A Weekend on the Water with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

A Weekend on the Water with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

Whenever a first time visitor asks what they should do in the British Virgin Islands, my answer is always the same: ‘charter a boat’.

 

I understand that this won’t fit into everybody’s budget, but I feel that I have to encourage it nonetheless. There really is no better way to see just what this Territory has to offer, even if you only do it for a couple of days! It would be remiss of me not to recommend it.

 

As always, you guys know that I practice what I preach – and I don’t like to recommend to you anything that I haven’t given a damn good go myself. So when I found myself aboard Virgin Motor Yacht Charters’ 48ft powerboat West Virgin’Yah last weekend, I knew that I had to tell you all about it. And remind you that there really is no better way to explore the BVI than by getting out on the water!

 

Exploring the BVI with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters 

I was lucky enough to be enjoying the weekend with some great friends who also happen to be very experienced boating types. If you don’t have a Captain of your own, you can arrange one through Virgin Motor Yacht Charters. Your captain will ensure that you can safely navigate BVI waters and help with all the complicated driving and docking, lines, fenders and things. Crewed charters are also available through Virgin Motor Yacht Charters. 

 

We joined the boat Friday afternoon after work – and got unpacked and settled in. Ready to set-off first thing Saturday morning. Picking up ice and last minute provisions from Nanny Cay Marina we were ready for our weekend adventures.

 

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West Virgin’Yah has three comfortable cabins with queen-sized beds, as well as three bathrooms (heads). The salon and kitchen area is a good size and very well appointed with all the kitchen equipment and tools you could need. Outside on the aft deck is the dining table, a BBQ and a huge cooler (which we FILLED). West Virgin’Yah is also air-conditioned throughout, although we were usually comfortable with the hatches open to let the cool breeze through.

 

Exploring the BVI with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

 

Early Saturday morning we headed West for Jost Van Dyke, home to White Bay one of the BVI’s most famous beaches. After picking up a mooring ball, we then rustled up some lunch. We had decided to make and eat the majority of our meals aboard (keep reading for our simple meal ideas). Although we did make plans for one special dinner ashore. After lunch it was time to dinghy over to the Soggy Dollar for a couple of Painkiller cocktails.

 

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After a fun couple of hours, and many games of hook ring, at White Bay we taxied over to Great Harbour in search of dinner. We had heard that Corsairs had reopened and were keen to try their dinner  options. We weren’t disappointed!


Although not yet fully renovated following the hurricane, the guys at Corsairs Beach Bar and Restaurant are still happily serving what they have. And boy, were we in luck! On the menu were smoked ribs… Patted with his secret spice rub and slowly cooked for around 8 hrs in the smoker, chef Vinnie’s smoked ribs were possibly the best that I have ever tried. Juicy and full of flavour. I can practically still taste them. We ate every rack he had!! (Along with a couple of pizzas for good measure). 

(Read about previous trips to Corsairs.)

Very full and happy we retired to the comfort of the boat for a couple of post-dinner drinks on the fly bridge.

 


A weekend on the water with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands 

 

Next morning it was time to set off to a new anchorage. Saturday night had been surprisingly roll-y, thanks to a North swell building unexpectedly. So we were after somewhere calmer to moor. We abandoned our previous itinerary (it’s important to stay flexible on these trips) and headed to Norman Island and the blissfully calm harbour of the Bight. A few drinks at Pirates in the afternoon was an added bonus. 

 

Exploring the BVI with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

Rashguard swimsuit available here.

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After a morning practicing our fishing (no fish were harmed in the making of this blog post) we enjoyed a relaxed lunch on the boat before our littlest captain dinghied us over to Pirate’s for adult beverages (the captain wasn’t drinking, obviously (!) he’s only 6) and a chance to stretch our legs before the sun went down.

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Dinner on the boat was the perfect, relaxed end to our day. And once the kids were tucked up in bed it was time for some after-dinner games of Cards Against Humanity for the adults. 

 

Boat trips really are ideal for families. With plenty of action to keep the kids busy during the day and then space for the adults to kick back and relax, knowing that the children are safely asleep down below. 

 

The next morning it was time to make the most of our last few hours in the boat. So we quickly motored to nearby Peter Island and anchored in Little Harbour. There was just enough time for a leisurely swim and a snorkel before lunch.

 

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After lunch (and another quick dip) it was sadly time to head back to Nanny Cay Marina. Those three days had gone so quickly (a sign of a jolly fine time in my book). Memories of fun days spent all together. Dreaming of the next time we can do it again.

 

A weekend charter with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

 

If you’re thinking that this sounds exactly like your kind of holiday, rates for a Horizon 48 (just like West Virgin’Yah) from Virgin Motor Yacht Charters start at $5,100 for 7 nights. They sleep 6 passengers comfortably with three queen-sized cabins and three en suite bathrooms. 

 

Our three day itinerary (travel times are approximate and subject to weather conditions):

Day 1: Jost van Dyke – 

Leave Nanny Cay marina and head for Jost van Dyke. Grab mooring ball in White Bay. (Approx. 45 minutes)
Lunch on board the boat.

