Sailing and Boating Near Tortola

A top sailing destination, Tortola is not one to be missed

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The British Virgin Islands are a Mecca for pleasure sailors in the Caribbean. Surrounded by warm, pleasant waters, Tortola is beloved not only on its own, but because it is so near several other destinations that yachters can take advantage of visiting.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Sailing throughout the British Virgin Islands is important for a whole host of reasons beyond the peace and serenity it is known to bring those that love the sport. Fishing, snorkeling, and scuba tours can also be arranged from Tortola with private companies that specialize in these types of trips.

If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Wanting to know more what it's like to go along for the ride? Take a look at the table below to find contact information for area providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Aristocat Charters (284) 499-1249 Village Cay Marina - Downtown Road Town Tortola
BVI 360 (284) 541-1281 Road Town Tortola
BVI Yacht Charters -- Road Town Tortola
Blue Sail BVI (284) 494-2268 Downtown Road Town Tortola
C&D Power Boat Rentals (284) 495-1401 3.9 mi. (6.2 km) East-Northeast of Road Town Tortola
Conch Charters (284) 494-4868 Fort Burt Marina - Downtown Road Town Tortola
Day Trips BVI (284) 340-3434 Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina - Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Footloose Sailboat Charters (284) 494-0528 Wickhams Cay 2 - Road Town Tortola
Island Surf & Sail (284) 494-0123 Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina - Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Kuralu (284) 495-4381 West End Tortola
Mystique Charters (284) 494-0740 Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina - Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
True Blue Power Boats (284) 541-6666 Prospect Reef Marina - Road Town Tortola
White Squall II (284) 494-2564 Village Cay Marina - Downtown Road Town Tortola

Boat Rentals and Charters

You don't have to spend months planning and several days at sea on your own to enjoy a sail around Tortola. Instead, you can charter a boat when you arrive. The options include taking the boat out on your own (with proof of your knowledge and experience), or hire a crewed charter which will allow you to relax and really enjoy the sites while someone familiar with the area takes the helm.

If you're evaluating the option of a charter boat, you can call one of these agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
B V I Marine Charters Ltd (284) 494-0303 Downtown Road Town
Dream Yacht Charters -- 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Road Town
Epic Yacht Charters (954) 495-8202 4925 Boonsboro Rd #304 - Downtown Road Town
Horizon Yacht Charters (284) 494-8787 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay
Island Time (284) 495-9993 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay
Key Rentals & Charter Power Boating (284) 495-3407 Tortola
King Charters (284) 494-5820 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay
Regency Charter Services (284) 495-1970 Downtown Road Town
Sheppard Boat Rental (284) 495-4099 Frenchmans Cay - Tortola
Sunsail BVI (888) 350-3568 Downtown Road Town
TRC Boat Rentals & Charters (284) 546-0026 3.9 mi. (6.2 km) East-Northeast of Road Town
The Moorings BVI (888) 979-0673 Road Town
VI Yacht Tours -- Road Town
Virgin Motor Yachts (284) 495-2526 Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay

Docking

If you are one of the group of elite sailors who will captain your own boat and make the journey to Tortola, there are some things to be aware of. Road Harbour and West End Bay, both on Tortola, are official ports of entry. Sail into either port and you'll meet with Customs and Immigrations to clear your boat. Both are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, close at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and are closed completely on Sundays and official holidays. You can arrange for after hours clearance at an additional cost. To clear, you'll need to present all of the ship's official documentation and passports for each crew member and passenger.  The cost to clear in changes regularly and is based on a number of different requirements, but you can expect to spend between $25 and $30(USD) per day per person, and this must be paid in cash. 

Contemplating sailing to Tortola using your own vessel, or one you charter? The following chart provides a quick summary of marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Bletiner's Marina (284) 494-1000 Kingstown Tortola
Clipper Marina -- Road Town Tortola
Cooper Island Beach Club Docks (284) 495-9084 Cooper Island Beach Club - Cooper Island Cooper Island
Footloose Marina (284) 494-0528 Road Town Tortola
Fort Burt (284) 494-4200 Road Reef - Road Town Tortola
Frenchman's Cay Slipway -- Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Hannah Bay Marian -- Nanny Cay Tortola
Hodge's Creek Marina (284) 494-5000 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Road Town Tortola
Manuel Reef Marina (284) 495-2066 Albion Tortola
Mega Surface Marina (284) 494-2393 Road Town Tortola
Moorings Marina (284) 494-2332 Road Town Tortola
Nanny Cay Marina (284) 494-2512 Nanny Cay Tortola
Penn's Landing Marina (284) 495-1134 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) East-Northeast of Road Town Tortola
Prospect Reef Marina (242) 494-3773 Road Town Tortola
Pusser's Marina (284) 340-5678 Pusser's Marina Cay Resort - Marina Cay Marina Cay
Road Reef Marina -- Road Town Tortola
Sea Breeze Marina (284) 494-2263 Parham Town Tortola
Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina (284) 495-4589 Frenchman's Cay Frenchman's Cay
Tortola Yacht Club (284) 494-2124 Downtown Road Town Tortola
Tortola Yacht Services -- Road Town Tortola
Village Cay Marina -- Downtown Road Town Tortola
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Boughers Bay - Downtown Road Town 18.425369802 -64.6168184274
Brandy Wine Bay - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) East of Road Town 18.4150685122 -64.5858979225
Maya Cove - 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) East of Road Town 18.4234765283 -64.5670044422
Little Harbour - Peter Island 18.3545716361 -64.6005105972
Sprat Bay - Peter Island 18.3495057942 -64.602162838
Deadman's Bay - Peter Island 18.3558600614 -64.5705556817
The Spring Bay - Peter Island 18.3513387814 -64.5789670944
Trellis Bay - Beef Island 18.4462147917 -64.5318245888
White Bay - Peter Island 18.3476931496 -64.5752549171
Sopers Hole - West End 18.3869913161 -64.7011792656
Newfound Bay - 3.0 mi. (4.9 km) East of Coral Bay 18.3462878415 -64.6686172485
Manchioneel Bay - 6.5 mi. (10.4 km) West-Northwest of Road Town 18.4512933371 -64.7107601166
Lee Bay - Salt Island 18.370588774 -64.5344638824
Salt Island Bay - Salt Island 18.3742950085 -64.5316529274
Haulover Bay - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) East of Coral Bay 18.3489666445 -64.6780157089
Princess Bay - 1.6 mi. (2.5 km) East-Northeast of Coral Bay 18.3550657952 -64.6928215027
Manchioneel Bay - Cooper Island 18.3855965005 -64.5139074326
Long Bay - Little Jost Van Dyke 18.4506826981 -64.7237849236
Borck Creek - 1.0 mi. (1.5 km) East-Northeast of Coral Bay 18.3532939462 -64.702091217
Hallovers Bay - Cooper Island 18.3757815527 -64.5102918148
Leinster Bay - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) Northwest of Coral Bay 18.3653299419 -64.7365951329
Francis Bay - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) West-Northwest of Coral Bay 18.3615013236 -64.7460579872

With this knowledge in mind, you're better prepared to decide how best to go about sailing around Tortola. Will you sail yourself, or let someone else do the work for you? Focus on sailing, or add an extra watersport into the mix? The choice is now up to you.

 

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