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9 11, 2013

Why is the BVI Called Sailing Capital of the Caribbean?

By | November 9th, 2013|Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on Why is the BVI Called Sailing Capital of the Caribbean?

Over 60 Islands, Sunny Subtropical Weather and Trade Winds Ideal for Sailing

The British Virgin Islands have a renowned charm and character of their own. With over 60 picturesque islands bathed in sun and blown by the Trade Winds, they’re considered the best sailing destination of the Caribbean, if not the most idyllic.

Lolalita, a yacht charter catamaran in the BVI and Caribbean.

The History

Steeped in Pirate myths and tales of hidden gold the names conjure up a swashbuckling past, from Dead Chest Island to Treasure Point and Little Trunk Bay, even Salt Island still pays in salt to the British Queen!

The Beaches

Each hilly island is covered by lush tropical vegetation that stretches down to white sand beaches; surrounded by the calm, clear, turquoise waters which are teaming with wildlife. You can watch the pelicans dive while little bait fish swim round your toes in the surf or take a snorkel dive off the back of a yacht and discover the beautiful reefs where Parrot fish nibble on the coral, and turtles glide by.

The Islands

The largest islands in the chain are Tortola (the capital), Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and the wild coral atoll, Anegada. Being close to each other guarantees carefree easy sailing, with your next anchorage always in sight.

The Yachts

BVI is home to some of the finest yachts in the world. Get in touch with us to book a crewed yacht charter for the British Virgin Islands or the Caribbean.

Limitless Fun

A typical day you could leave Tortola’s pretty West End in the morning, sail out and across the channel to Jost Van Dyke. Anchor up and swim the few meters to shore to the ‘Soggy Dollar Bar’ for one of their famous Pain Killers in time for a leisurely lunch!

The Climate

The British Virgin Islands are considered the Sailing Capital of the Caribbean due to our subtropical weather with temperatures moderated by trade winds which are ideal for sailing.

There is little variation between summer and winter, rainfall is low varying from island to island, humidity levels range from 78 to 88% with the most humid months between June and August. Our hurricane season is June to November.

24 04, 2012

Full Moon Parties in Tortola – Perfect Stop on a BVI Sailing Vacation

By | April 24th, 2012|Full Moon Parties in Tortola, Yacht Charter News|0 Comments

Two favourite places to sail into on Tortola, British Virgin Islands are Cane Garden Bay and Trellis Bay near the airport.

Cane Garden Bay is centrally located on the north side of Tortola and easy to sail into if you are on your way to Jost Van Dyke. It is a crescent shaped bay surrounded by high hills with plenty of moorings to pick up. The beach has all sorts of bars and restaurants for entertainment and great for stretching your legs ashore. You can safely swim there due to buoy management where dinghies are not allowed to park on the shore. There is a good provisioning shop there and also the historic Callwords Rum Distillery which has the original structure of the factory to view and you can buy samples of the rum too.

Cane Garden Bay is also a great place to jump in a taxi and go to Bomba’s Shack, famous for its Full Moon Parties.

Another huge attraction for a Full Moon Party’s is Fireball Full Moon Party in Trellis Bay where the whole beach turns into a great night life area including bars steel drums, reggae bands, Caribbean food, Moko Jumbies dancing and the spectacular fireballs. Over the years this has turned into a huge attraction for Full moon. 

Stop in Trellis Bay, Tortola, to See Moko Jumbies Dancers – Part of the Popular Full Moon Festivities

Explore the BVI on a Caribbean yacht charter.

Here are 2013 Full Moon dates:
April 25
May 25
June 23
July 22
August 20
September 19
October 18
November 17
December 17

7 03, 2012

Sailing Vacation Itinerary: Union Island to Grenada

By | March 7th, 2012|Sailing Vacation Itineraries|0 Comments

Picking your boat is one thing; picking your destination is quite another. Luckily, there’s little chance you’ll go wrong with two of our most popular itineraries.

From breathtaking beaches and gorgeous coral reefs to shopping, golfing, and nightlife—sailing  the Caribbean on a chartered yacht is the best way to travel!

