We will be happy to greet you on your arrival at our base in Road Reef Marina, Road Town, Tortola. Our office hours are 8:00am -5:00pm, 7 days a week, year round.
We have one exception - no charter starts or finishes are allowed on December 25th - so that our entire staff can enjoy the holiday.
Your charter officially starts at noon; however, we begin briefings up to 4 hours earlier. There is a lot to cover and getting ready to sail off the dock takes longer than you may expect. If you are coming from a hotel nearby, then ideally you should be at the base no later than10:00 am to begin the briefing process. If you have booked a sleepaboard you may step into the office when you are ready to begin your briefings.
You will provide Skipper and First Mate's passports
You will provide a credit card for the $1000 Security Deposit
You will receive the boat manual, cell phone, WIFI unit, and audio cable
You will meet your boat briefer outside.
You will have a thorough boat briefing including inventory check
You will have a complete systems overview
You will have a chart briefing
After a brief check-out sail in Road Harbour, you will be allowed to depart the marina whenever you are ready.
Before you leave the docks you will receive a very informative chart brief. Your yacht briefer will highlight the "hot spots" for snorkeling, dining, diving and just plain "limin"! Here is a condensed version touching on the highlights.
So many islands to chose from - which one first? Probably your best bet for a brilliant introduction to the Caribbean is to go to Norman Island and anchor in The Bight. Here you will find the floating pirate ship "William Thornton" where you can have a beer or a body shot, depending on the mood you are in! Also here is "Pirates" a great little restaurant on the beach that is a great place to hang out with your toes dabbling in the warm water, and a frozen cocktail in your hand. Norman Island is reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson's inspiration for his book "Treasure Island". Local legend agrees - apparently treasure was found here in the cave - enough to set the person up who found it as a taxi driver!
A short beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel takes you to Salt Island. Here you can pick up the National Parks moorings and either dive or snorkel the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship Rhone, a relic of the hurricane of 1867 and famous for its part in the movie 'The Deep'. Alternatively, go ashore and visit the settlement and the salt pond from which the island takes its name. The annual rent for the whole island is paid each year directly to the Queen of England and is a bag of salt! After lunch sail to Cooper Island where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beach club bar and restaurant and there's a dive shop here also. Just to the south of Manchoneel Bay is Cistern Rock which offers some of the best snorkeling around. On any given day you will see squid, turtles and the odd shark.
Sail to the Baths, one of the most unique natural formations in the BVI. Consisting of thousands of smooth boulders, some as big as a house, strewn along the beach on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. You can explore the many gaps that open into massive rocky grottoes filled with sea water. Nearby is Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, with a full service marina, shops and restaurants. If time allows you could get a taxi to the nearby Copper Mine restaurant which offers fabulous sunset views and is an old copper mine site. Alternatively the Top of the Baths restaurant offers a fresh water pool and killer cocktails.
North of Virgin Gorda offers a huge safe area of inlets and anchorages. Whether you want to snorkel Eustastia Sound with it's sunken canons and great reef fish, or spy on Necker Island this is the area for you. Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock and Leverick Bay all offer good restaurants and transient dockage. Leverick Bay has a laundromat which may come in handy right about now. There is also a store at Bitter End for replenishing the beer, ice and food.
Either relax and spend the day in North Sound or sail the 15 miles north to Anegada. Anegada means 'drowned island' and when you see it you'll realize why! The highest point is 15 feet above sea level and it's famous for fresh lobster, iguanas and flamingoes.
You will have to leave North Sound early in order to arrive at Anegada during the middle of the day. This will give you good light to navigate through the coral heads at the entrance to the anchorage. Take a taxi ride to Loblolly Bay or Cow Wreck Beach on the north side and snorkel inside the reef. Then go back to the anchorage for smoothies and a lobster dinner at the Anegada Reef Hotel or Neptune's Treasure.
Sail from either North Sound or Anegada to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, which is a well protected natural safe harbour. If you prefer a more tranquil spot then try Marina Cay across the channel to the north, off Great Camanoe, which features a Pussers that is good for happy hour and casual dining. A Full Moon beach BBQ party, complete with real "moco jumbies" is held monthly at Trellis Bay.
Weigh anchor and take a short cruise up to beautiful Guana Island for spectacular snorkeling and a superb beach at Monkey Point. It's a great spot to picnic. Then take an afternoon sail west to either Cane Garden Bay on Tortola's lush north shore, or to the islands of Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost Van Dyke. Both locations have good anchorages, beautiful beaches, hiking, beach bars and unique restaurants for your share of the evening's entertainment.
Anchor off Green Cay and enjoy a swim in to shore. You can walk around the whole island in five minutes, but snorkeling around is more fun. Then sail west to Soper's Hole Wharf, the home of Pusser's Landing, said to be built on the spot where Blackbeard the pirate once lived. Ashore there are restaurants, boutiques and provisions. For your last night, sail across the channel to Little or Great Harbour, Peter Island and enjoy some terrific snorkeling.
Enjoy the sunrise over the hills of Peter Island, take an early morning swim or snorkel and then weigh anchor for a short sail across the channel to the TMM docks. Now that was a week well spent!
Your charter officially ends at noon so you shall plan to be completely off the yacht on or before 12:00pm. Therefore, you shall plan to be in the marina 1-2 hours earlier to complete check in procedures. You will be instructed where to refuel the boat before returning to the marina. On docking, you are kindly asked to remove all garbage, linens, and food stuffs. When ready, you will do final inventory check and yacht inspection with a TMM briefer. You will finish up in the main office to pay for any extra costs incurred. We will say a "fond farewell" and hope to see you again next time you are ready to holiday in our beautiful waters!