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Base Guide: BVI, Tortola

Charter Options in Tortola

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Welcome Aboard

The Mariner Inn and Marina is the epicenter of everything travelers would need before and after your charter. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by our wonderful desk staff, who will help you arrange everything you need to set sail quickly and easily. Depending on your arrival time, the procedure may vary. Review the list below to get an idea of your journey through the base.

When you Arrive

  • Check in at reception
  • Pick up general base information
  • Arrange Chart Briefing time & On-Board Briefing time
  • Review boat paperwork and yacht damage waiver
  • Collect your Free phone from Renport along with any pre-booked electronics
  • Collect any pre-booked fishing equipment from SCD
  • Enjoy a meal at Charlie's or Ginnie's
  • Relax by the pool or visit the Amara spa
  • Enjoy other off site activities
  • Board your yacht
  • On-board briefing - 60 minutes
  • Set sail!

Address & Hours

Your First Night

Start & End times

Chart Briefing times

Late Arrival Procedure

The Moorings, located in Wickhams Cay II
PO Box 139, Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Opening Hours:
7:00am – 11:00pm
7 days a week

Stay at the Mariner Inn or book an Evening Start to stay on your yacht the night before your first charter day.

There are other accommodations available on Tortola and other nearby islands. Call one of our Vacation Planners to arrange your travel plans and get the most from your charter vacation.

Start: Charters start at 12:00 noon
Evening Start: Board your yacht at 6:00pm
End: Sailing Charters end at 12 noon and Power Charters end at 10am. Your boat must be vacated for debriefing/checks by these times.

All head charterers are required to attend the briefings.
Mon–Fri: 9:30am, 4:00pm & 7:00pm
Sat–Sun: 8:30am, 4:00pm & 7:00pm

If required, we will hold an additional briefing at 12:30pm for morning start guests who arrive too late for the morning briefing.

The Customer Service Desk stays open until 11:00pm or until the last scheduled flight arrives. If you arrive after office hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating where your boat is located on the dock.

Phones, WiFi & Electricity

Internet Connectivity: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Mariner Inn and Marina, but not on the docks. For Internet access on your charter, mobile Wi-Fi routers are available for rent from our partners at Renport. These rentals can be pre-purchased through your Moorings Vacation Planner. Free Wi-Fi is included on all Crewed yacht charters.

Cellular Phones: Your cellular phone may work in the Caribbean, check with your service provider for coverage and roaming costs. All guests are provided with a phone from The Moorings allowing them to contact the base for free. This phone must be collected from Renport (with a security deposit) before departure. Ask Renport about their great international service with better rates than roaming.

Electricity: In the BVI, 110/60 volts AC, 60 Hz are standard US 2-pin plugs used. The Moorings docks are equipped with 110V power outlets. All yachts are equipped with power cables and 110V plugs. Yachts must be hooked into shore power or must have the generator on (if applicable) to use the boat outlets for hairdryers, computers, etc. There is a 12V cigar lighter outlet by the chart table on all of our yachts and many yachts now have USB ports.

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Base Facilities

Just past the reception area, the base opens into a landscaped plaza, with panoramic views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. From here, you can shop, dine and relax in a handful of venues throughout the facility. In addition to the amenities listed below on this page, the base also offers a Gift Shop, ATM, Business Center, Conference Rooms, and Yacht Shots Photography Shop.

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Restrooms & Shower Court

Those choosing an Evening Start or simply wishing to freshen up prior to departure can take advantage of our modern club-style shower facilities with private dressing area.

Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant

A highlight of the Moorings Marina is Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant. Named after The Moorings founder, Charlie Cary, this open-air, full service Italian restaurant is built out over the water and offers a casually elegant atmosphere including fantastic harbor views and cooling breezes. Sleek furnishings, a soaring natural wood ceiling, the coldest cocktails and a blazing pizza oven all make Charlie’s a must-try during your stay here.

Ginny’s Coffee Shop

Named after Charlie’s beloved wife, Ginny’s offers an array of fresh-made morning and daytime treats. Stop for everything from coffee drinks and tea to juices, pastries, homemade Italian gelato, sandwiches and more.

