Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours

#7 in Best Things To Do in British Virgin Islands
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The British Virgin Islands are every water sports enthusiast's dream. Surrounded by miles of brilliant blue, crystal clear Caribbean Sea, the islands are truly best explored on the water. Many travelers choose to island hop on a catamaran, sailboat or yacht – whether for a daytrip or a weeklong adventure – while others may simply be interested in kayaking and paddleboarding through the calm water in shallower depths off the coast of their resort or nearest beach. No matter what appeals to you, you should plan to spend at least some time in the BVI out on the water. 

Crewed charter yachts take the stress out of vacation planning, as all you have to do is show up and enjoy a trip with a captain, crew and chef on board. The downside is, this type of sailing can be more expensive than spending a few nights in a hotel. However, if you're traveling with a large group of people you can typically find a cost-effective yacht that is comparable price-wise to a stay at an upscale resort. Check out traveler-approved companies like BVI Yacht Charters and The Moorings for more info on pricing, boat options and schedules. 

Travelers who may be based on one of the British Virgin Islands or elsewhere in the Caribbean also have the opportunity to sign up for day sails or specialty boat tours that offer snorkeling or party-centric itineraries. Daysailing companies that receive rave reviews include Elixir Charters and Aristocat Charters. The British Virgin Islands tourism board also offers more information on the marinas, yacht clubs, anchorages and types of boast and tours travelers can book on its website

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#1 The Baths (Virgin Gorda)

Wading through the colorful coves and granite boulders of The Baths in Virgin Gorda is undeniably the most notable experience you can have in the British Virgin Islands. Travelers and experts alike agree: It's the must-see attraction of the BVI archipelago. Massive smooth ash gray boulders of varying sizes rise from the sea's crystalline waters, making a maze of sorts for travelers to wade or swim through. Climbing through the crevices and grottoes of The Baths isn't terribly intensive, but the granite boulders can be slippery so swim shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Once you reach Devil's Bay, the stunning beach clearing at the end of the rocks, you'll find shallow clear waters perfect for a little light snorkeling or restful sunbathing. 

Visitors are consistent in their praise of The Baths, calling the natural wonder "beautiful" and the beach "pristine."  Although photo opportunities are rife at The Baths, some travelers recommend saving space on your camera for a few shots of The Baths' Cathedral Room – a natural pool within a small cave. 

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