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BVI Catamaran Charter

The British Virgin Islands has long been known as one of the best catamaran destinations in the world. Why? Because the water is perfectly clear, the sailing conditions are ideal, with protected waters and steady trade winds, and the island vibe is amazing!

The water in the BVI is also very shallow, limiting access for deeper-drafted vessels. – The shallow draft of catamarans is a huge advantage in the BVI!

Catamarans have evolved significantly and are now bigger and more luxurious than ever, making them a popular option even in high-end charters.

With their larger size, superior stability, and luxurious amenities, guests can enjoy more comfort while on their BVI yacht charters. AND they are still the most affordable option!

A fully crewed catamaran is a great alternative to motor yachts, especially above the 60ft+ range.

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✔️ Direct Flights from Major US Cities

✔️ Luxury Yachts Available from the USVI

✔️ No Taxes!

BVI Motor Yacht Charter

Even though the British Virgin Islands has traditionally been known as a catamaran destination, we have seen a growing demand for larger luxury motor yachts among high-end charter guests. 

There are now over 200 large (100+ feet meters) motor yachts operating in the BVI in the high season.

Motor yachts offer more privacy and prestige, more water toys, and comfort as they can accommodate a larger number of guests and crew. (Note that jet skis are not allowed in the BVI).

The lack of deep-water harbors significantly limits docking for deep-drafted vessels. This is why most larger motor yachts come across from Yacht Haven Grand in the USVI.

When chartering a yacht from the USVI, it is important to work with a broker who knows what yachts have permits to travel between the USVI and the BVI.

🗓 Best Time to Go: November to April   ✈️ Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport

Types of Yachts in the BVI

What yacht type is best for a British Virgin Islands crewed yacht charter vacation? We recommend either chartering a catamaran or a motor yacht. Why? The water in the British Virgin Islands is very shallow, which greatly limits accessibility for deep-drafted yachts.

“We have seen a growing demand for luxury motor yachts among high-end charter guests.”

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Our Recommendations:

Our Charter Brokers bring extensive firsthand experience, having served as crew members, captains, or chefs on yachts in the past. This knowledge equips them with the insight needed to assist you in making the perfect decision for your British Virgin Island yacht charter.

These are the yachts they recommend for a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter in 2024/2025:

For a BVI Catamaran Charter, these are Our Top 10 Favorite:

Our senior charter broker, Yanna Pristas, has selected these 10 catamarans as a proposition of the first choice when choosing a crewed catamaran for a BVI catamaran charter in the BVI. Note that many of these are booked way ahead; inquiring early is essential.

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DEEP BLUE

From $30,700/week
4 cabins
58 ft
Leopard
8 guests
Refit: 2024

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38 reviews

HEAVENLY

From $35,750/week
4 cabins
62 ft
Lagoon
8 guests
Built: 2016

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IPHARRA

From $68,000/week
5 cabins
102 ft
Sunreef Yachts
10 guests
Refit: 2017
50 Litres/Hr

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BUNDALONG

From $80,000/week
4 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Refit: 2023

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10 reviews
Jacuzzi

RELENTLESS II 80

From $94,000/week
4 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2022

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

SOL

From $92,500/week
4 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2023

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ONE PLANET

From $82,000/week
4 cabins
77 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2023

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9 reviews

MAVERICK

From $44,500/week
4 cabins
70 ft
Sunreef Yachts
9 guests
Refit: 2019
35 Litres/Hr

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TRU NORTH

From $49,500/week
4 cabins
67 ft
Fountaine Pajot
8 guests
Built: 2021

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18 reviews
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XANDROS

From $59,000/week
4 cabins
65 ft
Lagoon
8 guests
Built: 2021

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For a BVI Motor Yacht Charter, these are Our Top 10 Favorite:

The motor yachts in this selection are picked by our Senior Broker, Daniel Asmus, who thinks these are the hottest options for a BVI motor yacht charter in 2024-2025. Note that many motor yachts offered here are not in the yacht database and might not be based in the British Virgin Islands for the entire charter season. (The larger motor yachts may also be based in the USVI.)

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COOL BREEZE 65

From $23,200/week
3 cabins
65 ft
Johnson
6 guests
Refit: 2018

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Jetski

CATALANA

From $38,000/week
4 cabins
90 ft
Sunseeker
8 guests
Refit: 2018
110 US Gall/Hr

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SOVEREIGN

From $40,000/week
4 cabins
100 ft
Burger
7 guests
Refit: 2020
28 US Gall/Hr

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8 reviews
Jetskis: 2
Jacuzzi

