The 50+ islands and cays that make up the archipelago of the British Virgin Islands are some of the most beautiful anchorage spots in the world. With the kaleidoscopic colours of the sea, sparkling from the reflection of the sun against impossibly white sand, there is no better way to experience this tropical utopia than by a luxury yacht charter.
Known locally as ‘Natures Little Secrets,’ only 15 of the islands are inhabited, allowing for your very own Robinson Crusoe adventure. Sail from one secluded island to the next. With temperatures remaining mid 30cC year round, chartering in the BVI is surely the epitome of the jet set lifestyle. Discover the highlights of a BVI yacht charter with these insider tips.
Drop Anchor by Tortola
Of the four main islands of the BVI – Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke– Tortola is often considered as the main contender for the attention of seafarers on BVI yacht charters. Timeless and laid back, the main area, Road Town (also the Capital of the BVI), is excellent for experiencing real island life away from your yacht. Approach via Baughters Bay and step ashore at The Moorings to hit the center of town, whose buildings are as colorful as the local characters are friendly. Indulge in a refreshing Rum Punch in one of the many waterfront bars – the drink du jour on any Caribbean island – before experiencing the finest cuisine in the illustrious and atmospheric Sugar Mill Restaurant on the North Coast. Tucked away into the jungle near Apple Bay, where nature intertwines with a C17th mill, there is a real ‘paradise lost’ feel about the restaurant. For a more laid-back ambiance, Island Roots is perfect; enjoy a light lunch of exquisite local food before a day of exploring.
It is not difficult to fulfill your yachting fantasies and glimpse history while chartering in the BVI. The islands were once the favorite haunts of pirates. With numerous sea grottos to bury treasure, and shallow, coral-filled waters that are almost impossible to navigate without an experienced Captain, Anegada is the perfect hideaway.
In addition to the striking crystal blue of the sea around the island – the extraordinarily colorful fish darting in and out of rainbow coral is a marvel hard to experience elsewhere. With flamingos recently reintroduced to the island, the vibrant colors continue on land. For a local adrenaline rush, experience the favorite pastime of the islanders: bonefishing. Enjoyed by Caribbean castaway, Ernest Hemingway, bonefishing has been a popular Caribbean sport since the 1940s. More akin to hunting than fishing due to the incredible ability of the fish to evade capture and the manner of the action, this is one adventure on which one should not miss out.
Explore the Marine Life
With such a diverse selection of stunning anchorage from which to choose, chartering in the BVI is certainly a popular choice with divers and snorkelers. There are unlimited opportunities to make the most of the warm Caribbean waters, with coral beds teeming with colorful marine life. Divers should visit the wreckage site of RMS Rhone. Wrecked just off the uninhabited Salt Island, this site is considered one of the best diving sites in the Caribbean. Having sunk only two years after her launch in 1865, she was not only the setting for classic 1977 film ‘The Deep’, but many of her artefacts still litter the seabed amongst colorful corals and incredible sea-life, making it a magical experience for both novice and expert diver alike.
Charter a Luxury Yacht in the BVI
Surrounded by open sea, make the most of the BVI by relaxing on a chartered yacht. Experience the indulgent comforts of a motor yacht; or take advantage of the strong trade winds and minimal tide by sailing throughout the region, developing an affinity with the magnificent marine world that lies beneath.
The 33.4m M/Y NARVALO, launched this year by Italian shipyard Cantiere Delle Marche, is the perfect choice to explore the numerous atolls and cays that make up the BVI archipelago. Lounging on any one of her three large and open decks is a fine way to luxuriate while enjoying the balmy sea breeze. Alternatively, find shelter from the intense sunshine in her light and neutral interior, which can host up to 10 guests in five staterooms.
Chartering the BVI is an experience like no other. It is vibrancy personified. With so many paradisaical islands to explore, turtles to swim amongst, and guaranteed sunshine all year long, it is little wonder why you would wish to charter anywhere else.