The British Virgin Islands are a chain of 40 islands volcanic in origin, that our world renowned as a premier sailing destination. Warm, clear, sheltered water, steady trade winds and fringing coral reefs makes circumnavigating the BVI’s an unforgettable experience.
Living aboard a Catamaran style sailboat, we will snorkel, hike, kayak, beach comb and relax while under sail for 6 days/5 nights. For those who are interested, our captain will teach sailing fundamentals as she shares her maritime knowledge. Your on board naturalist will provide daily guided snorkeling trips as well as optional hikes on shore to explore the mountainous terrain. We will have two tandem sit-on-top kayaks, a SUP (stand up paddle board) and a windsurf for use during the sail. Please note in 2023, wind surfs are no longer available on Tortola, but we will make every effort to locate one during our sail for those who may be interested. Rentals at Virgin Gorda are possible. In terms of physical endurance, this trip could be rated from easy to high moderate–your choice! All hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling activities are optional.
We have chartered a luxurious 50 foot catamaran which may be reviewed here: Sailing in Comfort
Each evening we’ll prepare a delicious meal on board at a different anchorage. Some nights we will be nestled into a secluded bay lined with a sandy beach to explore. Other nights, we’ll anchor in an area where local Caribbean music with dancing can be enjoyed. As always, the Blue Water Ventures staff will offer fun, educational and adventurous activities each day.
8 participants~ $TBA
Trip Dates: TBA which requires your arrival into Tortola the day before
This price includes 5 nights/6 days of private sailing, dingy use, BVI fees & cruising permits, all meals (with the exception of one dinner or lunch on shore while sailing) tandem kayaks, paddle boards, sailing instruction, in water naturalist guide services, informal lectures and one group taxi to the airport on our last day together.
The price does not include airfare, required overnight accommodations the night before we sail. airport transfers upon your arrival, phone calls, unscheduled excursions, personal liquor, tips to the captain and crew or a potential airport departure tax of $20
American dollars are the official exchange in the BVI’S.
Please review payment schedule, trip insurance and cancellations here: DEPOSITS
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the nature of this program living on a boat together, we will require everyone to submit proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. We encourage eligible travelers to be fully vaccinated by getting their Covid-19 Booster Shot. Thank you for taking everyone’s health and safety into consideration.
Now more than ever, it is important to secure Travel Insurance. You may purchase through this link or choose a company of your choice. Many trip insurance companies require that policies are purchased within 21 days of your first trip deposit.
FLIGHTS TO THE BVI’S: We have found great rates at Kayak.Com. and directly through airlines
Your arrival airport is Beef Island, Tortola and the code is: EIS.
Plan on meeting us at the TMM charter company in Tortola by 10:00am on Day One. This will require that you overnight in the British Virgin Islands the night before we set sail. For ideas on where to stay before or after the trip, please visit: Arrivals and Departures
VERY IMPORTANT: please do not book your flight leaving Tortola before 3:00pm on our last day as we will be under sail that morning. You might want to consider an overnight stay in Tortola or San Juan Puerto on this final day.
TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS: To get the lowest fare, consider booking a round trip ticket into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU airport code) with the airlines of your choice. Currently Silver Airlines and InterCairbbean Airways have great deals from San Juan Puerto to Beef Island Airport (EIS airport code).
Once you review your flight options into Puerto Rico, go to or Silver Airlines or InterCairbbean Airways to book your flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Beef Island, Tortola. Be sure to allow 2 hours from your arrival into San Juan before your departure for Tortola. You may need to pick up luggage and re check your luggage. Cape Air also services Beef island, Tortola. The same formula applies for your departure from San Juan, Puerto. Be sure to allow 2 hours from your arrival time from Tortola before your departure from San Juan.
FINAL TRAVEL HINT: Sometimes we have found our best international connections by researching one way flights. For example, you might find a good flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico on one airlines and then a return flight on another airlines. Shop around. Sometimes American Airlines has comparable fares from your US destination all the way into Tortola (EIS).
More details for your travel plans can be found at: Arrivals and Departures
Please give Blue Water Ventures a call if we can be of any other assistance: (831) 459- 8548 or send us an email
Very Sincerely and Welcome Aboard!
Owner,Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
Phone: (831) 459-8548
Santa Cruz, California
Monday – Saturday:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday CLOSED