Treasure islands, tropical bars

Enjoy a two-week flotilla sailing holiday in the BVI, one of the Caribbean’s most popular sailing destinations.

You’ll discover the island that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, snorkel coral reefs in the company of turtles and rays and sip rum cocktails on sun drenched golden beaches. A flotilla sailing holiday in the BVI takes you to paradise, allowing you to make new friends and enjoy fun social activities on shore with the rest of the flotilla.

BVI itinerary

14
Days

Highlights

  • Diving Wreck Alley
  • Callwood Distillery
  • The Baths National Park
  • Exploring remote Anegada
  • Snorkelling the stunning Caribbean
  • Treasure hunting on Norman Island
Day 1

Wickhams Cay II to The Bight Bay, Norman Island

The day's sailing

1.2 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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Norman Island_The_Bight_Bay_BVI

Our BVI base is located at Wickhams Cay II on the beautiful island of Tortola. This bustling marina has all the amenities you need to prepare for your journey through the remote paradise islands of the BVIs, so provision your boat and get ready for adventure on the Caribbean Sea. Catch one of the Caribbean’s consistent trade winds and sail out from Baughers Bay into the Caribbean Sea. Sail due south, skirting the craggy coastline of Peter Island and instead making for broad Bight Bay on the northern shores of Norman Island. Norman Island is thought to have provided inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and a palpable sense of adventure remains here to this day.

Discover The Bight Bay

Search for treasure in the caves

Snorkel the caves off Treasure Point in the evocatively named Privateer Bay, searching for hidden booty overlooked for centuries.

Day 2

The Bight Bay to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Cane Garden Bay_ BVI

Sail from the mouth of Bight Bay and around St. John’s East End Peninsula, navigating The Narrows that separate St. John from Tortola. With the magnificent beaches of Long Bay to your starboard side, make for the sheltered anchorage of Cane Garden Bay. Cane Garden Bay has an excellent selection of beachside bars and restaurants, so stay for dinner and drinks and try your hand at paddleboarding on the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

Discover Cane Garden Bay

The Callwood Distillery

Take a trip to the Callwood Rum Distillery for a peek into the past, and of course an opportunity to sample Tortola’s excellent white and gold rums.

Suggested lunch spots

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

Day 3

Cane Garden Bay to Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

The day's sailing

1.2 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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Great Harbour_Jost_Van_Dyke

Head east across the ocean from Cane Garden Bay to the island of Jost Van Dyke. Watch your wake ebb away behind you as you pass little Sandy Cay and the narrow entrance to Garner Bay. Make for lively Great Harbour, with its sandy beach, welcoming bars and lush, forested mountains. Relax on the beach or make use of the local dive shop to explore beneath the waves of the diverse Caribbean Sea.

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.

Suggested lunch spots

Stop at pretty Sandy Cay for lunch and lounge on the broad beach that gives the island its name. Snorkel in the shallows beyond the island or take a walk through the verdant jungle interior.

Day 4

Great Harbour to Marina Cay

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Marina Cay BVI

Cruise east from Jost Van Dyke Island, tracing Tortola’s northern coast as you head for Marina Cay. Pass by a succession of idyllic sandy beaches before squeezing through the channel separating Guana Island from Tortola. Sheltered from the elements by Great Camanoe and Scrub Island, Marina Cay is a tiny islet where you can grab a mooring buoy and head for the beach or the bar. Relax on this miniature Caribbean jewel or sail to Scrub Island, where a dive centre can help you scratch the itch for adventure.

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

Monkey Point on Guana Island is a convenient and picturesque spot to stop for lunch. Relax on the beach that separates the headland from Guana Island itself, or hike into the hills for excellent views over the Caribbean.

Day 5

Marina Cay to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Spanish Town_Virgin Gorda

Enjoy a spell of invigorating blue water sailing from Marina Cay east towards the island of Virgin Gorda. Head for busy Spanish Town, where you’ll find all the amenities you need to re-provision your boat for adventures ahead. Relax in town or explore Virgin Gorda further, heading for the fascinating abandoned copper mine to the east or Gorda Peak National park in the centre of the island.

Discover Spanish Town

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 6

Spanish Town to Saba Rock

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Saba Rock_ BVI

Sail north along the length of Virgin Gorda, taking in the magnificent Caribbean scenery as you ride the gentle breezes towards Saba Rock. A gap in the reef between Mosquito Island and Prickly Pear Island provides safe passage. Despite being no more than a couple of dozen metres across, Saba Rock is home to a dock, a bar, a restaurant and a service station where you can receive technical support for your yacht. The reefs around here offer spectacular snorkelling.

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 Dog Islands—Great Dog, George Dog and West Dog—offer beaches, bays, cliffs and caves to explore on your lunch break.

