BVI Yacht Charter Itinerary Starting and Finishing in Tortola
The largest of the British Virgin Islands and its capital, Tortola offers a special allure for yacht charter guests. The Island has a rich history, full of stories from years of rum-running and sugar plantations. If you’re ready to explore all that Tortola—and its surrounding islands—have to explore, then this itinerary is for you!
Day 1 – Tortola
Smugglers Cove, Tortola. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
The fastest and easiest way to travel into Tortola is by flying into the island’s main airport, Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), better known as Beef Island Airport, located on the northeast corner of the island. From there, guests have the ability to walk about 100 meters directly down from the airport to the pier, catch a tender, and board their yacht charter—talk about convenience!
As another option, guests can also take a short taxi ride over to Road Town, which is one of the area’s largest marinas and best locations for dining, shopping, and entertainment. In Road Town, your charter can depart from one of the area’s popular marinas, such as the Inner Harbour or Port Purcell.
Day 2 - Tortola to The Baths, Virgin Gorda
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
After a quick 30-minute cruise from Tortola, you will arrive in Virgin Gorda near The Baths. If you like adventure, this island is well-known for its kiteboarding and hiking. A must-see for charter guests, The Baths is located at the south end of the island and is made up of a maze of huge boulders surrounded by small pools and grottoes.
For the ultimate snorkeling or diving experience, you’ll also want to make a stop at Devil’s Bay and Saba Rock—especially if you’re interested in swimming with the local sharks in the area.
Day 3 – The Baths to North Sound, Virgin Gorda
The Baths, photo by @alrivera5. Used with permission.
After departing The Baths, you’ll arrive at the northeast side of the island in the North Sound. For the ultimate snorkeling or diving experience, you’ll want to make a stop at Devil’s Bay and Saba Rock—especially if you’re interested in swimming with the local sharks in the area. Also close by is Leverick Bay and Oil Nut Bay. Of course, you won’t want to call it a day without making a pass by Sir Richard Branson’s infamous Necker Island.
Day 4 – North Sound, Virgin Gorda to Scrub Island
Departing from the northeast side of Virgin Gorda, you’ll head back out into the Caribbean sea to Scrub Island, which is a semi-private destination known for its spas and other luxurious amenities. Take advantage of this time to explore other smaller islands in the area, such as Guana and Great Camanoe. Be sure to stop by Pusser’s Marina Cay for drinks and a bite to eat.
Day 5 – Scrub Island to Jost Van Dyke
The island of Jost Van Dyke is all about leisure, relaxation and…cocktails! There are number of local watering holes that brag about their infamous “Painkiller with wet money” traditions that’s a must-try for visitors—favorites include the Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy’s. Party-crowds will certainly want to visit Great Harbour, which is world-renowned for its yacht parties on Halloween and New Year’s Eve. If you’d like to spend a few hours on the beach, head to Cane Garden Bay or visit the nearby Sandy Spit island and nature preserve.
Day 6 – Jost Van Dyke to Norman Island
Soggy Dollar Bar White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
Instead of diving, your next adventure might lead you into hours of snorkeling around the hidden caves and bays that make up Norman Island. This island is rumored to be the real-life inspiration behind “Treasure Island” by famous author Robert Louis Stevenson. Aside from sunbathing, the beaches on this island are also great for surfing. After an action-packed day, you’ll definitely want to sit back and relax while you enjoy the picturesque views of Tortola and Peter Island from a popular mooring location called The Bight.
Day 7 – Norman Island to Cooper Island
To continue your adventures, you’ll want to go scuba diving at Cooper Island. This location is particularly enticing for divers thanks to the numerous purposefully sunk shipwrecks that can be found below the surface. If you’re not quite ready to dive in, consider kayaking above the wrecks—or, stay on land and enjoy the local boardwalk. Also nearby, you may want to make time in your itinerary to visit nearby Peter Island.
Day 8 – Cooper Island to Tortola
Cooper Island. Photo by @hanhanbvi. Used with permission.
After a 15-minute cruise from Cooper Island, you’ll arrive back in Tortola. Spend your final day beach-hopping, from Smuggler’s Cove to Apple Bay, Carrot Bay, Brewer’s Bay, and Josiah’s Bay Beach before heading back to the airport for your departure.