British Virgin Islands BVIs

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A dream of sun, sandy beaches, palm trees, reggae,
joy of life. You can reach the British Virgin Islands
easily by plane. Flying off from hectic everyday life
and within a short period, you are in the middle of
the world of unconstrained joy of life, which is so distinct of the people in the Caribbean. Drift off with reggae and suddenly no longer walk like the Europeans but rocking like the dark-skinned people in the Caribbean. Tradewind sailing under the southern sun is simply a dream – the wind couldn’t be better for sailing!  The best time to travel is April to May. The frequently brimming anchor bays are usually emptier then. Long days of sailing with taut sails against the wind and waves are rather a rarity with us. Why go for miles if we can anchor at beautiful, white, sandy beaches, have ourselves served really fresh lobster, with a steel band drumming the sound of the Caribbean or the cocktails taste so seductively of the ripe fruit of the Antilles and the rum made here?

Cruise proposal to Tortola (1 – 2 weeks):

Tortola – Road Town____________________________________________
Our cruises starts off in Tortola. The capital Road Town offers besides several yacht harbours good catering possibilities. Restaurants, pubs and last but not least some supermarkets. About 60% of all inhabitants of the BVIs live in or around Road Town. We recommend a stroll across the Main Street which thrills with its many houses in Colonial style and numerous bars, restaurants and shops invite you to linger. Rum fans should plan a visit to the Pusser’s Company Store which has supplied the Royal Navy with the product made from molasses of sugar cane for three centuries. Along the coasts of Tortola, there are ruins of fortresses of various occupying forces which tell the hard-fought history of Tortola.

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Norman Island________________________________________________
Our first sail takes us towards the south to Norman Island. The island is named after a pirate. Apparently, according to an old legend, the pirate Morgan hid his treasure in the caves and which has never been found. Maybe we will go on a treasure hunt and possibly find more than just coconuts. The magnificent bay “The Bight” lies on the west coast. We will make a short stop at “The Caves” for some snorkelling in the warm water. “The Caves” became famous after being the inspiration for the novel “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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In this bay, you find the famous pirate ship the “William Thornton”. We really must spend an evening here and surrender ourselves to the music and the drinks! The atmosphere is unbelievable and infectious every evening.

Pelican Island und „The Indians“________________________________
Pelican Island and “The Indians” are only a stone’s throw away! The Indians are always worth it – four stone peaks which are regarded as one of the best places for snorkelling and scuba diving in this area.

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Peter Island__________________________________________________
Peter Island belongs to a Norwegian who has turned the island into an exclusive holiday domicile. Yet sailors are always warmly welcomed here and can either set anchor in the small harbour or in the “Deadman’s Bay”. We are allowed to freely move round the island. Deadman’s Bay is certainly one of the ten most romantic beaches on earth: Fine sandy beach, hammocks and clear water invite to make a visit. Here, ocean turtles are not seldom seen, so when taking a walk along the beach or when snorkelling in the glistening ocean, keep your eyes wide open. Tip: We take a few drinks from board to the beach and relax. “Pamper the senses”!

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Salt Island____________________________________________________
Towards the afternoon, we carry on to Salt Island, where a wreck of the postal ship, the “R.M.S. Rhone”, which sank in a hurricane, has been lying since 1867. The 103 m long “R.M.S. Rhone” served as the scenery for the cinema film “The Deep” making it world famous. The wreck lies at a depth of 7 – 25 metres and is a fascinating aquatic realm for fish, crabs, octopuses and lobsters. It was awarded the label “National Park” and is a popular place for under water discoverers. Even the huge propeller itself can be seen from the surface.

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Cooper Island________________________________
In the evening we move further to the west to “Carvel Bay” to stay overnight. Here it is much more peaceful and above all, not as full as around the corner in the north at “Manchioneel Bay“. Cooper Island is popular bird-breeding area and also popular for rare types of albatrosses because it is the only island free of rats. In the “Manchioneel Bay” there is the famous “Cooper Island Beach Club” surrounded by coconut palm trees, Bougainvillea, Frangipani, Hibiscus, Oleander, Tamarind, Flamboyant, Yucca, orchids, lime trees and cactuses. Divers and snorkelers can find the most beautiful coral formations at “Cisterne Point”.

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Virgin Gorda – The Bath________________________________________
Another highlight, maybe even a small wonder of the world, is the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. Here lie the famous rock formations “The Baths”. Huge, rounded rocks piled up as if by magic and form small, narrow tunnels and natural swimming pools. We bathe in the unique water grottos which came to being from lava rivers centuries ago. Another option is a stop at “The Dogs”, a group of small islands just short of the north coast of Virgin Gorda. Snorkelling here is particularly special.

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In the afternoon, we move on to the “Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour” marina in Spanish Town, one and a half nautical miles away.

Marina Cay___________________________________________________
The next destination will be the small island of Marina Cay that lies precisely to the north east of Tortola embedded between three larger islands – Great Camanoe, Scrub and Beef Island. It is a small picturesque island where we are sheltered behind the outer reef and safe in a field of buoys. On the beach of the island (diameter approx. 500 meters) with loungers and bast umbrellas, there is a nice restaurant and a bar. The Island’s hill offers a 360° panorama view. In addition: Caribbean music and a chilled drink. Simply lovely.

