Boating and Sailing Near Cane Garden Bay

Sailing around Cane Garden Bay is a top Tortola activity

Photo credit: © Dan Derrett

Cane Garden Bay is one of the most popular destinations for yachters in the British Virgin Islands thanks to its calm conditions and the picturesque nature of the coast.  While most seasoned pleasure sailors agree that this is a great spot to sail to from an international location, but you can also charter a boat on the island and take it from there.

If you're simply wanting to spend some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Check out the table that follows for names and phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town
Aristocat Daysails (284) 499-1249 Village Cay Marina - Downtown Road Town
Aristocat Daysails Nanny Cay (284) 499-1249 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay

Boat Rentals and Charters

No matter your level of experience there is a charter available for you in Cane Garden Bay.  Some people choose to rent a simple speed boat to zip around the harbor, while others will want to take a luxury yacht out over night to explore the nearby islets and cays. 

If you are considering the option of a charter boat, you can call one of these companies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Horizon Yacht Charters (284) 494-8787 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay
Island Time (284) 495-9993 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay
Virgin Motor Yachts (284) 495-2526 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location Island
Kiote Sails (340) 643-5172 Coral Bay St. John


The crescent-shaped beach of Cane Garden Bay offers a spacious spot for anchorage marked by two lit buoys, and protected by two fringing coral reef systems. There is also a pubic dingy dock on the beach. Before yachters can dock here, however, they will need to visit one of four ports of entry and be cleared to officially enter the country. These ports of entry are Road Harbour and West End Bay on Tortola, Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke, and Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda.   

The ports on Tortola keep the Customs and Immigrations hours.  Both are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.  They are closed on Sundays and all public holidays, but officials will often make exceptions if you call ahead and make prior arrangements.  If you arrive at off-hours, you'll need to sail off shore with your yellow quarantine flag flying until an official is available.  At that point, you'll present them with your boat's documentation and a passport for every person aboard, plus pay a customs fee of between $25 and $35(USD) per person, per day in cash, before you'll officially be cleared.  

Do you plan to travel to Cane Garden Bay using your own boat, or one you charter in a different location? The following chart provides a quick summary of marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Fort Burt (284) 494-4200 Road Reef - Road Town
Hannah Bay Marian -- Nanny Cay
Manuel Reef Marina (284) 495-2066 Albion

Cruising around Tortola is often said to be one of the highlights of a vacation in Cane Garden Bay.  Whether you choose to charter a boat when you arrive or you sail direct to town yourself, there is so much to be seen from the sea that it is an opportunity you won't want to miss. 


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