FAQ

IS SEASICKNESS COMMON ?

The British Virgin Islands are a sailing paradise, and therefore the perfect spot for first time yachters in the Caribbean. The BVI are a group of green, mountainous islets that spread over some 40 nautical miles. Together, they form a unique waterway in which to sail in short stages. Navigation is virtually always line-of-sight. Generally, a warm gentle breeze fills the sails as the boat glides over barely wavy waters. The risk of seasickness is limited. Just in case, we recommend you pack some Gravol tablets (ginger flavoured if you wish to offset any side effects) or some Transderm V (scopolamine applied behind the ear). It is imperative that you consult your doctor or pharmacist for any side effects you may suffer.

DO WE EVER COME ACROSS ANY PIRATES ?

No, it is very safe to sail in the British Virgin Islands. Christopher Columbus visited and named the islands in 1493. Adventurers and pirates came centuries later, in the 17th and 18th to be exact, preying on the Spanish galleons that sailed from Europe in search of Incan gold. Today, the BVI attract seafarers who are infinitely more sophisticated!!! Nevertheless, some islands have retained their dubious names. One of them is rumoured to be the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic children’s book, Treasure Island.

CAN WE TRAVEL ALONE ?

Yes, single occupancy can be arranged, but this requires adding 30% more to the charter rate. It is also possible for two people to travel alone. But a minimum total of 6 guests is required to honor the charter rates.

ARE WE ENTITLED TO SOME BEACH TIME ?

Yes, our main priority is making sure you spend a dream vacation. Once aboard, we determine what you want to do and draft an itinerary tailored to your preferences, including time on some spectacular beaches if you wish.

CAN WE VISIT THE ISLANDS ?

Yes. It is possible to drop anchor along the way so you can visit some of the islands. Itineraries are flexible.

CAN WE LEARN HOW TO SAIL ?

Yes. Crewmembers are always eager to share their sailing tips with guests and “show them the ropes.” If you wish, you can participate in some of the manoeuvering exercises or even take the helm.

CURRENCY

The currency of the British Virgin Islands is the U.S. dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in most establishments.

BOAT PROVISIONS

The British Virgin Islands are home to several high quality grocery stores and food markets. You can choose to shop for groceries upon arriving or even preorder your food supplies through the Internet.

You’ll find just about everything you need to prepare delicious meals. Due to shipping charges, most food items cost 10% to 20% more than in Canada. As for alcoholic beverages and beer, they’re not taxed, making them extremely affordable.

WEATHER

Near postcard-perfect weather year round. Waters are sheltered and wind conditions are stable, from 10 to 20 knots. Sailing passages range from 3 to 25 km and navigation is generally line-of-sight as the islands are visible at all times over their 60 km. Wind direction: southeasterly 10-15 knots in Summer, northeasterly 15-25 knots in Winter.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN TORTOLA

GETTING TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Option 1 :
If you’re flying, remember that there are no direct flights from Canada, the U.S. or Europe to the BVI’s main airport, Beef Island’s Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS).

You can, however, fly to Tortola (just neighboring Beef Island) from San Juan, Porto Rico (SJU). The flight is 30 minutes long, and several air carriers fly the route.

Option 2 :
Some travelers fly into St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands). Charlotte Amalie (STT) is an international airport. From there, the BVI are a 40-minute ferry ride away.

Option 3 :
There are several flights to Tortola from St. Martin and other Caribbean islands.

We’ll be happy to help you with additional flight information. Feel free to contact us.

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