Sample the ultimate Caribbean spirit

Delve into the chequered history of rum in the BVI. Many of the area’s harbours are named after the rum distilleries they once housed, and the local bars and restaurants serve their very own homemade rums.

Sail to Jost van Dyke for a tour and tasting at the Callwood Rum Distillery, the oldest continuously operating rum distillery in the Caribbean. Snorkel off Monkey Point and head to Leverick Bay for the legendary Happy Arrghh Pirate Show & Rum Party.

This is an adult only event. 18 years old and up only.

2017 departure dates: 23 June, 17 November, 8 December 2017

NEW 2018 departure dates: 22 June, 16 November 2018

8
Days

Highlights

  • 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
Day 1

Wickhams Cay II, Tortola base

The day's sailing

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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.

Day 2

Peter Island

The day's sailing

5
Nautical miles
1 hr
Sailing time

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Awake early for pre-departure preparations (provisions, water, fuel) and a briefing to familiarise yourself with your boat. Sail round the corner to the renowned Deadman’s Bay and enjoy lunch aboard before setting off for your first stop: Great Harbour, Peter Island. Once you’re settled, join us at Oceans 7 Beach Club for a Rum Punch Party featuring a West Indian Buffet, drinks, music and more. Evening: Welcome BBQ Pig Roast & Rum Party at Ocean’s 7 Beach Bar 7:00pm

Day 3

Cooper Island

The day's sailing

6
Nautical miles
1 hr
Sailing time

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Shake off the travel cobwebs with a short morning sail east along the picturesque Dogs Islands, which will bring you to Cooper Island Beach Club for a lunchtime arrival. This is a very small mooring spot, so it is important to arrive early because there are no anchorages once the mooring buoys are gone! Spend the afternoon sampling a selection of rums, with a 30-minute tasting, complete with souvenir shot glass. Kick back and enjoy a real taste of island life with your fellow rum and sailing enthusiasts. Free Evening: Dine aboard or ashore. If planning to dine ashore, you’ll need to book your table in advance, as reservations stack up fast here.

Day 4

Bitter End, Virgin Gorda

The day's sailing

13
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

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Sail north towards the beautiful Virgin Gorda, and drop anchor for an early stop off at The Baths, a beachside formation of giant volcanic boulders that form secret pools, grottos and pathways on the south side of the island. Enjoy a picnic afloat as we sail onwards towards the famous Bitter End Yacht Club. We’ll hold a short briefing at 5:30 p.m., before the Welcome Rum Party at the Clubhouse Beach Bar. A special three-course meal with rum pairing will follow from 7pm-9pm in the Clubhouse.

Day 5

Marina Cay

The day's sailing

10
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

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

Marina Cay BVI

Rise early and take on the guided morning trail hike. Once underway, you can choose to sail for the Dogs, or head to Mountain Point. Enjoy lunch aboard before heading to your overnight stop at Marina Cay. We’ll hold a short briefing at 5:30 p.m. at the Marina Cay Hilltop Bar, then have some rum-filled fun as we host a Pusser’s Painkiller Party, and an enlightening lesson on the history of rum in the BVI. Evening: Painkiller Sunset Happy Hour Party on Marina Cay Hilltop Home, with a "discussion" on the history of Pussers, Charles Tobias, & the BVI. Followed by dinner at Pusser’s Restaurant.

Day 6

Cane Garden Bay

The day's sailing

15
Nautical miles
2 hr
Sailing time

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

Cane Garden Bay_ BVI

Travel to Monkey Point on Guana Island for a morning of snorkelling in this dazzling coral reef hotspot. After lunch, sail to Cane Garden Bay for a tour and tasting at the Callwood Rum Distillery, the oldest, continuously operating rum distillery in the Caribbean. Following the tour, we’ll hold a short briefing at 5:30 p.m. at the nearby Elm Bar. Enjoy drinks and live music by the Elm-Tones, before dinner at a restaurant. Afternoon: Callwood Rum Distillery Visit. Explore the world’s oldest continually operating rum distillery, and learn the fascinating history of the golden elixir beloved of sailors throughout the ages. *Weather dependent; if inclement weather, the lead crew may switch days 6 and 7.

Day 7

Jost Van Dyke

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Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Free day. Sail over to the other Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. Enjoy a morning of beachfront fun made all the more rum-tastic by the world-famous beach bar, Foxy’s, which sits right next door. Visit Salt Island, the RMS Rhone, the Indians, or the caves at Norman Island. Norman Island is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Watch for turtles, nurse sharks, lionfish and even the occasional manatee cruising through the clear, shallow waters of this area. This being your last night aboard, you’ll be free to overnight at Peter Island, Norman Island, or even the Sunsail Base. 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. *Weather dependent; if inclement weather, the lead crew may switch days 6 and 7.

Day 8

Wickhams Cay II, Tortola base

The day's sailing

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Wickhams Cay II Marina Base

Disembark your yacht with a final debriefing conducted by 11 a.m. Thank you for exploring the British Virgin Islands and her wonderful rums with us. Have a safe journey home!