A Journey through the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands offer a plethora of natural beauty and serenity. Known for its calm waters, excellent sailing, short distances between islands and outstanding snorkeling and swimming activities. A couples and family paradise!
Day 1 Nanny Cay
You may board your yacht at 12 Noon from Nanny Cay Marina or Trellis Bay right next to Beef Island Airport.. Upon boarding you can enjoy a tropical cocktail prepared by your Captain himself! The Captain will then show you to your cabin while the first mate prepares a delightful lunch. After lunch, we will depart and set sail for Cooper Island. Anchored in the calm waters of Cooper Island you can spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling around Cistern Point, laying on the beach or trying out the many watersports toys we have aboard Blue Moon. Hors d'oeuvres are served around 5 pm, the chef will bring out snacks and your favorite happy hour cocktail for all to enjoy. Take in your first gorgeous sunset while relaxing on the fly bridge. After sunset, dinner is served in the main cockpit area under the stars for everyone to enjoy your first tropical calm evening in Paradise.
Enjoy and let your journey begin!
After a good morning breakfast, a morning sail can take you to the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This takes roughly an hour and a half to sail and is most picturesque. Upon arrival at the Baths, you will see the most spectacular rock formations from the Batholithic period. Your Captain will take you ashore and give you a guided tour, full of history and interesting facts about the area. Only flip flops and a swimsuit are needed for this adventure! After your walk through the Bath the first mate will meet you on the beach in Devils Bay with cold drinks and your snorkel equipment. You can snorkel in and out of the giant boulders and then head back to your luxurious yacht Blue Moon for a refreshing lunch! After Lunch, we will set sail for Long Bay on Virgin Gorda where we will anchor for the night. Happy Hour cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5 o’clock. The view at sunset from Long Bay Virgin Gorda simply cannot be beaten. It is a view 25 miles down to St Thomas where the sun sets, surrounding you on the horizon are a multitude of tropical islands in the sun. Every night at sunset is dead calm here, so enjoy Happy hour with treats and cocktails and let your mind escape into paradise. It is here on a full moon that you can see each grain of sand on the seabed 15 feet below. Dinner is served in the cockpit after which the crew will turn out the lights and everyone will head up to the trampoline for some of the most spectacular star gazing you will ever see.
Day 3 - Collecting Sea Shells
You will wake up in Long Bay Virgin Gorda where we will spend the morning enjoying the crystal clear water and the 1 mile long foot-print free beach. There are no palm trees at this anchorage but collecting sea shells on the beach or snorkeling is divine. For those who are keen, the Captain will take you for a snorkel to the ‘Jacuzzi,’ an underwater swim through which leads you into a pool enclosed by a circular rock wall! Blue Moon will then set sail for the Bitter End Yacht club in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Lunch will be served upon arrival after which you will have time to go ashore and explore. We will then go for a short ride around to Eustachia Sound where we will anchor on a barrier reef with the Atlantic Ocean being the only thing in sight. Here you can go for a snorkel at one of the most fascinating spots in the BVI. The barrier reef stands up from 5 feet to 40 feet, this is where you’ll see those rainbow colored fish and all the colored sponges and corals. Very few guests get to do this so make sure you are one of those few. Then, it’s time to relax in the seating area on the bow looking out to the Atlantic Ocean sipping a Pina Colada reminiscing about the adventures of the day. You will enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by your lovely first mate and with your eyes barely open, wonder off to bed for a good night’s sleep.
Day 4 - Set sail for the Dogs
After breakfast we will set sail for The Dogs. For those who wish to go scuba diving your crew will be happy to guide you on a dive. The snorkeling around the Dogs is some of the best in the BVI. The hard and soft corals are a plenty, keep an eye out for lobsters, eels and even nurse sharks. Lunch will be served aboard Blue Moon after which we will set sail again for Marina Cay for the evening. Marina Cay (Republic of Jose Cuervo) is one of the smallest of the Virgin Islands and my favorite Caribbean island. Marina Cay has a lovely beach restaurant under the coconut palms where you can relax and enjoy the tropical surroundings, or you can jump in the warm crystal clear tropical waters and snorkel round the small reef. Children as well as adults can wakeboard, kneeboard or snorkel here, but going ashore to explore this island is a big "must." After dinner, for those who fancy a night of fun, music and possibly even some dancing, the Captain will take you across the way to another of the BVI’s smallest islands, Bellamy Cay. This island bares a restaurant and bar called the Last Resort where a talented musician by the name of Al performs. Al has played in the BVI’s for over ten years and should not be missed!
After a good breakfast, we will cruise to Monkey Point on Guana Island for some snorkling. Snorkeling is wonderful at this spot or you can relax on your catamaran with your favorite book. We will only stay here for about an hour before we set sail and head down wind towards Jost Van Dyke and it’s neighboring islands. This is a great sail to put out the fishing line and hope to catch a fish. Sandy Spit and Green Cay are all places of exceptional beauty. Just take your pick. Sandy Cay is a "must do" exploring adventure by foot, it is a short walk which commences on the beach and runs through thick coconut palms to a path leading up the top of a 50 feet cliff looking out to Sandy Cay, Tortola and the Atlantic. On your way back to the beach, pick up your favorite Hermit Crab friend and get ready for a high stakes Hermit Crab race. Take shoes, flip-flops, a camera and bug spray. This is one walk you will never forget. For the over-night stop, White Bay is secluded and quiet with only the Soggy Dollar Bar ashore; or Great Harbor is ideal for those who would like to visit the famous Foxy's. Let us know where you want to stay and then you can enjoy enjoy your happy hour, followed by dinner and good sleep!
After Breakfast we will set sail for Norman Island. Norman Island was used as the back drop in the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island," and there was in fact treasure found on this island at one time. On the way, we will stop for a snorkel and lunch at the Indians. This is a snorkel not to be missed. The shallow area filled with a soft coral garden on one side with a deep penetrating wall on the other makes this one of the most versatile snorkeling spots in the BVI. After lunch we will cruise over into the Bight for the night. Norman Island is a wonderful island for hiking and exploring, you can also visit the newly renovated Pirates Bight and lounge on the beach with a cocktail and play some Jenga. This is a good place to lay back with a book in a comfortable spot aboard. There are many choices for happy hour in this bay just let your crew know what you want to do! Dinner is enjoyed on board under the gorgeous stars above. You may wish to visit the famous Willy T which is a Brigantine pirate ship at anchor which acts as a restaurant and bar. This can be quite a lively place at night, so if it is night life you feel you need then the Willy T is where you need to head for this evening. Otherwise enjoy the night on before heading off to bed!
When everyone is up for the day, we will move the boat around the corner to the famous Caves. We will have breakfast here and then you can enjoy a nice calm snorkel. This is also a great place for water sports, so let your crew know what you want to try today! After The Caves we will set our sails for Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island. Peter Island is host to Peter Island Resort which is owned by Amway. From Deadman’s Bay you can go ashore and explore the resort, shop at the boutique, lay on the beach, or go for a hike. Snorkeling can be exciting in this bay as it is home to many Hawksbill Turtles and two beautiful Eagle Rays. The beach at Peter Island Resort is one of the most picturesque beaches in the BVI’s so it’s a great spot to take those last shots. We will enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour on the fly bridge following by a unforgettable dinner aboard.
Until your next adventure!
After breakfast we will set sail for your drop off location where a Taxi will be arranged to take you to the airport or ferry for your noon departure. Fun times were had and we will miss you, so make sure you come back and visit us again next year!
Journey provided by Captain Jack and Jaimey Blue Moon