Mooring buoys are available in many locations, we recommend you be on a mooring ball by 5pm so you are on a ball before dark. Each boat is provided with a cell phone so you can call us at any time if you would like suggestions on where to go and what to see.
If you would like to do some advance planning, we highly recommend the latest edition of the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands!
This invaluable book shows aerial photos of all the anchorages, tells you about the restaurant and shore-side facilities, and has many other useful tips and information. It also contains a fold-out chart so that you can log your trip and keep it as a souvenir. A copy of the Cruising Guide will be on board for you when you arrive for your use during your trip.
After completing boat and chart briefings, make sure you have everything on board you need for your cruise. Depart the dock and after a short run across the ‘Sir Francis Drake Channel’ arrive at The Bight, Norman Island, rumored to be the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, “Treasure Island”.
Pick up a day mooring at the Indians for some of the best snorkeling in the BVIs. Then head into ‘The Bight’ to pick up a mooring ball for the night before watching a spectacular Caribbean sunset whilst enjoying a cocktail or two.
Visit the new Pirates Bight restaurant ashore, serving great food in a contemporary beach setting.
After dinner, for the party animals in your group who are a bit more adventurous, dingy on over to the infamous Willy –T, a floating pirate ship.
After breakfast, take your dinghy over (or the yacht) to The Caves at Norman Island. Pick up a National Park buoy and enjoy the wonders of the coral reef and its colorful inhabitants (don’t forget to look for treasure!).
After the caves you can continue to either Peter Island or Cooper Island, depending on your interests.
Peter Island is home to the beautiful Peter Island Yacht Club and spa.
You can overnight on their docks and spend the day relaxing on their beautiful beach, treating yourself to an afternoon at the spa and enjoy a beautiful dinner overlooking the ocean.
Cooper Island is a more casual way to spend the day, and be sure to arrive early enough to pick up an overnight mooring buoy (no anchoring here).
Time for more snorkeling off Cistern Point, or simply spend the afternoon lounging on the beach.
Visit the Beach Bar and sample their liquid refreshment and enjoy dinner at the Cooper Island Beach Club.
Day 3 & 4
Day three brings you to a MUST SEE in the Virgin Islands – The Bath’s on Virgin Gorda. Pick up a day-only mooring ball at the baths (no anchoring allowed) and plan to spend the morning ashore.
Take your dinghy and tie up to the dinghy line and swim the final few feet ashore to explore the magnificent boulders and rock pools created by Mother Nature millions of years ago. This has got to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
Depending on how long you choose to stay, you can enjoy lunch at the Top of The Bath’s restaurant overlooking the Bath’s and beach, or you can continue up to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda for lunch.
If you continue to the North Sound, the hard part being which anchorage to choose for your overnight stay. For quiet and tranquility choose Drake’s Anchorage where you can go ashore in the evening and walk over the hill to watch the sunset from Honeymoon Beach.
If you want a more lively evening and entertainment, Bitter End Yacht Club is a great choice for mooring. Leverick Bay is another great overnight. They have a nice beach, a wonderful beach bar and restaurant, a swimming pool and a spa if you are in need of a massage.
If you haven’t yet had lunch, you can enjoy a fantastic homemade lunch at the cute and quaint Fat Virgin or you can dingy over the Prickly Pear Beach for the quintessential Caribbean lunch experience of great food on nearly deserted white sand beaches overlooking the crystal clear water.
Now that you are at North Sound you are absolutely spoiled for choice of what to do and where to eat, but in spite of the options you will never feel it is crowded. You may choose to stay in North Sound an extra day because of all the options!
Bitter End Yacht Club offers all types of activities and shops, you can re-provision your boat, visit the shops, rent a Hobie Cat, learn to windsurf , take a kiteboarding lesson – there is lots to do.
For dinner you have many great options! For a nice evening ashore, there is beautiful Saba Rock, just across from bitter end. Biras Creek is a beautiful location for those seeking elegance and first-class service the resort has one of the best restaurants and wine cellars. If you are looking for something more casual there are a couple restaurants at Bitter End, including a pizza parlor.
If you choose to leave the North Sound after one day, head over to Guana Island for snorkeling off Monkey Point – the best snorkeling on the islands! After your morning snorkel, head over to Marina Cay for a beautiful afternoon of relaxing on the beach with a painkiller (remember your chart briefing, and DON’T GO between Camanoe and Beef Island on your way there).
After your afternoon on the beach you can treat yourself to a beautiful evening at Scrub Island. Stay on the docks overnight and you will get access to all the amenities – beautiful shower facilities, a HUGE two tiered infinity edge swimming pool – complete with waterslide and swim-up bar, a hot tub and multiple wonderful restaurants. Be sure to walk the docks at night to see all the Tarpin in the blue lights of the boats.
Cruise down the rugged and unspoilt North shore of Tortola and spend the day and night exploring Jost Van Dyke. Jost covers all your island options in one stop!
If you want to spend the day relaxing with a cocktail on the beach, pick up a mooring ball for the day in White Bay to visit the Soggy Dollar Bar – home of the original ‘painkiller’ and Ivans Stress Free Bar.
If you would rather spend the day in the water, head over and anchor near Sandy Spit to experience a day on a beautiful deserted island beach.
From there you can pick up a mooring ball in Diamond Cay and go ashore to explore the fun of the ‘bubbly pool’ on Jost Van Dyke.
For dinner and overnight you can choose to pick up a mooring balling ball in Great Harbor and eat at the world famous Foxy’s or motorcycle-inspired Corsairs. If you are in Diamond Cay or moored in Little Harbor you can have dinner at Foxy’s Taboo or Sydney’s Peace and Love.
Spend a day at Cane Garden Bay enjoying a beautiful beach day with many beach bars always offering some type of exciting island entertainment.
Cane Garden also has some great little boutiques where you can pick up souvenirs to bring back home. It is also home to Green VI Glass Studio where you can watch glass blowing artisans create hand-crafted pieces from local recycled glass. There is also the Callwood Rum Distillery, where you can see how rum was made centuries ago, and of course, do some tasting as well!
For dinner you can enjoy a great BBQ chicken and ribs dinner at Quito’s and then dance to Quito and The Edge ’till the early hours! Quito is a ‘must’ if great music is your desire.
Start thinking about home again (but not too much!). Head back to Virgin Traders by way of Soper’s Hole on the West End, and grab some lunch at Fish n’ Lime before continuing back to Nanny Cay Marina and Virgin Traders, making sure you have enough time to complete the check-in procedure at our dock.
As you watch the sunset, promise yourself you will be back to visit the many other wonderful places in the BVI that you didn’t get to see this time.
Your flights will be reconfirmed, your taxi already booked and soon you’ll be on your way home, already planning your return!