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One week from St Thomas in the USVIs

One week from St Thomas to the BVIs

10 days from St Thomas to the BVIs

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10 days from St Thomas to the BVIs

Compass Point Marina, St Thomas. The main charter base in the USVI
Compass Point Marina [Click on the pic for more images of this yacht charter itinerary]

Day 1: Check in and overnight at Compass Point Marina, St Thomas

Day 2: Enjoy a leisurely sail (or motor sail) to Francis Bay on St. John. Have an afternoon swim, then walk the beach and enjoy a Caribbean sunset.

Day 3: Depart for Leinster Bay, on St. John, for snorkelling, exploring and a hike to a sugar mill. Return for lunch and then proceed to West End, Tortola to clear customs into the British Virgin Islands. Depart West End (locals refer to it as Sopers Hole), Tortola for The Bight, Norman Island. Norman Island is often referred to by the locals as “Treasure Island”, as legends are resplendent with stories of buried pirate treasure. You can stop at the entrance of Norman Island to snorkel The Caves. The sea life is vibrant and it is exciting to snorkel into some of the caves, which are quite shallow. For the divers, “Angelfish Reef” is a good first dive. The Bight is a great anchorage to use some of your water toys - kayak, paddle board, or just float behind the yacht with a drink in hand! The William Thornton, locally known as Willie T's, is the infamous floating pirate ship/restaurant. Ashore is the Pirates Bight bar and restaurant, where you can stroll the beach, enjoy happy hour or enjoy a great menu.

Day 4: Depart the Bight, Norman Island for the Indians – less than 1 nautical mile. Pick up a mooring buoy so you can swim right from the yacht. The Indians is primarily a snorkel and dive spot. The rocks are dark coloured as they protrude above the waterline, but under the waterline is a completely different view! The reef is like a wall of colourful coral, sea fans and tropical fish. Some of the water is 30-40 feet, but the sea life extends all the way to the surface. Depart the Indians for Cooper Island [7NM]. Cooper Island has a white, palm fringed beach for exploring and a restaurant ashore, be sure to check out the rum bar and coffee shop. The scenery is quite unique from the other islands, as it is more open, yet very well protected. You can snorkel along shore just south of the anchorage in 6-8 feet of water over turtle grass. This is an excellent place to view sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. For divers, 100 yards away is the famous “Wreck Alley”. At night, you can see across the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Day 5: Depart Cooper Island for Salt Island, the well-known location of the Wreck of the RMS Rhone. This is a great location for rendezvous diving, where a dive company comes out to the yacht and picks you up. All you need is your “C” Card and a credit card. You can snorkel over and even touch the very beginning of this 1867 wreck. Salt Island is also great for exploring. Ashore are three salt ponds, which belong to the British Crown, but are operated by the local people. You can purchase harvested salt, explore the shore to find several shells, sea glass and various types of rocks. Depart Salt Island for Trellis Bay [8NM]. Trellis Bay is famous for full moon parties, which bring a great party with live music, mocho jumbee stilt dancers, fire jugglers, a delicious BBQ and amazing fireballs! Apart from the monthly full moon parties, Trellis Bay also offers local art created by Aragorn, who owns the art studio there. There is often fresh baked bread loaves which are delicious! On most occasions Trellis Bay is a quiet anchorage without much night life, so you can enjoy the twinkle of the stars and make your own entertainment on board.

Day 6: Depart Trellis Bay for The Baths [6NM]. It is a good idea to leave early so you can secure a prime mooring buoy at The Baths! The Baths are incredible, with huge, house-sized boulders literally piled on top of each other. There are several paths through the boulders that lead to Devil's Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the British Virgin Islands. There is a restaurant bar at the top of The Baths, where you can have an enjoyable lunch with an awesome view and a pool. The highlight of The Baths is definitely the rock climbing/exploring (there are ladders, platforms and ropes to assist), but the snorkelling is also amazing. Depart The Baths for Gorda Sound [9NM]. Gorda Sound, at the north end of Virgin Gorda (also known as the “Fat Virgin”), has several places to go ashore and explore. You should definitely visit Leverick Bay, where you can shop, swim in the pool, enjoy a pirate show during high season and take advantage of spa services.

Day 7: Depart Gorda Sound for The Dogs [6NM], primarily a snorkel and dive stop. The reef is huge, extremely colourful and lively. This would be a great location for a dive. Depart The Dogs for Great Harbor [13NM]. Great Harbor is home of the notorious Foxy’s. Very lively parties can be found several times a year. When the big party isn’t happening, Foxy often plays his guitar live, adlibbing songs as he goes – usually funny songs about anyone in his presence. It’s a great time and the BBQ dinner is excellent! Here you will find a few local establishments that are all just a short walk down the beach. White Bay, with The Soggy Dollar Bar, is also a great choice for the night. Families with children will love the white sand beach.

