Sailing and Boating Near Jost Van Dyke

Sailing to Jost Van Dyke is a unique experience

Photo credit © Harris' Place

With less than 300 permanent residents, Jost Van Dyke is that idealized destination that everyone imagines when they think of a quiet island in the Caribbean. What better way to experience the gorgeous scenery for the first time than to do it aboard a sail boat as your approach the palm tree lined coast.

If you want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing below for contact information for area day sail providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Day Trips BVI (284) 340-3434 Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina - Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Island Surf & Sail (284) 494-0123 Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina - Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Kuralu (284) 495-4381 West End Tortola

Boat Rentals and Charters

You don't have to sail through international waters to experience the gorgeous waters off the coast of Jost Van Dyke. A collection of local charter companies will allow you to rent a vessel for a few hours to a several days for your own enjoyment. If you don't have the skills to sail yourself, hiring a knowledgeable captain is possible as well.

If you're serious about chartering a boat, you can contact one of the following firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Calypso Catamaran Day Sails (757) 287-2731 Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Horizon Yacht Charters (284) 494-8787 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay Tortola
Island Time (284) 495-9993 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay Tortola
Virgin Motor Yachts (284) 495-2526 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay Tortola


Adventurous travelers might choose to sail a chartered yacht into Jost Van Dyke, where they must first stop in Great Harbour, the island's official port of entry. The Port Authority is responsible for two jetties in Great Harbour, Jetty #1, which has 4.88 meters of depth alongside the jetty, and Jetty #2, which has 1.53 meters of depth alongside the jetty. Jetty #1 is used mainly as a landing area, while Jetty #2 has accommodations to anchor the dinghies of yachts, ferries, and cruise ship tenders.

Once you have gained official access to enter Jost Van Dyke, which can be done by presenting the ship's paperwork as well as passports for each passenger and crew member, plus paid your custom fees which are between $25 and $35(USD) per person per day, you can also anchor at Foxy's Bar in Great Harbour, White Bay in Little Harbour, and Foxy's Taboo Restaurant in Diamond Cay Marina.

Are you going to travel to Jost Van Dyke in your own vessel, or one you charter? This next table lists places where you might be able to dock.

Name Phone Location Island
Diamond Cay Marina (284) 495-9258 Foxy's Taboo Restaurant - Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke
Frenchman's Cay Slipway -- Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Hannah Bay Marian -- Nanny Cay Tortola
Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina (284) 495-4589 Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay

Between the beautiful scenery and the crystalline waters, sailing around Jost Van Dyke is something that is hard to replicate, so don't even try. Plan your own water adventure and you'll have memories to share for years to come.

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Great Harbour - Great Harbour 18.4425771113 -64.7512936592
Long Bay - Little Jost Van Dyke 18.4506826981 -64.7237849236
Manchioneel Bay - 6.5 mi. (10.4 km) West-Northwest of Road Town 18.4512933371 -64.7107601166

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