Jacqui Lockhart is a charter manager and broker at Select Charter Services based in Villefranche sur Mer, France. She has been working in the luxury superyacht charter business for the last twenty years. Although the business is based in France, she organises charters all over the world.
One of her favourite cruising areas is the British Virgin Islands and particularly during the quieter periods. There is nothing more special than sailing to a secluded bay for swimming, snorkelling and a quiet lunch on board. The BVI’s offer a variety of islands with friendly ports and stunning natural sites.
After joining the yacht at Beef Island, drop anchor at Cane Garden Bay and visit one of the bustling beach bars in Soper’s Hole. It is also fun to climb Mount Sage if you are feeling more energetic.
Cruise through the Sir Francis Drake Passage to Norman Island. Swim in Deadman’s Bay before heading out to dine at the notorious Willy T Schooner.
It is a short hop over to Peter Island where you can spend the morning swimming and snorkelling in secluded White Bay. For Divers, the wreck of the RMS Rhone is close by and certainly worth a visit.
Visiting the Baths, secluded rock pools, at Virgin Gorda is a must, but best do it early in the day or before sunset to avoid the crowds.
The Bitter End Yacht Club is located on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda and it is lots of fun to test your small boat sailing there.
Anegada is a more remote island in the group but definitely worth a visit. It is very flat and only the palm trees are visible from a distance. It is surrounded by coral reef and teeming with exotic fish. After lunch at the Cow Wreck it is lovely to walk back around the island to meet your yacht at anchor. There is great snorkelling around the island.
Head next to the lively island of Jost Van Dyke. Sway to reggae tunes and tuck into a feast of French lobster at Ivan’s Stress Free Bar.
The British Virgin Islands offer everything you could wish for on a fun and relaxing sailing cruise.