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British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands
Steady tradewinds, protected anchorages and short hops between islands are just some of the reasons why the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean offers some of the finest and safest sailing in the world.

With over 50 bays, cays and anchorages to visit, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. The main island is Tortola and the next biggest is Virgin Gorda. The majority of the islands, however, are uninhabited, but there’s still a number of great beach bars and restaurants to visit…..spend a lazy afternoon at the Soggy Dollar Bar in tranquil White Bay, Jost Van Dyke…..or fun-packed evening at the legendary Willy T floating bar in The Bight, Norman Island. With no golf courses, multi-storey hotels or gambling facilities, the BVI is ideal for those looking to get away from the hurley burley of everyday life.

The scenery is stunning and with a relatively small cruising area, the BVI is perfect for experienced sailors, and never-evers alike. A private yacht charter in the BVI is ideal for anyone looking to combine a number of water and land based activities, as well as just enjoying the wonderful sailing on offer.

Private yacht charters generally start and end at midday from Village Cay Marina, Tortola. This is a full-service marina which also has a hotel and restaurant.

Watersports in the Virgin Islands
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
With stunningly clear water teaming with marine life and a huge array of colourful fish, The Virgin Islands are justifiably recognised as one of the world’s top scuba diving and snorkelling spots.

If you enjoy blowing bubbles, then the huge choice of wreck and reef dives, including the famous wreck of the RMS Rhone, offers something for every level of diver.

Several charter yachts offer scuba diving from onboard with one of the crew members certified to at least Dive Master level. Where this isn’t the case, the crew will coordinate your scuba diving with one of the many excellent shore-based rendez vous dive companies.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing is one of the fastest growing watersports and blessed with secluded bays and consistently good moderate to strong breezes the BVI offers near perfect conditions for either sports.

With the enormous amount of relative deckspace on which to relax and to store your gear, catamarans are the ideal yacht to charter.

St Lucia is another great destination for kite-surfing and windsurfing.

How to Get There

From UK/Europe

Most people fly to Antigua (direct flights from Manchester and London) and then catch a LIAT flight to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS). The airport is situated nine miles (15km) from Village Cay Marina, Tortola.

From The States

Fly to either Puerto Rico and catch a connecting flight (American Eagle) to EIS or fly to St Thomas. From St Thomas you can get one of the many regular ferries to the British Virgin Islands (which is about a 45 minute trip).

Local Currency
The US dollar is the local currency in both the US and British Virgin Islands. If taking traveller’s cheques, we recommend you keep them in smaller denominations. Major credit cards are generally accepted in the larger restaurants and hotels.

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