Pool & The Mariner Inn Restaurant

Charter guests enjoy full access to the relaxing pool next to the Mariner Inn Restaurant. Cool off with an easy swim or sunbathe on a lounge chair with your favorite drink in hand.

Serving a variety of local and international cuisine, The Mariner Inn Restaurant offers an open-air dining experience overlooking the harbor with daily happy hour specials and music on weekends. This spacious area can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 280 guests, making it a premier location for banquets and large wedding receptions. The bar also offers an extensive wine list as well as beer and cocktails best enjoyed poolside.

Amara Spa

The full-service Amara Spa offers an elegantly tranquil atmosphere in the heart of the Mariner Inn and Marina. Begin or wind down from your charter vacation with variety of professional spa services.

Reserve your treatment ahead of time by filling out the form on the Amara Spa Appointment Request page.

Amara Spa


  • Massages
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Body Treatments
  • Wedding Services

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Water Toys & Sports

For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter when booking and they will be waiting on your boat upon arrival.  You may wait to rent these at the base when you arrive, though there may be limited availability. 


The Moorings provides snorkeling gear (flippers, masks & snorkels) for all charters for your pleasure.  Please check availability for children sizes prior to your charter.  You may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.

Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards & Floats

We offer 1 man kayaks, 2 man kayaks, beginner SUPs, intermediate SUPs, and floats.


Scuba Diving Rendezvous excursions for certified and non-certified divers are available through Sail Caribbean Divers. Arrange to have them meet you during your charter to take you diving at one of the many excellent dive sites in the BVI. Sail Caribbean Divers located onsite at The Moorings Base in the pink hut also offers two rental packages that can be added to your charter at the time of booking or you may contact them directly (284-495-1675). Proof of scuba certification is required for each package rented.

Atlantis Package: The Atlantis Package includes everything you need for your dive - 2 tanks, weights, storage rack plus Regulator & BCD (Buoyancy Compensator Device).

Explorer Package: For those divers who are supplying their own regulator and BCD, the Explorer Package includes 2 tanks, weights, and storage rack.


Fishing equipment can be conveniently added to your charter when you book online or over the phone through The Moorings. You will be able to pick up your fishing permit and sign-out your equipment at Sail Caribbean Divers, in the pink hut, when you arrive at the base.

Fishing permits are required for any fishing in the BVI.  The Moorings diving and fishing equipment partner, Sail Caribbean Divers, has provided this Fishing License Application for your convenience. The cost is $65 USD per person and permits are valid for 1 month. Please email your application to kit@sailcaribbeandivers.com at least 2 weeks in advance of the charter to allow for government turnaround time.  

Please note that you may not fish in the National Parks, and unless fishing well offshore, fish should not be eaten due to Ciguatera poisoning.  No spear fishing allowed.

Fishing Season

The Closed Season schedule in the Virgin Islands is as follows. During this time, no person shall catch, sell, offer for sale or buy.

  • Margate: January 1 - March 31
  • Red Hind: January 1 - March 31
  • Nassau Grouper: March 1 - May 31
  • Turtles: April 1 - November 30
  • Lobster: July 31 - October 31
  • Conch: August 15 - October 31
  • Whelk: August 15 - October 31

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The Moorings Provisioning

This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

On-Site Provisioning

If you forgot to order something or want to add some last-minute items, look no further than the Dockside Market at the Mariner Inn and Marina. Here you’ll find a small selection of essentials like coffee filters, limes and lemons, salt, chips and more.

Nearby Stores

There are also a number of grocery stores within walking distance, or a short car ride, from the base. Hours of operation vary based on the day of the week as well whether it’s the low or high season, so be sure to call your desired store ahead of time.

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Electronic Rentals

Renport Entertainment

Check out the packages offered by our Partner, Renport Entertainment.  Renport, located at the base, offers entertainment and communication packages for Moorings Charterers departing in the BVI.  For your convenience, we can add these directly to your charter package and if you are booking online, you can add them to your charter in the booking process.  Preview the packages here: http://www.renport.com/

Renport Electronic Rentals

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Mariner Inn

Want to stay in Tortola for a few nights before or after your charter? Look no further than The Mariner Inn. With balconies overlooking the harbor, our oceanfront hotel rooms are perfect for those wishing to extend their vacation. Garden and marina view rooms are also available. All rooms are fully air conditioned with basic cable TV, a refrigerator and in-room dialing.





