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Here comes the boom

Trip Length

Trip Code

7 days GSBV

Countries Visited

British Virgin Islands

Start City

End City

Tortola Tortola
Here comes the boom

Life sounds pretty good when your biggest problem is deciding which deserted island to sail to next, but this isn’t a strange far-off mirage. Just whip out your swimsuit and coconut oil and set sail to paradise with an Intrepid Sailing trip. Whether you are a Captain Jack Sparrow or a Gillian-esque sailor, you are sure to discover the beauty and tranquillity of this fabulous archipelago. Island hop, snorkel or hike around the fascinating small islands, or simply relax with a concoction of rum and fruit juice while basking in the Caribbean sun.

Here comes the boom


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Tortola - Norman Island

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm on Day 1. The meeting point is Dream Yacht Charter office located at Maya Cove in the East end of Tortola.
The first stop on your British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary is an easy reach to The Bight at Norman Island. Stop off at "The Caves" for a leisurely snorkel in our warm Caribbean waters. Norman Island and The Caves, became famous as the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, "Treasure Island".
By the time you reach Norman Island, chances are your crew will be ready to visit the William Thornton Floating Bar & Restaurant. The "Willy - T". The Willy - T Bar and Restaurant is a lively spot and well known for their local drink called the body shot which will surely get you started for the night. Have a great evening and wind down from your flight! Tomorrow you'll be sailing the British Virgin Islands.

Day 2: Peter Island, Salt Island & Cooper Island

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

We proceed to Peter Island, setting anchor at Dead Man's Bay where we can enjoy a lovely swim at this world class beach. Grab your snorkel gear and check out the sea grass beds right below your yacht. With any luck, you will spot a sea turtle or two, lazily snacking on the sea grass. Turtles are harmless and easily spooked by curious humans, so please keep your distance and let them dine in peace.We also explore Salt Island. There's a natural salt pond located inland and a very tiny settlement of British Virgin Islanders who used to collect sea salt. Unfortunately, the last remaining resident, Norwell Durant, passed away in 2004. Salt island is home to the Wreck of the Rhone and is a favourite dive site. The Rhone was a British Royal Mail steamship which foundered during a hurricane in the British Virgin Islands in 1867. The British Virgin Islands and the Rhone were made famous in 1977 as the location for the movie, "The Deep". This is an interesting wreck and much of the Rhone can still be clearly identified.For the evening, we sail to Cooper Island where we moor for the night. The Cooper Island Beach Club has a very nice restaurant and bar.

Day 3: Virgin Gorda, The Baths & Gorda Sound

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

One of the most awesome sights to behold when sailing the British Virgin Islands are "The Baths" at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. There are conflicting theories as to how these incredible rock formations were created. Some say The Baths were a result from a meteor shower, others say it could be from volcanic activity. There appears to be some evidence of lava flows which could have happened centuries after a meteor shower. OK, so The Baths are just a pile of "really big rocks" on a beach but when sailing up to them, you'll understand why they are such a highlight. They really are simply magnificent!
We sail to Gorda Sound in the afternoon, where you will find several restaurants and beach bars to enjoy. Here is also a good place to stock up on our supplies.

Day 4: Gorda Sound, Beef Island & Marina Cay

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Spend a day in the North Sound, swimming and enjoying the surroundings, the island is gorgeous, go snorkelling or rent a Hobie Cat at the Bitter End Yacht Club and have fun. In the afternoon, depending on weather we set sail for either Trellis Bay, Beef Island or Marina Cay, south east of Great Camanoe and west of Virgin Gorda.

Day 5: Jost Van Dyke

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Jost Van Dyke Is an awesome place to go for a hike or just chill out on the beach sipping a cocktail swinging back and force in a hammock. Foxy’s Bar and Restaurant is a must. It is very famous for all the musicians that have played there in the past and they still get some well know musicians playing there now.

Day 6: Sandy Spit, Green Cay & Soper's Hole

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

In the morning, we head over to Sandy Cay or Sandy Spit and Green Cay for more great snorkelling and basking in the fabulous British Virgin Islands sunshine. In the early afternoon sail for Soper's Hole, Tortola.
Sailing into Soper's Hole, we will dine at the Jolly Roger Restaurant. The restaurant has great food and is the perfect place for us to spend the last night together looking back on a wonderful sailing trip.

