where to go and what stops to make are half the fun! There are many
anchorages and many ways to sail the Virgins. Visit our Islands
Overview Map below to learn about some of the anchorages and things
We've also suggested a 7-night and a 10-night itinerary, that may
be helpful in planning your trip.
Be sure to get a Cruising Guide to the Virgins to learn more details
about the places you will visit. Our advice is to plan a relaxing
trip and don't try to see everything. There's always next year.
Virgin Islands Cruising - Islands Overview
is a suggestion for a 7-night charter.
This is one idea for a great trip.
We can discuss alternatives
during your chart check-out. Remember, you MUST clear
into BVI Customs & Immigration upon arrival into
the BVI. A stop at West End, Tortola or Great Harbor,
Jost Van Dyke is a MUST! When you return to the U.S.
Virgins, you MUST clear back into U.S. Customs &
Immigration. Do this in Cruz Bay, St John or Charlotte
Amalie, St Thomas
Here is a suggestion for a 10-night charter.
can discuss your plans in detail during your chart check-out.
Remember to plan for Customs & Immigration stops
(mentioned in our 7-day itinerary).
U.S. Customs & Immigration offices are located in
Charlotte Amalie at the ferry terminal on the waterfront
(about a 10 minute walk from CYOA's base).
Crown Bay Marina, Yacht
Haven Marina (expected to re-open Summer 2006),
American Yacht Harbor,
NO PUBLIC MOORINGS
IS HOME OF CYOA YACHT CHARTERS and a great jumping off point to
the U.S. and British Virgins. Our base in Frenchtown is near excellent
gourmet restaurants, pub-style eateries and downtown Charlotte Amalie world class duty-free shopping. Spend a night on the dock
or anchored nearby to enjoy the sights and lights of our busy
Caribbean port. Some of the largest cruise ships
the world, the wildest party boats, and most elegant mega-yachts
are part of the picturesque harbor.
If you need some last minute supplies, Crown Bay Marina is close
by and has a full gourmet grocery, marine store, Cingular
cell phone office, a secretarial office, and beauty salon. You
don't have to worry if you "forgot something" - St Thomas
has everything from trail mix to rib eye steaks, and bikinis to
Water Island, the "4th Virgin", is in our neighborhood
and has a pleasant anchorage at Honeymoon Bay, There's a quiet
swimming beach and for the athletes, this island is great for
walking, jogging and running, since there is no commercial traffic
and only small paved roads.
NO PUBLIC MOORINGS
PLAN A FIRST OR LAST NIGHT stop in Christmas Cove. It is a short
distance from our base and has pleasant swimming and snorkeling.
It's a great location for a sunrise breakfast or sunset cocktails
in the cockpit of your own boat. Sunbathe in the company of nature's
Customs & Immigration offices are located in
Cruz Bay, directly across the channel from
the National Park Headquarters.
Dinghy fuel available at Caneel Bay dock in Cruz Bay
PUBLIC MOORINGS: Caneel Bay, Hawksnest,
Maho Bay, Francis Bay, Leinster Bay,
Salt Pond, Great Lameshur, Little Lameshur
MOST OF ST
JOHN IS NATIONAL PARK. There are excellent anchorages on the North
and South sides of the island. Cruz Bay has a U.S. Customs &
Immigration office for clearance purposes, and Cruz Bay has some
of the best shops in the Caribbean (Be sure to visit Mongoose
Junction, especially if you like artistic and exotic things).
There is a variety of restaurants from fancy gourmet to ethic
mix, Italian, Tex Mex, Pizza and pubs galore. Take your pick.
On a busy might you may need reservations at some places - if
you didn't plan ahead, just wander down the small streets to the
next place. The town is tiny and most places are no more than
a block off the waterfront.
Leinster Bay is a well protected anchorage with great snorkeling
around Waterlemon Cay. The Annaberg Ruins are of historical and
cultural interest. Caneel, Maho, and Francis Bays are also beautiful
spots on the north side as long as the north swell is not up.
On the south side, visit Salt Pond or Lameshur Bays, Hurricane
Hole, or Coral Bay (where very laid back locals and funky bars
are what 's up). You sense island time here, so kick back and
go with the flow...as a matter of fact go with the flow throughout
the islands. You are on vacation and island time is a real ting
JOST VAN DYKE
BVI Customs & Immigration
offices are located
in Great Harbor near the public dock.
PUBLIC MOORINGS: Little Harbor
IT IS EASY TO CLEAR BVI CUSTOMS and Immigration at Great Harbor.
The office is located right on the beach and a short walk down
a sandy path brings you to Foxy's Bar. Around the next bend you'll
find Little Harbor. Dine and dance, eat lobster at Harris' Place
Snorkel and swim at Green Cay or Sandy Cay right off Jost. These
little islands are the ones you dream about (paradise found) with
white sands and a few palms for shade, and a perfect lunch stop
on your way to Cane Garden Bay or points further east.
BVI Customs & Immigration offices are located in
West End at the ferry terminal.
Soper's Hole Marina, Nanny
Cay Marina, Village Cay
Cay (fuel and water, no dockage).
PUBLIC MOORINGS: Cane Garden Bay, Fat Hogs
Bay, Trellis Bay,
West End, Marina Cay
THIS IS THE LARGEST BVI ISLAND and Roadtown is the main town.