Garden View - 16 rooms

  • Newly upgraded
  • Overlooking the gardens, swimming pool and restaurant
  • Shower
  • Shared balcony/terrace
  • Summer Rates: $160+*
  • Winter Rates: $220+*

Marina View - 16 rooms

  • Newly upgraded
  • Overlooking the Marina with a shared balcony/terrace to watch the boats coming and going
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Centrally located between Charlie’s and Mariner Inn and Pool
  • Summer Rates: $190+*
  • Winter Rates: $265+*

Ocean View - 7 rooms

  • New construction
  • Overlooking Road Harbour and the new Pier Park cruise ship development
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi
  • Deep tub and separate shower
  • All located upstairs with private balconies
  • Some connecting rooms
  • Summer Rates: $320+*
  • Winter Rates: $395+*

Checking In

The Mariner Inn reception desk is located directly across from The Moorings Customer Service Desk. Our dedicated receptionists can assist you with your check in and other inquiries about your stay. The Reception desk is open until 10pm or until last guests arrival. Please note, check-in starts at 2pm every day. All guests must check out by 11am following the last night of their stay.

*rates do not include taxes or fees.

How to Book

To book your stay at the Mariner Inn, or for more information regarding pricing and availability, please speak with a vacation planner. We can easily add this to your charter package during or after booking!

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Other Hotels, Restaurants & Things to do around the Base


  • Long Bay Hotel (beach)
  • Tamarind Club (close to airport)
  • Maria's By The Sea
  • Treasure Isle Hotel
  • Nanny Cay Hotel


  • Brandywine - approximately 15 minute taxi ride
  • Bananakeet - approximately 25 minute taxi ride
  • Pusser’s – approximately 5 minute taxi ride
  • The Dove – approximately 5 minute taxi ride (reservations)

Things to do around the base

  • Take a tour of the island - Explore the cruising ground from high up in the mountains. Hire a taxi and go for a drive through many of the steep hills. Stop along the way at Stouts Look Out for a refreshing beer, or visit Cane Garden Bay for some water sports and cocktails. (approx 2 hours)

  • Walk to town and explore old Main Street to see the shops and museums - Walk to town and discover the shops and museums along old Main Street. With its rustic Caribbean charm and beautiful colored buildings, it’s a must for anyone looking to get an authentic island experience. Pass through the Botanic Gardens, or peek into history at places like the Sugar Works Museum, Prison Museum and the Old Government House.

  • Zip Line - Gear up, lock in and whiz through the hills overlooking Tortola on a fun-filled zip line tour. It’s a thrilling experience that’s perfect for the entire family. Front desk reception can arrange zip line excursions for customers as needed.

  • Brandywine Bay - Taxi out to this Tortola restaurant for one of the best fine dining experiences in the BVI. With stunning views, lush décor and a mouthwatering array of Mediterranean cuisine, Brandywine is an excellent setting for celebrating a special occasion or simply commemorating your first or last night in Tortola. Popular menu items include Moules a la Mariniere (steamed mussels in white wine), lobster and fennel salad, lamb shank and filet mignon.

  • Explore North Shore - Take a taxi out to the north shore and explore an array of beautifully secluded beaches like Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach. Once you’ve got your fill of fun in the sun, let loose at famous beach bars like Bomba’s Shack or fest on farm-to-table island cuisine at the famous Mrs. Scatliffe’s.

  • Helicopter Tour of the BVI - Get a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of islands on helicopter tour from the Beef Island airport. Front desk reception will arrange for customers as needed.

  • Volleyball on our sand court - It’s fun! It’s free! It’s right here at the Mariner Inn and Marina! Get that serving arm ready and enjoy a few games of beach volleyball with your friends or family.

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Travel Notes, Cruising Ground Information, etc...

To view information about "How to get there," "Cruising Ground Information," and other general information, please visit the Travel Notes tab in your charter destination page by following the links below.

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