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Old 12-03-2013, 18:44   #1
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6 day itinerary in BVI with kids mooring to mooring

i am looking for a mooring to mooring 6-day itinerary in the BVI that maximizes privacy - i.e. not loud party scene - and beautiful beaches and snorkeling. Anyone have a recommended itinerary for mid April?
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Old 16-03-2013, 04:11   #2
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Re: 6 day itinerary in BVI with kids mooring to mooring

The best route for avoiding going to weather is counterclockwise.
Day 1 - short sail to Norman Island, stopping at the Indians for a snorkel, time permitting. Mooring in The Bight (far away from shore and very far from the Willie T floating bar) or taking a mooring around the bend.
Day 2 - sail up the channel to Cooper Island. Stop to snorkel over the wreck of the Rhone if time permits or visit Salt Island then take a close-in mooring if possible at Cooper to avoid late-night swell. Snorkeling around Cooper is some of the best in the BVI.
Day 3 - sail to the Baths and take a NPT ball and explore the shore. Only advisable when (a) no cruise ship is anchored in front of Spanish Town and (b) the red flags ashore are not up. There is a dinghy mooring off the beach, but at least one person will have to swim ashore/to the dinghy. After the Baths you can take a mooring at Spanish Town, but I recommend continuing on to the North Sound. First night take a mooring at Leverick and take the kids ashore to see the Michael Beans Happy 'Arrr show - it is a treat.
Day 4 - sail the 1/2 mile across the North Sound from Leverick to the moorings in front of the Sand Box on Prickly Pear. The beach is nice and only busy if one of the mini-cruise ships is about. One can also dinghy to the north side of Prickly Pear past Saba Rock for a secluded beach.
Day 5 - Long sail day to either Cane Garden Bay (take an outside mooring) or Diamond Cay on Jost van Dyke. The former is a wonderful beach when no cruise shippers are around, the latter is secluded and protected and only Foxy's Taboo is ashore.
Day 6 - medium sail day to return boat to base.

This is just a rough suggestion for an itinerary that doesn't put too much stress on sailing, otherwise one would have to build in at least a day in Anegada which has miles and miles of wonderful and empty beaches. All of the locations mentioned have sufficient mooring balls overnight but the day locations such as Indians or The Baths often fill up pretty quickly.
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