A British Virgin Islands itinerary is extremely flexible. The cruising ground presents myriad opportunities for enjoyment. It’s possible to go wherever the wind dictates, then pick up a mooring or drop the hook at a secluded anchorage to pass the hours snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, reading, or walking on the beach. British Virgin Islands cruising itinerary blends the best of both worlds: secluded anchorages and beautiful sunsets, with a bit of laid-back fun partying in the beachside bars.
Day 1: Boarding on Scrub Island. Just take your luggage from the belt at the airport and start enjoying the nice outdoors and the great temperature of the tropics. Boarding starts at 5.30 PM. See travel information for details.
Day 2: Cooper Island, is a beautiful island with a protected anchorage at Manchioneel Bay, and plenty of activities to offer. Ashore, Cooper Island Beach Club is the main attraction – a small resort with restaurant, rum bar, coffee shop, boutique, and lovely outdoor lounge area. The beach bar and lounge face west, making this the perfect place for enjoying a cocktail while watching a stunning Caribbean sunset. The beach and calm waters make Manchioneel Bay well-suited for water sports, and nearby Cistern Point offers excellent snorkeling and turtle watching.
Day 3: Venture toward the island of Virgin Gorda, home of the world-famous Baths. The Baths are as pristine as ever, including the famous pathway leading through the giant boulders to Devil’s Bay. Top of the Baths Restaurant is open with its delightful panoramic views. There are also some restaurants open nearby that can be accessed by dinghy or taxi, including the all new Snapper's Bar & Grill, and Coco Maya which is a 10-minute walk from Spanish Town. Coco Maya is a great spot to relax with a cocktail and meal. After departing The famous Baths, we head for the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, an excellent overnight anchorage. Leverick Bay has moorings and a restaurant open for lunch and dinner. There is also a market here, where we can purchase ice and other provisions.
Day 4: Get underway early and enjoy a scenic cruise to Anegada, a charter-favorite that remains just as charming as the last time you visited. Sparsely populated and rural, Anegada is 11 miles long, low, and flat, quite unlike any of the other islands in the BVI. The balmy trade winds gently sweep across its sandy shores, swaying the palms and rustling through the boughs of the pines. In the center of the island is a series of salt ponds, beautiful and teeming with birds. A flock of pink Caribbean flamingos live on the ponds not far from the anchorages on the western end.Take a taxi or scooter rental to Cow Wreck Beach Bar, where the locals are always friendly and beaches are world-class. Don’t miss the nearby gift shops. Visit beautiful Loblolly Bay for excellent snorkeling, and stop at Big Bamboo for a cocktail or snack. Quaint
Day 5: Trellis Bay welcomes you with a distinctly local vibe complete with Aragorn’s Studio artisan market. The Trellis Bay Market is open for basic provisions, ice and water. Across the channel from Trellis Bay, Marina Cay offers moorings and an outdoor patio lunch. You may also visit Scrub Island Resort for a selection of restaurants and resort amenities.
Nearby, White Bay on Guana Island is another excellent overnight anchorage option. By day, snorkel at Monkey Point and enjoy an on board luncheon. Relocate to White Bay and pick up a mooring to enjoy the solitude and a spectacular sunset. Guana Island is private, but you are free to walk the pristine white sand beach up to the high-water mark.
Day 6: Just to the north and west of Tortola, the heights of Jost Van Dyke rise majestically from a turquoise sea. With a population of a little more than 200, the island’s character is distinctly rural. No British Virgin Islands vacation is complete without a visit to Jost Van Dyke, which harbors some of our favorite seaside establishments. Great Harbour is an excellent overnight anchorage and is home to the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar & Restaurant. Foxy’s boutique is open and stocked with souvenirs. A short walk from Foxy’s is Cool Breeze cafe, offering Wi-Fi along with breakfast and lunch. Further down the beach, Corsair’s offers a full menu throughout the day. White Bay, just a short cruise from Great Harbour, is a popular day anchorage offering a beautiful beach and snorkeling along the reef. A wide selection of restaurants and bars line the beach, including the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, Hendo’s Hideout, Gertrude’s, Seddy’s One Love, and more.
Day 7: Norman Island, with its popular anchorage “The Bight”, lies on the east side of Flanagan Passage with St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands just across from it to the west. Hilly, scenic, and popular for its superior snorkeling locations, Norman Island is a highly-recommended stop. Enjoy drinks and dining at Pirate’s Bight Restaurant, serving appetizers, salads, entrees and cocktails including Pirate's “Irma Punch”. You can enjoy snorkeling at both The Indians and The Caves.
Day 8: After a tropical breakfast we have a short sail back to Tortola, back to the Marina. Here you say goodbye to the skipper, cook and your fellow sailors. You can combine this great trip with a few days in a hotel on the beach; ask us for tips and locations.
This itinerary is subject to change. Local circumstances such as weather may influence the itinerary.
To get to your British Virgin Islands sailing trip, you’ll need to fly into Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), Beef Island, Tortola. There are international flights via San Juan, St. Martin (easiest for our European guests), Antigua (easiest for our British guests) and other local connections with Liat, Winair, InterCaribbean, Seaborne and Cape Air.
From the USA and Canada: Fly to Cyril E. King airport in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (airport code: STT) and then take the ferry to Tortola, BVI. You can also book a private ferry from Charlotte Amalie to Scrub Island with Dolphin Water Taxi and Ferry. They will also help you with your custom documentation in Road Town where you will not have to get off the ferry. Or you fly to Saint Martin, Antiqua or San Juan and take a local flight to the British Virgin Islands.
You can also book one of the many ferries from the US Virgin Islands to Road Town, Tortola. We recommend you book a taxi to take you from Road Town to Trellis Bay (around 45 minutes) to pick up the shuttle to Scrub Island. Taxis are also available in front of the ferry dock.
On arrival at the airport in the Virgin Islands, it’s just a short walk or two-minute taxi ride to the Trellis Bay ferry dock where you can catch the free shuttle service to Scrub Island. The dock is a short walk from the airport terminal, but we recommend booking a taxi for the two-minute journey (about USD 9 per person). It operates at 45 minutes past the hour between 6:30am until 10:45pm. It runs at 30 minutes past the hour from Scrub Island. The journey takes 10 minutes.
Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina,
VG1120, British Virgin Islands