British Virgin Islands
Some sixty islands and islets make up this paradise for quiet sailing in the British Virgin Islands. With a calm sea, constant tradewinds, many anchorages a short distance from each other, the BVI are a dream destination for the least experienced sailors, or families travelling with young children…
Formalities : valid passport, no visa necessary for European Union and North American nationals -
Weather : like the rest of the Caribbean zone, the BVI enjoys fine weather year round. The temperature of the air ranges from 28-33°C (82-91°F), and the water from 25-30°C (77-86°F)
Sailing conditions : no problem with sailing by day in the BVI. The distances between two anchorages rarely exceed two hours of sailing, which makes the British Virgin Islands very safe. It is not advisable to sail at night, however, since lighting is virtually non-existent.
Caution : deep-sea fishing is forbidden throughout the BVI. Enforcement is strict and the fines are dissuasive!
Protection of the seafloor : there are many protected Natural Reserves and National Parks… There, it is forbidden to anchor, and mooring on a buoy (for a fee) is becoming widespread. That is the price to pay to enjoy the underwater treasures of the BVI. Regular winds, protected waters, weak currents within the Virgin Islands (but they can be violent between two groups of islands) and the very low tidal range (less than 30 cm/1 ft) are reassuring for the least bold.
Marking : Zone «B» (when entering a harbor, green buoys to port)
Currency : US dollar