Sailing Itinerary for the British Virgin Islands
Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation with TradeWinds. Weather or other outside factors may
mean that your Captain sets an alternative course. The decision on whether to include a trip to Anegada is made on a weekly basis, to
allow for weather and sea conditions.
Check-in is until 4 pm, with embarkation at 5p.m. You will be greeted by our base managers, who will take you through the embarkation procedure. We kindly urge guests to arrive by 4 pm in order to check in and board at 5 pm which will help us be able to cast off our bow lines and set sail before sunset. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can check in and drop off your luggage at our office and then relax by one of the bars or restaurants, or by the pool - or even by the beach on the marina grounds . Once you board the boat you will be introduced to your crew and fellow sailors. After a refreshing welcome cocktail onboard, you will be shown to your cabin and helped to settle in. Providing all guests have arrived timely we will be setting sail to magical Peter Island across the sound, where a delicious dinner will be served onboard.
Cruising Day 1
After a scrumptious breakfast, you can enjoy your first amazing snorkelling, or scuba diving experience. Later this morning we then set sail for Cooper Island. You are very welcome to try your hand at handling the yacht, and helping with the sails, but - if that’s not your style - just lie back and relax! The choices are yours! After a delicious lunch, we cruise around to Manchioneel Bay, where you can snorkel, kayak or spend some time ashore, on one of the BVIs most beautiful beaches. The water is crystal clear and teeming with tropical fish and reef life, just waiting for you to explore. Later in the afternoon, we raise the sails again and head up the Sir Francis Drake Channel to the paradise island of Virgin Gorda. We anchor in St Thomas Bay and enjoy dinner under the stars.
Cruising Day 2
After breakfast, we take a short trip by dinghy to The Baths - the most renowned, natural feature in the BVIs. The Baths are a collection of giant boulders which form spectacular pools and grottos. The huge boulders and rocks form a maze that leads to Devil's Bay Beach. Here you can spend a memorable day, snorkelling in the clear blue water around the boulders and chilling out on the beach. Alternatively, you can clamber through a huge tunnel and inside (and under) the large caves, which have been created over the years by natural erosion.
After lunch at the Baths, there's time to enjoy more snorkelling in the warm, sheltered pools around the rocks, or to visit the beautiful marina at Spanish Town and shop in local stores and boutiques. Later, we sail to North Sound, the BVIs favourite playground. The protected waters here lend themselves to every possible water sport - including windsurfing, hobie cats and kayaking. Perhaps, some of you sailors may feel like playing volleyball on the beach? After all this activity, well deserved sun downers are mixed, followed by another delicious dinner onboard. Lie back and relax under a beautiful star-filled sky, while listening to the sounds of the Caribbean steel drums from Saba Rock, or the waves lapping against the shore at Vixen Point.
Cruising Day 3
Following breakfast, we pay a visit to the quaint, Bitter End Yacht Club or Leverick Bay, before we set sail for the Dog Islands. A stop at Great Dog enables a SCUBA dive of The Chimneys, or snorkelling above the arches and canyons, where you will be entranced by the soft coloured corals and the variety of fish. After lunch we have a leisurely, downwind sail to Marina Cay. With its brightly coloured villas and tropical flowers, it is, undoubtedly, the most spectacular cay in this region. Snorkel on Diamond Reef and then enjoy an evening stroll around the island. During high season the "Pirate Show" is a must! After another enjoyable day of snorkelling and diving, dinner is taken ashore - at the world famous, Pusser's Landing, where a pre-dinner Pusser's "pain killer" should not be missed.
Cruising Day 4
Before breakfast we set sail to Trellis Bay. You can enjoy breakfast there, and afterwards you can enjoy a short visit to the arts and crafts studios in Trellis Bay. It's then only a short trip over to Monkey Point (off Great Camanoe Island) for snorkelling and kayaking. Here, you can also watch the aerial shows provided by the vast numbers of pelicans, which live and nest along the cliff walls. After lunch, we set sail for the island of Jost Van Dyke and the picturesque Diamond Cay. Step ashore and check out the boutique at "Foxy’s Taboo", before frolicking in the world famous, geological wonder, called the "Bubbly Pool." This is like a natural jacuzzi and can be quite invigorating when the tide is in!
Enjoy dinner on board this evening. Later, you may feel inclined to spend a few hours ashore, at "Foxy's" - one of the Caribbean's favourite hangouts. The light pollution from the islands is virtually non-existent at this anchorage, so you may want to finish off a truly fantastic day, with a night-cap on deck - and some amazing stargazing, with your fellow guests and crew.
Cruising Day 5
While you are still asleep in your cabin, your Captain will set off for either Sandy Spit, or Sandy Cay, so that you can put the "first footsteps in the sand". Use the time after breakfast to swim, snorkel, or take the kayak ashore for some more exploring. A beautiful sail through Thatch Island Cut leads us to the original Dutch settlement of Soper's Hole. Once ashore, you can admire the amazing architecture of some of the best shops and boutiques on the island - and have the opportunity to purchase the infamous Pusser's Rum! After lunch onboard just a stone's throw from Norman Island, and beside Pelican Island, is a wonderful place named "The Indians". From a distance, these four tall rock formations look somewhat like an Indian headdress - hence their name! There will be ample time to snorkel and scuba dive here, in one of the BVIs most popular spots. The Bight, at Norman Island, is a sheltered bay which provides an idyllic overnight anchorage. Now you can relax with your favourite cocktail and enjoy another great dinner onboard. Your main course might just be the fish we caught earlier in the day! Some of you (the ones with excess energy!) may wish to pay a visit later to the infamous "Willy T" (the William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant) where you're guaranteed to have a raucous good time!
Cruising Day 6
An early move to the west side of Norman Island, offers an ideal opportunity to snorkel in three water-level caves, at the base of the cliffs. The caves push deeply into the cliffs, so that the darkness makes the experience like a night dive. There is a documented history of pirates' treasure having been stowed in these caves - so keep your eyes peeled! A sail up the Sir Francis Drake Channel brings us to Salt Island, so named after its salt ponds - which were once an important resource in the BVIs. Here, you can snorkel above, or scuba dive down to the wreck of The Rhone - the Royal Mail steamer which sank in October 1867. You may remember the Rhone from the movie "The Deep", starring Nick Nolte. This spectacular wreck is recognized as the best wreck dive in the Caribbean and is the jewel in the diving crown of the BVI. If you prefer to snorkel, the aft of the ship lies in very shallow waters, offering a unique viewing experience of the varied fish species and corals. After lunch we set sail for our home base in Tortola - just in time for those powerful sundowners! A quick change, and we’re ready to go ashore to a nearby restaurant, for our last dinner on this trip.
After a last tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your wonderful memories of a week in this most beautiful environment. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport. Already you will be planning your next cruise with Alizes Charters