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.
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 are just wanting to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. See the chart below to find contact information for area excursion providers.
|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|
|(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|
|(284) 494-2564||Village Cay Marina - Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
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 are contemplating chartering a vessel, you can call one of these area agencies:
|(284) 494-0303||Downtown Road Town|
|--||3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Road Town|
|Horizon Yacht Charters||(284) 494-8787||Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay|
|Island Time||(284) 495-9993||Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay|
|King Charters||(284) 494-5820||Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay|
|Regency Charter Services||(284) 495-1970||Downtown Road Town|
|(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|
|Virgin Traders||(284) 495-2526||Nanny Cay Marina - Nanny Cay|
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 , 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.
Thinking about traveling to Tortola using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? The following table lists marinas in the area.
|(284) 495-9084||Cooper Island Beach Club - Cooper Island||Cooper Island|
|(284) 494-0528||Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-4200||Road Reef - Road Town||Tortola|
|--||Frenchman's Cay||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 494-5000||3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-2393||Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-2332||Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-2512||Nanny Cay||Tortola|
|(284) 495-1134||3.9 mi. (6.3 km) East-Northeast of Road Town||Tortola|
|(242) 494-3773||Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 340-5678||Pusser's Marina Cay Resort - Marina Cay||Marina Cay|
|(284) 494-2263||Parham Town||Tortola|
|(284) 495-4589||Frenchman's Cay||Frenchman's Cay|
|(284) 494-2124||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|--||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
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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