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01-15-2013 11:04 AM
FarCry
Re: BVI budget

There are some first hand experiences here. Traveltalkonline: Bringing Food
01-13-2013 11:17 PM
NVCATS
Re: BVI budget

Quote:
Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
Interesting, I thought I had heard that bringing food across the border was (at worst) prohibited or (at least) risky. Are there clearly spelled out guidelines on a website somewhere?

As was pointed out elsewhere here, most of the charter boats had zero provisions on them, so we had to buy (and throw out) ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, etc. We would have loved to bring garlic powder, curry, and some other herbs and spices that we use in small amounts and too expensive to throw away. And of course, if we could have pre-marinated and hard frozen some beef and chicken to bring across the border, that would have been great. But I always thought that agriculture inspections were required for any food imports, and too costly for anyone other than the bulk importers.

Is there a website somewhere that gives clear guidelines for importing food items into BVI?
British Virgin Islands Entry Requirements | BVI Tourism you must read it very carefully. They talk about hoof and mad cow then the statement you need to hear comes after that. I called the Dep of AG in the BVI to be sure the policy was as the site stated. Yes it is and we did have to pay duties on the declared value, they just asked what it was worth but we had the receipts none the less.
01-13-2013 09:43 PM
TakeFive
Re: BVI budget

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Originally Posted by NVCATS View Post
...On with Provisioning... protein is crazy expensive and not very nice in the BVI so we packed a cooler with our protein at home and with 5lbs of dry ice, all was still rock solid when we got to the boat. You can carry up to 40lbs of meat into the BVI. Duties were $15 on a $300 invoice...
Interesting, I thought I had heard that bringing food across the border was (at worst) prohibited or (at least) risky. Are there clearly spelled out guidelines on a website somewhere?

As was pointed out elsewhere here, most of the charter boats had zero provisions on them, so we had to buy (and throw out) ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, etc. We would have loved to bring garlic powder, curry, and some other herbs and spices that we use in small amounts and too expensive to throw away. And of course, if we could have pre-marinated and hard frozen some beef and chicken to bring across the border, that would have been great. But I always thought that agriculture inspections were required for any food imports, and too costly for anyone other than the bulk importers.

Is there a website somewhere that gives clear guidelines for importing food items into BVI?
01-13-2013 02:43 AM
TakeFive
Re: BVI budget

We just got back from BVI today. A few comments:

We did mooring balls every night. They were all $30 - Trellis Bay, Bitter End, Marina Cay, Jost Grand Harbour/White Beach, Bight.

I agree that the Marina Cay showers were disgusting, and were out of order anyway. We did all our showers on the boat. With some conservation, the three of us made it through the whole week without topping off the water tanks. In future years, we'll try to make the run to Saba Rock at the midpoint so we can top off the water tanks.

We provisioned ourselves. We like to inspect our food before we buy. The checkout skipper was due at 0830 Saturday morning, so we walked from Sunsail to Riteway at 0700 and had plenty of time to walk back before 0830.

We also planned very carefully and had exactly the right amount for one meal every day on the boat. I suspect that people who order online may tend to overbuy.

We rented a phone to check on things at home, but did not buy data. We found free WiFi at almost every restaurant where we stopped, and a couple places had reception out to the mooring balls. That was good enough for us.
01-10-2013 07:50 PM
kellysails
Re: BVI budget

I wrote a detailed trip report from our last BVI adventure. A bit wordy but you might find it helpful.

BVIPirate - View topic - BVI trip report May 2010
01-09-2013 04:29 PM
NVCATS
Re: BVI budget

that is perday of course BURP
01-09-2013 04:24 PM
NVCATS
Re: BVI budget

WIFI We purchased a new nexus 7 hspa tablet for the Seabbatical for the owner and it stayed on the boat when we left. We purchased a sim card at Digicel and we have Data everywhere except Norman island bight. if your tablet is unlocked you can purchase a sim card and it works slick. We were there for 26 days and we got a $50 card... we posted to facebook (S&M In The BVI) Checkout our trip on our page...we swam with wild dolphin at the baths and saw the flock of Flamingos at Anegada..see the pics. We checked email all the time and chatted with friends back home via FB as well we still had time on the card when we left. If your there for a week or 2 you can get a $20 data card and never run out.... We didn't want to go home
01-09-2013 04:14 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: BVI budget

26 days at $25 pp including drinks is excellent!well done!
01-09-2013 03:59 PM
NVCATS
Re: BVI budget

We just returned for a 26 day charter with Seabbatical and had a great time. we provisioned ourselves after pondering extensively if we should use the pre order service the stores offer, which works out to $30PP for just food. We actually started saving money even before we landed at Beef Island Airport. We arranged a car rental with DEDE Car rental 3days for $119 and he was waiting for us when the plane landed at 8pm (remember to drive on the left hand side). We chose to take the sleep aboard option instead of a hotel usually $150 a nite for the boat, we got it for free Ron the Manager is a great guy. So we saved on taxi from the airport and driving around town to self provision pretty much paid for the car and then some. Part of our group arrived the next day so we also picked them up and saved another $40 cab ride. We returned the car after 2 days and headed out. On with Provisioning... protein is crazy expensive and not very nice in the BVI so we packed a cooler with our protein at home and with 5lbs of dry ice, all was still rock solid when we got to the boat. You can carry up to 40lbs of meat into the BVI. Duties were $15 on a $300 invoice. We went to Riteway to provision fresh and dry foods and spent $700 and were able to buy what was on sale, which you can't do it you pre-provision. Booze was from Tico and pre-ordered but we picked it up and added a few other fun bottles total was $500. We shopped in Virgin Gorda at Bucksin the marina half way through our 26 day charter and spent another $400. Local lamb is very cheap and very nice local beef is also very nice and affordable, so don't be shy buy local. Boat extra costs... I personally don't like mooring balls since they can fail and you will never know till it is to late and their very noisy at night sometimes. They don't make anchoring easy in a few places with the number of balls but I am persistent and worked through it. I did use moorings at Saba Rock so we could get free water and a bag of Ice and did the same in Leverek bay to do laundry and fill up water and get ice again on the second trip to North sound. All in all we were only 4 people on our Seabbatical Leopard 45 and provisioning was $25 PP including Drink. Here is another tip... what to mix the booze with... I took a lot of green tea bags with me and made sun tea mixed with raspberry tea. Fruit juice and pop is just 2 expensive $1.50 a can and sweet for us serious drinkers red strip beer is the best value and is Gordons Vodka. Watch the wine we had a lot of corking issues with the cheap stuff -$10... the better wines +$12 were ok You can get Ginger beer to mix with beer to make different tastes..remember we were out there for 26days everything gets a little old as time goes on.
12-06-2012 08:46 AM
sachingautham911
Re: BVI budget

Every contribution is very valuable here. And a general kind of approach is better to ask for friends who had been in British Virgin Islands. Because their experience are real and they will give you a proper guidance.
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