|Comfort Package||Obligatory||450 €|
|Tourist Tax||Obligatory||6 € /person/day|
|Air-conditioning||Included in the price||---|
|Bedding||Included in the price||---|
|Cell Phone||Included in the price||---|
|Final Cleaning||Included in the price||---|
|National Park Tax||Included in the price||---|
|Outboard engine||Included in the price||---|
|Pets on board||Included in the price||---|
|Rescue Service Organisation (VISAR)||Included in the price||---|
|Tender||Included in the price||---|
|Towels||Included in the price||---|
|Cook||Optional||200 € /day|
|Hostess||Optional||150 € /day|
|Provisionning fee||Optional||100 €|
|Safety Net||Optional||100 €|
|Skipper||Optional||170 € /day|
|Stand up Paddle board (SUP)||Optional||30 € /day|
A 800 EUR security deposit will be required by the renter at the base
After numerous flights and a fast ferry ride to Tortola we were so pleased with the service provided by the operator at the Hodges Creek marina. All staff were extremely friendly and the introduction procedures went without a hitch. One tip for anyone collecting their vessel from Hodges Creek - there is really nothing in the way of shops in the area (even just to buy a bottle of water) so make sure you stock up with all required food and drink before you get there. Quite a few of the local supermarkets offer grocery delivery and given the somewhat isolated location that is the way to go. Alternatively, depending on the route you choose there are quite good provisioning facilities at Sopers Hole and again at Leverick Bay.
We had an Oceanis 45. The vessel was is great condition. The only issue we had was a bit of an electrical fault so that the anchor winch was a bit temperamental and we had some problems with navigation lights. Any calls back to base were however answered promptly and they were quick to assist in resolving any issues.
We chartered our yacht at the beginning of May 2017 which was in shoulder season. The weather (apart from one day) was fantastic and the water temperature just right. I'd be a bit reluctant to try and charter in peak season as there are limited moorings at quite a few of the destinations and I think in peak season it would be a race each day to pick up a mooring. For those who want to spend the afternoon at the beach at Soggy Dollar Bar, I'd suggest you pick up a mooring in Foxys Bay first and then dingy around the point to Soggy Dollar - the moorings in that bay filled up particularly quickly.
Snorkeling in the BVIs is a real treat and the equipment that came with the vessel was fantastic. Some of our favourite snorkeling spots were The Indians and Monkey Bay.
Unfortunately, just due to the distance between BVI and Australia we probably wont charter a yacht there again, but it was certainly something that needed to be ticked off the bucket list. We would be more than happy to use this company at other destinations.
One last tip for those travelling from Australia - we couldn't find anywhere in the BVIs that exchanged Australian Dollars for US Dollars. There were however ATMs to get us out of the trouble.
Thanks again to the staff of the company (and their partners).
Tortola is the major island of the British Virgin Islands archipelago. Historically named Santa Ana by Christopher Colombus who was its discoverer, Tortola has become the most densely populated of the British Virgin Islands. The popularity of Tortola has not affected its beauty - you can still admire tropical forests of the Sage Mountain Reserve as well as white, unspoiled beaches and abundant marine wildlife. Tortola is a dream destination if apart from sailing you are passionate about snorkelling and diving. Crystal clear turquoise waters of the Shark Bay hide stunning corals and seabeds.
To make the most of your cruise in the Antilles, discover a wonderful cruising route in the Virgin Isles, setting off from Tortola. We are sure you will love this sailing route around these islands which offer numerous mooring possibilities as well as many activities to enjoy. From spectacular sunsets, white sandy beaches, water sports and magical evenings, you will experience an unforgettable cruise!
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Oceanis 45 - Beneteau (2013)