Hand Crafted Sailing Experiences..

BVI's - No Sailing Experience Necessary!!!

If you are celebrating a special occasion, or just need to get away from it all, we will put together the perfect itinerary for you.

I have been sailing the BVI's for over 30 years. I know of anchorages that folks never go to. Since Kia Ora is based in Key West, I can arrange for a bareboat charter and will be your personal Captain and Concierge for the duration.  I will work with you to identify where you wish to go, and together we will craft a personal experience for you. My services include:

  • Finding and arranging a bareboat sailboat. I will work with charter companies to find a vessel that meets your needs.
  • Pre trip planing including routing and meal/menu planning. Weather windows and what to expect at different times of the year.
  • Suggestions on airfares and trip routing, trip insurance.
  • Arrange any park permits, cruising permits, fishing licenses.
  • Suggestions on what to bring, clothes, equipment,music, spices.
  • Arrange for any water toys (kayaks, SUPS, etc) that you want.
  • Purchasing food goods and arrive early to stock the boat. By the time you arrive, the beer will be cold and the fridge is stocked!!
  • Sailing your charter on your schedule and weather permitting
  • Co-ordinate with other vendors for scuba diving, surfing lessons, sightseeing, deep sea fishing, etc.
  • Be aware of any weather issues or navigational challenges.
  • Safely anchor or moor at night.
  • Arrange to fuel/water/food items as necessary during the trip.
  • During the trip, you can participate as much, or little , as you want. I am a certified US Sailing instructor.
  • Return the boat to the the marina and handle checkout.
All in all, you will have a worry free vacation as we are your personal concierge!!

Explore the BVI's

Anegada – Was named by Christopher Columbus the name means “Drowned Land”. Anegada is 10 miles long and lies approximately 20 nautical miles northeast from the tip of Virgin Gorda. A leisurely 3 hour sail from North Sound in Virgin Gorda and you will be there. Once there you can relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Cow Wreck Bay, Loblolly Bay and Flash of Beauty are three of the more popular beaches there. Loblolly and Cow Wreck feature beach bars and restaurants Flash of Beauty is a quiet pristine white sandy beach lined with palm trees. Around the exterior of the Island lie the world famous Horseshoe Reef, stretching 18 miles long, making it one of the world’s largest coral reefs. Another attraction on Anegada are the salt ponds which attract flocks of pink flamingoes, osprey and kaloo birds.

Jost Van Dyke — Named for an early Dutch settler reputed to have been apirate, this tiny island measures just four miles long and three miles wide with the highest point at 1,054 feet. Life on Jost Van Dyke is very laid back with several popular beach bars and unspolied beaches making the yachtsmans “must see list”. Safe anchorages located in White Bay, Little Harbor and Great Harbor allow crews and guests aboard their private yachts to stay and visit some of the loca lwatering holes like Foxy’s Bar and Grill, Soggy Dollar bar home of the original pain killer or Ivan’s Stress Free Beach Bar. The east end of the island is home to the Bubbling Pool a jacuzzi formed by the foaming seas.

Popular dive sites off Jost Van Dyke are the Playgorunds. comprised of large rocks and coral heads make this dive site a great place for viewing nurse sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and tarpon. Twin Towers the other site gets its name from the location of two large rock formations. A more difficult dive due to swells tarpon and eagle rays can be seen hanging around.

Tortola — the starting point for many crewed yacht charter vacations, it is the largest of the British Virgin Islands. The islands offers vacationers everything they need before heading out on charter. Roadtown, Tortolas main port is centrally located on the island here the islands rich cultural heritage is on display in local shops where you can buy almost anything from local spices, rums, and jewelry to last minute items before your charter.

Virgin Gorda — The second largest island in the chain, Virgin Gorda means “The Fat Virgin”. The island is famous for its yacht clubs, quiet coves and safe anchorages. Along with countless sandy white beaches and dive sites Virgin Gorda is also home to the famous Baths a formation of huge granite boulders which create rock pools, mysterious grottoes and deserted beaches. You can also claim your own stretch of sand at one of the many beaches that fringe the island – Savannah Bay, Pond Bay or Devils Bay to name a few.

Norman Island — said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure tale, Treasure Island, Norman Island is one of the most visited islands in the British Virgin Island chain. For yachtsman it offers several safe bays and offshore reefs. Soldiers Bay, Money Bay and the Bight, one of the most protected harbors in the BVI’s. Along with a beautiful beach great food and live entertainment are always available at Pirates Bight Restaurant and the famous floating barge restaurant and bar Willie-T’s. Around the corner from the Bight is one of the best snorkeling spots in the British Virgin Islands. Here you can swim with an aquarium of tropical fish and venture in the famous pirate caves where locals have actually found pirate treasure. This is a must anchorage for anyone who really wants to experience the true feeling of the BVI’s.

Peter Island — an 1,800 acre island is home to the Peter Island Resort, a five star retreat for the rich and famous. Only accessible by water this island offers superb facilities for SCUBA divers and fishermen. Whether you spend the day or over night Sprat Bay and Deadmans Bay have everything you need — quiet anchorage, full service facilities with a restaurant, ice, SCUBA tank refills and mooring balls. If you are in need of some exercise hike the Loop, the dramatic bluff on the south side of the island offers some spectacular views. Peter island is a divers delight with many dive sites nearby ranging from novice to advanced. Painted Walls, Blonde Rock, Carrot Shoal, Coral Gardens and the famous Wreck of the RMS Rhone are just a few of the more popular sites.

Cooper Island — just five miles from Tortola but a world apart. This small island is the perfect getaway. It boasts only four privately owned properties and a small beach club on Manchioneel Bay. On the southern end of the bay is Cistern Rock a great snorkeling / shallow dive site. A true tropical paradise where anyone can relax with its pristine sandy white beach fringed by palm trees. For the more active type snorkeling, diving, kayaking, fishing and hiking are at your fingertips. There are several small local shops including a dive shop and gift shop as well as a beach front restaurant for your convenience.

Snorkeling at the Indians is suberb. Watch the following videos to see for yourself!

Helpful BVI Info

***45 days before your departure, I will work with you to create suitable menu's for the entire trip. 

The Primary place I Provision  from is Riteway Food Market in Road Town. The size and selection of products/produce is similar to a small Safeway/Kroger. They will deliver anywhere on the island of Tortola. I will have the provisions delivered a day before you arrive so the food items are fresh.

As we travel around, fresh produce and breads tend to spoil rather quickly in the tropic heat. For this reason, we will re-provision as we sail around.

**Water Toys**

Many companies offer a variety of water toys and I will have them delivered to the yacht for your enjoyment.

**Snorkel Equipment**

If you wish t snorkel, we can arrange for fins and masks. However, I suggest that you bring your own mask for sanitary reasons.

**Scuba Diving**

We will arrange the dive boat to meet us at our anchorage. After the days dive, they will return you to the boat, perhaps after we have sailed to a different location! Please visit the following scuba operators to see their areas of diving:

      BVI Scuba

        Blue Water Divers