The Virgin Islands are comprised of over 20 islands surrounding Tortola. As one of the top sailing destinations in the world, the BVIs are idyllic in nature, with hidden alcoves on hardly inhabited islands to the classy old world yacht clubs, the BVIs is a perfect getaway vacation fit of all adventures alike.
2017 Model Jeanneau 54, 3 cabin "Owner's Edition" layout
The Collective Package includes:
• Collective captain and chef (for a week of the best food of your life)
• Journey Coordinator travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Onboard family style meals with 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And of course 7 days of unabashed adventure and epic memories...
Before booking, please review CANCELLATIONS/CHANGES, INSURANCE, AND CONDUCT policy on the booking page.
Sailing in the British Virgin Islands is dreamy: each day we wake up on chartered 3 – 6 cabin sailing yachts in an idyllic isolated cove along one of the BVIs pristine islands. The Sail the BVI seven day group flotilla sailing vacation will start in Road Town, Tortola and will circumnavigate the Virgin Islands stopping off along the way for great dining experience and local rum cocktails.
Each day we sail to a unique island in the Virgin Islands where we spend the night on our sailing yacht, cook aboard or dine out and dinghy to shore to explore the local culture. Register as a solo traveler, a couple, with friends, or a group and have a Sailing Collective member captain skipper your boat and give you sailing lessons along the way! Your boat will be fully provisioned by the time you step foot aboard for an easy and relaxed vacation. Enjoy cooking aboard or dinghy ashore for local Caribbean lobster, there will be fun parties, relaxing downtime, and exciting sailing! Invite your friends and register today!
The British Virgin Islands are comprised of more than 25 beautiful jewels set amid the sheltered, turquoise waters of the central Caribbean Sea. Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada are the major isles of the archipelago. The smaller islands, many splendid for day or overnight visits, add to the varied mix of tropical pleasures, which can be as laid-back or as active as desired during a British Virgin Islands yacht charter. White-sand beaches, luxury waterfront resorts, sailor-friendly bars and upscale restaurants, chic boutique shopping, snorkeling and scuba diving on coral reefs teeming with sea life, it is all the perfect blend to create a delightfully rejuvenating experience under sail on a private luxury yacht. British Virgin Islands sailing vacations are one of the top choices among sailors for a terrific and memorable Caribbean adventure. Each day, we spend between 2-5 hours of sailing, depending on the preference of the group. Each afternoon, we arrive at an island to explore local culture, bask in the island’s natural beauty and engage in sand and sea-related activities. The pace of the trip is as relaxed or as active as each traveler chooses.
TBA, all marinas on the island of tortola are an easy taxi ride from the ferry dock, airport, or hotels around the island.
Meeting time at the marina is between 8:00 am - 10:00 am. Please notify your captain in advance if you are delayed and will not arrive by 10:00am. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will direct you to the Sailing Collective boats. Each Sailing Collective sailboat dons our banner with logo where your captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, we will dine ashore for our first outing of the journey. The morning of Day 1, passengers will have time to purchase alcohol or other and beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
Please note that the last ferry from St Thomas to Tortola is 4:30pm and service times are subject to slight changes and delays. Please make sure your flight arrives in St. Thomas before the morning of Day 1 of the journey.
Do not book flights out of St Thomas landing after 8:00 am on Day 1, or departing before 2:00pm on Day 7.
Wheatley Taxi Service
Approximate taxi fare to the base from Beef Island airport is $24 Local Mobile 284.496.5120, Office 284.494.3357
As schedules often shift, we highly recommend calling the night prior to your ferry to confirm departure times. Do not rely on the posted schedules. The last ferry leaves St. Thomas at 4:30 pm. Ferries depart from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and arrive at the Road Town Ferry Terminal in Tortola.
Road Town Fast Ferry
Round Trip - $60, One-way - $35
Toll free 866.903.3779, Local Office 284.494.2323 tortolafastferry.com
Native Son Ferry
Round Trip - $60, One-way - $35 Local Office 284.495.4617 nativesonferry.com
Round Trip - $60, One-way - $40
Local Offices - St. Thomas 340.775.7292, Road Town 284.494.4454 smithsferryservices.com
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Check BVI visa requirements for your nationality here. U.S. citizens are issued a tourist visa at the airport passport control for a $15 tariff payable in cash only (USD are accepted). Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return with at least 3 blank pages for visa stamps. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt of your visa requirements, please contact your Embassy for full details.
