7 Day Itinerary
Board your yacht at midday at Sopers Hole Marina on the West End of Tortola - the original home of the pirates. After a light lunch, a 2 hour sail takes you to Norman Island. Hook a mooring ball in the Bight and take a short dinghy ride into the Pirates Bight Bar and Restaurant for a cool drink and appetizers. Let the kids play on the white sandy beach to cool off or take a chance at the “ring toss”. Gather the group to snorkel at the underwater caves and be amazed at how many fish there are in the crystal clear waters. It’s a snorkeler’s paradise. End the evening with a visit to “Willy T”, (the William Thornton) and dance the evening away.
Did you know - Legends play a leading role in the history of Norman Island. In the early 1700s, it is told that a mutinous crew from a Spanish Galleon buried 55 chests of silver coins on Norman Island. Most of this treasure was later recovered by local residents from Tortola and the British authorities. Inevitably, more buried treasure is rumored to still exist on the Island today. More famously, Norman Island is the backdrop that inspired author Robert Louis Stephenson’s epic tale “Treasure Island”.
After a leisurely breakfast, set your sails for Deadman Bay, internationally acclaimed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Drop anchor, go to shore and explore. Take a walk on the trail over to White Bay or just laze around in the beach chairs provided for guests. Next, hop in your dinghy and take a short ride to explore Dead Chest Island. Later, make your way over to Great Harbor and hook a mooring ball for the night. Enjoy a nice dinner aboard or go ashore and sample the fare available at the local restaurant, Callaloo at the Beach.
Did you know - Peter Island is one of the largest private islands in the British Virgin Islands. History claims that in the early 17th century, Pieter Adriensen and Jost Van Dyke built a fort with slave pens in Great Harbor for privateering while assisting in the slave trade from Angola. Dead Chest Island is the site where they believe Blackbeard marooned 15 mutinous crewmen leaving them with only a sword and cask of rum – spawning the well known pirate ditty “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum.”
Take a short sail to Salt Island to dive or snorkel the Wreck of the Rhone; then motor around to Cooper Island. Grab a mooring ball in Manchioneel Bay for lunch and do some spectacular snorkeling off Cistern point. This sheltered reef is alive with juvenile fish of endless varieties. Alternatively, take a stroll on the beach, sit under a palm tree and just soak in the beauty of the turquoise waters.
Did you know - The British iron steamship, R.M.S. Rhone, sank in 1867, during one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the BVI’s. She first tried to anchor in the protection of Peter Island’s Great Harbour Bay, but the Captain decided to abandon a 3,000 pound anchor and 300 ft of chain in a bold attempt to reach open waters. The 310 ft long Rhone crashed upon the rocks of nearby Salt Island. The ships boilers exploded breaking the ship into two parts – the bow section and the stern. The Wreck of the Rhone is a world-renowned scuba diving site and is well known as the backdrop for the adventure movie “The Deep”.
A morning sail can take you to the “Dogs” to visit one of the most popular dive sites in all of the BVI… the Chimney. This dive site is located on the westernmost point of Great Dog. Make a picnic lunch and take it to the small beach on the southeast side of Kitchen Pt. on George Dog. Bring along your snorkeling gear for a great snorkel along the rock walls. The area is teeming with fish and colorful coral. Then set off for an invigorating sail up the west side of Virgin Gorda, one of the most beautiful of the Virgin Islands. Plan to spend the night on a mooring ball or reserve dock space at Leverick Bay and enjoy a fun filled family night of great food and entertainment with a beach BBQ and the Mocko Jumbies.
Did you know - In 1990, during a failed take off, an old Air BVI aircraft (company now defunct) crashed 200 yards off the end of the runway (fortunately no one was hurt). The plane was retrieved and kept in a hangar for some time before it would be dismantled for scrap. The local BVI dive operators were able to persuade the owners to donate the fuselage to them to use as a new dive site. It was sunk in about 50 feet of water on the south side of George Dog Island. Although the plane no longer has its wings, the emergency oxygen masks remain hanging from the roof.
Spend the morning enjoying the North Sound - truly one of the most outstanding natural harbors in the Caribbean. Head over to Saba Rock and visit the museum filled with historical artifacts found throughout the area over the years. See the secondary anchor and a canon from the Wreck of the Rhone. After a morning of shopping and sightseeing, make your way to the infamous Baths, where you will experience the magical ambience of the legendary granite boulders. Bring your camera!!! Make your way through the maze of boulders to the beautiful Devil’s Bay Beach. Take a cool swim or don your snorkel gear in the crystal clear pools in search of the many colorful underwater species. Before returning, hike the trail to the top of the Baths for an ice cream at the Mad Dog restaurant. There are some great shops along the way to find that perfect souvenir. Set sail to Marina Cay for an evening of entertainment ashore. Or elect for a quiet night with cocktails on the trampoline gazing into the starry sky.
Did you know - The Baths were formed during the creation of the islands 70 to 100 million years ago, when volcanoes thrust up from the seabed. Geologists say the granite boulders are the product of molten rock that seeped up into the existing volcanic rock but never reached the surface. Instead, the molten rock cooled slowly, thus forming a hard crystalline rock layer. Eventually, the softer volcanic covering eroded, exposing the granite blocks. Weathering rounded the gigantic stones into the huge pebbles we see today.
Take the picturesque cut through the Camino Passage to Monkey Point for a morning snorkel. The snorkeling is excellent along both sides of the rock walls. The coral reefs house a colorful section of local fish. Find a spot to sit near the rocks and watch the Pelicans dive for fish. The show is quite spectacular. Take an exhilarating sail on the north side of Tortola. Make your way to Diamond Cay in Manchioneel Bay on Jost Van Dyke. Visit Foxy’s Taboo for a Bushwacker and then take a short hike to the natural whirlpool formation in the rocks.
Did you know - Guana Island, located on the ocean side of Tortola through the Camanoe Passage from Trellis Bay, is a nature resort on a completely private island. The entire island is a wildlife sanctuary with one of the richest collections of plant and animal species in the Caribbean. Many tropical bird species can be observed including Brown Boobys. There is a breeding colony of Brown Pelicans that can be found nesting along the rocky coasts and cliffs of Guana Island. Ashore, there is a salt pond where many more birds can be spotted. Roseate Flamingos have been known to inhabit the island as well.
Sandy Spit and Green Cay are two places of exceptional beauty. Take your pick and drop anchor for a few hours. Great Harbor is ideal for those who would like to visit the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar. Sample his “Sly Fox” or “Dread Fox” cocktail they are both made from Foxy’s firewater rum and listen to his calypso songs. Beware you’ll probably end up in one of them! For an overnight stop, White Bay is secluded and quiet with only the Soggy Dollar Bar ashore. As there is no dock to secure your dinghy, patrons will put their “dollars” in their swim suits, jump overboard and swim to shore. Try a delicious flying fish sandwich and enjoy the original “Pain Killer” rum cocktail. Make sure you take a shot or two at the ring-toss game. It’s a lot of fun, but not as easy as it looks.
Did you know - The country music video for Kenny Chesney’s 2002 recording “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” was filmed on and around Jost Van Dyke. Included in the video were several scenes shot at Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar where it is common practice for patrons to walk behind the bar, mix their own drinks, and leave their payment in the register. Chesney also references Jost Van Dyke in his song “Somewhere in the Sun” from his album “Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)”.
The last morning! Enjoy an early morning swim or snorkel before sailing back to the West End for some last minute shopping in Sopers Hole before joining your homeward flight.
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