You are probably familiar with the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, but to many, the BVI, or the British Virgin Islands, are a bit more mysterious as a destination.
However, if you are considering taking your yacht out for a short term charter, it’s, time you got to know this Caribbean gem.
BVI is located in the Northeastern Caribbean, and is part of an archipelago of 60 islands, cays and islets offering a myriad of wonderful adventures and activities.
BVI is known as one of the best sailing spots in the world, thanks to its reliable trade winds, exquisitely warm weather and the ability to navigate from one visible island to the next. But, as a charter destination, BVI is great for motor yacht owners and their guests as well.
A British Territory
The BVI is not a country, but is a territory of the U.K. BVI consist of about 60 islands, most of which remain pristine and unpopulated. Well-known billionaires such as Sir Richard Branson own private islands in the BVI. There are three islands that represent the main tourist destinations: Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada.
The Main Attractions
Tortola is the capital of the BVI. It has recently attracted many more tourists, as it has opened up its docks to large commercial cruise ships. Tortola is known for its ancient ruins, white-sand beaches, and azure waters. The capitol city, Road Town, is a unique combination of friendly charm and fabulous nightlife. In addition, a national park, and other ways to experience the tropical beauty of the region, abound on Tortola.
Virgin Gorda is known for “The Baths.” The Baths are a one of a kind natural wonder, made up of breathtaking boulders that form secret pools and labyrinths on the edge of the sea. You will find a series of steps and rope handrails that create trails to explore along the boulders, from the beach to the sandy shore of Devil’s Bay. The Baths are a very popular place to anchor and enjoy swimming and snorkeling. The northeast side of Virgin Gorda sports the world renowned Bitter End Yacht Club, which is only accessible by boat.
Anegada is the only coral island in BVI. Its reefs and wrecks attract snorkelers and divers from all over the world. Stunning coral reefs surround the island, including the Eastern Caribbean’s third largest continuous natural reef, Horseshoe Reef. The reefs form a series of underwater mazes and tunnels, which are home to a remarkable abundance of sea life, such as parrot fish, stingrays and needle fish. If diving is not your thing, opportunities for other water sports are plentiful on Anegada.
If you would like more information about organizing a charter to the BVI, contact our On Demand charter specialists.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. Putting your boat in Charter can earn income, and defray some of the costs of ownership. On Demand Yachting from FYM can show you how. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.