10 days sailing in the beautiful British Virgin Islands for chilled out learning or refreshing your skills. Perfect inter-island sailing, spectacular underwater life, white beaches, great restaurants and a lively atmosphere make the perfect ingredients for a winter sunshine holiday.
Sailing Holiday in the British Virgin Islands – For Beginners
Fly into Tortola’s Beef Island Airport and meet up with your shipmates in Trellis Bay Anchorage, literally a stones throw from the runway. Then stow your gear for for some perfect trade wind sailing from island to island, snorkel spot to watering hole. The BVI’s are a sailing dream with short passages between the anchorages and bars & restaurants located at most night-time spots to cater to your every holiday whim. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the beauty of this area and your Skipper will soon having you pulling the ropes like a pro!
Have a Sailing Adventure
Our 10 days’ sailing for beginners in the BVI’s includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. New sailors and improvers are assured of a relaxed and unhurried learning experience and single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.
Our itinerary takes in all the island highlights from the lively anchorages of Jost Van Dyke and Norman Island to the remote snorkelling spots on the north of Virgin Gorda and the superb dining on Tortola; and gives you plenty of sailing, whilst allowing you time for relaxing and exploring.
Sunshine & Warm Seas
Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20’s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the best snorkelling in the Caribbean….prepare to be amazed.
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance
Sailing With You
The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:
Come and join the crew!
|Highlights||Caribbean Vibe, Great Snorkelling, Lively Nightlife, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, White Sand Beaches|
|Meals||Breakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily|
|Posh Frocks||Perhaps a smart-casual for eating out|
|Marina Time||Always at Anchor|
|Sea Miles||Approx. 120 nautical miles|
|Starting From||Trellis Bay, Tortola|
|Finishing In||Trellis Bay, Tortola|
The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.
Day 1 - Arrival - 16th May
Day 10 - Departure - 25th May
If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights into EIS, Tortola’s Beef Island airport. This link will help you identify which airlines connect from your nearest airport. Whilst there are few longer haul connections into Tortola, LIAT Airlines or Winair fly from many of the other Caribbean Islands, and American Airlines connects from the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Getting to the Boat
The airport at Beef Island is literally a stone’s throw from Trellis Bay, where our boats will be moored. As it’s walking distance, our skippers will aim to meet your flight so please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes. Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible. Hard suitcases must not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!
Arriving and Departing
You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last. To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip. Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis. If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking. We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!
The Trellis Bay Guest House is he most convenient place to rest your head before or after a trip and has clean rooms right on the beach in Trellis Bay. A short (complimentary) ferry ride away you will find Scrub Island Resort which has an altogether different offering for those with a bigger budget.
Our favourite place to stay is Myetts at Cane Garden Bay. Set on one of the best beaches on Tortola, this is great if you have a couple of days at either end of your trip to make it worth the scenic taxi ride through Tortola’s rainforest hills.
Choosing a Boat
We will be running Bleu Turquoise for this trip with 4 to 6 guests and 1 skipper. To find out more about Bleu Turquoise, please follow this link.
The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on each boat; please make your selection on the Booking Form.
|Boat Name||Cabin Type||Price (USD)|
|Bleu Turquoise||Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (2 available)||$2,795|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available)||$4,395|
You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight! During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.
Expenses & Currency
The currency in the BVI is the US dollar; they do have a local currency of Eastern Caribbean dollars, but you shouldn’t plan for this. US dollars are accepted everywhere. Make sure you do have a supply of USD; the ATM’s are not as frequent as you might think! Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.
We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time. You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there is a small supermarket in Trellis Bay where you can do this. Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.
You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. The restaurants often add 10% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!! There’s no doubt that eating out in the BVI can be expensive and you can pay as much for a bad meal as an excellent one. We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!
Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved. We don’t carry passengers! This will include:
- Preparing the boat for sailing
- Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
- Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
- Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
- Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal
This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂
Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.
Booking Terms and Conditions
These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.