Leeward Islands to the BVI - 12 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary
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A 12-day private yacht charter itinerary visiting Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, St Barth, BVI, Anguilla.
Board your charter yacht, in St Marten – Isle de Sol and meet your wonderful crew who will be hosting you. Depending on flight times, you can leave right away for St Barth – Gustavia. Clearing customs & Immigration (French).
Guests can choose to stay in port for the morning and perhaps spend the morning browsing through the designer stores lining the streets of St Barth. Return for a fabulous lunch on the sky deck before heading out to a beautiful anchorage for the afternoon. Spend the afternoon playing on the toys or relaxing on the sunbeds while your wonderful crew pamper you on board you charter yacht.
If everyone feels up to it, depart early to Saba, 30nm (3 hours ) for a tour of the island and a hike up Saba mountain – Saba is a beautiful untouched paradise with a rainforest on the top. Saba is also famous for having one of the best hikes in the Caribbean. In the afternoon cruise you will cruise back to St Maarten. If weather permits you can stay on anchor for the night so there is no rush to catch the bridge opening for a berth in the Marina.
The most popular hike on the island is from Windwardside up Mount Scenery, up 1064 concrete steps. The path is easy to follow, starting just west of the tourist office, but it's a tough climb, taking an hour to ninety minutes to reach the top. Don't be put off; it's well worth the effort for the fantastic views and gorgeous tropical and quasi-Alpine vegetation. Much of the hike goes through secondary rainforest, with elephant ear ferns and mountain palms among some of the dramatic plants.
At the summit is an undisturbed and beautiful elfin forest of large mountain mahogany trees, their trunks and branches often covered in mosses, bromeliads and ferns. As for wildlife, you're sure to see colourful butterflies and birds as you climb, among them Hummingbirds, Bananaquits and Tremblers if you're lucky, and you may spot a harmless racer snake slithering through the undergrowth.
There are several shelters en route to the summit, but there's nowhere to get refreshments so take water with you. As it can get very hot, particularly between noon and 2pm, plan to start your climb early in the morning and take the best-grip footwear you've got. Once at the top (which can get rather chilly) don't miss the grand lookout over the neighbouring islands; to reach it head left of the communications tower and continue 100m along the pathway.
On the dock in Isle de Sol for the day. Toys will be in the water and you can explore Simpson Bay. Depending on flight times you might like to take the tender over to Marigot on the French side for sightseeing or a lovely lunch on the water at one of the fine dining restaurants. When the kids arrive they can take immediate advantage of the toys and spend the remainder of the day enjoying activities around the bay.
After breakfast and at the 9am bridge opening leave for Orient Beach – toys in the water or we can tender to the beach for a stroll on this beautiful world famous beach. Late afternoon you charter yacht will pull up anchor and go to Anguilla for the night on anchor. Clear customs & Immigration(UK). If you prefer to skip Anguilla, head straight to St Barth - the choice is yours.
Anguilla is famous for its dolphin encounter that can be arranged by the crew if you wish to experience it. Otherwise spend the morning enjoying snorkeling, swimming, water toys and just hanging out on the yacht. In the afternoon you will head back to St Barth – Gustavia docking for the evening. Clear customs& Immigration (French)
Spend the day hanging out in stunning St Barth either in port or at anchor. In the evening it would be preferable to be at anchor if weather permits so you can leave nice and early for the BVI’s the next day.
Today is the longest passage that you will do during the charter and the crew intend to make it as fun as possible. Those that wish to can spend the day deep sea fishing. The rest of the group can chill out on the yacht and enjoy the passage to the stunning Virgin Islands. Clear Customs & Immigration (BVI).
Today there is another guest change. Kids can enjoy one last hooray on the tow toys before heading into port for the guest change. As soon as new guests are on board we recommend heading straight out to Virgin Gorda.
Today you are sailing to explore Virgin Gorda. In the morning visit and explore the famous Bath’s. The Bath’s is a collection of giant boulders jumbled at the sea side. This is a major tourist attraction in the Virgin Islands so it might be worth getting up early to see them first thing in the morning or last thing in the afternoon without the crowds of people who will be there from 10am till 4pm. The Bath’s should not be missed though as they are a fine example of Mother Nature’s power and are very beautiful. During the day you might want to check out the quaint Spanish Town and or snorkel to the ‘Wreck of the Rhone’. Weather permitting, spend the night in Little Dix Bay and enjoy the beautiful sunset and cruise or to North Sound, home of The Bitter End Restaurant which features great beaches and outdoor seating for those fantastic frozen drinks! Snorkel through the cut on the windward side and perhaps take advantage of one of several upscale restaurants.
We will be departing after breakfast for the famous Jost van Dyke Island. Spend the day enjoying this stunning island and the beautiful cays around it.
Perhaps if everyone is game and the swell is right ask your captain to take you to the “Bubbly Pool". The Bubbly pool is still a closely guarded secret of Jost Van Dyke!!! Nature's Jacuzzi, this naturally formed tidal pool is located behind jagged cliffs facing the open ocean coming from the North. When the North swell is up, this is an unforgettable experience. As you wade in the pool and fearfully watch as the rolling sea comes at you... ...just at last second as it looks as if the wave will go straight over you.... the unique formation outside the pool prematurely breaks the wave and the resulting "bubbles" fill up the pool and give everyone natural spa bath!
Today you will spend the day visiting some more of the British Virgin Islands. Snorkel at the Indians and the Norman Island Caves before heading off to Peter Island for the afternoon and evening anchored off a stunning beach under a billion stars.
Today after a relaxing breakfast it’s time for one last delicious brunch before packing up and heading to the airport for disembarkation.
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