BVI Yacht Charters
Explore the Tropical Paradise of the British Virgin Islands
It’s no secret that BVI yacht charters are considered one of the most amazing and unforgettable vacations. Besides the clear turquoise waters, the BVI offer unique culinary experiences, dramatic encounters with marine life, sandy beaches and world’s best beach bars.
There’s so much to enjoy and immerse yourself in – BVI always beats the highest expectations of the worldliest charter guests.
Here are 7 amazing reasons why you should charter a yacht in the BVI:
1. BVI yacht charters are the best way to explore 60 islands and islets
The BVI consist of sixty islands, which are some of the most elite in the world. With no direct flights available from the US, UK, Canada, South America, or Europe, it gives these islands even more exclusivity and a wonderful untouched feel. That’s why the locals have nicknamed these islands “Nature’s Little Secrets.”
Here are our top Must-See islands while on your crewed charter in the British Virgin Islands:
- Tortola: The largest island of the BVI, Tortola’s landscape is a mix of tropical greenery, mountains, and white sandy beaches. Apple Bay offers the best waves for surfing, while Elizabeth Beach is ideal for a relaxing day of sunbathing. Tortola’s main town is Road Town and here you can find sites and landmarks to see that range from historical to artistic to delicious. Most British Virgin Islands yacht charters start and end in Tortola.
- Jost Van Dyke: Jost Van Dyke island was named after a famous Dutch pirate. The atmosphere on this island is not one of rest and leisure, but has been described as “one long island-style happy hour.” Definitely the party island of the archipelago, you can find a bar on every corner. Jost Van Dyke is one of the most popular islands for BVI yacht charters so make sure you make a stop at The Soggy Dollar Bar or the Foxy’s.
- Virgin Gorda: The Baths on Virgin Gorda are consistently rated one of the top 10 destinations in the Caribbean. An amazing blend of stone, sand and palms, the Baths were formed when volcanic eruptions threw boulders the size of your house around like birdseed at a wedding. What was left was a maze that leads you from perfect beach to perfect beach.
- Anegada: The name of this land mass translates to “drowned island,” and at the highest point, Anegada is only 28 feet above sea level. Compared to the surrounding mountainous islands, Anegada is incredibly unique. It was formed by extruded sand from barrier reef and is protected by the horseshoe reef. While Anegada is a little distance away from other islands, it is worth visiting.
- Norman Island: Norman Island is the largest uninhabited island in the BVI and is steeped in pirate legend, thus making it an exciting stop for yacht charters. Norman Island is home to some of the best snorkeling and diving in the BVI at the Indians, the Caves, Angelfish Reef, and Spyglass wall.
- Peter Island: Peter Island is home to the upscale Peter Island Resort, a quiet five-star getaway worth exploring. Peter Island is the perfect stop for a day of tranquility and beautiful tropical nature. You can also lounge on the beach at Deadman’s Bay, in view of Dead Chest Island, the unfortunate home of 15 pirates all those years ago.
- Salt Island: Salt Island was named for its salt ponds but is most famous as the location of a world-renowned shipwreck. The Wreck of The Rhone is one of the most famous dive sites in the world and a must stop for all diving charters. Located off Salt Island, the R.M.S Rhone (Royal Mail Steamer) went down in 1867 in a hurricane and it is now of the most talked about diving sites.
2. Warm weather and gentle breezes offer great chartering year around
The Virgin Islands are in a state of constant summer, with ideal weather and temperatures all year long. With very little change in seasons, you can charter a yacht in the islands virtually year-round and still expect sunshine, warm temperatures, and cooling breezes.
- Summer (June to November): It’s hot with an average temperature around 89ºF and the sea is around 82ºF. It can be humid with unstable weather as it’s tropical storm/hurricane season. Winds are southeasterly between 10 and 20 knots.
- Winter (December to May): You’ll find the day average temperature around 86ºF, but it’s cooler at night around 68ºF. The seas are warm around 78ºF and the weather is stable. Winds are easterly and northeasterly between 15 and 25 knots.
The high season for BVI yacht charters is from mid-December to the end of April when North American and European charter guests arrive in their greatest numbers to escape the cold winters at home.
3. Find Pristine Sandy Beaches at Every Turn
The beaches that surround the BVI are what travel magazines are made of. With a picturesque cove and beach around every corner, there’s ample opportunity to find a little bit of what you fancy, whether it’s seclusion or a more upbeat atmosphere.
You’ll never find huge resorts and tourists fighting over space, and every charter guest enjoys feeling as though they’re the first person to ever discover some of the more secluded beaches. A yacht charter allows you to find the beach of your dreams and then turn right around to find another, one that will likely go beyond your imagination with its beauty!
4. BVI Yacht Charters Let You Dive into Unbeatable Waters
With crystal clear waters, underground trails, and an abundance of sea life, the BVI are one of the most esteemed snorkeling and scuba diving locations across the globe. With stunning reef fish located not far from the coastline, you can dive straight off your boat with your snorkel.
Or get a bit more adventurous with a scuba diving class where you’ll see extraordinary shipwrecks, underwater tunnels and caves, healthy reefs of coral, huge grottoes and boulders, and plenty of underwater life.
