YACHT CHARTER & CRUISE SHOW 2023 Star Clippers to offer debut French Open package in 2023. EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL FIJI ONBOARD 'DE LISLE III' SAIL THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS WITH MALIZIA DURING NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS! SILVERSEA® BROADENS POLAR OFFERING BY UNVEILING 27 NEW SILVER ENDEAVOUR℠ VOYAGES STAR CLIPPERS NEW 'CAPTAIN'S COLLECTION BOLD IN THE BAHAMAS CHARTER ONE-O-ONE IN SYDNEY Northern Lights & Arctic Adventure Photography Expedition STAR CLIPPERS RETURN TO COSTA RICA CHARTER' SEMPER FIDELIS' IN THE CARIBBEAN THIS WINTER CRUISE CORSICA & SARDINIA WITH AURELIA A LUXURY YACHT CRUISE TO The Caribbean & Central America A TAILORED DAY-CHARTER IN THE BALEARIC ISLANDS SEYCHELLES - A YACHT CRUISE TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN CRUISE EXOTIC INDONESIA ON THE 45M 'TIARE' Island Hopping from St Vincent to Grenada with Chillaxin Charters DISCOVER THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE CORAL SEA WITH PONANT CRUISES EXPLORE THE MALDIVES WITH 'ALEXA J' FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW UNDERWAY SEEK THE SUN ON A SUNSEEKER SRI LANKA AND THE MALDIVES: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN CHARTER M/Y PAREAKI IN THE CYCLADES CRUISE THE MAJESTIC MEKONG, ONBOARD EMERALD HARMONY JEANNEAU YACHTS 55 - OFFSHORE CRUISING, PAR EXCELLENCE FROM MARTINIQUE TO MUSTIQUE EXPLORE THE FRENCH RIVIERA - FOR A WEEK OR JUST A DAY Enjoy an Ionian flotilla holiday in 2023 with Nautilus Yachting - now with £100 OFF! A SUPERYACHT CRUISE TO THE EAST CARIBBEAN & GRENADINES A GULET CRUISE TO THE SOUTHERN GREEK ISLANDS Sailing St. Lucia & The Grenadines FOUR SEASONS TO OFFER ULTRA-LUXURY YACHT CRUISES FROM 2025 7 Days in the Exumas onboard 'Arabella' SailEATtalia’s Procida Sail, Wine & Taste of Italy Flotilla. CHARTER 'SURI' IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC SEA STYLE & LAGOON OFFERING FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP PROGRAMME EXPLORATION OF SOUTH AMERICA AND THE ANTARCTIC BALI CATSPACE MY EXPLORE AUSTRALIA'S BEAUTIFUL WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS - A 10-DAY VOYAGE DISCOVER SE ASIA WITH 'CLOUDBREAK' “SUMMER OF MANTAS” AND “WINTER OF WONDERS” WITH FOUR SEASONS EXPLORER A KRAKEN GUIDE TO CRUISING THE BVI CHARTER 'KEYMA' & EXPLORE GREECE WITH SAMBOAT The Galapagos Islands’ first true superyacht experience FLORIDA & THE KEYS - A 5-DAY GETAWAY! OCEANIS 51.1 - THE FIRST OF A NEW GENERATION YACHT RACING AT COWES WEEK 2023! ALL-INCLUSIVE CREWED MINI CRUISE TO ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES Camara C - For a unique Charter in SE Asia Borrow A Boat expands in the USA AN EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE ON THE AZAMARA QUEST Hvar – the ideal boating destination for over 2400 years SUPERYACHT CHARTER 'KING BABY' IN THE BAHAMAS FIVE SECRET CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS! SUPERYACHT 11.11 - A TRULY SPECTACULAR SUPERYACHT CHARTER LAGOON SEVENTY 7 - THE PINNACLE OF SAILING CATAMARANS A CREWED YACHT CHARTER IN GREECE A 7-DAY WHITSUNDAY ESCAPE Cruising Routes In THE Philippine Islands THE ISLES OF THE BVI - AROUND THE ARCHIPELAGO THE BAHAMAS - TAX 10% VAT ON CHARTERS THAILAND'S SURIN & SIMILAN ISLANDS BALI 4.3 MY WORLD CUP 2022 YACHT CHARTERS Croatia - An Elite Destination for Yacht Charters YACHT CHARTER & CRUISE MAGAZINE AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS SUPERYACHT CHARTER - CARIBBEAN 2023 Mykonos by Catamaran - the Perfect Greek Island Getaway SAIL THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS WITH SUNSAIL MAUI JIM - POLARIZEDPLUS2® LENS TECHNOLOGY A GULET CHARTER IN TURKEY GREECE PASSES NEW LAW TO BOOST TOURISM AND INVESTMENT AMAZON RIVER CRUISE: PERU YACHT SHARE NETWORK BORROW-A-BOAT ACQUIRES BARQO SAIL THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTHWEST COAST OF THE UK OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN THE BALEARIC ISLANDS THE WORLD'S MOST EXCLUSIVE YACHT CHARTER? SOMNIO COMMISSION THE WORLD'S