All About This SAILING Trip
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.
- All Boat Running Costs
- Cruising Permits
- Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
- Half Board Meals
- Quality Linens
- Filtered Drinking Water
- Use of Boat Toys
- Use of Snorkelling Equipment
- Airport Transfers
- 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!
The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Meet up at Trellis Bay and settle onto the boat; time to explore the waterfront and do some final provisioning.
Sail to Necker Island and Gorda Sound Bay with a stop at Dog Islands for lunch and snorkelling.
Pottering around Gorda Sound and Oilnut Bay.
Sail to the Baths. Evening ashore in Coco Maya for sunset cocktails.
Breakfast on board then head round to Cooper Island with a stop to snorkel the wreck of the Rhone.
Sail to Norman Island, snorkelling at the Caves and the Indians.
Sail to Jost Van Dyke. Chill out with a Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the gorgeous White Bay.
Snorkelling at Sandy Island and Sandy Spit on Jost Van Dyke. Dinner ashore in Cane Garden Bay.
Breakfast at anchor, then sail to Guana Bay for snorkelling at Monkey Point. Night under the stars in Brewers Bay.
Day 10 – Departure Day
Leave early morning for a sail back to Trellis Bay and say our goodbyes!
Choosing a CABIN
We will be running Super Deux Purr on this trip with 4 to 6 guests and 1 skipper. To find out more about Super Deux Purr, please follow this link.
The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on the boat; please make your selection when Booking.
|Boat Name||Cabin Type||Price (USD)|
|Super Deux Purr||Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (up to 4 available)||$3,395|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (up to 2 available)||$4,995|
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 an 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 British Virgin Islands is United States dollars. Make sure you do have a small supply of cash; the ATM’s are not frequent at all! 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 are small supermarkets in Marigot 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 $25 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. The restaurants often add 10 to 15% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!!
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.
We recommend that you organise a flight in and out of EIS – Tortola’s Terrence Lettsome Airport.
If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights. From here, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find alternative routes that may work out cheaper.
Getting to the BOAT
Firm details will be notified nearer the time, however please note the following for arrival to Tortola.
The airport in Tortola is around a 5 minute walk from Trellis Bay, where our boat(s) will be moored. Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes; we will try and hook you up with fellow crewmates who might be arriving at the same time 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!
There are plenty of hotels on Tortola and the nearly islands; the closest to Trellis Bay is the Scrub Island Resort, although this is very pricey. My favourite place to stay is Myetts on Cane Garden Bay.