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Caribbean sailing April-June 2018

Tortola, BVI

Sailing holidays

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The Caribbean yacht charter capital

Tortola is a sailor’s paradise, blessed with year-round warm weather, steady trade winds, calm, cobalt-blue waters and bougainvillea-clad hillsides. This is the yacht charter capital of the Caribbean, and arguably the most famous sailing destination in the world. Click here for essential information about your BVI sailing holiday

Throughout the BVI, you’ll find sheltered harbours, sun-soaked beaches, pirate bars and jaw-dropping shipwrecks. Give island life a go, and you won't want to leave. Relax and bask in the spectacular scenery; taste the French-Caribbean fusion cuisine; and explore the tiny villages scattered along the shores of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Head for the dramatic rock formations of The Baths on Virgin Gorda to see immense boulders, grottos and natural pools, or let your imagination loose with tales of pirates and treasure caves on Norman Island, the model for ‘Treasure Island’. See sunken shipwrecks and a spectacular range of tropical sea life while diving Anegada, the BVI's unique coral atol. 

Ideal for families, groups and couples, the BVI offers easy deep-water island hops, line-of-sight navigation and plentiful sheltered anchorages. We've even based one of our fantastic sailing schools in Tortola, so you can up your skills and learn while you sail in this Caribbean idyll.

Suggested bareboat itineraries

We have made temporarily amended our suggested itineraries to reflect the businesses that are currently open in the BVI. The attached itinerary will take in the very best the BVI has to offer at this time. Find out more here:

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Enjoy the freedom of a bareboat charter holiday in the BVI. You’ll start your sailing holiday in Tortola and head for the azure waters of the Caribbean. From here you have complete freedom to stop at any of the thousands of white sand beaches, laid-back bars or island restaurants, swim with hawksbill turtles or explore shipwrecks.

With easy island hops, line-of-sight navigation and sheltered anchorages, bareboat charter holidays in the BVI are perfect whether you’re a new sailor or a skilled skipper. There’s no better way to explore the delights of the BVI than from the deck of your own sail boat.

Experienced sailors

BVI one-week bareboat

  • Lobster dinner on Anegada
  • Rum punch in the sun
  • The Baths National Park
  • Explore the beach bars in Great Harbour
  • Adventure and watersports in Virgin Gorda
  • Treasure hunting on Norman Island
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Flotilla itineraries

The perfect blend of freedom and support, flotilla holidays from Tortola offer a sailing holiday with a difference. During the day you’ll sail your own boat while expert crews guide you and your sailing group to some of the BVI’s best locations. And at night you have the social scene. Sip a cocktail as the sun slips below the horizon—the BVI are the destination of choice for the social sailor.

Trunk Bay (Virgin Gorda), BVI

Virgin Gorda One-Week Flotilla

  • Lobster dinner on Anegada
  • Rum punch in the sun
  • The Baths National Park
  • Explore the beach bars in Great Harbour
  • Adventure and watersports in Virgin Gorda
  • Treasure hunting on Norman Island
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Jost Van Dyke Two-Week Flotilla

  • Diving Wreck Alley
  • Callwood Distillery
  • The Baths National Park
  • Exploring remote Anegada
  • Snorkelling the stunning Caribbean
  • Treasure hunting on Norman Island
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BVI Taste of Paradise flotilla

  • Monkey Point’s dazzling coral reef
  • See another side of this cruising paradise
  • Stop off at Caribbean rum hotspots
  • Visit Foxy’s beach bar on Jost Van Dyke
  • Learn the history of the rum industry
  • World's oldest continually operating rum distillery
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Sailing School

Sailing schools

Learn to sail at one of our bases. From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Thailand to Australia, or even a bit closer to home at our Port Solent base, our RYA qualified instructors teach you all the skills you’ll need on your sailing holiday.

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Experience required

Sailing experience level
At least 5 days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Level 1 destinations offer the easiest, most forgiving sailing ideal for novices and less experienced sailors. Lazy line mooring, line-of-sight navigation and calm conditions mean you won’t sail outside your comfort zone.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Wickams Cay II

PO Box 139

Road Town

Tortola, BVI

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun from 8am-5pm

Nearest airport
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport

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