Drinks ashore at Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay.

Dinner ashore at Corsairs, Great Harbour.

 

Day 2: Norman Island – 

Leave White Bay and head to the Bight, Norman Island. Grab mooring ball in the Bight. (Approx 1hr and 15 minutes)

Morning fishing.
Lunch on board the boat.

Drinks ashore at Pirate’s Bight.
Dinner on board the boat.

 

Day 3: Peter Island – 

Leave Norman Island and head to Peter Island. Anchor in Little Harbour. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Snorkeling in Little Harbour.
Lunch on board the boat. 

Depart Peter Island and head back to Nanny Cay Marina. (Approx. 30 minutes)

 

Our three day meal plan:

Breakfasts: 

Bacon sandwiches, tea and coffee.


Lunches: 
  • Shrimp, chorizo and black bean fajitas with a black bean salad and all the toppings.
  • Tuna pita pockets with mayonnaise, raisins, apple and smoked cheese.
  • Cold cuts, charcuterie board and cheese platter with crackers, marinated olives, hummus and pita breads.

DINNER:
Surf and turf – barbecued steak and shrimp, mashed potato and steamed broccoli. 

 

I have more watery adventures of the sailing kind coming up later in the year so stay tuned for those! 

 

If you’re planning a sailing or boating vacation of your own in the BVI, you might want to check out my packing guide here. What to take (and what to leave at home) when you’ll be traveling by boat!

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Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant, Jost Van Dyke

Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant, Jost Van Dyke

Believe it or not, even after nearly a decade of living in this little island community – there are still things that I want/have wanted to do which I just haaaaaaven’t quite got around to yet… This weekend I was finally able to make one of those dreams a reality.

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Ever since I saw Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke featuring prominently in the list of BVI restaurants on TripAdvisor years ago (consistently voted #1 out of 198 restaurants in the BVI) I have been wondering about the beach bar getting all these rave foodie reviews and, on Sunday, I was finally able to try it out!

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
We were out on a big boat day with friends – 50 people on 4 large speedboats to be specific and – as we cruised over from Virgin Gorda and headed towards Jost (with a quick stop en route at Sandy Spit for a slip ‘n’ slide flip-cup race, naturally), we browsed through their mouth-watering menu so that we could call in our order ahead of our arrival. (You can find their menu here – those lobster cojones sound amazing, right?)

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
As you head inside Corsairs, greeted first by the (fake) pirate maître d’ and then by your (very real) monocle-wearing host, Captain Vinny Terranova – you can’t help but look around and take in all the artwork, the graffiti, the signs, the stickers and the general paraphernalia. Sure, there are more than a couple of beach bars around the world that have gone with this theme of decor, but you get the feeling that Corsairs has a little something else up its sleeve, a certain je ne sais quoi… Could it be the motorcycles parked out front? The friendly bearded barstaff? Or maybe it was one too many glasses of their signature voodoo juice? But Corsairs certainly has a unique atmosphere.

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
I’m sorry – I didn’t catch the maître d’s name… seems friendly enough, a bit quiet though!

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Captain Vinny and his bottle of Voodoo Juice – I watched him make it and it is guaranteed to put hairs on your chest! 

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Their lunch menu features high-end fast food. Fresh Ahi tuna nachos with seaweed salad, crispy wonton chips and pickled ginger. Their Corsairs burger topped with blue cheese, port onion jam, BBQ sauce and thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, served in a brioche bun with truffle fries on the side. There’s even a Kobe beef burger, which sounds phenomenal, if your wallet will stretch to it. It’s casual fare done exceptionally well.

What did I go for, I hear you ask? I just had to try out their lobster roll – a buttery brioche bun piled high with juicy Maine lobster with their moreish truffle fries on the side. I couldn’t resist! (Greedy little piglet…)

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Lobster roll 

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Ahi tuna nachos

Vinny and his team were not even remotely fazed by our group of 50 who had ordered in 4 separate groups minutes before docking and before long plates starting flying out of the kitchen, stacked high with their massive burgers (portions are large!!)

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Huge Corsairs burger – fries mostly devoured before I could get the camera out… 

Sadly, we couldn’t stay for dinner as the rest of our afternoon plans (which may or may not have included the Willy-T) were calling us. Which clearly means that I shall have to pay (at least) one more visit as there are a couple of dishes on their dinner menu which have my name on them!

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Lunches at Corsairs Restaurant on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Read more about where you should be eating in my BVI restaurant guide here. Clearly an update is needed as I have a few more foodie stops that need including – Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant among them.

Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant is located on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Contact them on +1 284 495 9294 or find more information at www.corsairsbvi.com.

Please note that Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant re-opened following hurricane Irma in May 2018. Serving a limited menu but still featuring delicious dishes, Corsairs is working to get back to full capacity as soon as possible. Stop in for a rum and for whatever they are serving that night. 

 

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