With powdery white sand, calm turquoise waters, and 60 unspoiled islands, it comes as no surprise that one of the best ways to tour the British Virgin Islands is by chartered yacht. It also happens to be one of the most serene, allowing access to the romance of tucked-away coves, blissful privacy, and 24/7 views of lush, tropical scenery. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone like an anniversary or honeymoon or just looking for a dreamy, over-the-top vacation full of sensory delights, this seven-day sailing trip offers plenty of secluded beaches, exotic marine life, and leisurely meals on your boat’s deck.
As a pleasure-seeker’s getaway, on this journey you’ll explore some of the British Virgin Islands’ most enchanting sites and indulge in true Caribbean hospitality. Snorkel and hunt for pirate treasure at Norman Island, sample fine aged rums on Cooper Island, and treat yourself to a massage on the beach at Ixora Spa. Read on for more fabulously revitalizing experiences.
Itinerary / 7 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1Arrive in Tortola and Set Sail
As soon as you make yourself comfortable, set sail for Norman Island, the reputed inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. While it’s rumored that its mysterious caves served as a hiding place for pirate treasure, you’re more likely to find some of the best snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands. Pro tip: Bring an underwater flashlight so you can swim deeper into the darkness and better spot large schools of colorful fish and walls patchworked with red sponge and orange cup coral. When you return to the yacht, get ready for live reggae music and dinner at Pirates Bight, a bustling restaurant set right on the beach in front of the spectacular, sparkling bay where you’ll moor for the evening.
Day 2Discover the natural beauty of Norman Island and the Indians
Once you’re fully rested, head over to Great Harbour on Peter Island for an exclusive night at a beautiful beachside location only accessible by boat, Oceans 7 Yacht Club Restaurant. Their festive, themed events, including pig roasts, DJ sets, and deck parties, have become popular with tourists and locals alike.
Day 3Dive into another world at RMS Rhone Marine Park and Cooper Island
In the early afternoon, head to Cooper Island, a dreamy, eco-friendly resort on a private island with eight beachfront guest rooms nestled among the palm trees and tropical flowers. Spend the rest of the day chilling on the pristine beach, sampling rare aged rums, snorkeling at Cistern Point, or visiting the microbrewery. Come dinnertime, cozy up and watch the sunset over the water from a deck chair at the hotel restaurant.
Day 4Explore geological wonders on Virgin Gorda
Your next destination is Virgin Gorda, home of the National Park and geological wonder the Baths. Created by underwater volcanic activity, this collection of towering granite boulders (some as large as 40 feet in diameter) forms an otherworldly playground of tunnels, caves, and crystal-clear pools. When you’re finished snorkeling and exploring, hike up to the top of the park and enjoy a delicious jerk chicken sandwich at the Top of the Baths.
Once you’re ready, sail to North Sound and take a stop at Leverick Bay Resort and Marina. There you’ll find charming shops—check out the brightly-colored sarongs and swimwear at Arawak—as well as The Restaurant at Leverick Bay, which holds weekly beach BBQs. Don’t forget to fuel up and restock at the grocery store before leaving.
Head over to Oil Nut Bay, a luxury resort spread across 400 pristine acres on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda. Leave your yacht in the Marina Village and make your way to Nova Restaurant for your complimentary Rum Punch Toast to celebrate your arrival. During your time at Oil Nut Bay you can take full advantage of all the amenities on property, perhaps starting with a dip and lazy poolside dinner of sushi, lobster pizza, or spicy miso wings at The Beach Club.
Day 5Experience Caribbean luxury at Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda
Take your time and enjoy a few of the many onsite activities, including hiking any of the five trails with sweeping views, snorkeling in the surrounding reefs, kitesurfing, tennis, and complimentary yoga classes.
Put the wind in your sails as you say goodbye to Virgin Gorda and set out for Scrub Island, a private island resort dotted with secluded beaches. For a truly entrancing experience, book a candlelit dinner on Donovan’s Beach, an open-air restaurant featuring creative dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, grilled shrimp with coconut curry sauce, and blueberry crème brûlée.
Day 6Enjoy total privacy on Scrub Island
For a one-of-a-kind experience, set out for a night kayak with YOLOBVI. LED lights shine through a completely see-through kayak down to the seafloor below. The adventure departs from the dock at Scrub Island, so you can enjoy an evening meal on your boat when you return
Day 7Say goodbye to paradise
If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye, extend your trip a couple nights at The Mariner Yacht Club Hotel and explore everything that Tortola has to offer from a historic rum distillery to picturesque, secluded beaches.