|Sample Sailing Itinerary
Today you arrive on the beautiful island of Tortola, gem of the British Virgin Islands. Once you arrive at either the ferry terminal or the international airport you will be taken to the capitol of the BVI, Road Town. Today is a day to explore the old town of Road Town, take in the local fare, meet new people and ready for tomorrow's first day of sailing.
This morning, we will officially start our sailing adventure! We'll cross the Sir Francis Drake Channel headed for Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island. Manchioneel Bay got its name from the Manchioneel Trees that line its beautiful beach. It is also said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's song, "Cheeseburger in Paradise!" Here we'll do some swimming or snorkeling and enjoy a relaxing day in paradise. Evenings are gorgeous from Manchioneel Bay as you watch the sun set right down the length of Sir Francis Drake Channel and across the channel the lights start to appear on Tortola. As the sun dips lower, it creates a rich, orange light perfect for photos!
We will sail out about 8:00AM this morning and head for the Baths. The Baths are located on the island of Virgin Gorda. They are a natural attraction of the British Virgin Islands with exotic pools and grottos formed by giant boulders strewn across sand beaches. We'll take the dinghy to shore and explore the hidden rooms with shafts of light formed by the boulders and perhaps have some fun in the crashing surf swimming or snorkeling. After a couple of hours, we'll take the dinghy back to the boat and sail on over to Marina Cay where we'll overnight. We'll arrive at Marina Cay early in the afternoon so we'll still have plenty of daylight. Here you can actually snorkel the coral reef right off of the beach!
The 8-acre island, Marina Cay, was the setting for the true life story romanticized in Robb White's book, "Two on the Isle," a classic about life on the island with his wife. Robb White was a writer of screenplays, television scripts, and adventure novels. He and his wife, Rodie, purchased the island in 1937 for $60! White was recalled to military service at the outbreak of WWII. At the same time, the British government took Marina Cay from the Whites as they had never issued them a license to hold the land and now refused stating that White's published writings had misrepresented conditions on the British Virgin Islands.
This morning, we'll sail over to Monkey Point on Guana Island. Monkey Point marks the sea passage between Tortola's coast and Guana Island (a nature resort on a private island). This is a wonderful day stop with great snorkeling! Afterwards, we'll sail along the northern side of Tortola and make our way to gorgeous Cane Garden Bay, know as a jewel of the BVI! Cane Garden Bay is a favorite of sailors, swimmers, water sports enthusiasts, joggers, etc. Many evenings you can hear the sounds of island music drifting over the waters from local recording star, Quito Rymer.
This morning, we'll set sail for Jost Van Dyke, the "barefoot island." Jost Van Dyke is four miles long and known by travelers around the world for its laid-back, casual lifestyle and fine beaches. En route, we will take a stop at Sandy Cay - an ideal tropical isle covered in white sand and dotted with palm trees. It's a tiny island with some trails and great views that we will explore before continuing on to Jost Van Dyke. We'll head on over to Little Harbor and moor the boat for the day. Once we're settled in, we can grab a taxi and take a short driver over to Diamond Cay where we'll take a short hike to the Bubbly Pools - the island's geological delight. During high tide, this unbelievable spot is much like a natural Jacuzzi. The rock formation on the rugged northern coast of Jost funnels waves through a very narrow passage into this small natural pool. Perhaps tonight we'll have a relaxing dinner on shore at Harris' Place.
TAXI TO DIAMOND CAY: APPROX. $5-$8 PER PERSON
DINNER: APPROX. $20-$25 PER PERSON
This morning, we'll take the boat over to beautiful White Bay - just 2 harbors down from Little Harbor. White Bay, named for its beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, is one of the most visually stunning bays of the BVI. We will either spend the night moored in White Bay or go back to Little Harbor for the night.
This morning, we will set sail towards Norman Island. From Jost Van Dyke, this will take about 2-3 hours depending on the wind as we sail between Great Thatch and Little Thatch Islands and the West End of Tortola back across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Legend plays a large part in the history of Norman Island with tales of pirates and treasure caves, although the role of the island as the model for the epic "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson is perhaps the most famous legend of all. While the island is now uninhabited, farmers have in the past reared cattle there and today the Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the islands. Once we arrive at our harbor, The Bight, we can take the dingy over to the Caves - yet another great place to snorkel. Later in the afternoon, we can step on to Norman Island and explore one of the walking trails on "Treasure Island." We'll share our last dinner together onboard tonight.
We will make an early start today for Road Town, Tortola to clean up and get to the Ferry port for our return to St. Thomas and return flights home!