St Martin to the British Virgin Islands - 10 Day Yacht Charter Itinerary
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A 10-day private charter itinerary visiting St Martin, St Kitts, St Barts, the BVI, Anegada and Virgin Gorda.
Embark in St Martin at your convenience in Marigot and get to know your wonderful crew who will be hosting you for the next ten days. If you arrive late in the afternoon you will likely spend the evening in Marigot.
Sail to St Kitts west side anchorages White House and Ballast Bay, Bugs Hole and Shitten Bay (which are a lot nicer than name suggests). There are a couple of good dive sites including 'Sandy Point Bay, the wreck MV Talata, Coconut Tree and Monkey reef. St Kitts offers extensive reefs, starting at 40 feet and with great sloping walls.
There are also some interesting onshore excursions at the old Fort and Romney Manor, and even great hikes through the mountain range. Keep an eye out for the Vervet Monkey. These popular creatures were imported by French settlers from Africa and can now be seen all over St Kitts and Nevis. Another common and fascinating creature is the Mongoose also introduced to curb rats munching on the sugarcane. Visit Basseterre and perhaps tour the national museum or take a tour of the Carib Breweries.
Spend another day exploring and diving around St Kitts.
Diving Nevis and St Kitts
St Kitts & Nevis dive sites. (6 of many to choose from, depending on conditions)
• Sandy Point Bay lies to the north end of St Kitts, it’s a superb dive, the reef starts at 40 feet. Beautiful hard and soft corals and soft sponges, teeming with fish.
• The MV Talata wrecked in 1985 lies off the west coast, 30-60 feet, great fish life.
• Coconut Tree Reef not far from Basseterre, is a lovely reef that starts at 40 feet and plunges to depths of 300 feet, plenty of reef fish and creatures.
• Monkey Reef lies 5 miles offshore to the west of St Kitts southern end. Attractive reef goes from 40-100 feet. A profusion of soft and hard corals, reef fish, lobsters and rays. Can be amazing visibility and big fish. French & Grey Angelfish, nurse and black tipped sharks.
• Nags Head on the southern tip of St Kitts, very colourful reef slopes rapidly to 80 feet. Large boulders stacked on one another. One sees large pelagic and reef fish and eagle rays.
• Thermal Vents reef, from 35 feet to 95 feet with lots of black coral. Overhangs and small canyons. Hot venting water fizzing.
Nevis is smaller than St Kitts and a little more laid back. Sugar plantations, white sand beaches and a wonderful botanical garden make this island a beautiful place to visit. Charlestown can easily be explored on foot and the museums and bathhouse are within walking distance of the Port. Pinnys Beach, located just fifteen minutes away offers a long white stretch of sand that invites long strolls.
This morning you will be sailing to the beautiful island of St Barth’s. Spend the afternoon exploring St Barths stunning beaches including Anse de Columbier which is a favorite snorkeling location. Your chef will prepare a superb lunch which you can enjoy onboard. You might like to spend a few hours exploring the islands capital, Gustavia. Gustavia is small and quaint and everything can be done on foot. Some places of interest are: The old Fort Gustave (it has a couple of cannons and a lighthouse but most people go for the beautiful view of Gustavia and the harbor). If you are into museums you could visit Musee Municipal and take a look at historical St Barth, from Indian settlements to Swedish occupation.
Spend the day at St Bart’s and Il Fourchue which is quieter than St Barts.
Diving opportunities at St Bart’s and Il Fourchue.
St Bart's, La Baleine is one of the best sites, a rocky pinnacle that breaks the surface. Divers can dive down to 60 feet and will see giant barrel sponges, a variety of hard and soft corals, and plenty of reef fish. At Il Fourchue, the best dive spot is the western corner of the bay, 25-60 feet, intricate reef system, great reef fish, rays and turtles. Il Fourchue also offers great snorkeling for those not diving
After a relaxing breakfast it’s time to get going and head out of port and up to the glamorous Island of Anguilla. Anguilla is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, gourmet restaurants, luxury resorts, fabulous villas and very friendly locals. Spend the afternoon visiting some fabulous beaches, playing on the water-sports equipment and soaking up the Caribbean sunshine! If there is time, head out to the Prickly Pear Cays. This is a magnificent diving and snorkeling spot with caverns, ledges, barracudas and nurse sharks; several wrecks including the 1772 natural sinking of the Spanish galleon El Buen Conjsejo are also in the area. For the evening return to the vicinity of Road Bay, perhaps to Flat Cap Point where you can snorkel under the cliffs amidst a marine conservation area. At sunset, watch the pelicans dive for a meal or catch a view of the endangered ocean tropic birds that nest on the island.
Today you will spend the day sailing to the British Virgin Islands and Virgin Gorda. This is about a 80 miles from Anguilla leg so depending on the weather it will probably be an all day sail. You will spend the evening in Eustatia Sound, Virgin Gorda for good snorkeling, super beaches and good diving/snorkeling at Mountain Point.
Just some of the fabulous examples of Cuisine your brilliant chef can create while on board
Up early as today you will be sailing to Anegada. Anegada has great beaches, snorkeling and great fish and lobster lunches and dinners to enjoy. In the afternoon you will head back to the North Sound, Virgin Gorda and the Bitter End Yacht Club.
Today you are off to the Dog Islands for most of the day before sailing on to Peter Island for your last evening on board Akasha. Diving opportunities at the Dogs include The Chimney, Great Dog :- 40 foot depth, two beautiful canyons and a massive arch with striking reef life, large boulders, spiny lobsters, encrusted sponges. Also Bronco Billy, George Dog :- 45 feet, canyons and ridges covered with corals, sponges, anemones, and more. Two underwater arches where you can see nocturnal life. A large ledge home to lobster, eels, spotted drums, and an occasional nurse shark.
Spend the afternoon exploring Peter Island which boasts a five star resort with a spa should the ladies wish to indulge in some treatments for the day. To get away from it all, your captain recommends the anchorages of Great and Little Harbour and White Bay, which are secluded and good for snorkeling, diving and have great beaches.
Disembark Tortola. Today you will head back to Tortola for disembarkation.
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