A British Virgin Islands itinerary is extremely flexible. The cruising ground presents myriad opportunities for enjoyment. It’s possible to go wherever the wind dictates, then pick up a mooring or drop the hook at a secluded anchorage to pass the hours snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, reading, or walking on the beach. Most charterers choose a British Virgin Islands cruising itinerary that blends the best of both worlds: secluded anchorages and beautiful sunsets, with a bit of laid-back fun partying in the beachside bars.

 

The Bight

Upon departure from Road Town, Tortola, enjoy an easy southbound sail to Norman Island. Norman Island, with its popular anchorage "The Bight", lies on the east side of Flanagan Passage with St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands just across from it to the west. Hilly, scenic, and popular for its superior snorkeling locations, Norman Island is a highly-recommended stop on any BVI charter. 

Enjoy drinks and dining at Pirate’s Bight Restaurant, now open from 11am-8pm, serving appetizers, salads, entrees and cocktails including Pirate's “Irma Punch”.  There are plenty of mooring balls available here, and you can enjoy snorkeling at both the Indians and the Caves.  The Willy T is not open and still beached for the time being.

Virgin Gorda Island

For your first full day on the water, venture northeast towards Virgin Gorda, home of the world-famous Baths. The Baths are as pristine as ever, including the famous pathway leading through the giant boulders to Devil’s Bay. Top of the Baths Restaurant is open with its delightful panoramic views.

Further North, at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Wi-Fi, fuel, water and ice are available, however only the slip at the fuel dock is available so call ahead on ch.16 or 284-346-7818, or take a mooring ball and dinghy in. The grocery store is a short walk, and there are also some restaurants open nearby by dinghy or taxi, including the all new Snapper's Bar & Grill open 12-8pm daily, and Coco Maya which is a 10-minute walk from Spanish Town. Coco Maya is a great spot to relax with a cocktail and meal.

After departing the Baths, head for the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, an excellent overnight anchorage. Leverick Bay has moorings and a restaurant open for lunch and dinner. The market here is open, where you can purchase ice and other provisions. No fuel or water are available presently, but coming soon, so call ahead.

Day 3 - 4

Anegada Island

Get underway early and enjoy a scenic cruise to Anegada, a charter-favorite that remains just as charming as the last time you visited. Sparsely populated and rural, Anegada is 11 miles long, low, and flat, quite unlike any of the other islands in the BVI. The balmy trade winds gently sweep across its sandy shores, swaying the palms and rustling through the boughs of the pines. In the center of the island is a series of salt ponds, beautiful and teeming with birds. A flock of pink Caribbean flamingos live on the ponds not far from the anchorages on the western end. Cruising in Anegada waters promises laid-back pleasure in an unspoiled setting.

Take a taxi or jeep/scooter rental to Cow Wreck Beach Bar for lunch, where the locals are always friendly and beaches are world-class. Don’t miss the nearby gift shops. Visit beautiful Loblolly Bay for excellent snorkeling, and stop at Big Bamboo for a cocktail or snack. For a delightful dinner ashore, make reservations at Wonky Dog or Potter’s by the Sea to tempt your taste buds with famous Anegada lobster. The hotel, restaurant, and dinghy dock at Anegada Reef Hotel are also open for visitors.

Day 5

Trellis Bay

Head back toward Tortola, for a visit to Trellis Bay. The Trellis Bay Market is open for basic provisions, ice and water. The market is also offering breakfast and BBQ lunch daily. If you are visiting the BVI during a full moon, the Trellis Bay Full Moon parties are a special highlight featuring fire balls on the water, and live entertainment.

Scrub Island is not open for visiting charter guests at this time. Marina Cay is not open but the mooring field is safe.

Nearby, White Bay on Guana Island is an excellent overnight anchorage option. By day, snorkel at Monkey Point and enjoy an on board luncheon. Relocate to White Bay and pick up a mooring to enjoy the solitude and a spectacular sunset. Guana Island is private, but you are free to walk the pristine white sand beach up to the high-water mark.

Day 6

Great Harbour

Just to the north and west of Tortola, the heights of Jost Van Dyke rise majestically from a turquoise sea. With a population of a little more than 200, the island’s character is distinctly rural. No British Virgin Islands vacation is complete without a visit to Jost Van Dyke, which harbors some of our favorite seaside establishments.

Great Harbour is an excellent overnight anchorage and is home to the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar & Restaurant. Foxy’s boutique is open and stocked with souvenirs. Moorings, fuel, water and ice are available, however no groceries at this time. A short walk from Foxy’s is Cool Breeze cafe, offering Wi-Fi along with breakfast and lunch.

White Bay is a fun day anchorage offering a beautiful beach and snorkeling along the reef. Hendo’s Hideout is open for business and Soggy Dollar is serving lunch daily and the bar is back open too.

Nearby on Tortola’s north shore, Myett’s at Cane Garden Bay is now open for lunch and dinner. Other properties at Cane Garden Bay are still working on recovery, but you can buy water and drop off garbage.

Day 7

West End

On your way back to The Moorings base in Road Town, you may stop off at West End. At Soper’s Hole, Pusser's Landing Restaurant is open 10am to 9pm, and Omar's Cafe is open. No fuel, water or provisions are currently available here.

Around the corner at Nanny Cay Marina, fuel, water and ice are available. The grocery store is open and stocked. Captain Mulligan's Sports Bar and Genaker Cafe are open.

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