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22 05, 2019

How to Pack for Your Crewed Yacht Charter Sailing Vacation (2019)

By |2019-05-30T13:25:28+06:00May 22nd, 2019|Before You Leave, Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on How to Pack for Your Crewed Yacht Charter Sailing Vacation (2019)

Getting Packed To Sail the BVI

What’s the best way to pack for your crewed charter yacht vacation in the British Virgin Islands?

Pack light! We’ve made this even easier for you with our packing for the BVI full checklist to make sure you don’t forget any essentials!

luggage for bvi cruisePack your soft sided suitcases then take out half of your clothes and shoes. 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. This is especially the case if you are occupying every cabin onboard. Remember: like the sea, flat is best.

 

Documents and Money in the BVI

preparing for chartered yacht cruise bvi passportMake sure you have your passport, travel documents and cash (United States Dollars) with you. When you arrive in BVI, the immigration authorities will need to know the name of the yacht and place of meeting (e.g. the name of the marina) so make sure your all party knows this as they enter. Most places in the British Virgin Islands accept credit cards but ATM machines may be spaced out around the islands. One of the advantages of having a chartered crewed sailing vacation is that you can just ask the crew and they will advise you as you sail around. The larger islands (Tortola and Virgin Gorda) have banks but the smaller ones do not.

Gratuity

Gratuity is at the discretion of the charter guests, traditionally based on 15 to 20% of the charter fee e.g. Charter fee is $18,000 then the gratuity would be between $2,700 and $3600. Tipping is a valuable indication to the crew of how you enjoyed your charter vacation and is considered part of their wages. Usually it is paid in cash and handed to them at the end of the charter as the guests are leaving, nowadays crews can accept the payment in different ways such as cheques and sometimes by card. Dynamic Charters can supply this information once your charter is booked. Please see FAQ page for more information.

 

Accessories and Devices When Sailing

packing for sailing in the BVI

SwimCell offer a excellent waterproof container for your devices.

You’ll be traveling on your own crewed charter yacht around scenic islands, swimming ashore to beaches, taking part in the water sports the BVI has to offer (if you want) or relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book. Ah yes, life in the British Virgin Islands is very laid back, with delightful weather and warm seas so sunglasses have to be high on your list! With all this relaxing and adventure it may be a good idea to bring a spare pair too.

 

Obviously, you’ll want to be taking photographs and this is where zip lock bags come in very useful.  In some places you can swim ashore to a local bar for happy hour so zip lock bags are a must for keeping items such as money waterproof. They are easy to pack and extremely useful in a wet environment.

Telephones and cameras may be better in a proper waterproof container. Remember its very easy for these to go overboard so a floating container with some sort of handle would be the best or better still hang round your neck leaving both hands free for swimming. One great option is the waterproofing case for your phone or devices from SwimCell.

SwimCell have even been kind enough to offer a discount for Dynamic Charters BVI just use the code “dynamic10” at checkout.

 

how to pack for a bvi vacationEveryone travels with a camera and their music, great but bring a disposable waterproof camera too. You will enjoy trying to capture those elusive fish while snorkeling. Go-Pro are the most popular in the BVI as they have waterproof cases and are very versatile. Disposable batteries and cameras are quite expensive in the BVI so bring them with you for capturing those fish underwater. Remember to bring USB adapters and connecting cables for all your telephones etc. as the yachts cannot supply these.

Quick Tip! Check the specification of each yacht to see what they have onboard which will be compatible with your devices.

Yachts have snorkel equipment on board, however you may want to bring your own mask and snorkel, fins are bulky to carry so you might consider leaving them behind as they will have most sizes on board. Make sure you mention all your parties fin size on the preference sheet so the crew can double check they have them. For example – three of your party may have the same size 6 and the yacht may only have 2 sets, this gives them the chance to add extra if necessary. Also kids sizes make sure the crew is aware of the sizes before the charter begins by specifying on the preference sheets.