LARGEST SUPERYACHT (222M LOA) WITH 39 EXCLUSIVE RESIDENCES WELLNESS YACHT CHARTER CHARTER 'OPTION B' IN THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN THE DODECANESE ISLANDS - A ONE WEEK CHARTER TO REMEMBER Top European Yacht Chartering Destinations ALPHA YACHTING SPECIAL OFFER - 50% OFF 2021 YACHT CHARTERS & CRUISES IN GREECE ANNAPOLIS & THE CHESAPEAKE BAY: AMERICA'S SAILING CAPITAL 63m UTOPIA IV now for Charter GREECE, TURKEY & CROATIA - YACHT CHARTERS & LUXURY CRUISES CHARTERING A SAILING YACHT IN GREECE - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS GET THE MOST OUT OF YACHT OWNERSHIP 140M+ BRITISH 'NATIONAL FLAGSHIP' TO BE BUILT SPECIAL REPORT: GREECE & TURKEY YACHT CHARTERS top places to visit on a yacht charter from the Solent THE TOP CHARTER DESTINATIONS, BY THE EXPERTS Norway Sailing Adventure to the Fjords and Back YACHT CHARTER CONTRACTS SPECIAL REPORT: UK & IRELAND YACHT CHARTERS & CRUISES EU EXPECTED TO OPEN UP FOR TOURISM THIS SUMMER F1 GRAND PRIX - MIAMI 2022 - YACHT CHARTERS & CRUISES TO BE IN DEMAND THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE - IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FRANKLIN CHARTER A 'GULET' AND CRUISE THE GREEK ISLANDS THIS SUMMER Vaccinated Britons 'WILL be allowed' to fly on holiday from May 17 Achieve your dream of yacht ownership with Dream Yacht Sales Bahamas Yacht Charters expected to grow 500% in 5 years VENICE TO ATHENS WITH SILVER SHADOW OPV 56 - Combining Military Design With a Luxe Interior STAR CLIPPERS TO UNITE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN IN 2022 SAIL THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS WITH SUNSAIL THIS WINTER EXPLORE THE TURKISH RIVIERA ON 'LUCE DEL MARE' BY-THE-CABIN YACHTING HOLIDAYS IN ST BARTS THE COOLEST BEACH CLUB Cruising the Northwest Passage with Hurtigruten NEW ENGLAND WITH RENAISSANCE DUFOUR 412 Charter the Gulet 'Blue Heaven' this Summer! TURKEY TO REOPEN FOR YACHTING THIS SPRING MIAMI - WHERE CULTURE MEETS THE BEACH CLASSIC BENETTI (35M) FOR SALE FOR €2.6M GREECE TO RE-OPEN FOR YACHT CHARTERS & SAILING HOLIDAYS IN MAY? WINE TASTING ON THE CANAL DU MIDI SUNRAYS FOR SALE OR CHARTER OYSTER 495 - A new 50 foot bluewater sailing yacht JOURNEY IN ST-TROPEZ - A 1-DAY CELEBRATION WITH DREAM YACHTING TARGETING THE UK MARKET 'GAMECHANGER' READY FOR CHARTERS FOR THOSE WITH THE MOST ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT IRRESISTIBLE! - 32M (105') HARGRAVE FOR SALE & READY FOR THE 2021 SEASON CORONAVIRUS: LIVE YACHTING UPDATES VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES LAGOON - FROM IDEA TO REALITY Yacht Charters in the Era of Social Distancing Silversea Cruises - Information on the commencement of travel AZIMUT'S MAGELLANO 25 METRI - AT ONE WITH THE SEA FLOTILLA SAILING & KITEBOARDING IN THE BAHAMAS THE YACHT CHARTER SHOW & FORUM ABOARD & ASHORE IN ST. KITTS A 3-Night Adventure Voyage from Dubrovnik WHERE CAN I CHARTER? CROATIA - A 7-DAY SAILING ITINERARY FROM DUBROVNIK SAILING IN THAILAND IS AN EPIC VACATION EXPERIENCE CHARTER A YACHT ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA & CORSICA THINKING ABOUT A SAILING VACATION IN GREECE? DISCOVER UNIQUE DESTINATIONS IN THE CARIBBEAN LATE SUMMER SAILING IN SARDINIA FRENCH POLYNESIA - ONE WEEK BAREBOAT WITH SUNSAIL DISCOVER THE NORFOLK BROADS EXPLORATION NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD EXPLORE MALTA & THE MEDITERRANEAN WITH SUNSEEKER MALTA SAIL & KITEBBOARD IN THE BAHAMAS WITH SUNSAIL CHARTER 'PRIMETIME' IN THE PHILIPPINES NATIONAL PARK EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH THE ROSETTI 171 CRUISING THE STUNNING ADRIATIC - SUNSEEKER STYLE! EMERALD YACHT CRUISES INTRODUCES 50-CABIN 'EMERALD AZZURA' ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK 2020 & DREAM YACHT CHARTER 68M SOARING - NEW TO THE SUPERYACHT CHARTER MARKET EARN YOUR POWER CERTIFICATION CHARTER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMMES TOP THINGS TO DO IN ANTIGUA A WINE TASTING CRUISE IS PERFECT! ENDEAVOUR 2 IN THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

