Day One: St Thomas to St John – anchor in the National Park at St John
Day Two: St John to West End BVI to clear customs and then sail to Peter Island
Day Three: Peter Island to North Sound, Virgin Gorda
Day Four: North Sound, Virgin Gorda
Day Five: North Sound to Norman Island
Day Six: Norman Island to Jost Van Dyke
Day Seven: Jost Van Dyke to Yacht Haven Grande Marina arriving late afternoon
Day Eight: Private Customs Appointment US Customs – Depart Pacific Wave
Pacific Wave is based in the beautiful British Virgin Islands (BVI) for 8.5 months each year between the 1st November to the 10th July. The BVI’s are the perfect yachting destination in the Caribbean, made up of a cluster of tiny islands. You can cruise down the Sir Francis Drake Channel in semi-protected seas just like Drake did in the 15th century, stopping off and visiting the islands; each tiny Caribbean island is unique.
Throughout a BVI skippered yacht vacation you can enjoy excellent snorkeling over coral reefs which are teeming with marine life, swim in crystal clear safe azure blue waters alongside turtles, sunbathe on stunning white sandy beaches, or take a hike to see magnificent panoramic views. Or simply enjoy great sailing for non-sailors and sailors alike, with constant trade winds.
The BVI is our favourite destination, and for that reason we base in this location. Having been based here for the past 8 years we have intimate knowledge of BVI anchorages and can propose a bespoke itinerary to match your requirements. You can relax in beautiful quiet picture perfect bays knowing that your crew are looking for your every need whilst on your private crewed charter. The BVI is the one destination that every time rewards you with the holiday you expect the Caribbean will offer.
To assist you getting to these fabulous islands, we offer a pickup from Yacht Haven Grande Marina, St Thomas. We do not charge a relocation fee for this service. This means that you can get a direct flight into St Thomas from the continental USA, and then Pacific Wave is only a 10-minute taxi ride away. Alternatively if you are flying in from the UK or Europe, flights route via San Juan Puerto Rico to Beef Island Airport BVI. You would then join Pacific Wave at Scrub Island Marina that is a 10-minute free private ferry ride from the airport. In either case we will meet you at the airport.
Some of the islands that you will visit as you cruise around this stunning Caribbean archipelago onboard Pacific Wave, are as follows:
Norman Island otherwise known as ‘Treasure Island’ is a totally uninhabited private island. There are great hikes on trails over the island where you can obtain beautiful panoramic photographs down the Sir Francis Drake Channel and over to the neighbouring island of St John. The Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about this island in his famous childrens book Treasure Island, where he wrote about buried gold and pirates. There is unique snorkeling in the Caves just outside of the anchorage called The Bight where treasure has been found, let over by pirates who used to frequent these waters many moons ago. Norman Island is also famous for it’s bars, being the infamous William Thornton or ‘Willy T’ as everyone calls it; the floating ship that everyone remembers going to, but no one remembers how they arrived back home. And Pirates Bight located on the sandy beach in The Bight anchorage. Most of our guests prefer the quieter side of the island, and for this there is a beautiful secluded anchorage called Benures Bay where the snorkeling is outstanding in this quiet bay where you will be anchored with only a few boats and lots of pelicans fishing the abundant waters and nothing else.
Peter Island is another private island that is home to the Peter Island Resort and Spa. The anchorage of Great Harbour is one of the best anchorages in the BVI, the snorkeling is great in the beautiful crystal clear waters and you can walk through to the resort from the beach. Lunch on Deadmans Beach at the resort is a must. It has a fabulous crescent shaped beach lined with palm trees with string hammocks draped between them. The restaurant offers excellent food both local fair like Rotis and great Pizzas that they make in their wood-burning oven, as well as locally caught fish. The hiking is superb and very easy on this island, with Sunset Loop being a 5 mile return hike, but well worth it, offering outstanding panoramic views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. There is also another great anchorage off White Bay that again is blessed with a stunning white sandy beach, great snorkeling and lovely sunsets.
North Sound on Virgin Gorda otherwise referred to as Billionaires Playground due to the fact that Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Brand) now owns two islands Necker Island and Mosquito Island (recently renamed Moskito Island) and Larry Page (Google) purchased Eustatia Island a few years ago. Both Billionaires can regularly be seen kiteboarding in North Sound. The water here is bright turquoise in colour and it looks outstanding on photographs. There is a great hike from Biras Creek Resort over the top and back down to the Bitter End Yacht Club. There are stunning views over to Necker Island, Eustatia Island, Prickly Pear Island and the tiny Saba Rock Island with the stunning turquoise sea below. There are numerous places to dine ashore including the new Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) which offers the use of it’s fabulous infinity pool if you visit them for lunch. You can also take a taxi tour of Virgin Gorda and visit the famous Baths where you can climb between huge granite boulders and stop off at numerous viewing platforms to photograph both South and North Sound. For the energetic you can hike up to the top of Gorda Peak which takes about 20 minutes to reach the look out tower at the top, where again you are rewarded with stunning panoramic views.
Great Camanoe Island has a beautiful quiet anchorage at Lee Bay, which offers excellent snorkeling. During late spring into summer the rocky cliffs are covered with nesting birds that have migrated to the Virgin Islands to breed.
Guana Island is a lovely spot to anchor for the evening when there is no northerly swell present. Pacific Wave would anchor off the beautiful white sandy beach to the west of the island and from here you get a fabulous sunset.
Jost van Dyke (JVD) is another island that we visit anchoring either behind the reef at Sandy Spit or in Little Harbour. You can walk around the tiny white spit of sand with its tiny palm tree, and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Ashore you can visit the famous Bubbling Pools, which is a short walk from Foxy Taboo restaurant. At Little Harbour you have Sidneys Peace and Love Bar with its very own honesty bar, so you become the bar man or bar maid for the evening. Further a long the coast you have Great Harbour home to the main Foxy’s Bar and then White Bar famous for the Soggy Dollar Bar; aptly named because the surge is always so strong on the beach that you have to leap into the sea from your dinghy to get ashore and your dollars are very soggy when you arrive at the bar. There is a lot more to JVD than just bars, and you can still enjoy the quiet side of the island, which is simply beautiful!
Take a look at our Island Blogs to find out more information and to view stunning photographs on some of the islands that you can visit during your BVI crewed yacht charter vacation onboard Pacific Wave. Also view our video SY Pacific Wave in the BVI on a crewed yacht charter to visually experience this unique holiday in paradise onboard the stunning sailing yacht Pacific Wave.
Day One: St Thomas to St John – anchor in the National Park at St John
With the exception of the pickup and drop-off, which we normally undertake from the dock in a marina, which makes it easier for everyone getting onboard with luggage, the rest of the time we anchor in a beautiful bay unless you would like to go into a marina.
Our BVI crewed yacht charters are usually 7 nights; however shorter periods are available as are longer durations, all subject to our availability at the time of your charter enquiry.
For yacht charters throughout the period 11 July to 31 October annually, Pacific Wave is available for charter in the Grenadines.