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Virgin Motor Yachts is a family owned business that has been in operation since 1996.  We are the ONLY, exclusively motor yacht and power catamaran company in the British Virgin Islands.  We have a fleet of motor yachts for bareboat charter, luxury yachts for crewed yacht charters and yacht for day charters.   Our base is at the beautiful Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola, the largest island in the BVI. We pride ourselves on the exceptional customer service we offer to each and every guests, and this dedication has earned us a 70% repeat customer rate as well as the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.   We love helping our guests plan the charter trip of a lifetime and look forward to welcoming you to the British Virgin Islands!

Island Life

Current Happenings: 2015 Photo Competition

Photo Competition……Yes it’s that time of year again!!!!

2015 theme “SHOTS ON YACHTS” (not fireball). Submit by 31st December 2015 via email, facebook, instagram and win a discount off your next bareboat charter.

1st Prize – 50%
2nd Prize – 30%
3rd Prize 20%
Good Luck

Last Years Winners…..

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Getting Here

Due to the small size of the BVI’s main airport, the islands have been kept wondefully preserved, earning them the name “Nature’s Little Secrets”, this also means that there are no direct long haul flights but there are numerous ways to get here. If your starting point isn’t listed below, get in touch and our experienced staff and help you with your travel plans.

Getting to the BVI from the United States

There are several options open here. You can either fly to San Juan (SJU) Puerto Rico and hop a commuter flight directly into Tortola, or fly into St Thomas (STT) in the US Virgin Islands and take a water ferry to Tortola.

Fly into Tortola

Puerto Rico is a hub for American Airlines, Jet Blue flies directly into San Juan from Boston, Ft. Lauderdale and many other cities as well as Spirit Airlines. Once in Puerto Rico you can take one of three airlines to fly directly into Beef Island, Tortola at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS):

     Cape Air (code shares with Jet Blue, so you can check your bags all the way through)

     Seaborne Airlines (code shares with American Airlines, so you can check your bags all the way through)

     Liat Airlines

There are also a few smaller, private companies offering flights from Puerto Rico/St. Thomas to Tortola:

     Air Sunshine

     VI Airlink

     Fly BVI

     Island Birds

Once you arrive at the Beef Island airport you will clear immigration and customs. Then you can grab a taxi to Nanny Cay – we will help you arrange this in advance. A cab ride from the airport is ~$40 and takes aprox. 45 minutes. 

Ferry from St. Thomas

St Thomas (STT) in the USVI is served by American Airlines, Delta, United, Jet Blue , US Air and Spirit from many US cities. Once you land in St. Thomas you will take a taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Charlotte Amalie. There are multiple companies that operate water taxis, and it’s a scenic and relaxing 45 minute trip across to Road Town, Tortola. Ferry schedules from St Thomas may vary by day and season, so its best to ask us as we help you with your travel plans.
The below chart is to be used for GENERAL planning purposes – please check the link to the ferry company you plan to use, or give us a call at Virgin Traders, within a few weeks of your arrival to ensure times have not changed

COMPANY DAY Departure City Arrival City Departure City Arrival City 
ROAD TOWN FAST FERRY Monday – Saturday Road Town (Tortola) Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) Road Town (Tortola)
$35 One Way
$60 Return
  7:00 AM 7:50 AM 8:30 AM 9:20 AM
  10:00 AM 10:50 AM 12:00 PM 12:50 PM
  2:30 PM 3:20 PM 4:15 PM 5:05 PM
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 PM 12:50 PM 5:30 PM 6:20 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM 09:50 12:00 PM 12:50 PM
  2:30 PM 3:20 PM 4:15 PM 5:05 PM
         
SMITHS FERRY Monday – Saturday Road Town (Tortola) Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) Road Town (Tortola)
$28 One Way   6:45 AM 7:35 AM 8:30 AM 9:20 AM
  9:45 AM 10:35 AM 12:15 PM 1:05 PM
  11:35 AM 12:25 PM 3:30 PM 4:20 PM
  2:00 PM 2:50 PM 4:30 PM 5:20 PM
Sunday 8:45 AM 9:35 AM 8:00 AM 8:50 AM
  11:35 AM 12:25 PM 10:45 AM 11:35 AM
  2:00 PM 2:50 PM 3:30 PM 4:20 PM
      5:15 PM 6:05 PM
         
