• 1-week sailing holidays in the British Virgin Islands
  • For students and families

The world-famous British Virgin Islands are one of the most popular sailing destinations on the planet, to the extent that sailing and tourism accounts for about 45% of the Caribbean territory’s income. Tourists are especially attracted to the white sand beaches, snorkelling around the coral reefs close to Anegada and The Indians, and visiting The Baths on Virgin Gorda – an impressive network of beachside boulders. Furthermore, your time on the islands can be even more fun thanks to The Big Sail.


The BVI’s are better by boat

With its abundant natural beauty, bright and warm weather and plenty of opportunities for getting into the water, a trip to the islands can undoubtedly be soothing. However, it can be even more fun by boat where you can navigate around all the islands on your own yacht or catamaran. You will have a dedicated, comfortable yacht after booking a yacht charter to the BVIs with us, equipped with everything necessary for an action-packed sailing adventure.


What can be enjoyed on sailing holidays to the British Virgin Islands

A bespoke itinerary!

The variety of places and attractions in the BVI that you can visit and enjoy on one of our yacht charters is vast. We can (and will!) suggest ideas for an exciting itinerary, but you will still have the ultimate choice of where to go and when during your BVI getaway.


This is our ‘Classic BVI’ route. As part of the booking process we will create a bespoke itinerary for you, but for now – here are some of our favorite cruising stops in the BVI.

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Tortola is where your BVI yacht charter begins! Check in and stock up your yacht from the nearby supermarket, and once you’re all settled in onboard, head to one of the great restaurants around the marina for dinner and enjoy the first of many Caribbean sunsets!

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Cooper Island

Leave Road Town and sail to the wreck of The Rhone just off Salt Island for some stunning snorkeling, then head to Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Island and grab a mooring for the night. There’s a no anchoring policy at Cooper Island to protect the turtle grass on the bottom – so it’s mooring balls only. Cooper Island Beach Club is worth booking for either Lunch or Dinner, or just check out their rum bar at happy hour and BBQ onboard under the stars.

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Virgin Gorda

With turquoise waters, and almost too many mooring spots to choose from – Virgin Gorda has something for everyone. Stock up on supplies at Levrick’s, then head to Saba Rock or the Bitter End yacht club for sundowners and dinner in paradise. Alternatively, anchor just south of the Colquhoun Reef for a more secluded spot & grill some fresh fish onboard.

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A fantastic island to visit if the weather allows, Anegada is the most remote of all the BVI. The highest point on the island is a mere 28 feet above sea level, so you won’t even be able to see the island until you are just a few miles off. Hop in a taxi and visit Cow Wreck Beach bar or hire mopeds to explore the whole island. Antigua is famous for its seafood, and for its lobster in particular, so have a lobster dinner ashore to end another perfect day.

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Marina Cay

A 2 hour sail almost due South of Anegada, Marina Cay is a stunning and tiny island, surrounded by a reef. Grab a mooring ball, then head ashore to visit Pussers General Store for great clothing and gifts, and then snorkel right from the beach! Watch out – it can be shallow in places. Grab a ‘Painkiller’ or ‘Dark & Stormy’ with a view from the happy hour bar high up on the island, then head back to your yacht for another great Caribbean BBQ.


Jost Van Dyke

If you’re up early, stop at Monkey Point on the way for one of the best snorkeling spots in the area. Then head over towards Jost Van Dyke – an island, best known for its food and fun. Drop anchor in White Bay & swim ashore to the suitably named Soggy Dollar Bar – rumored to be the origin of the Painkiller Cocktail – then head round the corner to Great Harbour and visit the infamous ‘Foxys’ for dinner, music & an evening you won’t forget!


Norman Island

A perfect anchorage for the last night is The Bight at Norman Island, an easy 7nm to Road Town the next day. There is much to see and do on the way, including The Indians and Pelican Island for some of the best snorkeling in the BVI and be sure to visit the Caves just south of The Bight in your dinghy once you’ve secured your mooring for the night. Visit Pirates bar/restaurant on shore or head to the famous floating bar ‘The Willy-T’ for an unforgettable last night in the Caribbean.




At the Big Sail, we appreciate that everyone is different, which is why we spend time finding the perfect yacht(s) for your group and creating a tailor-made itinerary just for you. Other exciting overseas destinations that you can explore on-board a yacht include Greece and Croatia. We look forward to discussing all the many options open to you and ultimately putting together your ideal sailing trip.

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