5. A Plethora of Water Sports on Your Charter
From your BVI boat charter, you can also enjoy the range of water sports the islands have to offer. From surfing and windsurfing to kayaking and fishing, there’s something for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a novice or an expert.
6. Friendly Locals in the BVI
When you’re chartering around the islands, you needn’t worry about finding somewhere tourist-friendly to stop off at, because every port, no matter how secluded, welcomes charter guests with open arms. With such a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere on each island, the locals make the whole experience of the BVI even more heartwarming and memorable.
You’ll also find everyone is incredibly eco-conscious, with a huge focus on making sure the islands are kept as green as possible. This provides many with a welcome relief from the polluted cities they’ve traveled from.
7. A Full Moon party has a whole new meaning in the BVI
Every month, Trellis Bay, Beef Island, holds a Full Moon Party, and if you’re sailing past on one of these dates, you’ll definitely want to attend.
Vendors line the beach selling arts and crafts, local restaurants offer spectacular buffets and BBQs, and partygoers enjoy poi shows and live calypso music. Then, at midnight when the party’s in full swing, a giant fireball is lit in Trellis Bay.
However, for families who don’t want to stay up too late but want to join in with the fun, there are earlier celebrations that boast all the magic of the full moon.
BVI “Must Do” list for your yacht charter
What will you include on your BVI yachting itinerary? Not sure? Here are a few of our favorite must-do activities and must-see destinations for yacht charters in the BVI:
1. Soggy Dollar Bar – Jost Van Dyke
Of all the BVI’s iconic beach bars, the Soggy Dollar is hands-down one of the best. Not only are the cocktails out of this world – you have to try the bar’s signature Painkiller rum drink – but the setting couldn’t be more idyllic. Swim up and grab a drink (or three.) You’ll dream of the Soggy Dollar long after you go.
2. The Baths – Virgin Gorda
One destination you can’t miss is The Baths. The setting is otherworldly; massive boulders line a mile portion of the beach in Virgin Gorda, creating natural, hidden pools of warm water tucked away behind the rocks. It’s a favorite destination for swimming, snorkeling and just relaxing in the bathtub-warm waters.
3. Foxy’s – Jost Van Dyke
Foxy’s is a bar/restaurant that serves up great food, refreshing drinks and tons of good Caribbean vibes. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch of tasty Caribbean cuisine, or you’d like to try one of the brewed-on-site lagers, this is a must-visit bar on Jost Van Dyke.
4. The Caves – Norman Island
The British Virgin Islands are a snorkeler’s paradise, with beautiful reefs and other destinations to explore. Yet, the Caves on Norman Island is one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the islands. Known for its massive schools of tropical fish, turtles and marine life, as well as tales of sunken treasure, the spot provides fun for the whole family.
5. Wreck of the Rhone – Salt Island
Get your dive gear ready! On Salt Island, you’ll find one of the most truly spectacular diving locations, the RMS Rhone. A beautiful 19th-century steamer, the Rhone tragically sunk during a hurricane in 1867. Today, the site is a National Park, and it’s become one of the most unique diving spots in all of the Caribbean. Located in fairly shallow water, divers from all over come to explore the wreck.
6. Deadman’s Beach – Peter Island
When you picture Caribbean beaches, they look like Deadman’s Beach. Located on Peter Island, the crescent-shaped beach offers a relaxing respite and incredible Caribbean views. Warm breezes blow off the water and through the palms, creating a serene environment for an afternoon escape.
7. The Bubbly Pool – Jost Van Dyke
Take a short hike on Jost Van Dyke to a natural wonder, the Bubbly Pool. Rock formations on the beach have created a pool just off the shore, and during high tide, water rushes in, creating a natural Jacuzzi. And yes, the water really bubbles!
8. The Sandy Spit
The Sandy Spit is the real-life version of a castaway island. Located near Green Cay, the Spit is a natural, tiny sand island, accessible only by yacht. Its remoteness makes this one of the most deserted beaches in the Caribbean, and here, you’ll find stunning views, warm water for swimming, and the perfect place to sunbathe.
9. Hike to the Summit of Gorda Peak
Towering over Virgin Gorda at 1,370 feet, Gorda Peak offers world-class views of the Caribbean and the jungles below. In fact, if there’s one place to hike in the British Virgin Islands, it’s at Gorda Peak National Park. The trail heading up to the peak can be strenuous, but the views are out of this world.
10. Grilled Lobster on Anegada – Anegada
Lobster on Anegada is so celebrated it has earned itself its own festival, with numerous top quality restaurants and bars dising up their specialty to the sound of Caribbean bands and dancers.
Our Selection of BVI Crewed Charter Yachts
Are you looking for BVI yacht charters? Then look no further. Here at Worldwide Boat, we offer everything from a catamaran to a classic sailing boat. We can even organize your itinerary for you, too. This gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the BVI, enjoying the freedom of going from a coastal town to a secluded beach on your own private yacht. For more information or to book your charter, call 305-396-6996 today!