DENISE ROSE

From $52,000/week
4 cabins
112 ft
Broward
10 guests
Refit: 2021
60 US Gall/Hr

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Jacuzzi

THE PEDDLER

From $65,000/week
4 cabins
86 ft
Custom
8 guests
Built: 2019
200 Litres/Hr

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5 reviews

AQUA LIFE

From $75,000/week
5 cabins
90 ft
Horizon
10 guests
Built: 2020
40 US Gall/Hr

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3 reviews
Jacuzzi

TAIL LIGHTS

From $80,000/week
5 cabins
116 ft
Azimut
12 guests
Refit: 2021
80 US Gall/Hr

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Jacuzzi

CHILLAXIN

From $85,000/week
4 cabins
90 ft
Ocean Alexander
8 guests
Built: 2021
75 US Gall/Hr

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Jacuzzi

VIVACE

From $115,000/week
5 cabins
102 ft
Alpha Marine
10 guests
Built: 2021
40 US Gall/Hr

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Jetskis: 2
Jacuzzi

SERENITY

From $145,000/week
6 cabins
133 ft
IAG
12 guests
Refit: 2022

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Chartering a Yacht from the US Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands

Motor Yachts in Yacht Haven Grande. Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas - US Virgin Islands. Most luxury motor yachts for charter in the British Virgin islands depart from the nearby USVI as the marinas in the BVI have limited draft, capacity and provisioning options. Depending on your dates, there might be yachts available from Virgin Gorda, possibly Nanny Cay.

If this is your first time visiting the Virgin Islands, we recommend chartering in only one of the island groups.

There is simply that much to discover, and adding both the BVI and the USVI to one itinerary can become quite overwhelming.

Think of it like this: Do you want to spend your time exploring the islands or sailing between them?

Furthermore, sticking to one island group will significantly simplify your yacht selection, as you do not have to worry about the hassles of crossing country borders in your yacht.

Charter yachts need special permits to cruise between both island groups, and not every yacht has the right paperwork.

And now, let’s flip the coin: If you’re feeling adventurous and have chartered in the Virgin Islands before, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

We can provide you with detailed information about the yachts that have the necessary paperwork to sail between the British Virgin Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.

It is important to consider that, depending on the weather, it can take up to 4 hours to sail between St. Thomas and Tortola.

In addition, the yacht, crew, and guests have to undergo immigration procedures upon arrival, which can also take some time.

“Be sure to pick a broker who knows what paperwork is needed to go to the British Virgin Islands and can check that the paperwork is actually done. This is the biggest issue we are seeing.” Mo Pristas, Charter Guru with DMA Yachting.

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We’re committed to staying on top of the latest trends in BVI yacht charters, from the launching of exciting new yachts to the best destinations and activities. Our blog serves as a resource to keep you informed and inspire new ideas for your adventures at sea.

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How Much Does a BVI Yacht Charter Cost?

In the past few years, we’ve observed a rise in prices. Finding a decent yacht under 20k in the British Virgin Islands is now a challenge, with most luxury charter deals starting at 30k.

Our yacht selection is huge and ranges in price from $15,000 to over $700,000 per week. Knowing your budget is a good way to narrow down your search for a private yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands.

To give you an idea of what you get for your money, you can take a look at our popular A3 Catamaran Charter, chartering for €29,000 per week, the high-end Ohana Catamaran Charter chartering for €80,000, and set at the same price; the much-loved Tail Light Motor Yacht Charter.

Price Category by Yacht Type:

  • Smaller sailboats: you can find low-cost crewed charters between 10k-20k
  • Smaller Catamarans: You are still able to charter a small catamaran for 12,5k. You can especially find many good deals during the off-season.
  • Larger Luxury Catamarans: Priced between 70k and 100k, these prime catamarans are equal to motor yachts in terms of space and luxury.
  • Motor yachts: You can find a small motor yacht with 3-4 cabins for 20k-50k
  • High-end motor yachts: these are the epitome of luxury and often include amenities not found on other yachts, such as spa rooms, gyms, larger jacuzzis, and the whole collection of water toys, the price range is hard to pinpoint here, but starts somewhere around 60k and rises to over 700k.

Search by price in our extensive British Virgin Island yacht catalog or chat with one of our charter brokers for advice on setting your budget and expectations.

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APA vs. All-Inclusive Yacht Charters

When planning a private yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands, there are two main options to consider: APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) yacht charters and All-Inclusive yacht charters.

When choosing between an APA yacht charter and an all-inclusive yacht charter, clients should consider their desired level of customization, budget flexibility, and overall vacation experience.

➧ APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) Yacht Charters

An APA yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands is popular for clients seeking a customized, high-end experience. In this charter arrangement, the client pays a base fee for the yacht rental and crew.

On top of this base fee, an advance provisioning allowance (APA) is added, typically around 20-30% of the yacht’s base rental cost.

This APA is intended to cover expenses such as food, beverages, fuel, marina fees, and any other costs that might arise during the charter.