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Gorda Soun_______________________________________
The North Sound (officially the Gorda Sound) of Virgin Gorda is a lake-like lagoon and is hidden behind the islands of Mosquito and Prickly Pear, which offer excellent shelter. There are sufficient attractions there in the water and on land to spend several days of a cruise to the British Virgin Islands there. Leverick Bay, Gun Creek, Vixen Point, John O’Point, Saba Rock and Biras Creek all lie in the North Sound and offer numerous yacht harbours, luxury resorts, gourmet restaurants, fine, white sandy beaches and quiet places to anchor.

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The yacht harbour and the resort Bitter End on John O’Point is known to sailors for its seamanlike atmosphere and the unique Caribbean spirit. The “Bitter End Yacht Club” is one of the most expensive yacht clubs of the world. Don’t worry, we can set anchor here for free, too, travel to the jetty by dinghy and have a look around.

Anegada_____________________________________________________
When the wind comes from the south east, as is usually the case, the sailing conditions are perfect for sailing from Virgin Gorda to Anegada. This is where the pink-coloured Cuban flamingos, which came here from the Bermuda islands more than ten years ago, have found their home. Innumerable orchids, pines and palm trees as well as pristine white beaches make these coral and limestone islands so unique and definitely worth seeing. 16 miles of sandy beaches!!! The beaches are as white as icing sugar and we have them almost to ourselves. Only now and again do you find traditional beach bars we can sway in the hammock stretched between two palm trees and chill out to Reggae and Calypso music. Short of the charming coral coast lie about 300 sunken ships. The “Horseshoe Reef” has a breath-taking aquatic landscape and for divers, the shipwrecks are an absolute highlight.

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A jeep safari is the best way to get to know the island. Past the many pink flamingos, frigate birds, land crabs, loose goats, frangipani trees and nesting sites of the green ocean turtles, we make a stop at the small “Shipwreck Treasury Museum” and at a pottery.

Guana Island____________________________________________
We set the sails heading towards the incomparable “Monkey Point” on Guana Island. Here we enjoy a comfortable day on the beach, pack a picnic basket and benefit from some of the best snorkelling places in the BVI. Monkey Point really is a marvellous place and a MUST SEE!

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Cane Garden Bay____________________________
Our cruise carries on towards the west, along the coast of Tortola, until we reach the west side of the picturesque “Cane Garden Bay”. Many inhabitants of Tortola regard this bay with its half moo-shaped white sandy beaches in front of a background of swaying palm trees as one of the nicest of the island. A beautiful sandy beach as one could not imagine to be more Caribbean. Swimming, snorkelling, relaxing, a small tug-of-war or simply marvelling at the sunset. In the evening we find 5 restaurants distributed along the beach – in one of them, a live band will certainly be playing later in the evening.

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Green Cay und Sandy Spit_____________________________________
We take a short sail towards the west to “Jost Van Dyke”. We have a lot of time and on the way, we can stop at “Green Cay or Sandy Spit“” for a tasty lunch and snorkel. These beaches are absolute natural idylls!

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Jost van Dyke______________________________________________
Jost van Dyke (it got its name from the legendary Dutch pirate) had no electricity, telephones or cars until just recently. Time seems to have stood still between the lonely beaches and the picturesque wooden houses of the only town “Great Harbour”. There are five places to set anchor on Jost Van Dyke, each with its own charm. The mountains stretch from the beach of Great Harbor with an altitude of more than 300m into the sky. The island has a moving past: Indians, Caribbeans, Dutch and Africans all lived here. Ruins of former sugar mills can be reached on old pathways.

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The old pirate idyll of Jost van Dyke only offers 141 inhabitants but three celebrities: First of all, the dreamlike beach “White Bay” that can only be accessed by yacht and which fits all Caribbean clichés together unlike any other. Secondly, the “Painkiller”, for this is the island on which the devil’s drink was mixed for the first time. And finally “Foxy’s Beach Bar”, which everybody who has ever visited this island knows. Every year, Foxy’s is also visited by many famous actors who get together here. Foxy itself is a living legend. He not only entertains his visitors every day with live music, his bar is also the hot spot of the Caribbean at New Year and according to the “Time Magazine” and the “New York Post”. It counts among the 5 best place of the world to be at on New Year’s Eve.

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In autumn and winter, whales and dolphins can be seen around the coast of Jost van Dyke. A special attraction: At the East End, the glistening sea has created a natural whirlpool making swimming and snorkelling a unique experience.

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Sopers Hole____________________________________
Sopers Hole also known as “Frenchman’s Cay” was, according to tradition, a hideout for the famous pirate Sir Francis Drake, the only pirate who was allowed to act in the name of the Queen. Sopers Hole is a nice place with a small Caribbean village. Well looked after, colourful painted houses, some shops, a supermarket, a diving school and a great restaurant of the “Pusser’s” chain. Downstairs the open bar and on the first floor the restaurant with a great view of the yachts that set anchor in the bay or are anchored at the jetty. Usually live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Buck_Island____________________________________________
Sailing off along the south coast of Tortola via Nanny Cay to Buck Island where we are able to go for a swim for the last time – snorkelling and marvelling at the rock formation of the “Sleeping Giant”, then back to Road Town.

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In the evening a last Painkiller at “Pussers” and check on the following day. Saying goodbye and back to reality by one of the feeder planes or directly, but taking a lot with you… of the Vanora feeling!

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