BEST BVI Day Charters Island Roots

Activities / Charters / April 2, 2024


The USVI has lots of amazing day charter stops. But nothing makes a vacation feel like a true escape like leaving the US and spending a day on the water in the British Virgin Islands. You’ll find lots of great snorkeling spots, some world-ranked beach bars and a different, decidedly British West Indies vibe! One of our TOP RECOMMENDATIONS is Island Roots Charters. Capt Jason (owner) was born and raised on the island of St John, USVI. He’s an accomplished captain and former Survivor TV series contestant! He and his wife Jill have built a family and a business on the island. And with a fleet of three luxurious 32ft World Cat Power Catamarans .. they can accommodate up to 36 passengers!

Popular BVI Itineraries! – The Most of Jost

Discover the Charm of Jost Van Dyke
Forget about the Norman Island Caves, the Indians, and the Willy T! Instead, immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of Jost Van Dyke (JVD). This tranquil island is home to the world-famous Soggy Dollar Bar and the picturesque Corona Island. With a population of around 300 residents, JVD is one of the few places in the Virgin Islands where traditional practices such as small-scale fishing, subsistence agriculture, charcoal making, and boat building still thrive.

Getting There
Jost Van Dyke is accessible by boat from nearby islands like Tortola, St. John, and St. Thomas. The island’s charm is evident from the moment you approach its pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters.

What to Do
Beach Bars and Dining:
Jost Van Dyke boasts an array of popular establishments:

Soggy Dollar Bar: Famous for its Painkiller cocktail, this beach bar in White Bay is a must-visit.
Foxy’s Restaurant and Bar: Known for its lively atmosphere and legendary parties, particularly on New Year’s Eve.
Corsairs: Offers delicious meals in a relaxed, beachside setting.
One Love: A charming spot to enjoy drinks and local hospitality.
Ivan’s Stress Free Bar: Embrace the ultimate relaxation at this aptly named bar.
Foxy’s Taboo Restaurant and Bar: Located on the East End, offering a more secluded dining experience.
B-Line Beach Bar: A perfect spot for a quiet drink and stunning views.

Neighboring Islands:

Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit: These nearby islands offer pristine beaches and excellent snorkeling without the crowds. Perfect for a peaceful retreat and exploring shallow water reefs.
The waters around JVD provide some of the best snorkeling west of the Francis Drake Channel. The area’s numerous uninhabited islands are ideal for discovering vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life.

Cultural Insights:
Witness the island’s traditional practices firsthand. Observe local fishermen at work, see charcoal being made, and watch boat building using time-honored techniques.

Relax and Explore
Sit back, relax, and soak in the serene beauty of Jost Van Dyke. Whether you’re lounging at a beach bar, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, or exploring neighboring islands, JVD offers an intimate and unforgettable experience.

Extended Itinerary: West End of Tortola
Expand your adventure with visits to several captivating spots on the West End of Tortola:

Smuggler’s Cove: A secluded beach perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Cane Garden Bay: Known for its lively atmosphere, beach bars, and water sports.
Soper’s Hole: A charming marina with shops, restaurants, and colorful Caribbean architecture.
Tips for Your Visit
Best Time to Visit: JVD is a year-round destination, but the dry season from December to April offers the most pleasant weather.
What to Bring: Sun protection, snorkeling gear, and a camera to capture the stunning scenery. Cash is handy for smaller establishments that may not accept cards.
Local Etiquette: Embrace the relaxed pace and friendly nature of the locals. Respect the environment by keeping beaches clean and being mindful of marine life while snorkeling.
Experience the best of Jost Van Dyke, a tranquil paradise in the British Virgin Islands. From iconic beach bars and traditional practices to pristine snorkeling spots and neighboring island adventures, JVD promises a day of relaxation, exploration, and unforgettable memories.


The Triangle: A Perfect Day Trip in the British Virgin Islands

Explore Jost Van Dyke and Norman Island in One Unforgettable Day

Embark on “The Triangle,” a quintessential day trip favored by charter boat captains that showcases the best of Jost Van Dyke and Norman Island. This adventure blends top-notch snorkeling, delightful lunch options, island hopping, and a taste of the vibrant beach bar scene.

Start Your Adventure
Begin your day with a quick tour along the North Shore of St. John. As you sail through the picturesque Francis Drake Channel, you’ll head towards the captivating waters surrounding Norman Island, renowned for its hidden treasures and underwater marvels.

Norman Island
Snorkeling Hotspots:

The Indians: Dive into an underwater paradise at this popular snorkeling site, famous for its striking rock formations and vibrant marine life.
The Caves: Explore these intriguing sea caves, believed to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”
Spyglass Wall: Discover the diverse marine ecosystem that thrives along this underwater wall, perfect for both novice and experienced snorkelers.
Lunch and Cocktails:

Pirates Bight Restaurant and Bar: Enjoy a delicious meal with your toes in the sand at this beachside eatery, offering a relaxed and scenic dining experience.
The Willy T: Don’t miss the chance to visit this notorious floating bar and restaurant, known for its lively atmosphere and daring jumps off the deck.
Jost Van Dyke
After a fulfilling lunch, set sail to Jost Van Dyke for an afternoon of relaxation and indulgence.

