British Virgin Islands
Sailing the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are a world renowned sailing ground. There are so many small islands here that you’ll find yourself conflicted over exactly where to go each day. Many people choose to return to the region year after year just so that they can visit it all! Laid-back and low-key, the BVI’s are an absolutely gorgeous place to sail and explore while on holiday.
Made up of four ‘main’, larger islands; Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, and 32 smaller islands including Norman Island, Copper Island, Beef Island and Scrub Island, the BVI’s offer a wonderful variety of peaceful anchorages and party locations sure to please every member of your party.
Steady trade winds and line of sight navigation, accompanied by perfect beaches, wonderful wildlife and some of the most welcoming people you’re likely to meet. Taken all together its easy to see why the BVI’s are a firm favourite with charterers at every level.
Norman Island was the main inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Spanish pirates are rumoured to have buried their treasure all around the island in the 18th Century. These days its an amazing place to visit within the BVI’s.
With perfect beaches offering amazing snorkelling around every corner and hiking trails up and down the length of the island there’s plenty to keep you occupied here during the day. Visit the Pirates Bight Bar & Restaurant in the evening where happy hour starts every day with a canon shot! Or climb aboard the Willy T, a floating bar & Restaurant that’s been operating here for more than 35 years.
One of the larger Islands in the BVI group, Anegada is nicknamed the “Drowned” Island. Unlike most islands in the region Anegada is not volcanic in origin but rather formed of one large dried out reef.
The island is 10 miles long and 2.5 miles wide with no point being higher than 8.5m. The whole island is surrounded by one enormous horse-shoe reef that is 18 miles long, making it the third largest reef system in the world. This reef provides spectacular snorkelling & diving opportunities allowing you to come face to face with amazing sea-life. A true paradise on earth!