All-Inclusive Yacht Charters

In contrast, an all-inclusive yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands offers a hassle-free experience with a set price that covers all expenses related to the yacht, crew, food, beverages, and activities.

Clients can relax and enjoy their vacation without worrying about additional costs or budgeting for unexpected expenses.

Nevertheless, the issues are the same as in a luxury All-inclusive resort – you can’t have a hot tub full of Moet…

“A typical charter in the British Virgin Islands is a large luxury crewed, all-inclusive catamaran. The catamaran offers all-inclusive charter services, with local spirits and food included. Please note that there are limitations on the selection – for example, if you’re looking for high-end tequila or premium cuts of meat every day, this may pose a challenge.” Charter Guru Mo Pristas

BVI has a 0% TAX on Yacht Charters

In the British Virgin Islands, there is no Value Added Tax (VAT)/ Sales Tax on yacht charters. This makes yacht charters significantly more affordable compared to charter destinations where VAT is applicable.

It is important to note that VAT is the norm in countries where chartering is popular, with some destinations, such as Greece, seeing VAT of up to 25%. Our charter brokers offer a hassle-free process.

How do I get to my BVI Yacht Charter?

There are two international airports in the Virgin Islands:

  • British Virgin Islands: Lettsome International Airport – on Beef Island
  • United States Virgin Islands: Cyril E. King Airport – in St. Thomas

Regardless of whether you are going to charter in the BVI or ISVI, you will find better flight connections to St. Thomas.

The airport in the BVI is small, and there are fewer flights on smaller planes. On the other hand, the airport in St. Thomas has regular connections from many major US Cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Atlanta, and more.

My Charter Starts in the BVI, but I am Flying into the USVI?

Luxury Yachts docked at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
Luxury Yachts docked at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI

Most people arrive on the 16.15 flight in St. Thomas, and the last ferry to the BVI has already left, so you need to spend the night.

The next day, you can either take the public ferry, which makes multiple trips daily between St. Thomas and Tortola, or we can arrange a private taxi transfer directly to your yacht.

Once you have arrived at your yacht you will meet your crew and get settled in. Your charter begins at 12 p.m./noon.

When is the Best Time for a Yacht Charter in the British Virgin Islands?

The main charter season in the British Virgin Islands spans from December to March, with a peak around Christmas/New Year.

Make sure to book your BVI yacht charter well in advance. Ideally, you would inquire about your coming charter 12 months in advance.

WHY? The best charter yachts are often fully booked long in advance, and it’s not unusual to see popular dates booked 2 summers ahead for a BVI yacht charter. Inquiring less than 6 months ahead often means that your first choice is unavailable for charter.

Best Destinations for a Yacht Vacation in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a prime sailing destination, typically starting from Tortola, the largest island, where many charters are based.

From there, you can explore east to Virgin Gorda, famous for The Baths National Park, a natural wonder of seaside boulders and pools.

North Sound, close by, offers luxurious resorts and watersports.

The Sir Francis Drake Channel acts as a marine highway with calm waters, leading to lively spots like Norman Island and Jost Van Dyke, home to the famous beach bars of White Bay.

To the south of the channel, smaller islands like Cooper Island, Salt Island, and Peter Island are charming, quieter destinations with excellent snorkeling and cozy beach bars.

Our clients also like to visit The Indians near Norman Island, offering vibrant coral reefs for amazing snorkeling adventures.

OUR FAVORITE SPOTS

The most common 8-day charter itinerary in the British Virgin Islands looks like this:

  1. Nanny Cay
  2. Sunset Loop (Peter Island)
  3. Virgin Gorda
  4. Anegada Island
  5. Cane Garden Bay
  6. White Bay on Jost Van Dyke
  7. West End and Back

With our customizable BVI sailing itinerary, you can tailor your journey to include any destination you desire, ensuring a truly personalized experience in the British Virgin Islands.

Spring Bay at Virgin Gorda Island

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is the third largest island in the British Virgin Islands, with just over 4,000 people.

It’s known for its beautiful white sands, the rock pools known as The Baths National Park, and world-class luxury resorts and clubs for BVI yacht charters.

There are also some great hiking trails on Virgin Gorda with sweeping views of the island’s coastline-making it an ideal destination for visitors with bareboat catamarans.

After soaking up the sunshine and saltwater activities in Virgin Gorda, consider visiting the Copper Mine National Park. These 19th-century abandoned ruins are found between Copper Mine Bay and Crooks Bay on the island’s southeastern point. The structures were built by Cornish miners and housed around 130 families before the mine was closed in 1862.

Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke, one of the smallest leeward islands, is renowned for its exceptional scuba diving, thanks to its vibrant marine life, making it a top destination for snorkeling and water sports enthusiasts.

But what really makes Jost Van Dyke stand out as a charter destination is its super great vibe and positive energy around White Bay and Great Harbour.