 

Clothing

General

clothing for bvi saillingFor a typical seven day charter you would need 2 or 3 swimsuits, t-shirts and shorts, a pair of casual long pants or dress for going ashore to eat or shop. 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, but when ashore some places request more modesty and so cover-ups will be required. Your charter captain and crew will advise as you sail around the islands.

 

Footwear

You will only need flip flops, sandals or boat shoes (no dark soles allowed) or shoes to go ashore in.

Remember when sailing it is quite likely that your hats will fly overboard, so bring at least 2 or invest in a clip such as Dr Slick Clip or similar to secure it to back of your shirts. Bring a sweatshirt and light raincoat for cooler evenings and choppy seas in the dinghy.

 

Evenings

At night it can turn a little cool so pack a sweatshirt or light jumper, also occasionally it does rain when going ashore. I remember a charter where we anchored in Anegada to take guests ashore as they had ordered a lobster dinner at a local restaurant. The heavens opened just as we were about to get into the dinghy to go ashore. So we all arrived in matching black garbage bags, it was quite a laugh and fun!

 

Suncream

sunbathe during chartered bvi yacht cruiseSailing in the caribbean calls for SP 30 Sunscreen or Stronger.
Sunscreen and after sun care is very very important from the very beginning. We consider SP15 only a moisturizer here! The sun can be brutal combined with the reflection from the water and the prevailing winds. If you do not want to be burnt, bring a minimum of SP 30, SP 50 is best for the first few days. Remember to use it on your feet too. No spray or oil-based sunscreens please.

Some yachts do not always provide sunscreen and you may prefer certain brands so make sure it high on your list. The non-perfumed sunscreen is the best. Sunscreen oils are not allowed on yachts because of the staining to the decks.

Medications

bvi cruise medicationsMake sure you bring all your personal medications, allergies pills and antihistamines. If you have any prescriptions bring those too. Plus bug fee repellent just in case. Extra contact lenses, sunglasses and regular glasses anything that will make your life comfortable and you cannot live without. See below for a separate note on insurance.

Insurance is very important not just for travelling cancelation. Medical insurance is important as the British Virgin Islands are not part of American health care or Canadian or anywhere else for that matter. Tourists will be charged for any hospital occupancy and medicine.

 

Food and Drink

BVI Charter Yacht Gourmet Food ToursFood glorious Food! Every luxury crewed yacht charter menu is unique, tailor-made for the guests and based on your preference sheets that are sent out well before the charter begins. The preference and information sheets are very important as they provide valuable information for the boat crew, especially on the food and beverage side. You can let the crew know exactly what your favourite dishes are and warn of any allergies. This will include beverages too. Every yacht available from Dynamic Charters BVI boasts a bar stocked with spirits and liquors.

Smoking is not allowed inside the yachts as it’s a fire hazard, however most yachts allow smoking on the aft decks outside and the crew will indicate exactly where they would like you to smoke. Each yacht might have different areas which will depend on the direction on the wind.

 

Fishing

chartered yacht bvi fishingFishing, most yachts troll for fish however it is required by law for the yacht and each individual guest to purchase fishing licenses for their charter. Please let us know so we can arrange this well in advance. We can supply the link and it can be purchased online before you arrive. The yachts crew arrange for this to be picked up before the charter begins.

Conclusion

The BVI has a wealth of things to offer for your crewed chartered vacation. Follow the tips above and you’re sure to have the most amazing time plus don’t forget to check out the packing for the BVI full checklist to make sure you don’t forget any essentials!

 

9 05, 2019

Sailing Vacation Itinerary: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

By |2019-05-30T13:02:36+06:00May 9th, 2019|Once You're Here, Sailing Vacation Itineraries|Comments Off on Sailing Vacation Itinerary: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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 St Vincent

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, 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.  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.

20 03, 2019

Featuring Amazing Meals Catered by Crews

By |2019-05-30T13:02:57+06:00March 20th, 2019|Once You're Here, Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on Featuring Amazing Meals Catered by Crews

Kelea meals

Kelea meals

Featuring Some of the Amazing Meals Prepared on Crewed Charter Yachts for Guests.