Day 7

Saba Rock to Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda

The day's sailing

0.4 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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Leverick Bay

It’s a short cruise across Gorda Sound from Saba Rock to Leverick Bay, giving you time to explore the local area along the way. Stop off at beautiful Robins Bay for sunbathing and a swim, lounging on the golden fingernail of sand or snorkelling in the shallows. Leverick Bay Marina is home to a resort ideal for water sports fans, offering jetskiing, powerboating, waterskiing and more besides. To the east of the marina, Leverick Bay itself provides quiet anchorage for those with more sedate tastes.

Discover Leverick Bay

Live shows

Enjoy live entertainment every day during peak season at the Leverick Bay Resort.

Suggested lunch spots

Choose from Little Bay, Robins Bay or Bakers Bay for a relaxed lunch in the warming Caribbean sun.

Day 8

Leverick Bay to Anegada

The day's sailing

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Anegada

A little over 15 miles to the north of Leverick Bay, the island of Anegada awaits your arrival. Enjoy a prolonged spell of blue water sailing as you leave Virgin Gorda in your wake and cruise through the blue to this flat coral atoll. Sparsely populated and teeming with wildlife, Anegada is a must see for nature lovers. Visit the Salt Ponds to view Anegada’s resident flamingos, and keep an eye out for the rare ground iguanas that live only here and on Guana Island.

Discover Anegada

Suggested lunch spots

Stop for lunch on enchanting Necker Island, dipping your toes in the island’s sapphire water as you laze on the sun-dappled beaches.

Day 9

Anegada

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Anegada

Your second day on Anegada gives you the opportunity to explore this unique location. Try the local conch and lobster delicacies in Anegada’s fine restaurants, or head for Horseshoe Reef to dive and snorkel the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef. The beaches of Anegada are among the quietest and most unspoilt in the Caribbean, so make the most of your time on this tranquil island paradise by relaxing and exploring at your leisure.

Discover Anegada

Iguana Sanctuary

Rent a car or scooter or book a taxi to visit Anegada’s Iguana Sanctuary, where the rare Caribbean reptiles are conserved.

Day 10

Anegada to Great Harbour, Peter Island

The day's sailing

6 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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Peter Island

Bid Anegada a fond farewell as you sail south towards the other British Virgin Islands. Today involves a lot of sailing, so leave early to guarantee plenty of time to explore Peter Island once you arrive. You’ll sail between Tortola and Virgin Gorda, making for the broad opening of Great Harbour on Peter Island. Here you’ll find a wide, natural harbour with a number of beaches to explore. The harbour offers safe anchorage for overnighting on the island, but you can also moor at the jetty at nearby sprat bay.

Discover Great Harbour

Deadman's Bay

Snorkel the underwater paradise of Deadman’s Bay to swim with rays and turtles in the warm, clear waters.

Suggested lunch spots

Stop at North Bay on Great Camanoe to break up your journey back from Anegada. Here you’ll find beautiful, sheltered beaches ideal for a picnic on shore.

Day 11

Free sailing day

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Free sailing day

Use the first of your free sailing days to explore the BVI and visit any locations you’re particularly keen to see. To the east of Peter Island, Salt, Cooper and Ginger islands provide sailors with numerous bays and beaches to explore. Dive Cooper Island’s spectacular Wreck Alley, where a collection of downed vessels provides an ideal habitat for marine life. The Rhone Marine Park contains the wreck of the Royal Mail Ship RMS Rhone, now a popular and spectacular dive site.

Day 12

Free sailing day

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Free sailing day

Make the most of your free sailing days and take in any sights you haven’t visited with the flotilla, or revisit your favourite BVI highlights for a second serving of paradise. Head northwest to Tortola and visit Soper’s Hole, with its excellent shops, bars and restaurants oozing island culture, or head to the southern bays of Norman Island in search of lost pirate treasure.

Day 13

Free sailing day

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Free sailing day

With three free sailing days to enjoy at your leisure, take the opportunity to head further afield and explore the enchanting beauty of the British Virgin Islands. At the eastern end of Jost Van Dyke, Diamond Cay represents one of the BVI’s most beautiful anchorages. Anchor between Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost Van Dyke and head for Bubbly Pool, where the surging tide creates a natural jacuzzi. If you’re stuck for ideas on your free sailing days, your lead crew can give you recommendations based on the latest weather reports.

Day 14

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
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Wickhams Cay II Marina Base

On the final day of your BVI flotilla adventure you’ll return to our base at Wickhams Cay II. Take the opportunity to explore Tortola further, renting a car or a scooter to penetrate the island’s interior. The hills behind the Cay offer excellent views over this beautiful island chain, rewarding hikers with the chance to encounter rare and unusual wildlife. If you’d rather stay put, then the marina café serves delicious island pastries and gourmet coffees.

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.