NATIVE SONS Monday – Friday Road Town (Tortola) Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) Road Town (Tortola)
$50 Round Trip   6:15 AM 7:05 AM 8:55 AM 9:45 AM
  9:45 AM 10:35 AM 12:45 PM 1:35 PM
  2:45 PM 3:35 PM 1:30 PM 2:20 PM
      2:30 PM 3:20 PM
      4:30 PM 5:20 PM
Saturday 6:15 AM 7:05 AM 8:55 AM 9:45 AM
  8:45 AM 9:35 AM 12:45 PM 1:35 PM
  2:45 PM 3:35 PM 1:30 PM 2:20 PM
  5:15 PM 6:05 PM 2:30 PM 3:20 PM
      4:00 PM 4:50 PM
      4:45 PM 5:35 PM
Sunday 3:15 PM 4:05 PM 8:30 AM 9:20 AM
      11:15 AM 12:05 PM
      1:45 PM 2:35 PM
      2:45 PM 3:35 PM
      4:00 PM 4:50 PM
      5:30 PM 6:20 PM

 

If the ferry schedules do not accommodate your fight times, there are also two private water taxi services available. They will take you through customs in the West End and bring you directly to the docks at Nanny Cay.

  • Dom’s Water Taxi
    Rates from St. Thomas directly into Nanny Cay are $350, minimum of 5 people, $70 for each extra person, each way.

  • Dolphin Water Taxi
    Rates from St. Thomas directly into Nanny Cay are $89/person, minimum of 4 people, each way. 

Getting to the BVI from Europe

There are several options from the UK, same as the US. You can either fly to San Juan (SJU) Puerto Rico and hop a commuter flight directly into Tortola.  Also, there are additional airlines flying into San Juan from the Europe, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
A couple other options for European passengers is to fly into the islands of either Antigua or St. Martin.  From there, you can fly with either Liat or BVI Airways directly into Beef Island, Tortola.  

Not a bad view from the doghouse!

Mollie, the ‘CCO’ (Chief Canine Officer) at Virgin Traders Motor Yacht Charters blogs about the view from her new ‘doghouse’ above Nanny Cay

mollie the saltydog enjoying a table of food with friends of virgin traders

Well my Wednesday night had an unexpected treat – a bipod party! My mom recently moved me from living on a boat to living on the land. I will admit this was a bit of an adjustment as I was quite comfortable with my ‘sea legs!’

We moved just a few minutes up the hill from Nanny Cay, so I can still keep a keen eye on the Virgin Trader’s yachts coming in and out of the marina. It is normally very peaceful and quiet at my new doghouse, so you can imagine my surprise when bipod after bipod started making their way to my front door. Apparently my mom arranged a party of all the female bipods, because my pad was suddenly overrun with loud, cackling chatter and laughter all night long.

view of sir francis drake channel, nanny cay and overlooking virgin traders

I assume the bipods all came over to gawk at the great view my mom and I enjoy from our porch. We can see the entire Sir Francis Drake Channel and can admire Norman, Peter, Cooper, Ginger and Salt Island every morning as the sun comes up. It is certainly not a bad view from my doghouse!

table covered with food for a party with friends of virgin traders

I have no complaints about the party though, because all the bipods were drinking wine. The wine clouded their vision, so I was able to spend the great majority of the night undetected under the dining room table that was COVERED in food! The wine seemed to impede the bipods balance and dexterity, so more food than normal made its way to the floor, where I was quickly able to snag it before being noticed. Best of all, it seemed that every bit of food was made of cheese, one of my favorites!

I will admit, the bipods did carry on much longer in the night than I would have liked, and I finally had to give up getting them to leave and just put myself to bed while they were still yacking away. And while it is very hard for a canine to voluntarily walk away from unlimited opportunities for bipod food, I know the importance of getting my beauty sleep.

mollie the salty dog sleeping upside down in her bed after a party

I am sure now that we have more space to spread out than when we lived on a boat, that I can expect many more of these bipod parties. And as long as they keep bringing the wine & cheese, I will happily attend!

 

Kisses,

Mollie