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Whether aboard a large superyacht charter with crew looking after your every need, a luxury yacht charter British Virgin Islands will allow you to enjoy the best of the Leeward Island group and Virgin Islands.
A wonderful mixture of excellent sailing conditions, rum soaked parties and chilled high end resorts, the British Virgin Island archipelago is one of the best places to enjoy the yachting life. There are 45 islands in the chain, and every one is worth a pause whether to enjoy the natural beauty or to party til dawn. Let's take a look at a few.
Scrub Island Resort is on Scrub Island to the east of Tortola. With its world class hotel and spa, beaches and coral reefs, this is a good spot to chill for a while
Cooper Island Beach Club is on the NW shore of Cooper Island, one of the Little Sisters islands to the south of Tortola. This is a self-sufficient eco resort that again, is a great place to chill
Long Bay Beach Resort on Tortola has been built since Hurricane Irma and is another 5 star place to chill.
As well as the more refined places to relax and enjoy the gentle pace, there are a few places you shouldn't miss on a BVI yacht charter that are a little louder. Among the world renowned party spots are:
Trellis Bay on Beef Island is famed for its monthly rum soaked Full Moon parties, and is also a good spot to drop anchor and provision
Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke has the infamous Foxy's Bar that those who go on yacht charter vacation around the world will almost certainly have run into on survivors' tee shirts. Often enough the tee shirt is the only memory that the wearer has of being there!
Also on Jost Van Dyke is White Bay, location of the Soggy Dollar beach bar - rumoured creator of the 'Painkiller' cocktail
Cane Garden Bay is another home of hazy memories, though the sunsets are something most will remember
With the top end, reliably good sailing to be had with the trade winds, beautiful beaches and different shades of fun to be had ashore, theBritish Virgin Island chain is one of the best locations for a Caribbean yacht charter. With your luxury yacht as a base, and perhaps crew to help you on your week or two of fun afloat, a luxury yacht charter British Virgin Islands is definitely where it's at.
A private yacht charter is one of the best ways to enjoy a BVI yacht charter vacation. With an often large vessel just for you and your fellow charter guests' use, the skipper and crew will look after your every need afloat. They will look after the tender as you venture ashore on islands like Salt Island and Necker Island, and perhaps make suggestions as to the best spots to enjoy a first class meal or activity of your choice. Life aboard is about chill too, with the captain and crew ensuring you have the best possible time afloat on your Caribbean yacht charter.
Bareboat: Though you will often have to have a sailing license for a larger vessel, a bareboat charter will give you complete freedom and privacy to do what you want. This will often come with en suite heads in all the staterooms, an AC generator and all the comforts of home as you captain your own ship on this 48ft+ monohull or catamaran.
Skippered: A skippered yacht charter can range from a 45ft+ sailing yacht or a 46ft+ catamaran. The skipper aboard will look after the sailing and make suggestions as to your next destinations, with you playing as much or as little a role in getting from A-B as you want. It is customary to pay a tip at the end of the trip, on top of the $100-$150 a day fee for the skipper you pay as well as the basic charter fee.
Crewed: A crewed yacht charter could mean a 60ft yacht with skipper and crew, but could also mean a superyacht or crewed charter with a team of people looking after your every need. As well as sailing the vessel up the Leeward Island chain, they will cook, look after the housekeeping and water toys, and provide you with the service you expect at the top end of yacht charter holiday experiences.
Sailing Yacht: Ranging from a 50ft luxury charter yacht to a 104ft schooner rigged gulet, a luxury sailing yacht charter can mean a variety of things. Coming as a bareboat charter, skippered or fully crewed, there is a sailing yacht to suit almost every budget.
Catamaran: Ranging from 46ft to over 100ft LOA, you can charter a luxury power catamaran or sailing catamaran with crew or bareboat. They are faster, more stable and thanks to the wide beam, far more spacious than monohulls of a similar size. Thanks to having a lower draft, they can also get closer in shore or over a coral reef for swimming and snorkelling should you want!
Motor Yacht: Again with skipper, crew or bareboat; a luxury motor yacht charter can range in size from 50ft right up to 150 metres plus. Quicker, less dependent on the wind, and often with water toys aboard, a luxury motor yacht charter is one of relaxation and fun with the added thrill of a speed as you island hop at 30 knots!
Superyacht Charter: The sky's the limit on asuperyacht charter holiday. Coming as sailing yachts and motor yachts, expect to have almost everything you want catered to by expert crew who will sail the vessel look after your every need.
Likely flying in to Tortola from St John in the US Virgin Islands, you will be in for a great time on your boat charter, no matter what you want from it. Tortola is at the centre of the BVI chain, with the Little Sisters of Norman Island, Peter Island, Salt Island, Cooper Island and Ginger Island to the south. Just visiting these with their reefs and delightful resorts can be enough on a BVI yacht charter for a week.
Other small islands in the BVI archipelago are Guana Island, Scrub Island, Beef Island and indeed, Necker Island (a private island and excusive resort to the north of Virgin Gorda). Jost Van Dyke is a short sail to the north, and the farthest flung is Anegada to the NE. All of these have their own attractions from beach bars to relaxed resorts and beautiful beaches.
You may choose to join your boat charter in the US Virgin Islands thanks to their air links to Miami. You could join in St Thomas, St John and sail into BVI waters that way. Whatever you do, be prepared for a week or two of serious fun on your yacht charter vacation!
A BVI charter holiday will differ as to your tastes and who you have in your group. Those without children may wish to over-indulge at a beach bar or two to see if the rumours about them are true. Again, without children and as a couple you may choose to hit an exclusive reort or two on your sailing holiday.
