A Virgin Islands Sailing Adventure
No format is better suited for exploring the Virgin Islands than sailing. It makes it easy to get around and captures the real natural attraction of the place. It is also exciting and fun. Plan as long a sailing trip as you can—you will lose a day on each end to checking in and checking out.
This 10-day itinerary is contained within the British Virgin Islands. Some days include a lot of sailing and others give you time to explore on land. Plan your sailing vacation early—get a chart and plan your course at home—and be sure to get a skipper if necessary. You don’t want to spend your vacation worried about wrecking a multimillion-dollar boat.
If a charter yacht vacation sounds good to you, contact any of the charter companies listed here.
Fly to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Beef Island. Check in with your charter boat company, provision your yacht, and plan your itinerary.
Set sail to Norman Island. Snorkel at The Caves and pick up a mooring at the Bight for the night.
Rendezvous with the dive boat, and dive the RMS Rhone. Nondivers in your party can take a dinghy ashore to Norman Island and hike to the top of Spyglass Hill.
Sail to Salt Island. Go ashore and hike around the salt pond. Sail to Manchineel Bay, Cooper Island, for the night.
Pick up a day-use mooring at Fallen Jerusalem, where you can snorkel and hike over the rocks. Sail to North Sound, Virgin Gorda, for the night.
Dinghy around North Sound. Pack a picnic and take it ashore to Prickly Pear Island for a day of exploring. Reprovision your boat if necessary.
Sail to Anegada. Treat yourself to a real bed and a shower at Neptune’s Treasure Guesthouse, if you like. Eat fresh seafood for dinner.
Take a taxi tour of the island and stop at Loblolly Bay on the north coast for the best snorkeling on the island. Have lobster for dinner.
Check out with your charter boat company and travel to Beef Island for your flight home.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition