Your adventure begins when you arrive in Road Town, Tortola and board GRAND CRU, your luxurious adventure home for the next week. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as Captain Pete, and Bobbi, your chef and hostess, show you your lodgings and brief you on the yacht and the exciting week to come. After enjoying lunch in the breeze of the open-air cockpit, change into your swimsuits and get ready for a gorgeous sail across the open water of Sir Francis Drake Channel. Along the way to Norman Island, inspiration for the tales of Treasure Island, stop and snorkel the famous Caves, where reefs and rock formations are home to schools of tropical marine life. Later in the afternoon, after Pete has moved the yacht into his favorite spot in the Bight, you may choose to relax while “noodling” off the back of the boat, with one of Pete’s specialty Caribbean cocktails in hand. Or if you prefer, Pete will dinghy you to Pirate’s Bight, home of the best frozen Bushwacker in the islands. As the sun sets on your first day aboard Grand Cru, enjoy Happy Hour complete with Bobbi’s signature hors d’oeuvres, and get ready for a wonderful dinner under the stars. Finally, for those up for a lively evening, venture to the famous floating bar, the Willy T., where the BVI spirit abounds!
Awaken to the smell of brewing coffee, and after a leisurely breakfast get ready to set sail for Virgin Gorda. As you approach the island you will notice The Baths, a huge rock formation on the southwestern end of the island. Take in the spectacular view from the water…and don’t worry, you’ll be back to explore! Continue your sail up the beautiful coast of Virgin Gorda and stop for lunch at one of a number of quiet bays along the coast. Continue on to Leverick Bay, a turquoise-roofed little village harbour. For Happy Hour, grab a table at Jumbies and take in “Michael Bean’s Happy Arrrr Show”…you “arrrr” going to enjoy this lively pirate, his foot-stompin’ music and corny pirate jokes! After a quiet dinner anchored in the North Sound, you may wish to explore the Bitter End Yacht Club, enjoy a nightcap at Saba Rock, or simply relax on the boat in the beauty of an evening on the water.
After breakfast get ready for an island taxi ride across the Virgin Gorda hills back to The Baths, where you can explore the boulders, pools, and tunnels of this unique and magnificent natural wonder. After your trek, climb the path back to the top and stop in at the Mad Dog for an ice cold Carib and a shrimp salad sandwich on the porch. After your ride back to the boat, get ready for a real treat…a gorgeous two-hour sail to the unique reef island of Anagada. Watch for sea turtles and playful porpoises along the way, and although it may seem early to think about dinner, have Bobbi or Pete call ahead to their favorite beachfront restaurant to let them know how many fresh Anagada lobsters to trap for your evening lobster cookout. It doesn’t get fresher than that! After anchoring in the crystal blue waters of Pomato Point, those who are ready for more exercise can make the 3.5-mile beach walk to the Cow Wreck Bar. A cold Carib never tasted so good, and as you relax and watch the antics of the kite surfers in the beautiful turquoise bay, you feel as if you are in your very own commercial. An island taxi will deliver you right back to your boat, now anchored at Setting Point, where you can enjoy an afternoon noodle and the gorgeous Anagada sunset. Then, get ready for that fantastic grilled lobster dinner, on the beach and under the stars.
Today’s sail is a bit longer, all the way to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, at the eastern tip of Tortola. If the sailing is smooth, enjoy one of Pete’s fabulous Bloody Marys while sunning on the tramp. If there is time on the way there or after lunch, you can take in a bit of snorkeling near Marina Cay, where spectacular colorful fans, sponges and vegetation abound. Popular Trellis Bay is home to Aragorn’s Studio, famous for the artist’s pottery “fireballs” and copper wall sculptures, as well as a Hiho shop, which features its own brand of upscale island wear. After some shopping and a leisurely afternoon, enjoy another great Pete and Bobbi Happy Hour and fabulous gourmet dinner. After dinner, dinghy over to De Loose Mongoose or the Last Resort for live music, drinks and dancing. Caution: You might find yourself partying into the wee hours!
Today’s sail takes you to a true BVI treasure, Jost Van Dyke, an island of gorgeous beaches, beautiful bays, and some famously fun beach bars! Stop first at Monkey Point and snorkel one of the best spots in the islands. Watch for beautiful reef formations, a squid…or hundreds, swim through thousands of tiny silver fish, and spot lazy tarpon bigger than a surfboard! After lunch head to Sandy Spit, a tiny picturesque deserted island, for a swim, a snorkel, or just sunning on the white sand. Then on to Jost Van Dyke, and once anchored in Diamond Cay, your overnight destination, enjoy a late swim and a relaxing Happy Hour as you watch the waves breaking over the reef in the distance. End another perfect day with a fabulous dinner, an evening cordial, and a boat game or two…”Pass the Pigs,” perhaps?
After breakfast, get ready for a short hike through Mangroves, rocks, and hills of tropical cacti to the Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke’s own natural Jacuzzi. Depending on the weather and winds in the Atlantic, you might be in for a rushing, swirling, tidal pool of crashing waves…or not. It’s part of the adventure! And don’t forget the bag Pete has packed for you, with your own bottle of bubbly for Mimosas by the Pool. Back at the boat, motor around to beautiful White Bay, home of the Soggy Dollar Bar and the original Painkiller. Grab your dollars for the short swim to shore. No dinghy dock here, so the bar is aptly named… buy your beach drinks with soggy bills…or perhaps a drippy credit card! Line up your adirondack chairs right on the beach, pass around the Painkillers, and sit back for some great people-watching on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And do play at least one round of Soggy Dollar’s famous “Ring Game”…which you can play with one hand, while holding your Painkiller in the other! Swim back to the boat for a late lunch, then a short motor around to Great Harbour for the evening. Relax for the afternoon or pull out a few water toys, then head to world-famous Foxy’s either before or after dinner. So…who do YOU think makes the best Bushwacker?
After your leisurely breakfast, relax on the tramp as Pete sets sail toward Peter Island. Stop by Soper’s Hole, a quaint village of pastel shops and houses on the West End of Tortola. If you need some last minute souvenirs or island wear, do a bit of shopping and enjoy lunch before heading on toward Peter Island and its glorious beaches. Swimming, snorkeling, and hiking await you at this picturesque island, home to the luxurious Peter Island Resort. You might even walk the beach looking for pieces of Dutch Delft dinnerware, remnants of the famous shipwreck of the HMS Rhone. Anchor overnight in beautiful Deadman’s Bay, or choose instead Cooper Island, where the snorkeling is great. Enjoy another Happy Hour, a spectacular sunset, and special gourmet dinner on your final evening.
After enjoying coffee and breakfast, you might have time for one last snorkel and stroll on the beach. Enjoy your final sail across to Road Town, where you and your Crew will raise a toast in celebration of your wonderful week aboard GRAND CRU.
NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change at the discretion of the Captain due to weather conditions and/or wishes of the charterer.