News & Features

News Feature

A KRAKEN GUIDE TO CRUISING THE BVI

06 October 2022
KRAKEN TRAVEL,
Caribbean
 
The British Virgin Islands (BVI for short) has long since been a hotspot for sailors. With the perfect mix of tropical sun, incredible snorkelling, mindblowing marine wildlife, fantastic local nightlife and easy, trade wind filled, line-of-sight sailing, it’s not hard to see why the islands are so popular.

Cruising these waters is always a true pleasure and there are plenty of sights to see and things to do to please each and every sailor (and landlubber) alike. Our 7-day itinerary aims to give a mix of adventure, liming (relaxing is local speak) and great social experiences. So, here’s our rundown on how to spend a week sailing in the BVI.

Day 1 – Nanny Cay to Cooper Island

Start your charter with an easy sail but packed with adventure. First stop, just over 6nms away is Salt Island Bay. The island itself might not look out of the ordinary, but it’s what’s beneath the surface that matters. After dropping your anchor, hop in the tender and take your snorkelling kit around “The Point” and you’ll see a line of small mooring buoys. Tie up and go snorkelling. This bay is the location of the sunken RMS Rhone – a 19th Century Royal Mail steam packet. She was wrecked off the coast of Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands on 29 October 1867 in a hurricane, killing 123 people. The wreck is in shallow water, so no need for a dive tank to explore what’s left, you just need a snorkel. After snorkelling, head back to the boat and sail over to Cooper Island and enjoy an evening at the Cooper Island Beach Club, just over 1nms away!

