With its turquoise blue waters, sheltered coves and swift island-to-island routes, the BVIs are a remarkable cruising destination. The British territory includes the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke plus over 50 smaller islands and cays. Let the Whisper crew be your guide as you relax and explore.
Day One: Start the adventure from Village Cay Marina in Tortola with lunch onboard Whisper and a meet-and-greet with Captain Clive Youlten and crew. Cruise south to Norman Island for an overnight anchorage with access to swimming and snorkeling in the island’s caves, which local folklore has as once containing treasure (the island was the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island). Cap off the day in “The Bight” Harbor with dinner at the William Thornton, floating bar and restaurant.
Day Two: Start the morning off with a splash at “The Indians” off Norman Island. This elaborate rock formation features a series of grottoes inhabited by exotic fish and coral, and it is known by many as the most popular dive and snorkeling site in the BVIs. For lunch, cruise aboard Whisper north to Peter Island for a picnic on the beach at Deadman’s Bay. After a relaxing afternoon, sail farther north to Cooper Island for cocktails at the Beach Bar and an overnight anchorage in Manchioneel Bay.
Day Three: From Cooper Island, sail west to Salt Island to dive the wreck of the RMS Rhone; a royal mail ship that broke down in 1867 and is known as the Caribbean’s most preserved underwater shipwreck. Have a fabulous lunch prepared by Whisper’s Chef Chris Deighan and cruise to Frenchman’s Cay in Tortola for some shopping at Pusser’s Company Store, the Sea Urchin Shop and the Sunny Caribbean Spice Co. Finish the day with dinner at Pusser’s Landing at Soper’s Hole.
Day Four: Cruise northeast to Virgin Gorda and explore the famed geologic formation known as “The Baths”, a series of small sea pools lying beneath a canopy of giant granite boulders. These sheltered grottoes are located on the southern end of the island and create a unique setting for swimming and exploring. For lunch, head to the Crab Hole, located in the Valley of Virgin Gorda, for some West Indian fare. From there, sail to the island’s North Sound to anchor and explore the island on horseback, or hike through Gorda Peak National Park before enjoying a relaxing evening onboard.
Day Five: In the morning, enjoy some windsurfing and hiking off Prickly Pear Island’s Vixen Point, and cruise on to Anegada’s Loblolly Bay for an afternoon of peace and tranquility on the island’s miles of untouched beaches. Cruise on to Guana Island for an overnight anchorage.
Day Six: Explore Guana Island’s tropical forest and powdery white sand beaches before cruising to Great Harbor in Jost Van Dyke to take in more sights. Finish off the day with some entertainment at Foxy’s Bar, a popular year-round stop for anyone boating in the Caribbean.
Day Seven: Wrap up the vacation in Sandy Cay, a tiny island off Jost Van Dyke. Snorkel and soak up some sun, or cruise back to Tortola to complete some final shopping before ending the day with a beach barbeque. Interested in additional destinations and itineraries?