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The first night can be a sleep over in the marina, but if there is time after unpacking and provisioning, sail across Sir Frances Drake Channel to Norman Island. Upon arrival, jump in with mask and snorkel and be formally welcomed to the Virgins by multitudes of brilliant colorful fish. Swim ashore and explore the famous Norman Island Caves - inspiration of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Celebrate your first night in the tropics with dinner or drinks aboard the fun floating restaurant bar Willy T's, which is moored in the Bight. Other nearby sites are Pelican Rock and the Indians region, which offer great snorkeling and scuba dive sites with caves, arches, grottoes and a huge variety of coral and tropical marine life. Depths range from 3-30ft so these sites are great for first time snorkelers.
Enjoy breakfast on anchor then sail by Peter Island, Dead Chest Atoll to Salt Island, home of RMS Rhone that sank in 1867 during a hurricane. Listed as one of the world's 10 best scuba dives and featured in the Hollywood movie The Deep, the wreck can be snorkeled or visited by scuba. A walk ashore to visit the salt ponds is also very interesting. In the afternoon sail to the Baths on Virgin Gorda and see evidence of the island's volcanic past - this is a BVI highlight. Walk the fantastic coastal pathway under huge granite boulders that form scenic grottoes, set in soft sandy tidal pools. Most of the day is spent at The Baths swimming, snorkeling and exploring the labyrinth of boulders and caves. In the afternoon make way for Virgin Gorda and the Bitter End Yacht Club. Anchor in the bay, dinghy ashore and enjoy some rum punch then dance to the beat of the Steel Drum Band. Optional daytime stops are Dead Man's Bay, White Bay or Manchioneel Bay located on Cooper Island. Dead Man's Bay is quiet and secluded while the others are busier with bars and restaurants. Optional night anchorages are St Thomas bay and Spanish Town for more nightlife, or the Dogs and Savannah Bay if peace and quiet is the consensus aboard.
Sail a spirited 14-mile, two-hour passage to the flat coral atoll island of Anegada. Upon arrival rental cars are available allowing access to the miles of deserted beach on the north coast. Fantastic snorkeling is found off Loblolly Bay followed by a great fresh lobster lunch or dinner at the beach restaurant. The Anegada Reef Hotel is another good option for an evening meal.
Sail back to Virgin Gorda stopping for lunch and a snorkel among more granite boulders at Mountain Point. In the afternoon, sail through the Dog Islands where a snorkel stop can be made followed by a one and a half hour sail to Marina Cay - a private, resort island on eastern Tortola. A vote around the cockpit will decide whether you stay for drinks and entertainment at Dick's Last Resort or you hike for sunset and happy hour at the hilltop bar where entertainers sing rowdy Pirate songs. For a more private anchorages, sail around the corner to Lee Bay on Great Camino Island or to Monkey Point on Guana Island.
Visit Monkey Point on Guana Island for breakfast and a short snorkel around unique coral outcroppings. Stay for lunch then sail to the beautiful island of Jost van Dyke -named after a Dutch privateer. Lounge the afternoon away in a hammock under shady palm trees, walk around the Island in five minutes or snorkel the surrounding coral reef. Spend happy hour and the evening at the world famous Foxy's restaurant bar where you can enjoy a lobster or steak dinner buffet followed by live Caribbean music. Other daytime options are two little idyllic deserted islands, Sandy Key and Sandy Spit. Lounge around sunbathing on the beach or snorkel on your own private island.
Around the corner from Foxy's is a spectacular strip of white sand known as White Bay. Swim ashore to the Soggy Dollar Bar and try the Virgin's most famous rum drink the Pain Killer - conceived right in White's Bay. Spend a leisurely afternoon then return to Tortola. In the evening visit famous Soper's Hole. Dine ashore and enjoy a last night of island entertainment.
Arrive in St Martin at Grand Case or Marigot. Enjoy a delicous lunch onboard before swimming, snorkeling and beachcombing. Dinner will be onboard moored in lagoon Baie Nettle.