Bright sand, clear water

Reliable trade winds, easy line-of-sight sailing and beautiful sun-warmed scenery make the BVIs one of the world’s best sailing destinations.

Embark on a one-week flotilla sailing holiday of Tortola and the other British Virgin Islands, where you’ll swim with turtles above kaleidoscopic reefs, lounge on unspoilt white sand beaches and kick back in friendly waterside bars.

BVI itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Diving The Indians
  • Rum punch in the sun
  • The Baths National Park
  • Saba Rock tarpon feeding
  • Adventure and watersports
  • Treasure hunting on Norman Island
Day 1

Wickhams Cay II

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Wickhams Cay II Marina Base

Your flotilla adventure begins at our base on Wickhams Cay II. This thriving marina town is the perfect place to provision your boat, get to know your new flotilla friends and meet the lead crew who will guide you through the highlights of the British Virgin Islands. Make the most of your time on shore before you set sail, stopping for island pastries and coffee in the marina café or heading further inland to explore Tortola’s mountainous, forested interior.

Discover Wickhams Cay II

Botanical gardens

A 15-minute walk takes you to the J.R. O’Neal Botanical Garden. Take a stroll through the manicured tropical gardens and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

Day 2

Wickhams Cay II to Marina Cay

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Marina Cay BVI

With reliable trade winds filling your sails and the sun warming the deck beneath your feet, sail east from Wickhams Cay II and follow the contours of Tortola’s meandering coastline. Cruise around Beef Island until you reach tiny Marina Cay. Here you’ll find a jetty and buoys for mooring, a stretch of sandy beach to bask on and a bar serving refreshing Caribbean drinks. Kick back and enjoy a real taste of island life with your new flotilla friends.

Discover Marina Cay

A drink with a view

Head to the bar at the centre of Marina Cay or to Scrub Island for a drink with a view in the sparkling Caribbean sunshine.

Suggested lunch spots

Anchor in the crescent shaped Brandywine Bay for lunch on the warm white sand. Search the beach for seashells or snorkel in the glassy waters of the bay.

Day 3

Marina Cay to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Spanish Town_Virgin Gorda

Enjoy five miles of exciting open water sailing as you power across the channel separating Tortola and its outlying islets from Virgin Gorda. Head for the marina at Spanish Town, where you can moor for the day and explore Virgin Gorda on foot. Spanish Town is a lively island community with two beaches to enjoy and many bars and restaurants to relax in. Rent a car or book a taxi to visit Virgin Gorda’s Gorda Peak National Park and haunting abandoned copper mine.

Discover Spanish Town

Virgin Gorda, BVI

The Baths

Visit the famous Baths National Park, where volcanic action and coastal erosion have created a granite playground of pools, grottos, arches and caves.

Day 4

Spanish Town to Saba Rock

The day's sailing

2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Saba Rock_ BVI

Head north from Spanish town and traverse the length of Virgin Gorda, passing the sandy beaches of Little Dix, Savannah and Pond bays before arcing around the headland at Mountain Bay. Cruise into Gorda Sound and head east for the tiny islet of Saba Rock. This speck in the Caribbean Sea is home to a yacht service station where you can receive technical support, as well as a bar and restaurant perfect for a quiet afternoon away from the hustle and bustle.

Discover Saba Rock

Game fish feeding

Stay for the daily barracuda and tarpon feeding at 5pm. These magnificent game fish are a sight to behold.

Suggested lunch spots

To the east of Virgin Gorda, the Dogs Islands—Great Dog, George Dog and West Dog—offer beaches, bays, cliffs and coves to explore on your lunch break.

Day 5

Saba Rock to Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

The day's sailing

4 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Great Harbour_Jost_Van_Dyke

Navigate your way between the packed islands of Gorda Sound, point your bow southwest and cruise towards the isle of Jost Van Dyke. You’ll pass just north of Tortola, skirting Great Camanoe and Guana Island on the way. On the south side of Jost Van Dyke you’ll find the wide entrance to Great Harbour. The idyllic beach here is home to beachside bars and restaurants backed by towering forested peaks. Overnight here or head one bay further west to White Bay, birthplace of the Painkiller cocktail.

Discover Great Harbour

Island eco tours

Arrange an eco tour into Jost Van Dyke’s interior to discover the island’s incredible wildlife and scenery.

Leverick Bay

Suggested lunch spots

Head for the marina at Leverick Bay to enjoy a cooked lunch and even take in some of the resort’s excellent water sports. If you’d prefer a quieter picnic lunch, the eastern side of Leverick Bay has a pretty stretch of beach.

Day 6

Great Harbour to Norman/Peter Island

The day's sailing

3.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Norman Island

Sail south from Jost Van Dyke, past Great Thatch Island and through The Narrows bordering Tortola and St. John. Peter Island and Norman Island lie to the south of Tortola, and offer dozens of bays for visiting sailors to explore. Norman Island is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and both offer excellent diving and snorkelling. Watch for turtles, nurse sharks, lionfish and even the occasional manatee cruising through the clear, shallow waters.

Discover Norman/Peter Island

Suggested lunch spots

The Indians are a small archipelago of islets and one of the most popular dive spots in the BVI. Call here for lunch and dive or snorkel an underwater playground brimming with tropical fish species.

Day 7

Norman/Peter Island to Wickhams Cay II

The day's sailing

1.3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Wickhams Cay II Marina Base

The final day of your flotilla adventure sees you return to our base at Wickhams Cay II. It’s a short journey due north from Norman and Peter Islands, so you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of your last day in the BVI. A hike through Tortola’s hilly interior is a great way to admire stunning views across the beautiful British Virgin Islands and the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Discover Wickhams Cay II

Suggested lunch spots

Stop at Cooper Island or Salt Island on your way back to Wickhams Cay II for an extended lunch break. These islands offer some of the best wreck diving in the Caribbean.