Accepted Forms of Payment: US Dollars and US travelers checks are used throughout the BVIs. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places. ATMs can be found in Road Town, but it is recommended that you travel with the necessary cash. Travelers preferring to travel with travelers checks can cash them at most banks in Road Town.
The British Virgin Islands bask in a tropical maritime climate. Rainfall is moderately low for tropical islands. Scattered showers are common throughout the year, but all day rain is very rare. There is little seasonal variation in temperature ranging in the 80s during the day and the 70s during the evening. Brief rain showers can be frequent so please bring a light raincoat. Wind speeds vary throughout the year from 5-20 mph.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of storage.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
Arrive in Road Town, Tortola via Beef Island Airport or by ferry from St. Thomas by 5:00pm to meet your captain and your fellow passengers at the marina location. Relax by the pool as everyone settles into island time, feel the sun and lounge under the palm trees while the paradise sets in. There will be plenty of time to get situated into your sailboat and make last minute provisions and shopping before we depart the following morning.
There are few places like Marina Cay. The flower covered, eight-acre island is ringed by a soft, white sand beach. The island is nestled in a sheltered, emerald green, lagoon whose shallow waters are always calm and lukewarm. It is the ideal place for snorkelers to enjoy the colorful fish and sea life that inhabit the coral reef and the lagoon. The quiet lagoon and reef make Marina Cay the ideal place for vacationing families with small children who desire a natural, safe, watersports environment. Likewise it is a wonderful place for those wishing to learn to snorkel and scuba dive. The island is also home to an award winning Pusser's Restaurant specializing in seafood and cuisine of the Caribbean.
Virgin Gorda Spend the morning in the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda's western coast, enjoy the most beautiful beaches of the Virgin Islands and spend the morning snorkeling throughout the crystal waters. Sail north past Spanish Town and The Dog Islands to the north side of Virgin Gorda Islands and anchor in the famous North Sound just past Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island. Go ashore to rent Lasers and Hobie Cats for an afternoon of dinghy sailing or take a hike to Gorda Peak to view the best sunset in all the islands. This evening we cook aboard before going ashore to the happening the Bitter End Yacht Club
Sailing due north to the BVIs flattest island, Anegada will appear out of the ocean about 4 miles from our end destination. Anegada is one of the BVIs largest and flattest islands with the highest point only 30 feet above sea level! This unique island is perfectly lazy and beautiful, recently voted one of the top beaches in the entire Caribbean by The New York Times, there will be plenty of opportunity to experience the Anagada way of life by enjoying a rum cocktail along white sand beaches. In the evening a lobster BBQ dinner will be prepared for one of the most authentic Caribbean meals in all the islands.
Departing Anegada westward for our longest sail yet, we will enjoy a beautiful sail along Tortola’s north coast. Arriving in Jost Van Dyke by the afternoon, we will pickup mooring in Great Harbor and enjoy our last boat cooked meal of the trip. The famous Foxy’s Bar has live music and claimed to have the best traditional BVI rum drink, the Painkiller.
Wake up early to motor to the near by Sandy Cay for an amazing morning at the BVIs primer uninhabited islands. Take a nice walk around the parameters of Sandy Cay or lounge on this idyllic beach and take in the palm trees and blue Caribbean water. Setting sail to Norman Island, we will take up mooring on the west side of Norman Island where we will spend our last night at the infamous Willy T’s Restaurant, this floating bar/restaurant/boat is a must for BVI visitors.
Cooper Island Beach Club is set on the pristine shores of Manchioneel Bay, on the northwest corner of the island. The beautiful surroundings, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. Relax on our unspoiled island and make friends with the local wildlife. Golden sands, palm trees and turquoise waters. Discover some of the best dive and snorkeling sites in the world: Our beach is renowned for amazing snorkeling and at its southern-most tip, Blue Tang, Queen Angelfish and schools of Sergeant Majors congregate at ‘Cistern Point’.