The best of the BVI

Blending freedom with support, flotilla holidays from Tortola offer a sailing holiday with a difference. During the day you’ll sail your own boat while expert crews guide you and your sailing group to some of the BVI’s best locations. Island-hop from one stunning anchorage to the next, walk along gorgeous stretches of beach, and snorkel with colourful fish. At night, enjoy the lively social scene. Sip a cocktail as the sun slips below the horizon—the BVI is the destination of choice for the social sailor. 

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BVI itinerary

14
Days

Highlights

  • Leverick Bay Resort & Marina
  • Diving and snorkeling at The Indians
  • The Baths National Park
  • World-famous "Painkiller" cocktails
  • Top-rated beaches at White Bay & Cane Garden Bay
  • Lobster dinner on Anegada
Day 1

At the base

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Following a smooth 20-minute transfer from the airport, you’ll arrive at our base at Wickhams Cay II on the beautiful island of Tortola, BVI. Enjoy the shops, shower facilities, pool area and restaurants here at the marina, or walk to nearby markets for last-minute provisions before getting settled aboard your yacht for the evening. The next morning, you'll meet your lead crew for an on board briefing and have the opportunity to meet fellow flotilla guests before you embark on the first leg of your BVI sailing adventure.

Discover Road Town

Search for treasure in the caves

Snorkel the caves off Treasure Point in the evocatively named Privateer Bay, searching for hidden booty overlooked for centuries.

Day 2

Road Town to Norman Island

The day's sailing

7
Nautical miles
1.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Push off from the dock and begin your flotilla adventure by sailing towards Norman Island, the southernmost region of the cruising grounds. Norman Island is also rumoured to be the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. With many underwater caves and secluded coves to explore, the snorkeling and diving here are superb. The Indians are an idyllic place to stop for lunch, and a visit to Pirate’s Bight beach bar is a must during any BVI holiday.

Discover The Bight Bay

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The Callwood Distillery

Take a trip to the Callwood Rum Distillery for a peek into the past, and of course an opportunity to sample Tortola’s excellent white and gold rums.

Day 3

Norman Island to Cooper Island

The day's sailing

9
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

A best-kept secret among the Caribbean yachting community, Cooper Island is one of the smaller islands within the southern cluster that sits just below the Sir Francis Drake Channel. There are several excellent diving locations here but hands down, the thing that draws visitors in and keeps them coming back time and again is Cooper Island Beach Club. This prime spot for seaside dining, sunset cocktails, and lounging with fellow sailors never fails to deliver good times and even better company.

Discover Manchioneel Bay

Island eco tours

Arrange an eco tour into Jost Van Dyke’s interior to discover the island’s incredible wildlife and scenery.

Day 4

Cooper Island to Leverick Bay

The day's sailing

13
Nautical miles
2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

On day four, cruise past granite boulders, turquoise cays and secluded grottos near The Baths while the flotilla makes its way towards the lovely Leverick Bay Resort and Marina. Spend the afternoon admiring the colorful reefs of “North Sound” or trace Blackbeard’s tale at Devil’s Bay. Leverick Bay Marina is home to a resort ideal for water sports fans, offering jetskiing, windsurfing, kite boarding and more. To the east of the marina, Leverick Bay itself provides quiet anchorage for those with more sedate tastes.

Discover The Baths

Suggested charter stop

The world-famous Baths are a must-see experience in the BVI and a prime location for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling.

Day 5

Leverick Bay to Anegada

The day's sailing

13
Nautical miles
2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

After breakfast, say farewell to Leverick Bay, then sail 13nm to discover the low-lying coral-rich island of Anegada. Unlike other islands formed from volcanic rock, Anegada’s coral and limestone base feature vibrant reefs and abundant marine life below the surface. Onshore, catch glimpses of rare rock iguanas and exotic birds at Nutmeg Point, or view the flamingos that reside at the salt ponds. Reserve a lobster dinner for an evening ashore, and dine under a canopy of stars.

Discover Anegada

Suggested lunch spot

While anchored in Anegada, pay a visit to Cow Wreck Beach Bar for some cold drinks and conch appetizers.

Day 6

Anegada to Trellis Bay

The day's sailing

18
Nautical miles
3.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Your next stop will be Beef Island, along the quaint shores of Trellis Bay. Pick up a mooring and refill provisions at the local market, or if the timing is right, sign yourself up for Trellis Bay’s monthly full moon party to enjoy live music and fun with new friends. You can also browse the island’s eclectic group of shops and taste the local Caribbean fare during a laid-back lunch overlooking the bay.

