Saturday, 24 September 2022

Why Try Yacht Charter in British Virgin Islands?

Written by  Mar 03, 2022

Stunning islands deserted white-sandy beaches, luxury hotels, shipwrecks, beach parties, warm weather and crystal-clear waters, it’s no wonder sailors flock to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). This picturesque island chain is the perfect Caribbean sailing holiday and it’s no surprise that its popularity continues to grow.

Where is it?

The BVI is a British overseas territory located to the east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, plus over fifty other smaller islands and cays.

The best way to see the BVI

Known as the yacht charter capital of the Caribbean, the main island of Tortola is arguably the most famous sailing destination in the world. With easy deep-water hops, lots of sheltered anchorages, beautiful beaches and remote islands, a charter is the only way to experience these islands.

Thankfully, thanks to yacht charter companies like Borrowaboat, hiring the perfect boat has never been easier. With craft ranging from small yachts up to catamaran’s, motor cruisers and even super yachts, borrow a boat provide a flexible boating experience for all budgets and abilities.

With both skippered and bareboat charter available, visitors can enjoy a relaxing boating experience with a local, knowledgeable skipper or take charge of their own vessel. So, if you want to avoid the tourists, visit remote islands, go at your own pace and wake up to a different sea view every day; a yacht charter is the only way to see the British Virgin Islands.

Things to see and do

Trunk Bay

Part of the protected Virgin Islands National Park, the idyllic Trunk Bay is located on St. John Island. This quarter mile stretch of white sand has often been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Despite its popularity amongst tourists, it still retains a calming serenity, but is best viewed from the sea. For marine wildlife enthusiasts, there is a purpose-built underwater trail leading snorkelers over bright coral packed with marine life.


The second largest of the British Virgin Islands, Anegada is unique. Made from coral rather than volcanic rock - that reaches just 26 feet above sea level at its highest point - the landscape features salt ponds, blooming cacti and wild orchids.

This is an island worth visiting for its beaches– Loblolly Bay and Cow Wreck Bay Beach in particular - and tranquil atmosphere. Popular with divers, there are many historic shipwrecks on the reefs, as well as a wide variety of island wildlife, including turtles, pelicans and flamingos.

The Baths National Park, Virgin Gorda

The Virgin Gorda Baths is one of the British Virgin Islands' most famous landmarks and anchorage points. The Baths is a collection of massive granite boulders, some as large as 40 feet in diameter, that have created a series of rock pools, perfect for snorkelling.

This geological wonder is caused by molten rock seeping up into the existing volcanic rock layers. It is one of the most photographed areas in the whole of the BVI and the Baths were declared a national park in 1990.

North Sound, Virgin Gorda

The North Sound, on the northeast shore of Virgin Gorda, is a major water sports centre with every kind of boat and water activity available: diving, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing, water-skiing as well as glass bottom boats.

The channel and surrounding areas are only reached by boat, making it popular with boaters enjoying the well-protected waters and picturesque anchorages.

Norman Island

The largest uninhabited island in the British Virgin Islands, Norman Island lies 10km south west of Tortola. There are two beaches to visit at the Bight and Benures Bay, elsewhere the terrain is largely impenetrable, requiring a boat to explore its stunning coastline.

The Bight anchorage has excellent snorkelling and swimming and is popular with boaters. There are also four underwater caves, perfect for snorkellers, one of which reaches 24 metres under the island.

Sage Mountain National Park, Tortola

If you need a break from beautiful beaches then Sage Mountain National Park, the first national park established in these islands, is well worth a visit. Almost the entire park is 305 metres above sea level, and consists of the 523-metre-high Mount Sage, the highest peak in the Virgin Islands.

Twelve looped trails thread through the forest, full of philodendrons, hanging vines, ferns, mahogany, cedar, and Manilkara trees. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the prosperous wildlife which includes, hummingbirds and kestrels.

A getaway like no other

There are so many things to see and do in the British Virgin Islands, tourists are spoilt for choice. Water sports, wildlife, coral reefs, scuba diving, shipwrecks, beach parties and picturesque anchorages are just some of the many experiences awaiting visitors.

The secluded, remote nature of these 700 Islands mean a yacht charter is the only way to truly explore the beauty of these Caribbean islands. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic break or a perfect couple’s getaway, look no further than the crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches of the British Virgin Islands.

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