BVI, First Time
Just got back from BVI. Most beautiful area I''ve ever seen (rivals Hawaii) is Virgin Gorda North Sound/Gorda Sound and especially area ashore around Bitter End Yacht Club Resort and Biras Creek Resort. If you have the bucks it''s only $750 to $1200 US currency PER DAY but if you have a boat it''s $20. for a mooring ball and access to most of the facilities. I''d plan to spend at least 2 days here. There are many exclusive coves you can find to have to yourself (try anchor in Key Bay on south shore of Peter Is. as opposed to Little or Great Harbor which are more crowded. To grab a mooring ball in most harbors you need to be there before 1300 hours. Standard cost for mooring ball is $20. but in National Parks you need a $10. mooring permit which is good for whole week for day mooring only (can''t moor overnight in any N. Park). Anchoring can some times be dicey re bottom in a lot of areas so recommend ball. Best dive (80'')was on wreck of Rhone at Salt Is. SW point but can snorkel shallower part of wreck (20-30''). Best snorkeling at Baths, Indians, Caves. For a super lunch try the Biras Creek Fat Virgin Restaurnt a short walk from Biras Creek resort as the actual resort will only serve dinner (very expensive menu) and not lunch to other than house guests. We had the chicken pasta - excellent. At Spanish Town in V.G. recommend Fischer''s Cove for dinner a short walk from marina. Need reservation to dock overnight in marina but we got lucky without one. Marina Key near Beef Is. is good overnight too. Snorkeling poor on south west side of M.K. reef but North and East pretty good.
Sailing is real easy - steady winds, low waves, line of sight navigation, short distances so great choice for first charter. For a 5 day itinerary suggest Day 1:Caves and Indians nearby for snorkeling with overnight in The Bight on Norman Is. with Billy Bones restaurant/bar(entertainment) ashore (or anchor in Key Bay on Peter Is.overnight), then Day 2: Salt Is. for the Rhone and overnight at Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Is. (or dock/anchor at Spanish Town on V.G.) Day 3: Head up to V. Gorda and do snorkeling at Baths and then in to North Sound for night at m. ball at Vixen Point, Bitter End, or Biras and spend Day 4 (and night)there too (great walking/hiking trails between B. End and Biras). Day 5: Sail back to Road Town, Tortola or consider calling in sick and staying longer (or forever)! If you don''t want to stay the extra day in N.Sound go down to Marina Key off Beef Is. for last night.