invisibles” off the nearby Necker Island (which incidentally is the private retreat of the entrepreneur Richard Branson). For guests who would prefer a walk the lovely view from Eustatia Sound is worth the effort.
After lunch we set sail for Anegada (sailing time 2hrs), the most northerly of the BVIs whose highest point is only 28ft above sea level and is fringed by mile after mile of white sandy beaches. We anchor behind the reef off Setting Point and from here you can spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water or talk a stroll ashore along the beach.
Day 4: - Starts with a leisurely breakfast and when you are ready a fast sail south with the wind to the island of Jost Van Dyke (named after a Dutch pirate who used it as his base). For the more adventurous scuba divers, weather permitting, there is the wreck of the Chikuzen to investigate along the way. This 250ft refrigerated, long line fishing vessel lies in 85ft of water about 8 miles south west of Anagada. Less frequented by the local dive schools, it offers a fantastic dive with the possibility of seeing pelagic fish, including sharks, though because of its exposed position it can only be dived in calm weather.
We anchor off Green Cay or Sandy Cay, archetypal desert islands, off the north eastern tip of Jost Van Dyke, here you can indulge in a spot of beachcombing, snorkel on the shallow reef surrounding the Cay or take a stroll ashore on Jost Van Dyke to have a dip in the “Champagne Pool” – where the incoming surf rushes through a gap in the rocks to create a natural Jacuzzi. For the scuba divers there’s the “Playground” or “Twin Towers” to explore. Later in the afternoon we move the yacht a short distance to Great Harbour, here you can enjoy your evening meal ashore at Foxy’s and if you’re lucky you can dance the night away at a “jump up” on the beach. Alternatively we could go to White Bay, home of the infamous “Soggy Dollar Bar” where the “Painkiller” cocktail was invented.
Day 5: – A leisurely morning, with time for a stroll, swim or just chill and enjoy the ambiance. After lunch we’re off again – for a sail around the southern tip of Tortola, calling in at Soper’s Hole for a browse around the shops. Later we set sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to a beautiful anchorage at Peter Island for the evening with time for a swim before cocktails.
Day 6: – We take the yacht across to Salt Island – only a couple of miles – to dive the wreck of the RMS Rhone. No visit to the BVIs would be complete without taking a look at the world famous wreck of this 310ft Royal Mail Ship which hit disaster here when she foundered in a hurricane in 1887. She has broken into 2 sections and lies in 80ft off Lee Bay.
We then head only a few miles west to Norman Island, reputedly the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island and the site of buried pirate treasure hidden there in centuries past. This evening, instead of cocktails aboard, why not try the fare at Willy T’s – an infamous floating bar/restaurant in the bay.
Day 7: - In the morning, hangovers permitting, you can take a stroll ashore, take a trip around Treasure Point in the dinghy to snorkel in the caves, of course there are plenty more great dives to explore, or you may want to just relax with a good book – there’s plenty aboard.
Later in the afternoon we make our last passage back to Trellis Bay.
Day 8: – This morning there’s time for a stroll ashore and maybe pick up a memento at the local craft shop before you pack and we take you back to the Beef Island airport for your journey home.
Please Note: Your Captain may change the itinerary, depending on weather, timescale and of course your personal choice. Many variations can be made to this itinerary depending on your wishes; your Captain will do his best to accommodate them. For instance if you decide you would like to spend another day somewhere along the way, try another dive site, or visit somewhere you've set your heart on but isn't on this itinerary. No problem - just say the word!
You could also choose to enter/leave the BVIs by the fast ferry service to West End (Soper's Hole), having taken a flight to St Thomas in the USVIs. Again, no problem - you will be met at the ferry dock at Soper Hole, your itinerary can be easily be altered to accommodate this.
Scuba divers may wish to revise the itinerary to allow more time for diving - again this easilly accomplished.
All meals are provided for you aboard Scorpio - we will email you regarding preferences once you have confirmed your booking. However we do request that you dine out one evening during your charter, you may of course choose to do so more regularly. We are happy to recommend restaurants which, we hope, will live up to your expectations.
Additional Information: We are happy to help in whatever way we can to add to the enjoyment of your vacation with us - please address any queries you have to your Broker who will then forward them to us.