Day 8: Depart Great Harbor for Sandy Cay or Green Turtle Cay, less than 1 nautical mile. Drop anchor at Sandy Cay or pick up a mooring buoy at Green Turtle Cay. Both offer white, sandy, deserted islands with snorkelling, swimming and exploring. A short hike past hermit crabs and various lizards to the top of Sandy Cay should not be missed! For divers, Little Jost Van Dyke can’t be beat. When conditions are right, you can explore the “Bubbly Pool”. Featured in photo journals and magazine articles around the world, the “Bubbly Pool” is still a somewhat closely guarded secret of Jost Van Dyke. Nature’s jacuzzi, this naturally formed tidal pool is located behind jagged cliffs facing the open ocean from the north. When the north swell is up, this is absolutely a National Geographic experience, as you wade in the pool and fearfully watch as the rolling sea comes at you with full force! Just at the last second, as it looks as if the wave will go straight over you, the unique formation outside the pool prematurely breaks the wave and the resulting “bubbles” fill up the pool. Depart Sandy Cay or Green Cay for Cane Garden Bay, Tortola [6NM]. Cane Garden Bay is completely beach ashore with restaurants and water sports. Quito, a well-known local singer, is great for night-time fun. You can also often find a band playing at Pusser's at Myett's in the centre of the beach. Callwood's Rum Distillery is also located at Cane Garden Bay. There is some snorkelling, but Cane Garden Bay is best for relaxing on the beach and dancing.

Day 9: Depart Cane Garden Bay for St John, USVI. One last short adventure to soak in the Caribbean sun all the way! Reminisce the last week with your group and enjoy a beautiful sail to Cruz Bay, St. John. Here you will find a very artsy and fun village with good shopping, including local pottery, local art work, jewellery and duty-free items. You will clear customs back into the United States here.

Day 10: Return to St Thomas and disembark in the morning

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One week from  St Thomas in the USVIs

Compass Point Marina, St Thomas. The main charter base in the USVI
Compass Point Marina

Day 1: Provision and overnight at Compass Point Marina

Day 2: Sail around the island to the wonderful beach at Magen’s Bay and explore the area.

Day 3: Head over to St. John along the north shore and stop for a snorkel at Hawksnest before heading to Francis Bay for overnight. If you want to try the local atmosphere, try lunch at Maho Crossroads.

Day 4: Discover Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay, taking time to enjoy the clear waters. For lunch, head over to Hansen Bay to taste the tacos from floating restaurant Lime Out. For the evening, make your way to Salt Pond or Lameshur.

Day 5: Prepare for a passage to Water Island, where you can dine at Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill or Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill. You can overnight in Lindberg Bay and dine at beachfront Emerald Bay Resort.

Day 6: Sail back to Honeymoon Beach, St. John, and dinghy to Cruz Bay. Discover the national park and there are many dining choices.

Day 7: Visit Christmas Cove on Great St. James and try the floating pizza restaurant Pizza Pi.

Day 8: Sail back to Compass Point Marina for disembarkation.

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One week from  St Thomas to the BVIs

Compass Point Marina, St Thomas. The main charter base in the USVI
Compass Point Marina

Day 1: Provision and overnight at Compass Point Marina.

Day 2: Sail along the northern shores of St. John, stopping at quiet cays for lunch and a snorkel. Overnight in Francis Bay or Leinster Bay, where you can hike to the restored Annaberg Sugar Mill.

Day 3: Head to customs at the West End of Tortola to clear into the BVIs. Sail to Norman Island to overnight in The Bight. On the way, grab a mooring ball and snorkel at The Indians and take the dinghy over to the Cave. Try beach bar and restaurant, Pirate’s Bight, if you want to dine out, or order a Painkiller cocktail at the Willy T floating bar (advise a lunchtime visit if traveling with children).

Day 4: Make your way to Cooper Island via Salt Island where you can snorkel the wreck of RMS Rhone. Be ready to see plenty of tropical fish – a charter highlight. Overnight in Manchioneel Bay. You can snorkel at Cistern Point, relax at Cooper Island Beach Club and even make an advance reservation for dinner. You must not use your anchor at Cooper Island, due to the turtle grass.

Day 5: Make sure you get away early for The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Grab a National Parks mooring so you can dinghy and swim in. After exploring the rock formations, lunch at the Top of the Baths and see the magnificent view. Sail on to North Sound using the well-marked north entrance and not the shortcut next to Mosquito Island.

Day 6: Visit Jost Van Dyke and spend the night in Great Harbour. Dinghy to White Bay and visit the famous Soggy Dollar Bar and dine at Foxy’s or Corsairs.

Day 7: Sail back to Honeymoon Beach, St. John, and dinghy to Cruz Bay. Discover the national park and there are many dining choices. You could even try the floating pizza restaurant on Great St. James – delivery and pick up options available.

Day 8: Sail back to Compass Point Marina for disembarkation

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