Getting Ready to Go
... to the BVI!

This Web page has tons of great TIPS and practical information for your trip to the BVI.
Other than my own discounted sales of Island guides & other products, this site is intended to be a valuable RESOURCE. It is non-commercial, and unrelated to any charter company or island business.


After reading through this page, if you would like to be taken to the "Best BVI links" I could find on the Web, please click this logo .

I my opinion, the best BVI Guide is probably a site for chartering called

This page and the BVI Links page noted above will give you information on almost anything you could want to know about the BVI.
Trust me... book mark this page and work from here.

(\_ ~~ A Special offer on these books and much more ~~_/)

"The Guide to Diving & Snorkeling in the BVI"
~ The best book on the subject ~

* 2017-18 Cruising Guide
* Virgin Anchorages
Aerial companion to the guide)

Drinking & Eating Guide
to the BVI
- edition 4
New in 2014 !


ONLY $22.95
(List price: $29.95)

New 2017-18 Cruising Guide
ONLY $26.95

(List price: $33.95)

Virgin Anchorages Companion Guide
ONLY $22.95

(List price: $29.95)

ONLY $13.95
(List price: $16.95)
Click on Books to go to Sales Page


Flying to the Islands...

A few tips about getting a taxi...


About the ferries...


* Click on the map to go directly to a very complete set of schedules, and a fantastic FAQ. *

Ferry map courtesy of

You can also click Here or Here for schedules from other sources for ferry routes throughout the Virgin Islands. Different schedules present the ferries in different ways. Some routes that are included on one schedule may not be on another. Most individual ferry companies are represented on these schedules, but you will notice that occasionally times conflict. I think that the schedule & FAQ you see when you click the map above is the BEST and most up-to-date.

To offer more assistance, I am giving you links to the individual ferry companies who maintain web sites:

Native Son ... Smith's ... Speedy's ... Road Town Fast Ferry ... New Horizon Ferry (to Jost)

A couple footnotes...
Smith's includes trips to Anegada, New Horizon Ferry only goes between Tortola & Jost,
Road Town Fast Ferry
only goes between STT & Road Town, Tortola.


~ ~ Miscellaneous HOT TIPS and Practical Info ~ ~

Click Here for sunrise/sunset data.

Hey northerners! Have you ever seen the crescent moon "smile" at you from the sky? It's not common in the middle latitudes. You'll see it in the Caribbean latitudes. Furthermore, since a full moon often rises around the time the sun sets, try to position yourself some evening so that you can see both simultaneously. Sitting on your boat watching the big orange ball melt into one horizon, while a huge moon sphere rises eerily on the other horizon, is an experience you will cherish for a lifetime. Or, for a less tranquil, more hedonistic full moon experience, folks party at BOMBA's (photos). I really prefer the full moon celebration at Trellis Bay, complete with Mocko Jumbie dancers, and their famous fireball display. It's definitely a better event for families. See the Trellis Bay Web site for more information.

Click here for moonrise/moonset data (and full moon dates & a moon phases calendar)

Here are some additional, helpful links for divers and snorkelers.

Click the diver to go to a resource page listing SCUBA outfits and other great links for snorkeling and diving in the BVI.

Click the sailboat to go to a page listing Day Sail outfits that offer snorkeling excursions.

Essential books to buy before you go. These are a must! Click the book picture to read about them. We've also got lots of other BVI goodies. And, now you can purchase them at very low prices on this site.


My Sales Page -- Cruising and Diving guides, maps, "Drinking Man's Guide to the BVI", and much more...

Franko's BVI Map
This is my best selling item ~ It makes a fantastic gift for fellow crew and travelling companions !

click to enlarge
26" x 18"
foldable , waterproof

This one-of-a-kind map showing every notable scuba and snorkeling site in the BVI. This is not just for the diver - it's a must for any BVI visitor - by land or sea, especially for the price. It includes main boating routes, land features, dive shops, 100+ fish and coral ID pictures, anchorages, and much more.

Our Special price $6.95
(suggested retail $9.00)




Sailing & Cruising Links

Virgin Islands Weather & Sailing Conditions

What's chartering all about? Read a great explantion & vivid description of what it means to charter in the BVI.

An interesting and unusal range of interesting BVI links.

The BVI, a tropical paradise!

Sailing Instruction


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