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BVI and Tortola Yacht Charters

Enjoy a taste of paradise with a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter

BVIIf you are looking for a yacht charter to a secluded, heavenly haven then look no further than the British Virgin Islands. A BVI luxury yacht charter is the best way to break away from your routine and worries, and get relaxed and excited at the same time. With its vast stretches of secluded beaches, clear blue waters, verdant forests and stunning national parks with picturesque hiking trails and warm and friendly people, BVI is an untouched, truly virginal destination. Whether it is the rich culture and natural beauty of Tortola, or the hidden treasures on Virgin Gorda‘s secluded beaches, or the water-sports at Anegada, the British Virgin Islands has manifold experiences to offer its visitors. A British Virgin Island yacht charter could become the most rejuvenating holiday you have ever taken!

Weather in the British Virgin Islands: What is the best time to take a BVI Yacht Charter?

In the sub-tropical British Virgin Islands, temperatures rarely exceed 30°C (86°F) or drop below 20°C (68°).  However, during the warmest months, and particularly during August and September, temperatures have been known to rise above 32°C (90°F).  This is also the time for sporadic showers, and the occasional hurricane, which most commonly occur between the months of June to November, and is therefore not the best time to charter, although it is the cheapest. It is the winter months, from December to March, that provide the best conditions for British Virgin Islands yacht charters, with pleasant winds and plenty of sunshine. April to June is also a good time, although the month of May tends to see some rainfall.

Sample Itinerary: The best destinations for your BVI & Tortola Yacht Charter

BritishVirginIsland_mapDay 1: Your BVI yacht charter begins from any of the protected anchorages in Tortola. Meet with your captain and crew, familiarise yourself with the yacht and discuss your holiday plans. You can laze around on Apple Bay or Brewer’s Bay or go snorkelling at Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach. Dine at the award winning Sebastian’s Grill on Apple Bay.

Day 2: Set sail for Norman Island of ‘Treasure Island’ fame and anchor at Bight. A wonderful snorkelling and diving site, you can explore 3 underwater caves and their interesting reef formations along with bright colourful fishes that have no qualms approaching you. Although there are no permanent inhabitants on the  island, you can eat at a restaurant & bar named ‘Pirates’.

Day 3:Head toward Salt Island, known for its salt pans and the wreckage of RMS Rhone, which is now a marine park and offers some of the best diving and snorkelling sights in the BVI. Set sail early for Virgin Gorda.

Day 4: Anchor at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and head for The Baths in the Virgin Gorda National Park – a tourist hot spot for swimming and snorkelling. The beaches of Devil’s Bay and Spring Bay also offer water sports and relaxation opportunities. Take some time to explore Spanish Town, the main city where you can shop, or lunch at a cafe and visit the ruins of an old Copper Mine. Dine at Mad Dog or Bath & Turtle Rendezvous Bar.

Day 5: Start the day by exploring the Little Fort National Park and then sail towards the Bitter End Yacht Club at the North Sound. The North Sound is famous for its tiny isles as well as high-end resorts and spas. Try your hand at windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, kite-boarding or anything else that comes to your mind. Unwind at the Bitter End or the award winning Biras Creek.

Day 6: Depart early for Anegada, the nature enthusiast’s delight. Anchor at Setting Point. Spend the day snorkelling and scuba diving in the tunnels and caves of the famous (or infamous) Horseshoe Reef, the largest in the Caribbean (29 km), amidst schools of mojarra, angelfish, triggerfish, blue tang, horse-eye jacks and wreckages of over 300 ships. On land, visit the iguanas at the National Park, the flamingos at salt ponds and the Museum at Pomato Point.

Day 7: Head to Guana, another nature’s abode. Conservation and restoration efforts have made this island a haven for exotic birds, animals and plants that you can explore on hiking and nature trails. You can also snorkel on the three reefs in Muskmelon Bay, White Bay and North Bay and spot some unique fish.

Day 8: Sail towards Jost Van Dyke and anchor in Great Harbour. Relax at the idyllic White Bay or enjoy a meal and drinks at the famous Tamarind Bar. If you’re in the mood, you can snorkel in Green or Sandy Cays or hike to Little Harbour, famous for its seafood joints. Jost Van Dyke is a place where you can relax and ‘chill’.

Day 9: Make your way back to Tortola and anchor at Soper’s Hole. Cane Garden Bay is famous for water sports, especially surfing. On your last day, take time to explore the island, visiting places like Shark Bay National Park, Sage Mountain National Park, the Botanic Gardens and the VI Folk Museum. Shop for souvenirs before you bid your Tortola yacht charter goodbye.

The choice of destination for your Caribbean Yacht Charter is entirely up to you. Whichever cruising area you choose, you are assured of a memorable holiday!


Yacht Shows in the South of France

Now that the South of France Yacht Show season is upon us, many of our Yacht Charter clients are interested to join us at the two most important yacht shows on the French Riviera.

cbs2Cannes Boat Show (10-15 September) starts the season with a display of the latest sailing and motor yacht models for new buyers.

The 35th anniversary edition of the show covers Cannes Vieux Port and Cannes Port Canto, which are two yachting ports at each end of the famous Croisette, and will display 500 boats of 10-60 metres (30-200 feet).

mys1Monaco Yacht Show (25-28 September) is the larger and more prestigious of the two events, with more than 100 spectacular superyachts on display in Monaco’s Port Hercule.

At the 23rd edition of the world’s premier superyacht show, superyacht builders and brokers gather with owners, possible owners and potential future charterers to see the latest that the superyacht industry has to offer.

These two major yacht events combine to offer a valuable showcase of the latest developments in the yachting industry worldwide for all who are interested in Luxury Yacht Charters in the Mediterranean or Caribbean.

Cannes Boat Show 2012 Review

With September drawing to a close, and winter fast approaching, it must be time to start thinking about this year’s Caribbean yacht charter.

The 35th Cannes International Boat Show took place between the 16th and 19th September in the festival town of Cannes, on the French Riviera. As the first of the season’s post-summer yachting exhibitions it provided the first opportunity for those considering their next luxury yacht charter to see what is available.

Held just before the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, which concluded this weekend, the exhibition in Cannes was every bit as anticipated in the yachting calendar. In fact the event, which is popular with brokers offering Caribbean yacht charter options, is the larger of the two with Cannes topping the table with the number of ‘in-water’ boats of any European yacht show. And, with more than 583 boats on display in water and on land, a third of which will be on shown for the first time, it’s also the place to come if you are looking to purchase, not just charter.

Held in the town’s wonderfully atmospheric ‘Vieux Port’, as well as Port Pierre Canto, a stone’s throw from the famous La Croisette, The Cannes Boat Show offers sailing enthusiasts the opportunity to preview and talk to the brokers of these fine yachts.  Dolmen Yachts was, of course, in attendance, finding the ideal vessels for our client’s next luxury yacht charter.

Exhibitors, visitors and organisers have declared this year’s show a resounding success. A total of 45,600 visitors came through the turnstiles across the six days of the show, slightly more than last year by 1%. There was also a marked increase in international visitors from regions such as Russia, China, South America, as well as the key markets of Europe.

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Monaco Events this Summer

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Monaco has just enjoyed one of its busiest and most successful Grand Prix to date – but the Principality still has a number of exciting events to host this summer, making it the ideal luxury yacht charter destination.

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