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British Virgin Islands YACHT CHARTERS

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) consists of more than 60 islands and islets with only 16 inhabited. Located in the east of Puerto Rico tranquil waters of BVI is the ultimate destination for first time and returning charterers providing exceptional sailing conditions. 12 Knots offers vast choice of yacht charter in BVI to fit your budget and type of yacht.

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Off the shores of Puerto Rico in the northeast Caribbean lies a modern sailor’s tropical paradise. The British Virgin Islands consist of 60 independent and largely uninhabited islands, each with their own beautiful ecosystem to enjoy sailing and boating. Calm waters, endless sunshine, and unique experiences draw hundreds of sailors to the islands of the Caribbean each year.

The British Virgin Islands aren’t just for honeymoons and leisurely getaways. If you are looking for adventure, a sailing charter gives you a unique and active vacation experience while enjoying some of the most beautiful oceans in the world. Short passages from the largest island of Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke allow you to practice your sailing skills without hassle or long days on the open water.

If sailing vacation is on your bucket list, chartering a boat in the British Virgin Islands can be the ultimate adventure! Seasoned and novice sailors alike choose the BVI as a main sailing destination.

If you are looking to book a yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands, 12 Knots website is the right place to check prices and availability of boats. We offer both skippered and bareboat charters for competitive rates. Search our website for sailing boats, catamarans or power boats. Price for one week charter may start from a little bit more than a thousand dollars for a small sailing yacht or can reach several thousands if you are looking for a new crewed yacht. The British Virgin Islands is one of our most popular sailing destinations, with hundreds of boats available for charter, but bookings should be made far in advance if you want to have the best price for the desired boat.

Things To Do In The British Virgin Islands

Planning your sailing itinerary before you arrive in BVI will help you ensure you get to see the best of the British Virgin Islands. Popular British Virgin Island adventures include snorkeling, hiking, and kitesurfing. Most major islands offer water sports equipment rentals or half-day excursions for you to enjoy while at mooring. Anegada is the most popular snorkeling and diving location because of its colorful coral reefs.

During your British Virgin Islands sailing vacation, we recommend visiting the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This hidden oasis of towering boulders allows you to explore along the shallow beaches with incredible photo opportunities. If this isn’t on your list, however, there are plenty of national parks and street life to enjoy the whole day of sailing.

You can also spend plenty of time shopping and enjoying the local seafood, including the best conch shell soup you’ll ever taste. Jost Van Dyke is known for the best bars and nightlife in the British Virgin Islands, but you can find delicious local food from street vendors.

Sailing conditions in The British Virgin Islands

Sailing conditions in The British Virgin Islands

One of the reasons that The British Virgin Islands are so popular for boat rentals is because it has ideal sailing conditions year-round. Seas range between three and four feet and line of sight navigation will be easy even for the beginner. However, choosing the right time of year based on your experience will greatly impact how much you can enjoy your trip.

Northeastern trade winds are especially strong between November and January, with an average wind speed of 15-20 knots. In December, the Christmas wind speeds can reach up to 25-30 knots. Because of the strong Christmas winds, experienced sailors choose winter for the ideal sailing conditions in the British Virgin Islands. The temperatures are not too hot during the day, and the trade winds offer some challenge. However, less experienced sailors may enjoy the late winter and early spring for the milder winds and warming weather.

In the spring and summer wind speeds slow down considerably as the weather heats up. This is a less popular time to sail the British Virgin Islands, but the islands are much less crowded and you can oftentimes save on your trip during this time. From February to March the British Virgin Islands also have their lowest average rainfall at 50mm.

 The British Virgin Islands have a relatively consistent tidal range. Including the variation due to atmospheric pressure and winds, the average tidal range is 12-18 inches. This makes mooring at the different islands much easier for the novice skipper.

Best time for sailing vacations in the BVI

Winter and spring are the best times of year to charter a yacht on the British Virgin Islands, especially if you are planning to have a nice sailing experience and steady winds. During this time you will not have to plan for hurricanes, and the weather will be beautifully cool as opposed to the sweltering summer months. However, this is also the busiest time of year and prices for charter go up especially during the Christmas and New Year Eve. For example cost on one week charter of the same boat at the end of December may be two three times higher than it’s price for one week in November or January.

Booking a sailboat in summer or early fall will result in much lower prices, but only do so if you are an experienced sailor and pay close attention to hurricane predictions. Planning your sailing charter for the end of November or June may offer fewer crowds on moorings and anchorages, good prices for rentals and steady light winds.

No matter what time you decide to sail the British Virgin Islands, make all arrangements in advance and you are guaranteed to enjoy your trip.

Difficulty level

Sailing the British Virgin Islands is great for a first-time bareboat charterers. This area of the Caribbean has nearly constant and gentle trade winds with plenty of short leg passage options for easy sailing. If you want to put your skills to the test, a week-long sail through the island chain is manageable even for the novice. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to go it alone. 12 Knots offers both crewed and bareboat charters to tailor your sailing trip to your desires.

If you are unsure on the type of boat to rent or whether to choose crewed or bareboat charter, talk to the team at 12 Knots. On top of the boat charter we can offer a variety of sailing itineraries to suit your skill level and experience.

Main charter bases

Most of the British Virgin Islands sailing charters start from Tortola and Scrub Island. Professional base manager will help you with check-in procedure and to get comfortable with your boat rental when you arrive. It is his priority to make sure that when you set sails you have everything you need for an unforgettable sailing experience.

Boat types for charter

12 Knots has more then 650 boat rentals available in the British Virgin Islands. It is one of our most popular sailing destinations and because of this, there are all kinds of yachts available for charter of every size and type. Some of our boat rentals include:

  • Sailing yacht charters
  • Motor yacht charters
  • Catamaran charters
  • Gulet charters
  • Trimaran charters
  • Houseboat charters

We also offer luxury yacht rentals for crewed charters. Click here to check out the different types of crewed charters we offer in the British Virgin Islands.

Travel information

Sailing the British Virgin Islands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss. However, getting there may be tricky if you’re in certain areas of the world. There are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, parts of Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands. However, there are plenty of connecting flights in the Caribbean including nearby St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. From there you can catch a ferry to your destination.

To enter the British Virgin Islands you will need a valid passport and proof of anticipated departure. Visas are not required for stays shorter than one month. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs are not valid overseas, and you will need to check with your health insurance provider to see if they provide coverage in the British Virgin Islands.

The British Virgin Islands are known for their welcoming accommodations for tourists. There is no short supply of resorts, hotels, and rentals for your first night or weekend on the island. However, you will want to book in advance because the sailing season is also at the height of the tourism season.

Frequently Asked Questions about yachting in British Virgin Islands (BVI)

How much does it cost to rent a yacht in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

The price of yacht charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) depends on number of factors (age & size of the boat, time of the year). On our web site you may find boats from $1,599 per week and all the way up to $28,284 per week. The median price for a one week charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) is around $14,942

How many boats are available for rent in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

We offer professional fleet of 159 yachts available for bareboat or crewed charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI).

What are the main yacht charter bases in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

Most of the boats for charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) are available at the following bases: Tortola - 532 boats

What boats are available for charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

The following yacht types are available for bareboat charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) : 126 - Sail yachts 44 - Powerboats 360 - Catamarans 2 - Trimarans
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