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Our aim here at STN Yacht Charters is to ensure you have a great holiday. By working with carefully selected local charter companies we have been delivering high quality yacht charter holidays since 2003.

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The Charter Area

Sailing the Virgin Islands archipelago from St Thomas offers you the chance to experience one of the world’s most wonderful cruising grounds and explore both the USVI and the BVI.

The US Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the USA between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, lying to the east of Puerto Rico. Together with the British Virgin Islands, to the northeast, the territory forms the Virgin Islands archipelago. The USVIs consist of St Thomas, St Croix, St John, Water Island and many smaller islets and cays. There are great opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

If you want to relax and swim, you will be spoilt for choice for beaches while on your Virgin Islands yacht charter. Sail to the nearby island of St. John which has some of the most beautiful and well-protected beaches in the world. Other favourites are Honeymoon Beach and the beaches along Caneel Bay, Oppenheimer Beach and Maho Beach in Francis Bay, Salt Pond and Lameshur. Leinster Bay and Watermelon Cay offer great opportunities for snorkelling too with abundant coral.

While the USVIs have much to offer as a sailing destination, the islands are also the gateway to the BVIs. You can choose from 60 wonderful islands, from Tortola, Scrub Island, Jost van Dyke, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Peter Island and Anegada. It is the Caribbean’s most popular sailing destination for good reason, offering an amazing atmosphere at beach bars and restaurants.

• Season •

The main season runs from November through to the end of June. High season is limited to the two holiday weeks over Christmas/New Year. August, September and October are the Caribbean hurricane season and I don't recommend you charter during these months.

• Weather • Climate • Wind •

The USVI enjoy a tropical climate, tempered by easterly trade winds with relatively low humidity. There is little seasonal temperature variation with a minimum daily average of 28C through to a maximum of 31C The rainy season runs from May to November.

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• 10 day itinerary 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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• Onshore Don't Miss •

St Thomas Private Sightseeing Tour including; Drake's Seat; Skyline Drive; Mountain Top; Blackbeard’s Castle; St. Thomas Synagogue: 99 Steps; Emancipation Garden; Frederick Lutheran Church; Three Queens Statue; Frenchtown

Food! For seafood, try the Mahi Mahi and fresh tuna when dining out. You can also have fun visiting floating restaurants, from pizza to tacos! If you want entertainment, Water Island is known for its lively events program. From movies by the sea and dinner under the stars, as well as live music.

St Thomas Rum and Food Tour: Explore the islands history and culture combined with several hours of eating and drinking local cuisine. Guides Lisa and Sheba get some great feedback [October '20]

• Marine Wildlife •

The Caribbean sea is rich in marina wildlife. There's a great chance you might meet friendly dolphins. Bottlenose, Fraser, spotted and spinners all live here. Twenty six species of whales exist in the Caribbean including pilot whales, sperm whales, false Orcas and humpbacks. Six of the seven species of turtle make the Caribbean their home including green turtles, hawksbills, leatherbacks and loggerheads. There are great opportunities for snorkelling over coral reefs that abound with exotic fish. You might see queen angelfish, rock beautys or the stoplight parrotfish
Caribbean Marine Wildlife
Clockwise from the top left; Bottlenose Dolphin; Loggerhead Turtle; Pilot Whales; Stoplight Parrotfish

•  Charter Bases •
Compass Point Marina, St Thomas. The main charter base in the USVI
Compass Point Marina, the main yacht charter base in USVI

The marina is just over 10 miles away from Cyril E. King Airport [STT], a 30 minute taxi ride

Compass Point Marina is close to Red Hook with plenty of restaurants, shops and a vibrant live music scene.

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Our Boats

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Monohulls - 5 Cabins

Jeanneau SO 519 [2018] • From St Thomas
Jeanneau SO 519 Jeanneau SO 519
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Catamarans - 3 Cabins

Bali 43 [2019] • From St Thomas
Bali 43g Bali 43
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FP Helia 44 [2016] • From St Thomas
FP Lucia 40 [2018] • From St Thomas

Catamarans - 4 Cabins

FP Helia 44 [2017] • From St Thomas

Catamarans - 5/6 Cabins

Lagoon 52 F [2018] • From St Thomas
Lagoon 52 F Lagoon 52 F
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