Flying into Union Island and cruising down to Grenada is one of our most popular itineraries. Flying into St. Vincent and cruising through the Grenadines down to Union Island is another. To read the St. Vincent to the Grenadines itinerary, click here.

Union Island, St. Vincent, Carriacou and Grenada

Union Island

After flying into Union Island, enjoy a few days of local culture and nightlife, with no shortage of great bars and Caribbean restaurants. Time your visit to coincide with Easter Holy Week, late May’s “Maroon” celebration or one of two major sailing regattas to get a taste of Caribbean culture (but book your hotel early—those dates fill up fast. )

If you fly into Union Island any other time, there’s still an abundance of fun to be had. Climb on board your yacht and let the real adventure begin!

Sail to a beautiful island and swim ashore

Petit St. Vincent (“PSV”) – an hour’s sail  from Union Island

A beautiful sail from Union Island, Petit St. Vincent is a private island with a 113-acre resort and just 22 cottages. Secluded and quiet, stop here for a trip to the hillside spa, practice yoga in a pavilion overlooking Conch Bay, or fish and swim in the crystal waters.

Hikers can trek to the top of Marni Hill for great views. And hungry travelers can take in the charms of the hillside restaurant or happy hour with other yachters at the beach bar.

Carriacou- a 2 hour’s sail from Petit St Vincent

Sail into one of the many harbors of Carrriacou Island, and prepare yourself for all this lovely island has to offer.  Less developed than some of the islands, Carriacou isn’t home to any major resorts or 5-star hotels—just 16 miles of rolling hills, white sand beaches, and authentic island living.

There are no shortage of walks to interesting historical sights, and the snorkeling is top notch. Immerse yourself in local culture and enjoy the many festivals offered throughout the year.

Grenada- a 2 hour’s sail from Carriacou

This island country and Commonwealth realm is home to an exciting blend of eco-tourism sites, industry, and upscale resorts.  Culturally-rich and inviting, Grenada features beautiful beaches and waterfall-dotted, hilly terrain. Frequently called “The Spice Island,” Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, citrus peels, and wild coffee.

Sail into Grenada and explore its National Parks; tour an old plantation; imagine battles from your perch in a fort; or spend the day at a rum distillery, swim in one of the waterfalls—there’s something for everything on this island!

7 03, 2012

Sailing Vacation Itinerary: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

By | March 7th, 2012|Sailing Vacation Itineraries|Comments Off on Sailing Vacation Itinerary: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Picking your boat is one thing; picking your destination is quite another. Luckily, there’s little chance you’ll go wrong with two of our most popular itineraries. From breathtaking beaches and gorgeous coral reefs to shopping, golfing, and nightlife—sailing the Caribbean on a chartered yacht is the best way to travel!

Flying into St. Vincent and cruising through the Grenadines down to Union Island is one of our most popular itineraries. Flying into Union Island and cruising down to Grenada is another.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Five small, uninhabited islands that make up The Tobago Cays are a must-see for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts

After flying into St Vincent, you’ll take a quick taxi to Young Island Cut, where you’ll meet up with your chartered yacht and begin your sailing voyage. From Bequia to Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and the Tobago Cays to Palm Island and Union Island, this is one island-hopping adventure you’ll never forget!

Bequia – an hour’s sail from base

The largest of the Grenadines, this lovely island is a haven for natural exploration, maritime buffs, shopping, and mingling with local sailors. Drop anchor in Bequia and explore one of the 28 dive sites. Catch a glimpse at ghostly shipwrecks and exotic fish; visit the whaling museum and learn about the island’s maritime history; or take a trip to the turtle refuge farm and fall in love with some of nature’s slowest charmers.

Mustique – around two hour’s sail from Bequia

Celebrity spotters take note: this privately-owned island is the playground of the rich and famous. With such noted visitors as Tommy Hilfiger, you never know who you might run into. With no traffic lights, beach vendors, or power lines, sail to Mustique for quiet relaxation on gorgeous beaches, tennis in paradise, and upscale parties—the island is tailor-made for the discerning traveler.

