Welcome to “Natures Little Secrets”. High up the Caribbean chain, the BVI boasts a year round season, with cool trade winds and warm seas in the winter, and deserted harbours in the summer. Overnight anchorages can range from being filled with lively bars, spilling out on to the bay, to quiet anchorages shared with fish and sea birds alone.
Suggested seven night itinerary
Below is a suggested route to give you a taste of what the BVI has to offer. Your captain will be happy to plan the ideal route for your group, dependent on your interests and activity level, the current weather and ground sea conditions, and any local events such as Full Moon parties, Lobster Fest or our world renowned regattas.
Meet your crew in Soper’s Hole, West End at noon and, after a quick orientation, set off for the historical pirate haven of Norman Island. Explore the beautiful underwater coral garden at the Indians, or snorkel deep in to the Caves, where the rumours of hidden treasure abound. After your first night of cocktails and dinner aboard, the more adventurous can head ashore to the famous floating “Willy T” while the rest of the group stargaze from the spacious front deck of the boat.
This morning we start heading up the Sir Francis Drake channel, motoring past Peter Island and on to Salt Island, where snorkeling over the Wreck of the Rhone (or scuba diving through the wreck with Sail Caribbean Divers) is an experience to remember. Going ashore, you can see the original salt ponds from where a 1lb bag is sent to the Queen in payment for rent each year. Next we head to Cooper Island and hope to swim with turtles right in the harbour, or head out to Cistern Point to snorkel or standup paddle board over the reef.
An early start gets us to the large granite boulders of the world famous Baths, to explore the grottoes and caves, and then an easy hike through the rocks to the stunning Devil’s Bay. We head on up to Gorda Sound, home to a host of exclusive villas and resorts with lots of activities and hiking trails ashore. SUP or kayak directly from the boat, or for the more daring, try fly-boarding with Blue Rush, then head to shore for happy hour at Saba Rock where you can experience the frenzy of the tarpon feeding!
This morning we head out to the “drowned” coral island of Anegada renowned for its endless white, sandy beaches, and local spiny lobster. If you are feeling adventurous, hire scooters and explore the completely flat island, passing flamingos on the ponds, and indigenous rock iguanas being raised in the head start nursery. Anegada is also an ideal location for bone fishing and beach combing, and the perfect end to the day is a delicious lobster dinner at Anegada Reef Hotel.
After a post breakfast snorkel, today we head back to Virgin Gorda, to spend the night alongside at the hip Leverick Bay Resort where we can arrange a land tour to visit the National Park, Gorda Peak and the Copper Mine, and finish the afternoon sipping a “bushwhacker” at Hog Heaven while taking in the panoramic view.
As we cruise back west, a day stop at the Dog Islands allows for more reef snorkeling or a lunch time exploration of Marina Cay. We’ll spend the evening (swells permitting) in Cane Garden Bay, where you can enjoy the local sounds of Quito, visit Callwoods, the last operating rum distillery in the BVI , or just enjoy a walk on the long, white sandy beach.
A straight run across to Jost van Dyke, and time for a hike out to the Bubbly Pools on the north shore, or an easy circumnavigation on foot of Sandy Spit, the quintessential dessert island. We will overnight in Great Harbour, home to world famous “Foxy’s” and some quaint shops and bars strung along the beach, ideal for a barefoot, sunset evening exploration.
After breakfast and a quick run over to White Bay and the Soggy Dollar or the new Hendos Hideout, we head back to Soper’s Hole for your 12:00 disembark. Soper’s Hole is home to a host of gift shops like Sunny Caribbee and is a great stepping off point back to the USVI. Or, if you are leaving out of the Beef Island airport, stop by Aragorn’s Studio for some unique island gifts and an “awesome fish sandwich” lunch at Jeremy’s Kitchen.