To the east of Puerto Rico lie the British Virgin Islands - an archipelago of unique natural beauty in the heart of the West Indies. Nowadays it is a British overseas territory but these beautiful islands have been claimed throughout their history by the Dutch, the Danes and the French, and once you visit, you’ll see why everyone was captivated by this slice of paradise. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has gorgeous weather year-round and is decorated with stunning natural scenery full of pristine beaches and azure waters, waiting to be explored. With a yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands, you can discover the lush landscape of the archipelago. Start your sailing adventure in the capital of Road Town, on the main island of Tortola. From there you can visit Virgin Gorda island - home to various baths created by a labyrinth of beachside boulders. Boating lovers might also like to discover the less populated islands like Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island and The Settlement.
So whether a keen sailor, a sun seeker or a family looking for a quiet break, waste no more time and begin planning your yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands now. With boats available for every need and budget, book your sailing adventure to ensure your place on board!
If you’re looking to sail in the BVI without a skipper, you should know that the price of a bareboat charter is different based on the time of year, how many people are onboard the vessel and the size and type of vessel that you want to rent. Of course, the duration of your charter and the amenities included on board will also affect the price. Below are some average prices of a boat rental in the BVI by boat type.
€7,670/week in the high season and €2,449/week in the low season for people.
€820/day for 9 people.
€6,986/week for 12 people.
The British Virgin Islands is a haven for tourists - with white sand beaches, clear waters and unbeatable hospitality, it is no surprise that tourism makes up 45% of the British Virgin Islands' national income. The must-visits in the British Virgin Islands are its white sand beaches, The Baths and snorkel spots on its incredible coral reefs. The British Virgin Islands has countless white sand beaches that, along with the incredible weather, make the perfect place to sit back and soak in the sun. Notable beaches are White Bay, Savannah Bay and Cow Wreck Beach. Cow Wreck Beach is particularly great for families with young children as the waters are only waist-high near the shore. It's also a great place to go embark on a fishing trip, as it is rich with diverse marine life.
The Baths is a beach area on the island of Virgin Gorda that has eroded over millions of years into boulders. Explore this area on your yacht charter and see natural tidal pools, tunnels, arches and scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. The area is a national park and a major tourist attraction. Every island in the British Virgin Islands is surrounded by coral reefs, making the BVI the perfect place for diving and snorkelling to experience sea life.
The best time for a boat rental in the BVI can vary. The busiest time of year in the area is the winter months from December to February. However, September to November can be a great time to visit to avoid large crowds and the high season prices on yacht charters. Be aware that there is heavier rainfall in autumn than in winter due to hurricane season, which is not ideal for sailing, especially not for novice sailors. Avid sailors might be keen on visiting the British Virgin Islands in March when the annual BVI Spring Regatta is held.
Divers should also plan their trip for winter or spring when underwater visibility levels are at their best. Don't be put off by visiting the BVI in winter. The reason the British Virgin Islands are such a popular destination is that it is summer year-round! The lowest high temperature still peaks at 28°C!
If you have a sailing licence and you’d like to take on the challenge of navigating the waves, Click&Boat has a large fleet of bareboat charters in the BVI. However, if you don’t know how to sail or prefer to let someone else handle the logistics, not to worry! Many of the boats on our platform include a skipper and sometimes, a crew, or they can be added at an extra cost. It’s true that skippered vessels are typically more expensive than bareboats, but they're worth it!
Skippers are professional sailors who will handle everything from docking and anchoring to manoeuvring the vessel, so you don’t have to do anything but sit back, and relax. The best part is that skippers are usually locals with knowledge about where to go and what to do in the BVI. They can help you fill your itinerary with hidden gems, and take you to see local treasures that most tourists don’t know about! For a more tranquil and customised yacht charter, choose a vessel with a skipper!
When you have so many options it can be overwhelming, but the type of holiday you’re looking to have can narrow it down quite a bit. Motorboats are great for shorter holidays because they allow you to see everything on your wish list in no time, and they are typically rented by the day. For a longer charter, opt for a catamaran. They have all of the amenities that you’ll need to make your stay onboard more comfortable, and they are perfect for sailing for a week or more! If you’re an avid sailor and you want a more authentic sailing experience, a sailboat is a great option! However, these vessels are not recommended for people who are new to sailing as they can be difficult to navigate and because they sway on the water, they aren’t a good option for people who get seasick easily! Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find the ideal yacht charter for your sailing holiday in the BVI.