White Bay:

Soggy Dollar Bar: Sip on the legendary Painkiller cocktail at this iconic beach bar, where you can unwind in a hammock or dip in the crystal-clear waters.
One Love: Immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of this popular spot, offering refreshing drinks and island hospitality.
Ivan’s Stress Free Bar: Enjoy the ultimate in relaxation at this charming bar, where the motto is all about taking it easy.

Alternative Relaxation:
For a quieter retreat, head to Sandy Spit. This tiny, picturesque island is perfect for unwinding away from the crowds. While there, grab a drink at the nearby B-Line Beach Bar, a serene spot to end your day.

Tips for Your Visit
Best Time to Visit: The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, making it a great destination year-round. For the best experience, visit during the dry season from December to April.
What to Bring: Pack your snorkeling gear, sunscreen, and a camera to capture the stunning views. Bring cash for drinks and meals, as some spots may not accept cards.
Local Etiquette: Embrace the laid-back island culture. Respect the natural environment and leave no trace behind to preserve the beauty of these pristine locations.
“The Triangle” offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and indulgence. From the underwater wonders of Norman Island to the vibrant beach bars of Jost Van Dyke, this day trip promises a memorable exploration of the British Virgin Islands’ most captivating spots. So, set sail, snorkel, sip, and soak in the splendor of these stunning Caribbean gems.


Explore the Tranquil Treasures of Salt, Peter, and Cooper Islands

Discover Hidden Gems in the British Virgin Islands

After soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Jost Van Dyke, sipping Painkillers, snapping photos at “Corona Island,” snorkeling the Caves, and leaping off the Willy T, you might be yearning for a more secluded adventure. Escape the crowds and spend a day exploring the remote, serene islands of Salt, Peter, and Cooper.

Getting There
Your journey begins with clearing customs at West End, Tortola, before heading up the Francis Drake Channel towards the less frequented Eastern BVI island chain. This route offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty and tranquility, far from the bustling tourist spots.

What to Do
The leeward shorelines of Salt, Peter, and Cooper Islands boast some of the finest snorkeling locations in the British Virgin Islands. Choose from several stunning sites:

The Indians: Dive into a spectacular underwater world at this deep and shallow water pinnacle, teeming with marine life.
Lion in da’ Sun Rock: Explore this shallow water point and fringing reef, perfect for both novice and experienced snorkelers.
Wreck of the Rhone: Discover the famous wreck of an 1867 ship off Salt Island. The stern of the wreck lies in 15 to 30 feet of water, where you can see the propeller, shaft, and bridge still intact.
Lunch Spots:
Savor a delightful meal at one of the upscale dining options or enjoy a more rustic experience with a picnic:

Cooper Island Beach Club: Relish gourmet cuisine in a chic beachfront setting.
Deadman’s Beach Bar and Grill on Peter Island: Delight in a relaxed yet refined dining experience with stunning ocean views.
Salt Island Picnic: Pack your own lunch and dine on the beach amid the abandoned village, where former residents harvested salt from the still-active Salt Pond.
Afternoon Activities:
Tailor your afternoon to your interests with a variety of activities:

Snorkel Again: Return to the water for another round of exploring the vibrant reefs and marine life.
Explore Salt Island: Wander through the remnants of the village and learn about the island’s historical salt harvesting.
Tour Peter Island Resort and Spa: Indulge in a luxurious tour of this exclusive resort, or simply relax and enjoy the facilities.
Cocktails at the Willy T: If you missed it earlier, or simply want another round, head back to the notorious floating bar for a fun, laid-back vibe.
Sightseeing: Take in the breathtaking scenery as you cruise around the islands, capturing the untouched beauty of the Eastern BVIs.

Tips for Your Visit
Best Time to Visit: The serene and warm climate of the BVI makes it an ideal destination year-round. For the best conditions, plan your visit during the dry season from December to April.
What to Bring: Snorkeling gear, sun protection, a camera for capturing the stunning landscapes, and some cash for dining and drinks at local establishments.
Local Etiquette: Embrace the relaxed island culture and respect the natural environment, ensuring you leave no trace behind.
Lose yourself in the tranquil beauty of Salt, Peter, and Cooper Islands. Whether you’re diving into crystal-clear waters, savoring a gourmet meal, or simply basking in the serene surroundings, these hidden gems of the British Virgin Islands promise an unforgettable and rejuvenating escape.

Private Island Charters with a designed-for-you itinerary

Shipwrecks, deserted beaches, hidden coves, floating restaurants and more! The U.S. Virgin Islands are a natural paradise waiting to be explored. Snorkel pristine reefs, tour St. John’s National Park, lunch at Lime Out or Pizza Pi, cocktail, cruise, cliff jump or, just turn up the tunes, kick back and relax on your St. John Boat Charter!

Jost Van Dyke, Soggy Dollar, Sandy Spit, Virgin Gorda & The Baths, Norman Island Caves, the Indians, Willy T and more! The British Virgin Islands are an unforgettable boating paradise. Crystalline waters, secluded beaches, superb snorkeling and exotic beach bars are yours to explore on your “Best of the BVI” Boat Charter!

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