Part of the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) chain, Anegada is an oasis of ethereal aquamarine shades. Located 19 nautical miles from Tortola, Anegada has a varied and intriguing environment on land and on sea that makes this island appealing to divers, boaters, hikers and those desiring just to relax in a soft rope hammock overlooking a white sand beach. Although the distance is greater to this island, the destination is worth the journey—and it’s the perfect special addition to any Virgin Islands yacht charter.
Day 1 – Tortola/St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda
Whether you’d like to begin your charter in Tortola or in St. Thomas, the best airports for easy travel to the area are Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), better known as Beef Island Airport in Tortola, or the Cyril E. King Airport (STT) located in St. Thomas. From either of these locations, your yacht charter can get underway with a cruise to a great mid-way point between your departure port and Anegada: Virgin Gorda.
Day 2 – Virgin Gorda
The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Photo by @hanhanbvi
As the third largest island in the BVIs, Virgin Gorda offers a lot to explore. From hiking to the island’s highest point at Gorda Peak, to snorkeling or enjoying the beaches at Savannah Bay, Devil’s Bay, Mahoe Bay, or Spring Bay, there’s something for everyone. Most of the island’s dining and shopping is located near Spanish Town, where visitors can learn more about the area’s unique history made up of African, Indian and Spanish heritage.
Day 3 – Virgin Gorda to Anegada
After just a 40-minute sail from Virgin Gorda, you’ll soon arrive at your most-anticipated destination. Anegada is well-known for being the only coral island in the entire Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain. Yacht charter guests will be astounded at the natural beauty both on the island itself and in its surrounding waters. Colorful coral reefs, sandy white beaches, crystal clear springs, and an abundance of wildlife and vegetation awaits visitors to Anegada. Be sure to keep an eye out for wild orchids, sea lavender, turpentine trees, native rock iguanas and exotic birds.
Day 4 – Anegada
Anegada. Photo by Steve Friedman
Spending a day in Anegada will be the highlight of your charter, as you can explore the Bones Bight nature trail or Nutmeg Point, or bask in the sun at one of the calm, quiet beaches. Must-visit beach locations include Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, and Windlass Bight. History buffs will also want to make a stop at the Main Town’s Settlement, which includes a maze of stone walls. Or, consider taking a tour of the Arawak’s ancient conch mounds near the east side of the island.
Day 5 – Anegada to Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke. Photo by @hanhanbvi
A little more than 56 nautical miles from Anegada, you can continue to unwind and relax on the spirited island of Jost Van Dyke. Take time to explore the east side of the island for a natural sea-formed jacuzzi, or hike the trails of the old sugar mill ruins. Don’t miss out on indulging in some of the island’s native cuisine, such as fish sandwiches, barbecue and lobster, and have a drink with the locals.
Day 6 – Jost Van Dyke to Tortola/St. Thomas
Jost Van Dyke is located just a 25-minute cruise from Tortola, while a sail back to St. Thomas is just around 16 nautical miles. Along your cruise, be sure to stop to explore the Caribbean seas. Pull out the yacht toys, go for a swim, or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the Caribbean as you make your way back to your original port of departure.
Day 7 – Tortola/St. Thomas
Before flying home, take the time to enjoy your time in Tortola or St. Thomas. In Tortola, you may take the day to go surfing in Cane Garden Bay or fishing in the North and South Drops. While in St. Thomas, catch a lift with the Skyride, which takes visitors up to 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie to experience breathtaking views of the islands.
Tortola, BVI. Photo by @hanhanbvi