British Virgin Islands

Tortola Sailing Vacations

81 °F
Average temperature(Jun-Sept)
1
Sailing experience level

The Caribbean yacht charter capital

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) means warm weather, steady trade winds and cobalt blue waters. Whether your BVI yacht charter is bareboat, flotilla or skippered, you’re sure to agree it is truly a sailor’s paradise.

Tortola is the yacht charter capital of the Caribbean, and arguably the most famous sailing destination in the world. Throughout the BVI you’ll find sheltered harbors, sun-soaked beaches, pirate bars and jaw-dropping shipwrecks. Give island life a go, and you won't want to leave. Relax and bask in the spectacular scenery; taste the French-Caribbean fusion cuisine; and explore the tiny villages scattered along the shores of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Head for the dramatic rock formations of The Baths on Virgin Gorda to see immense boulders, grottos and natural pools, or let your imagination loose with tales of pirates and treasure caves on Norman Island, the model for ‘Treasure Island’. See sunken shipwrecks and a spectacular range of tropical sea life while diving Anegada, the BVI's unique coral atoll.

Ideal for families, groups and couples, the BVI offers easy deep-water island hops, line-of-sight navigation and plentiful sheltered anchorages.

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BVI travel information

Suggested bareboat itineraries

Enjoy the freedom of a bareboat charter vacation in the BVI. You’ll start your sailing vacation in Tortola and head for the azure waters of the Caribbean. From here you have complete freedom to stop at any of the thousands of white sand beaches, laid-back bars or island restaurants, swim with hawksbill turtles or explore shipwrecks.

With easy island hops, line-of-sight navigation and sheltered anchorages, bareboat charter vacations in the BVI are perfect whether you’re a new sailor or a skilled skipper. There’s no better way to explore the delights of the BVI than from the deck of your own sail boat.

Experienced sailors

BVI Updated Itinerary

  • Lobster dinner on Anegada
  • Rum punch in the sun
  • The Baths National Park
  • Explore the beach bars on Jost Van Dyke
  • Adventure and watersports in Virgin Gorda
  • Treasure hunting on Norman Island
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Flotilla itineraries

The perfect blend of freedom and support, flotilla vacations from Tortola offer a sailing vacation 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. And at night you have the social scene. Sip a cocktail as the sun slips below the horizon—the BVI are the destination of choice for the social sailor.

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Trunk Bay (Virgin Gorda), BVI

Virgin Gorda One-Week Flotilla

  • Leverick Bay Resort & Marina
  • Diving and snorkeling at The Indians
  • The Baths National Park
  • World-famous "Painkiller" cocktails
  • Searching for buried pirate treasure
  • Lobster dinner on Anegada
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Great Harbour_Jost_Van_Dyke

Jost Van Dyke two-week flotilla

  • 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
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Experience required

Sailing experience level
1
At least 5 days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Level 1 destinations offer the easiest, most forgiving sailing, ideal for novices and less experienced sailors. Lazy line mooring, line-of-sight navigation and calm conditions mean you won’t sail outside your comfort zone.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Sailing conditions

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Min temp
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Dominant wind direction
Beef Island (Tortola)
January82706810ESE
February82705410ESE
March8270569SE
April84728810SE
May847312910SE
June86757310ESE
July86758511ESE
August887512410ESE
September88751439SE
October86751619SE
November84731619E
December827211910E

Address

Wickams Cay II

PO Box 139

Road Town

Tortola, BVI

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Nearest airport
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport

Choose Sunsail

25
Destinations worldwide

14
Flotilla routes

48
Types of yachts

40 yrs
Creating holidays

4 hr
Service guarantee