After Check in and provisioning is done you can head out right across the channel down to Peter Island. Take a mooring at the Great Harbour and enjoy your first night in a protected bay. There are just two options for dinner, one in Sprat Bay: TradeWinds and the other in Deadman’s Bay: a Bar & Grill called Deadman’s Beach.
Leave your mooring early and head up northeast. If you are into snorkeling and you feel a little adventurous, you can try to see RMS Rhone, who is at 26m (85 ft) deep. Remember: you can’t drop the anchor there because it’s a Marine Park. Afterwards, head up to Cooper Island or Salt Island to spend the night. Cooper Island is more protected but Salt Island is more quiet, for sure you will be alone there. In Cooper Island you can find a good place for dinner called Cooper Island Beach Club.
The Baths will be your next destination. Try to leave really early in the morning, it is worth it, and keep going northeast and you will find Virgin Gorda. Spend the whole day exploring the rocks and snorkeling at the National Parks moorings. You can spend the night at Spanish Town buoys and then take a dinghy and explore the town. There’s a good restaurant called Coco Maya near the beach at the southern part of St. Thomas Bay (the same bay where Spanish Town is).
Leave yourself enough time to sail up north again to Virgin Gorda North Sound, where you can pick up a mooring at Saba Rock, Bitter End Yacht Club or Biras Creek. In order to access to North Sound, there are two main channel entrances: one north-south (buoyed) and another east-west (not buoyed and quite narrow). For dinner you will have a few options, like Fat Virgin’s Café (familiar and basic food) and Hog Heaven (a fancy restaurant with incredible panoramic views situated on top of the Gorda Peak National Park). For sure you will need to take a taxi (or hitchhike) from Laverick Bay Marina to get there.
Be ready to sail north (keep in mind that the wind in BVI usually blows from East). Your next journey to Anegada will take about 2,5 or 3 hours (about 14-15 nm from Virgin Gorda) with some tricky maneuvering around the reefs.
Anegada means “drowned island” in Spanish. Anegada is only 28 feet above sea level at its highest point and is well known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, its snorkeling, its pink flamingos, its wrecks, and its really tasty local lobster. The best way to see the island is to rent a jeep or a motorbike.
There you’ll find excellent local restaurants and bars, such as Cow Wreck Beach Bar and Grill or The Wonky Dog.
Sail south leaving The Dogs (George Dog, West Dog and Great Dog) at your portside and take a mooring at Marina Cay. The reef there is spectacular for snorkeling. Alternatively, you can take a mooring at Trellis Bay. In Trellis Bay you will find a Supermarket, a quite good Roti Beach Bar (special dish from the Caribbean) and De Loose Mangoose Bar too. If you’re lucky and you are in Trellis Bay during a full moon night you can enjoy a fireball spectacle near the beach.
During the morning sail through the straight between Little and Great Camanoe (not between Little Camanoe and Beef Island) and go to Monkey Point in Guana Island, taking a NP mooring buoy and spend the day swimming or just chilling in a really isolated island and at the same time close to Tortola. You can spend the night in White Bay of Guana Island.
A new day starts. Today you will sail west to Jost Van Dyke downwind leaving Tortola at your portside.
In Manchionel Bay (eastern part of Jost Van Dyke) there is a great spot for snorkeling, with lots of yellowtail snappers and other types of fish. During the day, you can explore the ancient inland trails of Jost Van Dyke and the Bubbling Pool (the island’s famous rock pool). A good option during the night is taking the dinghy and go to Foxy’s Taboo Bar, near Manchioneel Bay.
It’s time to come back to Tortola. You can break up the navigation with a stop at Sandy Cay, a very beautiful tropical nature preserve island, for some chilling and snorkeling. Again in Tortola, you can explore Cane Garden Bay, Ballast Bay, Great Carot Bay, Apple Bay and Belmont Bay. All of them are really close to each other.
Like before, if you’re lucky and your stay here coincides with full moon, you can enjoy the night at Bomba’s Sharck (at Cappons Bay) or Paradise Club in Cane Garden Bay. If not, you can enjoy a good dinner at The Sugar Mill, D’Coal Pot or BananaKeet Cafe.
Today you sail north again but before you head up to Jost Van Dyke you can stop at Smugler’s Cove, one of the best Tortola’s beaches. Once you’re in Jost Van Dyke, the perfect place to stay is Great Harbour: full of facilities and quite close to White Bay. You can jump in your dinghy and head over to White Bay (5-8 minutes) to sample an original “Pain Killer” and enjoy the afternoon at this beautiful beach. At Soggy Dollar Bar can be a good place for example. After sunset, explore world famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar or Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant back in Great Harbour.
Today is a day for some good navigation. You can keep sailing west downwind and leave Jost Van Dyke and head the boat to Great Tobago or alternatively, you can shortcut and go upwind to Soper’s Hole located at the western part of Tortola.
Great Tobago is an uninhabited island of the BVI, located, along with sister Little Tobago, approximately 6nm west of Jost Van Dyke. Tobagos islands are protected as a national park, and, along with the nearby Mercurious and Watson Rocks, represent the western border of the British Virgin Islands.
From Great Tobago, your next stop should be Soper’s Hole, there you will find a very sheltered harbor, supermarkets and a few bars and restaurants like Scaramouche and Fish’n Lime.
For the next night, head over southeast again (upwind) to Normand Island (The Bight Bay) and take a buoy.
In Normand Island you have 2 clear option for dinner: one more family-oriented called Pirates Bight or if you are in for a bit of fun, the Willy T’s boat. If you choose the second option don’t leave the bar without a jump from the 2nd floor and beware of the dinghy and how you tie up!
The last 3 days are very flexible. From Normand Island you can keep sailing east around Peter, Salt, Cooper and Ginger Island or just stay close Peter and Normand Island and just snorkel, relax, chill and enjoy de breeze.
Good options are White Bay, Little Harbour or Deadman’s Bay, all located in Peter Island.
You can’t forget to stop at The Indians, just outside the Bight. The Indians are also the second most popular dive and snorkeling site in the British Virgin Islands after the wreck of the RMS Rhone.
Schedule plenty of time to return to Tortola, refuel the tank and check-out the boat today.
Enjoy your morning with a last swim or snorkel and then head across the Sir Francis Drake channel back to our base, where you can enjoy your last night at dock restaurant or Red Rock, just 5 minutes walking from Harbour View Marina.
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