Day Sailing & Snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands

A day sail is a great way to see the islands a bit, snorkel at a variety of dive sites, and hit a few beaches you would otherwise not get to see. Furthermore, it is a wonderful way to get a feel for whether you may want to do your own week-long sailing charter at some time in the future. I have listed some of the main day sail outfits in the BVI and have provided a direct link to all of their web sites, so that you can decide for yourself. You will want to suit your needs by factoring in the size of the boat and charter group, the type of vessel, the proposed destinations, and from where it originates. These folks are all known for their friendly, accommodating service, so feel free to phone or email them with questions.

Note: A number of day sail outfits have gone out of business over the past year or so. If you are on a land-based BVI vacation, a day sail trip is absolutely one of the most memorable things you can do during your stay! Please support these fine folks, as they provide a wonderful, low impact service to BVI visitors.

 

Bravura

Bravura is located at Leverick Bay, on North Sound, Virgin Gorda. These folks offers a variety of day sails for private groups, at a reasonable price, aboard a luxurious, custom-built Hans Christian 48 . They supply everything you need for the day: all snorkeling gear for diving, fresh spa towels, fresh water post-dive showers, choice of lunch menu, afternoon snacks, and an all-day open bar all at no extra charge.

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The Spirit of Anegada is a beautiful 44' gaff rigged schooner, with a classic elegance that is hard to match. This was custom built to be a day sail boat, so there are no sleeping berths below decks -- instead, she is designed with a very large and deep cockpit which makes for an incredibly safe and comfortable ride, especially when smaller children are onboard. The excursions sail with up to 20 people, but they will gladly take private groups or families (They're wonderful with kids.). They do half-day, full-day, and sunset sails out of Virgin Gorda. Lunch, drinks, snorkeling, and a variety of stops make for a great day in the BVI.

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Aristocat is 48' catamaran that can accommodate up to 30 people. Departing out of West End, Tortola (Soper's Hole), they generally run full-day sails, but can arrange half-day and sunset sails, as well. These friendly folks include lunch, drinks, and snorkeling equipment. Everyone seems to have a god time with Captain Steve!

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Adventure Charters offers daysail snorkeling charters on a beautiful, well-equipped 48' catamaran, out of Tortola. A continental breakfast, lunch and and open bar are provided, in addition to all the other gear you will need. They love doing private charters, as well - offerring the option to begin from a different island where you might be staying. Private charters also offer customized menus for specific diets. They pride themselves in offerring creative itineraires throughout most of the islands in the BVI.
Tropical Day Sail offers daysail snorkeling charters on a beautifully designed 40' catamaran, out of Virgin Gorda, accommodating up to 30 people. They offer customized, private sails for small and large groups, and are willing to go truly anywhere in the BVI. They do not prepare food on board, although they offer drinks from a well-stocked bar. Lunch is eaten ashore, at the charterer's expense.

La Boheme is a 60' Gulfstar sloop, with all amenities, accommodating up to twelve guests. .It is based out of Virgin Gorda, so it is an excellent choice for a day trip tp Anegada. These are service-oriented folks who love to provide a "real sail," while offering great food, fun water toys, and snorkeling expertise.

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Liana's Ransom --- Now for something different --This amazing vessel is an 85 foot two masted, gaff rigged, square top sail schooner, typical of the type of vessels commonly used by privateers and pirates throughout the 1700's and early 1800's.

Guests can relax onboard and enjoy the spacious decks as they take in the beautiful scenery and rich history of the British Virgin Islands, or participate in shipboard nautical activities; steering the ship, hoisting sails and firing cannons aboard an authentic Tall Ship. Walk the plank, swing on ropes from the yard-arm, swim & snorkel, etc. on this replica of the pirate schooners of yore. This day passage offers unlimited soft drinks, beer, rum punch, and a complimentary lunch. This is a "living" adventure unlike any of the others, for sure. Click the link below to see more, including a fun video. It just may be your cup of rum.

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Patouche Charters, out of Road Town, Tortola now has two catamarans, the 48' "Shamwari" and the 50' schooner cat, "Ikhaya." This company which has been around a long time, allows a maximum of 16 guests. The half-day sail goes to 1-2 quality snorkeling sites. Full days feature 2-3 prime snorkeling sites, and a great lunch on board. All trips include cold drinks, instruction, and a good time.

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Double 'D' Charters, out of Virgin Gorda has a 50' sailing catamaran ("Free Spirit"), as well as a two power yachts. They charter all throughout the BVI, including Anegada. Captain Dave and his crew are known for their friendly service, and will customize your experience to the size and needs of your group. They'll pick you up anywhere; they even over overnight excursions.


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Kuralu is 50' catamaran that can takes a maximum of 14 people, running full-day sails out of West End, Tortola (Soper's Hole). They offer a delightful buffet lunch, free drinks, and snorkeling equipment. They give children discounts and use safety netting around the boat to keep your little offspring safe. They happily offer to customize trips to the needs of private groups, as well.

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Mystique is a 45 ft catamaran that sails out of West End, Tortola (Soper's Hole) - part of the well-loved Voyage Charters fleet. She offers comfort, space, a large shaded cockpit with seating for every passenger, large comfortable trampolines for sunbathing and relaxing, two large bathrooms, private change rooms, hot and cold transom showers, a ladder at each stern for easy access into the water and a 12ft tender.

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Two other daysail outfits out of St. Thomas: Capt. Max or Interlinesail .
Here's a great list of USVI sailboat & power options.

Are you in the USVI?

Are you in the USVI? You can hook up with Captain Joe for a great a day sail on the catamaran, Scubadu out of St. Thomas or St. John. They'll customize to your desires - sunset, dinner, half day, full day... you name it. If you wish, you can book multiple-night charters throughout the USVI and BVI. You have an option to enjoy gourmet creations, while Joe guides you to all the best snorkeling spots. This boat is very well-equipped for all sorts of fun, and these friendly folks will give you a day you'll remember.

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~~~~ Power boat touring ~~~~

Prefer not to "sail" ? Would you rather go by powerboat? Personally, I always prefer sailing to motoring, however there is one obvious advantage to power - you can cover a lot more territory in a day. So if packing a lot into a day's adventures is your priority, then you should check out the outfits to the left. Most of these do tours, as well. You can even be your own skipper, and rent a vessel, if you'd prefer.

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Click the diver to go to a resource page listing SCUBA outfits and other great links for snorkeling and diving in the BVI. You might see this as an alternative to day sailing.

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