Canouan – about a three hour sail from Mustique

Home to one of the longest barrier reefs, and three major resorts, laid-back Canouan is a great place to snorkel, hike, hit the casino, or just soak up rays on the white sand beaches. Anchor your yacht in one of Canouan’s two beautiful bays, take in the views, and get in a round of golf at one of the best golf courses in the world.

Mayreau – approximately one hour’s sail from Canouan

The smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, this wee outpost is home to around 300 people and spans just 1.5 miles. You won’t find much hustle and bustle here—just incredible beaches, an abundance of fishermen, and a charming hilltop stone church that offers stunning views of neighboring islands. Visit the salt pond or dock your yacht in Saline Bay, where you can snorkel or dive the wreck of a World War 1 gunboat.

The Tobago Cays – half an hour’s sail from Mayreau

The five small, uninhabited islands that make up The Tobago Cays are a must-see for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Much of the Tobago Cays Marine Park is encompassed here and you’ll soon know why if you sail into The Tobago Cays. Sea turtle nesting sites, pristine coral reefs, lobsters, and iguanas are just some of the wonders you’ll see. Hike the trails of James Bay, Petit Bateau and Petit Rameau for amazing views and close encounters with birds and iguanas, or trek to Petit Trabac to see where they filmed “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl.”

Palm Island and Union Island

Tiny Palm Island is a great place to dock your yacht for a few hours. Enjoy waterfront dining at one of the resort’s two open-air restaurants, stop in for a massage, or go for a stroll along the island’s five lovely beaches.

Just a quick sail away is the much larger Union Island, a hot-spot for culture and nightlife, with no shortage of great bars and Caribbean restaurants. It seems like there’s always something happening on Union Island—visitors who arrive during Easter Holy Week, late May’s “Maroon” celebration or during one of two major sailing regattas are sure to be treated to a taste of Caribbean culture. But don’t worry—if you sail into Union Island any other time, there’s still an abundance of fun to be had. From turtle watching to shopping, dancing, and diving, Union Island is a gem.

7 03, 2012

Crewed Charter Yachting Vacations – Two of the Most Popular Itineraries Outside the BVI

By | March 7th, 2012|Sailing Vacation Itineraries|0 Comments

Picking your boat is one thing; picking your destination is quite another. Luckily, there’s little chance you’ll go wrong with these two itineraries. From breathtaking beaches and gorgeous coral reefs to shopping, golfing, and nightlife—sailing the Caribbean on a chartered yacht is the best way to travel!

Two of the most popular itineraries for crewed charter yachts are flying into St. Vincent and cruising through the Grenadines down to Union Island, or flying into Union Island and cruising down to Grenada.

Sailing Vacation Itinerary One: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

After flying into St Vincent, you’ll take a quick taxi to Young Island Cut, where you’ll meet up with your chartered yacht and begin your sailing voyage. From Bequia to Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and the Tobago Cays to Palm Island and Union Island, this is one island-hopping adventure you’ll never forget!

Click here to read the full St. Vincent – the Grenadines BVI Sailing Vacation itinerary.

Sailing Vacation Itinerary Two: Union Island, Petit St. Vincent, Carriacou, and Grenada

Click here to read the full Union Island – Grenada BVI Sailing Vacation itinerary.

7 03, 2012

Best Known Scuba Diving Spots in the British Virgin Islands – Perfect for Sailing Vacations

By | March 7th, 2012|British Virgin Island Yacht Charters|0 Comments

Ready for the Scuba Diving Vacation of Your Life? Charter a Yacht in the BVI

Ready for the Scuba Diving Vacation of Your Life? Charter a Yacht in the BVI

One of the most popular kinds of charter sailing vacations in the British Virgin Islands is the Scuba Charter: Crewed Sailing or Power Boat vacations that take you to great scuba diving spots and show you everything you need to know to dive.

