British Virgin Islands

Imagine the Caribbean sunshine is sparkling on clear still blue water, catching on the white sand far below and glinting on shoals of brightly coloured fish darting beneath your feet. 

You’re sitting on the deck of a glamorous catamaran, your legs dangling into the warm water waiting for lunch to be served. Perhaps you’ve been for a swim and now a gentle cool sea breeze is blowing from the palm-fringed beach to starboard.

The ultimate holiday dream is exploring the British Virgin Islands – a region that’s globally renowned as a perfect sailing destination. The BVI is famous as a beautiful, safe, and easy place to be.

Of course, a holiday afloat can make you more relaxed than almost any other. Add in factors like a high-quality boat and a reliable experienced hire company and you can really relax into your holiday. 

Best of all, imagine if you didn’t have to lift a finger to sail the boat. That’s because you opted to charter a fully crewed boat.

Use one of the world’s catamaran charter marketplaces, like Borrowaboat, and any worries about unsafe or uncertified vessels disappear. You’re in the reassuring hands of one of the leading charter marketplaces in the Caribbean.

And if you’re considering your first charter, the British Virgin Islands are a great place to choose. The navigation is easy, the waters calm and clear, and there are dozens of interesting harbours to visit.

Borrowaboat will make the holiday so simple. Simply go to their website and see hundreds of boats that are available in the area. 

Globally, Borrowaboat has an incredible 35,000 vessels available, ranging from small yachts and cruisers up to once-in-a-lifetime superyachts. The range of boats available on the British Virgin Island changes all the time – but you can expect hundreds to choose from.

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At the time of writing, they ranged from a compact two-cabin, four-berth 32ft yacht at just 250 Euros a day to a fabulous skippered 162ft motor cruiser, with room for 12 guests, at around 30,000 Euros a day.

Somewhere between those extremes, there are hundreds of options to find your perfect holiday afloat. And choosing the BVI makes a great start for your sailing holiday.

The islands offer everything from vibrant party spots to secluded unspoiled beaches. You can choose your mooring – dependent on your mood.

The distances between harbors are small. It makes navigation around the area easy, with no long, rough sea crossings to face.

Boat chartering has always been in huge demand in BVI meaning the industry is highly experienced in delivering what consumers want. 

Tourism is a big part of life in the BVI and chartering boats has long been a major industry here. So, everything is geared up to making the experience as easy as possible.

Most charters begin in Tortola where you’ll also find the best places to stock up on supplies, including food and drink. 

Then off you go, with more than 50 islands in the group to explore. There are 16 inhabited islands – but they’re all contained within 150 square kilometers.

This means you can ask your crew to start the day with breakfast at one island, perhaps have lunch moored off another and end the day at a third mooring. With a crew to handle the boat, you can relax into your island-hopping adventure – with nothing to worry about other than where to go next.

Some experienced sailors opt to sail themselves; others decide to hire a boat with a professional skipper included. The ultimate feeling of luxury, however, comes when you hire a boat with a complete crew.

This usually means hiring a boat complete with a skipper and a chef and a deckhand. This means all your meals can be prepared and served to you on deck, while the skipper takes care of sailing where you want to go.

You will never need to help tie the boat up or haul the anchor. There’s always someone on hand to help, so you won’t have to pull on ropes unless you want to.

Hire a bigger yacht and you may have room for more crew members too. How about a nanny to look after your children, a personal trainer to keep you in great shape, or even a driving instructor to show you how to become an underwater expert?

If you hire a crew, you’ll find that they are professional and discreet enough to respect your privacy when required. They will be trained to give you as much or as little space as you want.

They will have their quarters, in a separate part of the boat, away from the guest bedrooms and living quarters.

The crew members will do all the sailing, maintenance, cooking and cleaning. You can usually request that they do all the shopping for you too – and that includes stocking up with provisions before you set sail.

The main point of a holiday is to concentrate on the experience, which can range from adventure to relaxation. Anything that lets you concentrate on the holiday rather than the chores will only help that feeling.

A crew helps you relax to the maximum by taking away all the thoughts about preparing a meal… and the washing up afterward. Imagine the luxury of being able to tell the chef what you want for every meal of the day – and then sitting back knowing it will be prepared and served just as you asked – and at the perfect mooring that you asked for earlier.