Cruising the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are a stone’s throw away from the US Virgin Islands and are part of the Virgin Islands Cruising ground. The nearest BVI island to St. Thomas is approximately a 2 hour sail. The main British islands are Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays. The BVI is a British Overseas Territory, so US Citizen’s do need a passport to enter and sail this lovely series of islands. Clearing Customs is a mandatory formality and forms are provided by IYC to make this process quite easy. IYC’s guests have been clearing Customs for 38 years so it is not prohibitive in any way.
Sailing the BVI is an amazing adventure. Some of the highlights not to be missed are The Bath’s, large volcanic rock formations off the island of Virgin Gorda, The Indians, an amazing snorkling spot off of Norman Island, The Dogs, a series of small cays off Virgin Gorda and Sandy and Green Cays (easy of Jost Van Dyke). A one week to 10 day cruise around St. John USVI and the BVI allows for all the most interesting attractions to be easily seen.
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