Here are examples of the best known scuba dives in the British Virgin Islands:

For the novice diver: The Indian, Depth:10-55 feet (3-16m)

The area around the four jagged rocks that make up “The Indians” is packed with large mushroom coral heads and lush, soft coral gardens. Marine life abounds in the coral folds—schools of Creole Wrasse and Blue Tangs scurry by while lobsters, Spotted Drums and Fairy Basslets hang out under the corals head. The gap between the four Indians and a fifth, hidden Indian forms a mini canyon, and the vertical walls of the rocks themselves are encrusted with hard and soft corals and sponges. On the eastern side, a shallow “fish bowl” (ideal for snorkelers) conceals a narrow tunnel and a small cave filled with Glassy Eyed Sweepers. Reef sharks are seen here from time to time.

For intermediate to advanced divers: Anchor of the RMS Rhone, Depth: 50-65 feet (15-20m)

The RMS Rhone was anchored here in the mouth of Great Harbour, Peter Island in October of 1867 while she took on fuel, supplies, and passengers for the journey back to England. When a category five hurricane blew in, the massive anchor and its 300 feet of chain were lost at this spot where they remain to this day, coral-encrusted and half-buried by sand. Dive down to this historical jewel and see the ship in all its ghostly glory, along with the wildly-diverse marine life that has made the boat their home.

11 02, 2012

How to Pack for Your Crewed Yacht Charter
Sailing Vacation

By | February 11th, 2012|About Chartering, British Virgin Island Yacht Charters|0 Comments

Cane Garden Bay - Tortola - British Virgin Islands

When packing for a sailing vacation in BVI, pack light and bring strong sunscreen. Shown here: Cane Garden Bay – Tortola BVI

What’s the best way to pack for your crewed charter yacht vacation in the British Virgin Islands? Pack light! Most of your days you will be either onboard sailing, at anchor, on a mooring or travelling in the dinghy to go snorkeling on a beautiful reef or ashore to a beach. In some places you can swim ashore to a local bar for happy hour.

For a typical 7 day charter you would need 2 or 3 swimsuits (aka swim “costumes”), t-shirts and shorts, a pair of casual long pants or dress for going ashore to eat or shop. You will only need flip flops or boat shoes (no dark soles allowed) or shoes to go ashore in. Remember, clothes can get wet or splashed so leave your treasured t-shirt or hat at home. A cover-up is essential, while on-board, swimsuits are OK, ashore some places request more modesty and so cover-ups will be required. Your sailing crew will advise as you go. Remember you are going sailing so it is quite likely that your hats will fly overboard, so bring at least 2 or invest in a clip on for the back of your shirts. Bring a sweatshirt and light raincoat for cooler evenings and choppy seas in the dinghy.

Sailing in the Caribbean Calls for SP 30 Sunscreen or Stronger

Sunscreen and after sun care is a must. We consider SP15 only a moisturizer  here!  If you do not want to be burnt, bring minimum SP 30 and oil-free only please.  Remember to use it on your feet too.   The non-perfumed sunscreen is the best.

Zip lock bags are “the thing” to keep money and personal gear dry for swimming ashore to bars and beaches.  They are easy to pack and extremely useful in a wet environment.

Batteries and disposable cameras are quite expensive here so bring them with you for capturing those fish underwater.

Finally, soft luggage or luggage that packs flat is the best for stowing away in your cabin or locker as space is at a premium onboard most yachts.

23 10, 2011

What is the Definition of a “bareboat” Yacht Charter? How Is It Different from a Crewed Charter?

By | October 23rd, 2011|British Virgin Island Yacht Charters|Comments Off on What is the Definition of a “bareboat” Yacht Charter? How Is It Different from a Crewed Charter?

Bareboat : a vessel (such as a yacht) that can be chartered without a captain or crew or provisions.

Dynamic Charters BVI specializes in “Crewed” charters, yachts sailed by a captain and first mate (and additional crew depending on the size of the yacht and number of guests). Crewed chartering brings new meaning to the words “getting away”. Perfect for families, friends and even corporate retreats, the British Virgin Islands are a paradise of hidden treasures and there is something for everyone. From total seclusion to the wildest party spots, and everything in between, the British Virgin Islands’ 60 islands and islets, have it all.