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British Virgin Islands Sailing

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Arabella
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Spend a week sailing in paradise on this 7-day cruise through the British Virgin Islands. Meet the Arabella in Road Town, Tortola and sail between the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Cooper, Peter, Jost Van Dyke and Norman. Spend your days soaking up sun and playing in the sea. Then spend each at anchor, taking advantage of the legendary Caribbean night life.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Road Town, Tortola / Embark
Day 2 : Baths & North Sound
Day 3 : Rest Day
Day 4 : Cooper & Peter Island
Day 5 : White Bay & Jost Van Dyke
Day 6 : Soper's Hole & Norman Island
Day 7 : Road Town, Tortola / Disembark



Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Norman Island
  • Tortola
  • Virgin Islands


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Snorkel in the shallows of the Caribbean as you sail its tropical waters Explore the small island of Virgin Gorda as you sail the Caribbean Massive rocks of Virgin Gorda Arabella Arabella

Day 1 Road Town, Tortola / Embark

Following breakfast at your hotel and make your way to Village Cay Marina where you will board the Arabella. The ship is too deep to come all the way in to the marina, so she sits at anchor outside the harbor, awaiting your arrival. Arrive at the marina between 8 and 10 AM, where the ship's crew can deliver you and your bags to the ship. Settle in to your cabin and meet your captain and crew.

Hoist anchor and set sail as you begin your adventure. If the weather permits, sail up the Baths to anchor and swim or snorkel in the clear Caribbean waters. Here you can also walk through the incredible rock formations on shore. In the afternoon, sail downwind to Marina Cay for a cocktail at sunset on this small island. This port-of-call also offers some late night entertainment at the Last Resort or Loose Mongoose, overlooking the picturesque Trellis Bay.

Day 2 Baths & North Sound

Awake in paradise with tea and coffee on the aft deck of your mega yacht. After breakfast, sail upwind. Depending on conditions, stop again at the Baths or continue all the way to North Sound. Anchoring in North Sound is one of the best ways to relax. Here you can find the world-famous Bitter End Yacht Club, which offers excellent dining options, an outdoor patio bar, and a wide variety of water sports. Rent a sailboat, arrange to do for a SCUBA dive, or try kite boarding. The Italian Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has also built a clubhouse here. Visit on slow days for a taste of unmatched luxury and sophistication. North Sound presents numerous options for dinner, and stick around for some dancing later on in the evening.

Day 3 Rest Day

A day of rest is always welcomed on a Caribbean vacation. Today, Arabella stays at anchor. Take advantage by going on excursions, diving trips, or just relax under a palm tree and read a books. The Bitter End may offer boat trips to Anegada, a low-lying coral island. If there are sailors among your fellow travelers, arrange a good-natured dinghy race! Rent a Hobie cat boat to get some speed if the wind is whipping. After a day of playing on the water, enjoy an incredible sunset cocktail hour on board and then head to shore for dinner at one of the North Sound's excellent restaurants.

Day 4 Cooper & Peter Island

Wake up and prepare to sail again today! Weigh anchor and head out of North Sound. Pass the Dog Islands on your way to Cooper Island for lunch. Find great snorkeling near the island, and plan to spend at least a few minutes ashore among the palm trees and in the newly redecorated Cooper Island Resort Hotel. From Cooper, sail to Peter Island - home of the 5-star Peter Island Resort.

Day 5 White Bay & Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke is on the north side of Tortola Island. Arrive here in the morning. Your first stop is off White Bay where you can take a dinghy ashore. Jost Van Dyke is home of the famous Soggy Dollar Bar. Enjoy the island's brilliantly white beaches while you sip frozen drinks in the waist-deep Caribbean Sea. In the late afternoon, head to the Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke, home of the world-famous Foxy's Bar. After a sunset cocktail onboard Arabella, head to Foxy's or one or the other local restaurants for dinner. Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes for a night of music at Foxy's!

Day 6 Soper's Hole & Norman Island

After a leisurely start to the day, weigh anchor and sail over to Soper's Hole for lunch. Dine onboard or go ashore to the Pusser's Restaurant for a "Cheeseburger in Paradise." You can also find a souvenir shop for friends and family back home. In the afternoon, continue sailing to the Bight at Norman Island. Excellent snorkeling is offered at the Caves of Indians. A lively Captail's Dinner will be served onboard Arabella this evening. After dinner, guests can head to Willie T's, one of the most infamous Caribbean bars. After absorbing tropical sun for a week, lake night revelers have been known to fully embrace the spirit of the Caribbean by jumping into the water from Willie T's upper deck. Late night dancing here is a great way to end your final night in the Caribbean.

Day 7 Road Town, Tortola / Disembark

All good things must come to an end. This morning sail across Sir Francis Drake channel for a beautiful final ride as you celebrate an exceptional week of sailing. Crew members are ready to transport you to shore by tender from Arabella's anchor outside the harbor. Transfer to airport to continue your travels or stay one last night in paradise, depending on your independent arrangements.


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