Shared Charter: Festiva Sailing BVI

A shared, aka “Cabin Charter”, is an excellent way to enjoy a sailing vacation in Tortola and the British Virgin Islands on a fully crewed yacht charter without the cost of renting the entire yacht.

A one week itinerary brings you to the infamous islands and anchorages that the BVI is known for, and also gives the crew the opportunity to show you some of the gorgeous off-the-beaten-path spots. You’ll enjoy sailing, snorkeling and swimming, beach combing, and if you’d like more activity there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring ashore and rendezvous scuba diving or fishing charter. If a quiet vacation with a book is your ideal vacation, on board a catamaran you’ll find plenty of outdoor lounging areas that are perfect for relaxing. With a professional crew to take care of your needs, and a few like-minded new friends on board, you are sure to enjoy the value and experience of a shared crewed yacht charter in the BVI.

Typical BVI Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday (Hodge’s Creek Marina)
Saturday Boarding at 18:00 (6 pm) at Hodge’s Creek Marina, Tortola – Dinner on board and night at the marina.

Day 2: Sunday (Norman Island)
The Caves on Norman Island. A short sail across the sheltered Sir Frances Drake Channel will bring you your first experience with the beauty and splendor of the BVI.  The snorkeling here will make you feel like you are inside an aquarium, boasting with thousands of the most colorful fish. Your crew will explain the history of these caves and the treasure troves that have been found here! A five-minute motor around the headland will bring you into “The Bight” on Norman Island. 

Day 3: Monday (Salt Island, Virgin Gorda)
Begin your second day with freshly brewed coffee, a wonderful breakfast and perhaps a plunge off the back deck. You will sail along the coast of Peter Island, past Dead Chest Atoll and into Salt Island, in protected and calm waters. Salt Island is the graveyard for the R.M.S Rhone, a shipwreck off its Eastern point with all passengers onboard in 1896. This is one of the most famous wrecks in the world for scuba divers to explore. Snorkel over the stern section or take a walk around the shoreline in search of buried treasure. Next, you sail to The Baths, a national park located on Virgin Gorda. Walk through the batholitic granite caves and formations to Devils Bay where your crew will meet you with a refreshing, packed cooler and your snorkel gear! We enjoy lunch back on the boat and then embark on an hour long sail up the spectacular coast of Virgin Gorda and The Bitter End Yacht Club. Go ashore after dinner and take in a typical BVI evening with your favorite Rum Punch and Steel Drum Band.

Day 4: Tuesday (Anegada)
Today we hoist the sails and set our course for the two-hour cruise to the flat coral-sand island of Anegada. Feel the “talcum powder” under your feet while you stroll along the deserted, white sand beach. With the third largest barrier reef in the world surrounding Anegada, today is the perfect day to relax on the beaches of Loblolly or Cow Wreck Beach or enjoy some fantastic snorkeling. Tonight, is your first night dining ashore. The prolific lobster population of this Island ensures a lobster meal second to none. Choose your lobster and watch it sizzle on the beach BBQ in front of the Anegada Reef Hotel or select a meal from the specials of the evening.

Day 5: Wednesday (Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay)
Another super sail back to Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda where we stop for lunch and beautiful snorkeling amongst the granite boulders. From here, we sail through the Dog Islands to Marina Cay, a private Island Resort off the East side of Tortola. Michael Bean will pick up his guitar and harmonica to entertain you with Pirate songs during happy hour on top of the island. Dinner on board and a good nights’ rest in this calm anchorage will prepare you for the exciting day ahead.

Day 6: Thursday (Jost Van Dyke)
After coffee, we move to Monkey Point on Guana Island for breakfast. A snorkel around the unusual coral outcrops will reveal some strange marine creatures not often encountered. Lunch is at a unique little Islet off the Island of Jost van Dyke. With a good coverage of shade and a few palm trees, walk around this Island in just five minutes and snorkel the surrounding coral reef. Its nearly happy hour time at the world famous Foxy’s on Jost van Dyke. Pin up a garment of clothing with your name written on it in Foxy’s bar to join the many hundreds from all over the world.

Day 7: Friday (Jost Van Dyke)
Just around the corner from Foxy’s is White Bay –  a spectacular strip of white sand fringed with coconut palms. Put your dollars into your pocket and swim ashore to the Soggy Dollar Bar, where the original “Painkiller” cocktail was conceived. We spend a leisurely day here before returning to Tortola, checking in at the famous Soper’s Hole. This is the last night where you will dine ashore and enjoy late evening entertainment.

Day 8: Saturday (Hodge’s Creek Marina, Tortola)
After breakfast, we take a short cruise around to Hodge’s Creek Marina on Tortola – Disembarkation at 9.00 am.

Charter Rate Details

Included

• 7 Nights sailing on a beautiful Lagoon 450 catamaran
• Air-conditioned staterooms with en-suite private bathroom
• 5 dinners with apetizers and desserts, 6 lunches and 7 breakfasts
• Standard open bar (beer, wine and liquor)
• Service of a 2-person crew: Professional Captain and Chef/Steward
• 2 sets of linens, towels and beach towels per person
• Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
• Water sports equipment

Not included

• Flights
• Transfers airport – marina – airport
• 2 dinners and 1 lunch to be eaten ashore
• Onshore activities
• Souveniers
• Gratuity: Industry standard is 15% – 20% of the charter rate

Minimum Age is 17 years old.

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