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Catamarans

The catamaran Liquid Zen at the Indians, off Norman Island, BVI. It is tied up on a mooring ball, ideal for older guests to jump in and snorkel around the Indians (Called Indians as the rocks look like a mohawk). It is shallow on the one side and deeper on the other, and has a small swim-through for advanced free divers. Night dives are excellent there, residence turtles, sharks, and other fish are active at night.

Most charters start from Tortola, the largest and most populated island in the British Virgin Islands, but with distances between anchorages being under 20 NM, you can be in Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island, or Virgin Gorda Island before the end of the day.

Note that many catamarans are presented as British Virgin Islands/US Virgin Islands, but many don’t have a BVI license “yet”. After signing, you might be surprised that the boat can only do USVI. We have on-the-ground experts who can advise and verify the paperwork of the yachts are available to cruise in the BVI waters.

If you’re looking for a sailing vacation but are concerned about the comfort of the group, a catamaran yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands is the golden bullet.

Catamaran charter in British virgin islands 

Catamarans were originally charter concepts and owner-operator of the British Virgin Islands. Even though there were smaller sailing catamarans in the past, they went from 40 feet in 2000 to 50 feet in the 2010s and are getting 70 feet + in the 2020s. Therefore it is a larger (with abundant living space and water sports), safer (from trade winds) option if you come with a bigger group for your luxury charter vacation in the BVI. Furthermore, a crewed yacht charter will ensure luxury and comfort on your cruise over the 50 islands around the stunning Caribbean waters – we do not recommend a bareboat charter for a large group.

A crewed catamaran is the best way to navigate the wealth of islands and anchorages around the British Virgin Islands. Take advantage of the shallow draft in your vessel to go where motor yachts can’t, like the world-famous Soggy Dollar bar or the small group of islands known as the Indians (white sand beaches). With a captain at the helm, you’ll explore the best-hidden spots, enjoy secluded coves and discover diving areas such as The Wreck of the Rhone (stunning coral reefs)- one of the most interesting diving spots in the BVI during your sailing vacation.

A scuba diver swims over the bow of the ship wreck HMS Rhone. The RMS Rhone is a sunken UK Royal Mail ship that wrecked in a hurricane in 1867 killing 123 people. It is now a hotspot for divers who come to explore the well-preserved wreckage, teeming with marine life.
Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke
Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke

Top Tips for Luxury BVI Catamaran Charter

  • If you plan your next BVI yacht charter with a catamaran, there are direct flights to Beef Island airport or Ferry from St Thomas.
  • Most travelers prefer to fly to St Thomas and take a water taxi (we assist and help arrange). Why – there is a multitude of reasons starting with the price of flights – which are generally cheaper to USVI including a water taxi and ending with BVI airport having 2.5/5 reviews with most reviewers complaining about lack of AC and immigration procedures (sometimes too relaxed, other times unpleasantly meticulous). Island Time is a feature, not a bug.
  • and start your charter at Nanny Cay Marina– the central point of any BVI charter. A well-equipped marina with a nice restaurant and famous beach bar Peg Legs (have a Dark&Stormy) in the British Virgin Islands.
  • A new development of more power catamarans – mainly from Nanny Cay (marina)– offers many new catamarans in the 60+ and 70+ range, like JUSTIFIED HORIZONS and AEOLUS for your Luxury charters in the British Virgin Islands.
  • The legendary Cuan Law Catamaran – a sailing trimaran for larger groups and diving, still in the fleet and ready to sail.
  • Some luxury catamaran charter includes a jacuzzi on the bow, but the law forbids jet-skis in the British Virgin Islands.
  • Make sure you are not sailing BVI yacht charters during hurricane season which usually hits in September.
Activities on a yacht charter can include a bonfire, a treasure hunt, hiking or - if you are an experienced fan of the BVI - a Historical Tour - even White Bay JVD is a historically rich area, like the fish pond on the eastern end!
BELLA VITA Catamaran charter in the BVI
Lobster Meal on the Beach, Anegada Island in BVI
Jost Van Dyke- Great Harbour, BVI

Catamaran Charter Areas in BVI for Crewed Charters

Most BVI catamaran charters depart from Nanny Cay, hitting, Treasure Island, Norman, Peter, and Cooper on their way to Virgin Gorda. Depending on the weather, Anegada is often included. This catamaran charter route will cover the key attractions of the British virgin islands on board.

While returning, return via the Nort side of Tortola, hitting Cane Garden Bay and continuing to Jost Van Dyke – coming back through Sopers Hole. If you finish your catamaran charter on Tortola, you can depart at the Hodges creek marina and catch your flight from Beef island airport.

If you are approaching from USVI – crossing Jost Van Dyke or Tortola, you must pass customs first. However, the bigger crewed catamarans often move to Exumas for the summer.

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VALENTINE

From $45,700/week
4 cabins
60 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2021

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VOYAGE 650 Power Cat

From $45,660/week
6 cabins
65 ft
VOYAGE
12 guests
Refit: 2019

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4 reviews
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SEGUNDO VIENTO

From $45,000/week
3 cabins
64 ft
Privilege
6 guests
Built: 2021

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7 reviews

GYRFALCON

From $45,000/week
5 cabins
60 ft
Sunreef Yachts
10 guests
Built: 2019
30 Litres/Hr

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MUCHO GUSTO

From $45,000/week
3 cabins
65 ft
Horizon
6 guests
Built: 2019
75 US Gall/Hr

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SEVEN

From $45,000/week
5 cabins
59 ft
VOYAGE
10 guests
Built: 2023

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24 reviews
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MAHASATTVA

From $44,700/week
4 cabins
62 ft
Lagoon
8 guests
Built: 2018

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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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24 reviews
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Luxury TW60 4 Cabin

From $44,500/week
4 cabins
60 ft
Fountaine Pajot
8 guests
Built: 2016

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VOYAGE 590

From $44,172/week
6 cabins
59 ft
VOYAGE yacht
12 guests
Built: 2020

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NENNE

From $44,000/week
5 cabins
67 ft
Fountaine Pajot
10 guests
Refit: The latest, 2020 ele

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OMAKASE

From $43,900/week
3 cabins
68 ft
Horizon
6 guests
Built: 2023
48 US Gall/Hr

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