Don’t miss a visit to the Great Harbour Bars of Foxy’s and Ivan’s for a drink, the peaceful energy of Diamond Cay, and the crashing waves of Bubbly Pool.

Swim from your boat to the famous Soggy Dollar bar for a painkiller. Hang out in the hammock in Hendo’s Hideout, get a roti or seafood, and relax on the beach. Weekends are more party-like, with day trips from USVI filling the beach bars.

Tortola Island

Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands. It’s home to some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean- especially in Cane Garden Bay. Tortola Island also has many historical sites and points of interest.

Don’t miss a visit to Smuggler’s Cove, a perfect shallow reef ideal for scuba beginners and untouched by civilization.

To get a taste of authentic Caribbean living from your BVI charter vacation, venture into Torrola’s Road Town.

The freedom of your own private yacht lets you explore the colorful streets and enjoy laid-back evenings tasting rum-infused cocktails from the beach bars.

A visit to the Callwood Rum Distillery is a must, as is a stroll around the Craft’s Alive Village for souvenir shopping.

Norman Island

Norman Island is another privately owned island, this 600-acre paradise on earth provides sandy coves and an extensive network of caves waiting to be explored. This island is a premium snorkeling destination for all water enthusiasts and BVI yacht charters.

The history of Norman Island is tied to pirates and legends tell that Norman Island was a place where they hid their treasures. Some say that Treasure Island, the famed novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, is based on the history of Norman Island.

The island has several bays and dive sites worth getting acquainted with, including Benures Bay and The Bight. You can also partake in an evening of drinking at the legendary floating bar of Willy T.

Snow white beach on Anegada Island, with a palm leaf umbrella overlooking the bright turquoise water and clear blue sky.

Anegada Island

This tiny island is arguably one of the most pristine places in the world, and it makes sense why it has become synonymous with white sand beaches.

Loblolly Beach, Bay Beach, and Cow Wreck Beach are not to be missed in BVI yacht charters.

Anegada Sea is also home to the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean. You’ll find turtles, nurse sharks, stingrays, and even manta rays!

The island has a modest road network and little traffic, and it is best discovered on a boat. However, those who choose to explore on land will find easy hiking trails that offer a unique view of the topography.

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Jordan C.

Apr 23, 2024

Great communication

Communication was the key to our successful trip. Chris at DMA Yachting kept us informed about what to expect, upcoming payments, etc. He was on top of the one hiccup we had and really turned a negative into a positive. Would definitely us them again.

EI

Ecstatic in NJ

Mar 15, 2024

We had an amazing vacation to the BVI

We had an amazing vacation to the BVI. Chris from DMA walked me through the process step by step the entire way. He listened to what I was looking for, answered all my questions, anticipated follow-up questions, and was proactive throughout. I will certainly be using Chris and DMA again.

LF

Lisa Fisher

Jan 9, 2024

William was excellent at assisting at the last minute to locate the charter. He was super responsive and professional. The Oceana was the perfect fit for our family, not only the right size. Captain Umbi is an amazingly kind and warm person. He took us to amazing locations and hikes and did everything to make sure we were well taken care of. Lindsey was awesome. She worked tirelessly cooking so many delicious dishes and accommodated everyone’s dietary restrictions, from vegans, to gluten free. Everything was perfect. The only way to really experience the BVI.

CU

Customer

Apr 1, 2024

Above and Beyond!!!

Above and Beyond!!!! From finding the right boat and crew to ensuring we had everything we needed to make the trip a success. Martina was extremely responsive and was able to take our trip goals and ensure a good fit. The Sun Daze charter in BVIs was truly first class and Kiki and Pieter were amazing. Thanks to everyone!!!

What do Our Clients Say?

Our clients speak of unparalleled service, exquisite yachts, and a seamless booking process, highlighting the excellence of their charter experiences in the British Virgin Islands.

Our Team

Booking a crewed yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands with us is easy—just contact one of our Expert Charter Brokers and tell us what you want!

Marcelle Hailwax
Marcelle Hailwax

Charter Broker

Mo Pristas
Mo Pristas

CharterGuru

William Mc Nally
William Mc Nally

Charter Broker

Daniel Asmus
Daniel Asmus

Owner, Charter Broker, Active CYBA Member, IYBA, ECPY

Chris de Kock
Chris de Kock

Charter Broker

Alex Hailwax
Alex Hailwax

Charter Broker

Martina Asmus
Martina Asmus

Owner, Charter Broker, Active CYBA Member, IYBA, ECPY

Louis Lamprell
Louis Lamprell

Charter Broker

Yanna Pristas
Yanna Pristas

Senior Charter Broker, Associate CYBA Member

Andrea Pristas
Andrea Pristas

Charter Broker

Sarah Klische
Sarah Klische

Charter Broker

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