Day 7: Tortola

Meals included: 1 breakfast

We head back to the charter base at Tortola, arriving around noon. You are free to depart from this trip after 12pm on the last day. If flying out tonight we suggest not booking a flight departing before 6pm to allow for any delays returning to Tortola.


Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

•  English-speaking skipper, meals as per itinerary, accommodation on board the boat

 

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, trip kitty, tips and items of a personal nature.


Important Information

Trip Kitty

On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund managed by travellers. It helps fund for breakfast and lunch on the boat and other small items such as ice, water, snacks and drinks. Travellers are responsible for the preparation of these meals onboard and to shop at port where supermarkets are often very close to the mooring. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. On day 1, the skipper will talk through the kitty and how it will be managed (by yourself or fellow travellers). The kitty will be collected by your skipper on day 1. The Kitty amount for this trip is US$100 to be paid in cash.

Meals

The breakfasts and lunches included will come from the trip Kitty payment outlined above. Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. We recommend budgeting approximately US$250 per person for additional meals. Costs in the Caribbean tend to be higher than other parts of the world with limited budget options. Our suggestion is based on research and past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less and it does not include alcoholic beverages.

Joining Point:
Dream Yacht Charter Tortola
Hodges Creek Marina
Maya Cove, East End Tortola
Tortola
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

How to get to Tortola:
Tortola is the Capital of the British Virgin Islands (not to be confused with the US Virgin Islands). There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from North America, South America, Europe, Australia and other major countries. The British Virgin Islands can be reached via connection hubs that you must fly to before connecting on a direct flight or ferry ride to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. These connections hubs are listed below
1) San Juan, Puerto Rico - airport code SJU (used by many U.S.A. Travellers)
2) St. Thomas, USVI - airport code STT (many ferries to BVI)
3) Antigua (ANU) St. Maarten (SXM) Barbados (BGI) - (used by many European Travellers)
1 Getting to Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico
There are no airports on Tortola but flights can be booked from San Juan, Puerto Rico directly to Terrance B Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands. There is a small Bridge that connects Beef Island to Tortola. Air carriers with schedule flights between San Juan, Puerto Rico and EIS, British Virgin Islands include: American Eagle (works in conjunction to American Airlines to bring visitor to the BVI), Cape Air (works in conjunction with Continental Airlines to bring visitors to the BVI) and LIAT.
2 Getting to Tortola via St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Usually the most affordable way to get to the British Virgin Islands from the USA is to fly to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands and then Travel to Tortola, BVI via Ferry Services. Flights from St.Thomas USVI to Tortola BVI are available but are more seldom and expensive. St. Thomas USVI has direct flights from New York, Atlanta, Florida and much more. Airlines that operate to St. Thomas USVI includes American Airlines, Delta Spirit Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways and more.
3 Getting to Tortola Via Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados (used by many European travellers)
European travellers can find themselves in the British Virgin Islands by connection through the Caribbean hubs such as Barbados, West Indies (BGI), Antigua West Indies (ANU) and ST. Maarten (SXM).

Group Leader:
On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Accommodation
This trip is accommodated on board a catamaran boat. Our boats are equipped with twin-share cabins, and shared bathrooms (1-4) The average size of the boat is 53 feet. Fresh water is available for showers, and toilets are either electronic or the hand pump variety. The boat is equipped with a motor for times when the wind is not sufficient for sailing. Our boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible. The skipper will allocate the rooms on arrival to the boat and single travellers will be paired up with another passenger of the same sex, this may mean sharing a double mattress. The skipper will also be sharing the yacht's facilities and sleeping quarters. While some may find the living quarters quite close, those who are looking to revel in the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip usually find any discomfort is more than made up for by the spirit of this sailing experience.

Please note:
The operator for this Gecko's trip is our experienced sister company Intrepid travel. Your group will therefore be a mixture of Gecko's booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers.

Dietary Requirements
Any dietary requirements need to be provided at the time of booking so that included meals can be properly catered for. Your crew will endeavour to cater for most dietary requirements.

Passport details
Please provide full passport details at time of booking including exact name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, issue and expiry dates as these are essential for booking services on this trip.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

11 November 2014


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