You'll find several good grocery stores and a few shops with unique
West End Tortola is the place to clear in and out of BVI Customs
& Immigration if not doing so on Jost Van Dyke. There's a
marina with many shops, Pusser's Restaurant, and the Jolly Roger
pub is nearby.
On the south side, you may spend a night in Fat Hogs Bay. There's
a good grocery store, a marine store, dive shop and a great eaterie
called Eclipse at Penn's Landing Marina. On the north side of
the island, a stop at Cane Garden Bay is always fun, and if you
are here for full moon and want a wild evening out, the Bomba
Shack is the spot (take a taxi from Cane Garden Bay).
east you'll pass Guana Island, and Monkey Point (a great lunch
and snorkel spot). Plan to spend a night at Trellis Bay and dine
at Da Loose Mongoose (Sunday is BBQ and music night) or the famous
Last Resort (every night is a show that is unique with full buffet
dinner - check in on the VHF or go ashore to make a reservation
and confirm the time. There is only one seating). If you don't
stop in Trellis Bay, head to Marina Cay where there is a lively
Pusser's Restaurant, or just across on Scrub Island you'll find
quieter dining at Donovan's Reef.
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor
Bitter End, Saba
North Sound - Bitter End / Prickly Pear / Mosquito
A NIGHT IN
A MARINA to refresh the crew, provisions, water supply etc. may
be a good thing. Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor is a lovely facility
with shops, casual dining in the marina, or tasty dinners just
up the street at Chez Bamboo (Monica is a great chef and there
is music some nights too).
Explore the Baths! It is best to start at the marina and take
a short taxi ride or hike (about 2 miles) to The Baths for a swim
and snorkel. When the north swell is up or the tradewinds are
strong, you won't be comfortable on a mooring and you may swamp
your dinghy trying to go ashore.
is a for-sure stop. Eat and drink at the Bitter End, Saba Rock,
or the low key Fat Virgins at Biras Creek (with a name like that,
how can you pass it up). Explore the area by dinghy and visit
the Sand Box on Prickly Pear. If you want to try windsurfing,
this is an ideal location. Top off your provisions, water, or
dinghy fuel at the Bitter End or Saba Rock Dock.
PUBLIC MOORINGS: Machioneel Bay
MANCHIONEEL BAY is home
of the Cooper Island Beach Club, casual dining, and a great beach
to hang out on. Be sure to plan an early arrival. This is a popular
anchorage and the moorings are taken early. There is limited space
for safe anchoring.
NO PUBLIC MOORINGS
OF THE RHONE lies off Salt Island and has been a favorite of divers
for decades. Many dive shops in the BVI offer "Rendezvous
Diving". This means you schedule a dive with them and they
meet your boat at the designated anchorage, gear and all. If you
are only planning a few dives during your charter, this is the
way to go. No extra gear to find storage room for below and no
worrying about having enough water to rinse it off, and no need
to plan your trip around shops and fill stations. Give Blue Waters
Divers in Tortola a call on the radio and plan ahead. Salt Island
is well known for "salt". You'll find it in several
shops throughout the BVI, and it is truly a unique and natural
NO PUBLIC MOORINGS
does not have any marinas or suitable anchorages. It is the last
of the larger islands in the chain before reaching Round rock,
Fallen Jeruselam and the Baths on Virgin Gorda.
Peter Island Yacht Club
PUBLIC MOORINGS: Great Harbor
ISLAND YACHT CLUB offers slips, water, ice, fuel and elegant dining!.
This is one of the few establishments in the Virgins that has
a dress code and requires a jacket for gents and reservations.
If the weather is right, anchoring off Deadman's Bay on a calm
day is spectacular and a perfect spot for dinner aboard your own
boat. Great Harbor is also a beautiful spot.
PUBLIC MOORINGS: The Bight
RUMORED TO BE THE "TREASURE
ISLAND" of Robinson Cruscoe fame, The Bight is a favorite
stopover. Wine and dine at the William Thornton floating restaurant
for steaks, fish and rotis, and sometimes a wild time. Or, visit
Billy Bones another popular shoreside watering hole, where you'll
find everyone who isn't at the Willy T.
Snorkel the caves on Norman, a unique spot and favorite of pelicans.
The Indians (a great day-time stop) not too far away, offer great
snorkeling and diving. You'll see some spectacular views of St
John from this location and a dramatic view up the Sir Francis
Moorings in the USVI are in National Park Waters. The mooring
program here is fairly recent. At the present time, there are
no fees for their use. We expect fees to be implemented soon.
Check with our staff during your chart checkout for an update.
Moorings in the BVI are $20/night.
MOST PUBLIC MOORINGS ARE LABELED "MOOR-SEACURE"***.
This is the name of the company that installed these moorings.
(Moorings without the MOOR-SEACURE label are private, and should
not be picked up.) The fees are collected by local businesses
(usually restaurants). The name of the business handling the moorings
is usually painted on the mooring ball itself. It is best to check
in with the establishment on shore and pay your fee. In some bays,
a representative from the establishment will dinghy out to the
boats in the anchorage and collect fees.
***Note: at The Bight on Norman Island, public moorings are not
by Moor-Seacure. There are conical shaped markers for moorings
managed by Billy Bones, and round markers for moorings managed
a different company (may not be labeled).
These are just a few highlights of the cruising area. There are
many fine island publications that provide more details of the
islands hot spots and cool spots and details about marina facilities.
Since we all live here year-round and sail where you will sail,
our staff is one of the best resoures for trip planning!