With kids or less energetic folk in your midst, go swimming, snorkelling or just wander the beaches. Drop anchor off a cove and dream you're on your very own Treasure Island.
You will want to sail for several hours a day - with the near perfect sailing conditions this is unmissable. Watching the marine life from the windward rail on a beam reach as the yacht bounds across the sea will be an unforgettable experience.
As such your typical day could be a mix of things, from an early start to blast off to the next island to waking up at lunchtime feeling a little green around the gills and thanking your crew for getting you back aboard. The choice is down to you.
From its fashionable resorts, to jaw dropping scenery and perfect temperatures, a Caribbean yacht charter vacation in the BVI is something that cannot be missed. You can party the night away at one of the world renowned beach bars, chill on an almost empty beach and enjoy the world-class sailing to be had, perhaps on one of the many sailing regattas. A BVI charter is one of those sailing holidays you will never forget!
A luxury yacht charter broker like Borrow a Boat can help you arrange your sailing holiday in advance, ensuring you get the right yacht for your budget and tastes. We can also suggest destinations and arrange for any extra requirements you may wish for.
Where it comes to a British Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter, the best time of year is November, December and January with times outside school holidays a lot quieter. Perfect for a bit of winter sun!
Borrow A Boat is the leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplace worldwide with over 35,000 boat listings across 65 + countries worldwide. Launched in 2017 by yachting and boating enthusiasts with decades of yachting experience, Borrow a Boat acts as a broker for the world’s most impressive superyachts and motor boat charters. We cover North America, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific and Rest Of World. Wherever in the world you want to sail, we have a luxury yacht and superyacht to take you there via our trusted network of industry contacts. We are an independent company which ensures you receive the maximum choice of vessel at the most competitive prices. Alongside our passion for yachting, our commitment to service and decades of luxury yacht experience ensures your luxury yacht charter will be an unforgettable experience. Most importantly, all our luxury yachts and superyacht charters meet stringent and current safety and insurance requirements in their respective locations.
We are renowned for planning bespoke yacht chartering experiences to suit your timescale and your desires - not just on the yacht but at the world’s most private anchorages and exclusive marinas. Imagine your own private chef creating a fabulous barbecue on a secret Mediterranean cove; whale-watching in the Pacific; relaxing in the Maldives or island hopping in the Caribbean.
Whether you are planning a romantic escape, a family celebration or an important corporate event, we will handle all logistical preparations to make your yacht charter the experience of a lifetime. We can help with logistics, including pre-and post- charter hotel stays -as well as embarkation. Book a private helicopter charter to land on your own superyacht helipad or step aboard a glamorous limousine tender that will take you in style from the port to your anchorage. Our experienced local teams in each destination take care of all the logistics on your behalf, ensuring you arrive onboard your luxury yacht relaxed and ready to enjoy your vacation.
Our captains and crew have personal experience of the world’s best and safest anchorages and marinas, alongside in-depth local knowledge of cultural attractions, shore dining and entertainment opportunities. Choosing a luxury yacht charter gives you and your guests the opportunity to travel discreetly, with access to the most private coves and anchorages, far from the stresses of today’s busy life.
The main types of boats that people hire on a luxury yacht charter are Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, Sailing Catamarans, Power Catamarans, Gulets, Superyachts (21 metres plus boats) and Megayachts (40 metres plus boats).
Your first step is to decide how many guests you will have onboard, your location preference and your desired dates. Once you have decided on the basics you can speak to a yacht broker who will organise a detailed itinerary based on where you are travelling and your preferences.
Wherever your imagination takes you, there are yachts berthed in popular locations such as The Bahamas, Maldives, New England, the Mediterranean and the South Pacific. But you can also take you on farther afield excursions such as Antarctica, the South Pacific and the wilds of Alaska, it just depends on what type of sailing holiday you want to do.
Yes, all charter companies will require a deposit to book a yacht. This is often refundable if you make cancellations or changes over ninety days in advance. But read the cancellation policy and consider trip insurance if booking inside the cancellation window.
Your party size determines the size of luxury yacht to book, so get a headcount before you look. You may also wish to explore the locality before transferring back home. The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Your charter rate will include the hire of your luxury yacht and its equipment, together with the services of its captain and all crew. The vessel will be properly insured against all marine risks. Additional fees not covered in the charter rate include: VAT, marina fees, local taxes, harbour fees, canal fees, fuel charges, electronic communications, provisioning and any other bespoke extras required. If you choose to embark at a different port to the yacht's home location, then you can expect to pay for delivery and/or return fees and expenses.
Luxury yachts are generally charted at a minimum for one week. You can typically charter a yacht for as long as you want, the only limiting factor is generally the yacht's availability.
The size of your yacht will determine how many guests are allowed onboard. There are no minimum amount of guests but most bookings will be between 2 to 8 guests with the maximum amount of guest being usually around 12 but this can be larger on some types of boats
We will discuss all your transfer and onboard requirements when you make your booking and will send you a comprehensive questionnaire to complete. We will also contact you just before your charter begins to ensure all your preferences and individual requirements regarding dietary preferences, medical conditions, allergies have been covered. This also includes your requested activities - including toys - entertainment and offshore excursions.
Usually guests are covered under the yacht owner's own liability policy for damage, however we recommend taking out Charter Liability insurance as an extra buffer. Should you or your guests accidentally damage any interior fixtures and fittings, the hull or tenders/toys then you will be fully protected.
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