Day 2 – Cooper Island to Leverick Bay

Today we’re going to up the mileage a little bit. Leave Cooper Island at sunrise and sail just 5nms to Spring Bay on the south of Virgin Gorda. Ashore here is where you’ll find the famous “Baths” – a collection of impressive granite boulders that look like they’ve been dropped on the beach by giants! As it’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in the BVI, it’s worth jumping in the tender and having a walk around them before the Instagram crowd descend around lunchtime. Back on board, it’s time for a 6nms sail to the North of the Virgin Gorda. Up here, you are spoilt for choice for evening anchorages, including Leverick Back, Prickly Pear Island and Saba Rock.

Day 3 – Leverick Bay to Anegada

We’re heading to Anegada for the first longer passage of the charter. Again, leave early to beat the rush and catch the best spot on to anchor! The passage out of the bay can be tricky, so keep an eye on your navigation. Once clear of the reefs, you’ll pass Richard Branson’s “Necker Island” to starboard and then head North to Anegada.

Anegada is 11 miles long and unlike any other island in the BVI it’s flat! Cooled by steady trade winds, its beaches are long and quiet. As well as being home to a flock of pink Caribbean flamingos, the island is surrounded by shallow waters, so is perfect for snorkelling. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a small selection of great bars and restaurants – Big Bamboo being one of our favourites!

Day 4 – Anegada to Trellis Bay

At 18nms, this is the longest passage of the charter. Heading SW, aim for the gap between Scrub Island and Great Camanoe. If you fancy staying in a marina for once, Scrub Island is a great choice, but head half a mile further on and book a berth at Pusser’s Marina Cay. This tiny island really packs a great punch. They’re well-stocked for a good mid-charter provision – and if you have a couple of Kayak or SUPs, the reef to the SE of the island is fantastic to explore. Pushing on just one more nautical mile and you’ll get to Trellis Bay. Don’t be put off that it’s at the end of the Airport Runway, the island is only served by a small number of small commercial aircraft that stop just after dark. What you’re here for though is (if you’ve timed it perfectly) the legendary “Full Moon Party”.

Day 5 – Trellis Bay to Jost Van Dyke

Now’s time for a real “Robinson Crusoe” moment… Leaving Trellis Bay, weave your way through the islands, corals and reefs and head downwind to Jost Van Dyke. En route to drop the hook off “Sandy Cay”. This tiny island could be straight out of any depiction of a deserted island. Anchor to the SW for the best shelter and take a tender ashore for that real marooned experience. After escaping Sandy Cay, either head to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke and grab a drink and bite to wat at the famous “Soggy Dollar Bar” (named so as you have to swim ashore to get to the bar, so your dollars are soggy when you arrive!) or alternatively, head back over to Tortola and anchor in Cane Garden Bay for an unbeatable sunset and some Reggae beats at Quito’s Gazebo.

Day 6: Josh Can Dyke to Norman Island

No visit to the BVI is complete without a visit to Norman Island. Just over 10nms from Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island is home to some of the best snorkelling and kayaking in the Caribbean. Make sure you have time to explore The Indians and The Caves with the Great Bight. The island is also home to the infamous “Willy T’s” floating bar. Warning, as the sun goes down, it can get a little rowdy and jumping naked off the top deck becomes common practice. If this isn’t for you, head ashore to Pirates Bight in the northern end of the bay for a more civilised send-off.

Day 7 – Norman Island to Nanny Cay

On the final day, it’s a gentle close reach back over to Nanny Cay Marina. And what a week it’s been. It’s time to put up your feet, have a massage and a pain killer cocktail before heading home.