Chef Alli, 0nboard the Crewed Charter Yacht Kelea described one of their featured dinners this week onboard Kelea.  They had locally caught Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna over Coconut Rice /Edamame Slaw with Wasabi Aioli and Fresh Mango Puree.

 

Altessa Surprise Party

Altessa Surprise Party

 

Onboard Crewed Yacht Altessa a surprise party was thrown for three 18 year old girls who were celebrating their high school graduation.  The surprise party included cupcakes and pink bubbles !!!  Great time was had by all..

 

 

 

17 02, 2019

New Water Taxi Service

By |2019-05-30T13:03:12+06:00February 17th, 2019|Once You're Here, Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on New Water Taxi Service

island time taxi

Island Time Water Taxi

There is a new water taxi service based in Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI. Its called Island Time and is an excellent choice for visitors arriving in St Thomas as you do not need to worry about ferry schedules if your plane arrives late.

Island Time Water taxi can pick up in the USVI and take you to your final destination in the BVI. They are based in Nanny Cay but can take you to any other point of meeting eg Road Town, Peter Island or Jost Van Dyke.

Some of the USVI water taxis can only take you to the port of entry and drop you there.  Thus leaving you to find another mode of transportation to continue to your desination. Island Time is a BVI registered vessel and can continue to take you past the port of entry to your final drop off point.

Island Time’s boats are in full compliance with BVI Shipping Registry’s and USCG’s safety requirements, as well as being registered and insured in the British Virgin Islands.
https://vi-bvi-water-taxi.com/water-taxi-service

24 01, 2019

Willy-T fans

By |2019-01-24T04:10:17+06:00January 24th, 2019|Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on Willy-T fans

Great news for all of the Willy-T fans out there. Just saw the following update from The Official William Thornton (Willy T) Fan Club’s Facebook page. In a recent post they reported, “Contrary to rumors on the street we are NOT leaving the BVI and you can still find us in Great Harbour, Peter Island for now. See you soon.”

Brilliant News and be sure to visit on your crewed yacht charter in the BVI

Great fun on Willy T

Great fun on Willy T

9 11, 2013

The BVI is called Sailing Capital of the Caribbean.

By |2019-05-30T13:04:09+06:00November 9th, 2013|How to Book, Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on The BVI is called Sailing Capital of the Caribbean.

The BVI has Over 60 Islands, Sunny Subtropical Weather and Trade Winds which are 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 sealife. 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 island in the chain is Tortola (the capital), then 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

On 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.

7 03, 2012

Sailing Vacation Itinerary: Union Island to Grenada

By |2019-05-30T13:04:27+06:00March 7th, 2012|Once You're Here, 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

Two of the Most Popular Itineraries Outside the BVI

By |2019-05-30T13:04:46+06:00March 7th, 2012|Once You're Here, 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!

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

By |2019-05-30T13:05:00+06:00March 7th, 2012|British Virgin Island Yacht Charters, Once You're Here|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 crewed 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 wonderful diving.

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 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 |2019-01-24T03:46:30+06:00February 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, 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, but when 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 to secure it  to 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. Oils are not allowed on yachts.

Zip lock bags are great 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 in the BVI 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 a “bareboat” Yacht Charter? How Is It Different from a Crewed Charter?

By |2019-01-24T03:58:15+06:00October 23rd, 2011|British Virgin Island Yacht Charters|Comments Off on What is a “bareboat” Yacht Charter? How Is It Different from a Crewed Charter?

What is a Bareboat, this is a vessel ( yacht) that can be chartered without a captain or crew or provisions.   The charterer needs to be a qualified Captain with sailing experience.

Dynamic Charters BVI specializes in “Crewed” yacht charters.  These are yachts that have a  captain and first mate (and additional crew depending on the size of the yacht and number of guests) onboard.  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.