Discover Guana Island

Suggested snorkelling spot

Head to Monkey Point on Guana Island for some splendid snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding.

Day 7

Free day sailing

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Today is your chance to go explore this fan-favorite cruising playground on your own schedule. Trellis Bay’s idyllic location allows you many options to go discover somewhere less familiar with new flotilla friends. Enjoy some pool-side luxury at Scrub Island, snorkel at Monkey Point on Guana Island, or perhaps explore The Dogs – a cluster of small islands with abundant marine life. Today, the BVI is your oyster!

Day 8

Cane Garden Bay

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Meet up with your flotilla again in beautiful Cane Garden Bay, which is tucked away on the north side of Tortola. Post up at Myett's or one of the other charming beach bars to sip some cold drinks or eat lunch while basking in island scenery that chases your troubles away. Cane Garden Bay is Tortola at its best so it's easy to see why it has become such a popular anchorage for sailors.

Discover Brewster's Bay

Suggested snorkeling spot

Grab your snorkeling gear and kick up your fins in Brewster's Bay to feast your eyes on the natural beauty that lives below sea level.

The Callwood Distillery

Take a trip to the Callwood Rum Distillery for a peek into the past, and of course an opportunity to sample Tortola’s excellent white and gold rums.

Day 9

Cane Garden Bay to Jost Van Dyke

The day's sailing

5
Nautical miles
1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Begin day nine with a westbound passage towards the picture perfect sands of Jost Van Dyke. Known to many as “barefoot” island, this is the smallest of the four main British Virgin Islands, where you’ll also find some of our favorite seaside establishments like Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the world-famous “Painkiller” cocktail. Hiking is another favorite activity at Jost Van Dyke, and thrill-seeking adventurers can even book a guided ATV excursion.

Discover Sandy Cay

Suggested charter stop

Before departing Jost Van Dyke, cruise on over to the small deserted island of Sandy Cay for some relaxation and lunch with a second-to-none view.

Day 10

Free day sailing

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

On the tenth day of your flotilla, you’re free to frolic wherever you want. So you can head down to Peter Island a day early or extend your stay at Jost Van Dyke to continue soaking up the sun in Great Harbour or venture up to Little Jost Van Dyke . There is also much to be explored en route from JVD to Peter Island. Let your imagination lead the way!

Day 11

Peter Island

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

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Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

After your day of freedom amongst the turquoise-blue Caribbean waters, plot a course for Peter Island, which is where you'll find the infamous pirate-themed Willy T floating bar. While on Peter Island, snorkel over seagrass beds and swim with green sea turtles at Deadman’s Bay. You can also enjoy a scenic hike to the top of the island, where spectacular panoramic views await and wild goats roam free.

Discover Salt Island

Suggested diving site

Not far from Peter Island you find Salt Island – the perfect secluded spot to go ashore or explore the world-famous Wreck of the Rhone underwater marine park.

Day 12

Peter Island to Marina Cay

The day's sailing

8
Nautical miles
1.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Known for its colorfully-painted buildings lining the shore, Marina Cay is one of the most distinctive landmarks in the BVI. The patio restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch and you can also enjoy a scenic stroll along the picturesque coral-covered beach or slip-on your fins for some top-notch snorkeling at nearby Cam Bay.

Discover Scrub Island

Suggested lunch stop

Slip into the Scrub Island Resort marina during lunchtime to enjoy dock-side dining with a view.

Day 13

Free day sailing

The day's sailing

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Nautical miles
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Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

The last two days of your BVI flotilla adventure have arrived, and you get to spend them however you’d like. Divers may enjoy a visit to nearby Salt Island, where the underwater Wreck of the Rhone waits to be discovered. If you're in need of provisions or shore time, Spanish Town has a large market and plenty of excellent onshore sites and restaurants. Whether you choose to revisit a previous anchorage or discover somewhere new – there is no “wrong way” to go!

Day 14

Back to Base

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Car hire Hire a car
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Today is the final day of flotilla fun and cruising freedom, so we make our way back to the Sunsail base, where this incredible sailing adventure began just two weeks ago. Get an early start for more exploring along the way or to enjoy more onshore time on Tortola before heading home.