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A One-Day Caribbean Yacht Charter Can Be Fun!

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While crewed sail boat charters and bareboat charter vacations normally last 5 to 7 nights, not everyone has the time for a multi-night term luxury yacht charter. In this economy, saving up for a special bareboat charter or luxury yacht charter holiday might mean postponing until 2010.

Now for the good news – sailboat charters can be as short as one day and are the perfect compliment to a land-based Caribbean island vacation.

Let’s take a look at a single-day luxury yacht charter escape in the British Virgin Islands (also known as the BVI or BVI’s):

There are four major inhabited islands in the BVI, as well as dozens of (nearly 60) smaller islands, cays, and rocks scattered throughout the archipelago. Of course, the fun way to see these sights is by boat on a luxury sailing charter.

You can rent a small Caribbean yacht charter sailboat or a fast powerboat for the day in Road Town, Nanny Cay, West End, or several other locations. Some experience driving a powerboat or basic chart-reading skills are important to ensure you have a pleasurable day.

A great trip could start from Road Town, Tortola and head south across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Peter Island. You can tie up to the dock in Sprat Bay, or anchor off the beach in Deadman’s Bay and swim ashore (remember to wear your water socks). Visitors are welcome in the public areas, the boutique, and the beach grill.

girl swimming over a reef and camera showing fish underneath her and rock formation and sky above

From Peter Island, it’s a short boat ride to Norman Island. This is author Robert Louis Stevenson’s legendary Treasure Island, and the source of countless tales of pirates and buried chests of gold. Today, the island is uninhabited except for a small restaurant on the beach in the Bight. Anchored in the bay is the old ship, William Thornton, affectionately known by bareboat charter lovers and the locals as the “Willy T,” a trading vessel converted to a bar and restaurant. It’s a great stop for a little “pirate” ambiance. Be warned – on holiday weekends, the Willy T is not appropriate for kids as it takes on a bawdy “adults only” atmosphere.

Just outside the bay are the Caves. These are more like grottoes and are a true snorkeler’s delight. You can tie up your boat to one of the National Park moorings and swim in. Don’t be surprised if a school of tropical fish swim alongside you, looking for a handout. The locals ask that you resist the temptation to feed the little critters, however. Human food is not healthy for the fish and may do them great harm in the long run.

After snorkeling at the Caves, it is a short boat ride to The Indians. These rock outcroppings are the size of houses and full of nesting seabirds in the summer. The waters around the rocks are teeming with fish of every shape and color. One local describes a swim here as a magical experience: “Floating among the fish, corals and sea fans will make you feel like Peter Pan flying through an enchanted forest.”

If the sun is still high in the sky, and you still feel fresh for more adventure, zip over to Salt Island. You can tie up to the dock and walk around the abandoned houses to the salt pond where workers harvest and sell sea salt. If you still have any get-up-and-go in your tank, hop back on your boat and cruise around the corner to the wreck of the HMS Rhone, the BVI’s first underwater park. Snorkel over the wreck and try to imagine what it looked like before it sank in 1867!

By now, you realize you are on “island time.” There’s little reason to hurry back to Tortola, unless you have an early dinner reservation at your hotel or resort. Assuming you are in the island groove, we suggest a cruise east to Cooper Island. Accessible only by boat, this island has a few rental homes and a tiny resort that’s looks like a vacation postcard from the water – palm trees and long, white sand beach. By now, you must be hungry from a morning/afternoon of exploring. Drop in a local restaurant for a late lunch. With a full belly and a big smile, it’s just a short sail or cruise back to Tortola.

There are many other itineraries for a day trip by boat. Your hotel concierge can recommend the best local boat rental operators and give you some ideas as to where to go and what to see there. You can go fast on a powerboat or slower on a sailboat – the choice is yours. Either way, a day boat trip around the British Virgin Islands will be the highlight of your land-based island holiday!

For more information, call the yacht charter specialists at 305-720-7245 , email them at, or fill our online inquiry form at

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Amels Brews Magical Elixir 4You…Yacht Charters Will Never Be the Same

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Thinking about a St Barts yacht charter this December on a comfortable, head-turning megayacht?  If you are, we have great news.

Two Amels Limited Editions 180 superyachts have just announced plans to head to the Caribbean this winter, and both will remain in the area through Spring 2017.

Amels motor yacht ELIXIR and yacht 4YOU, Limited Editions 180 models will be available this December, 2016 through April, 2017 for British Virgin Island yacht charter reservations, or further south in the area of St. Martin and St Barts.


Built in 2012, Amels yacht 4YOU features a stunning contemporary Laura Sessa interior and sleeps 10 to 12 in 6 guest cabins.  The newer yacht ELIXIR, Amels 180 offers accommodations for 10 guests in 5 cabins, and also boats a Laura Sessa interior with a bit more eclectic look than 4YOU.

ELIXIR superyacht

The Limited Editions AMELS 180 series is designed by naval architect Tim Heywood.  Ever-evolving, it is considered one of the most refined and smooth-functioning yachts in the 55-meter range. The Master suite is fitted with a folding balcony, with two more balconies attached to the main desk salon.  The roomy Sun Deck is 25 meters long with a luxury space of 155 square meters – quite possible the largest sun deck you’ll find on any 55 meter charter vessel this winter and spring in the Caribbean…

Rates begin at €275,000 per week — up to €310,000 per week for holiday dates…

To plan your own yacht charter vacation on 4You, Elixir, or any other yacht, contact yacht charter specialist Jim at

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Book This Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Vessel And We’ll Give You OUR Bonus!

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INSATIABLE motoryacht running



The manager of 100 foot superyacht INSATIABLE reached out to us today.  Seems the owner of this super-popular Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel wants to shore up a gap in his reservation calendar and has offered us an incentive to secure a booking during the last two weeks of January, 2017.

Per the yacht’s manager, the owner of Broward yacht INSATIABLE has graciously offered us $1000 for any 7-night yacht charter Virgin Islands reservation we can deliver, to close his calendar for January.


We’ve got a better idea!!!


In the spirit of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and her Team’s belief in Generosity and Giftivism, AND to start your year off right, if you charter yacht INSATIABLE through 1-800 Yacht Charters, for either the third or fourth week of January, 2017, in the British and/or US Virgin islands, we’ll pass our $1000 bonus on to you – in the form of an instant rebate.

This is an exclusive offer – only available from 1-800 Yacht Charters – with our compliments.

Insatiable anchored off of the beach with watertoys in the foreground on the sand



Built by Broward Marine, the 100 foot yacht INSATIABLE  offers affordable luxury for up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms.  She recently received a brand new paint job, and underwent a refit, with many interior upgrades.  Her special features make her the ultimate Virgin Islands luxury yacht charter option for small families or three couples:


  • 32′ Intrepid center console towed tender, with twin 225 horsepower Mercury engines – great for fishing or exploration
  • A second tender, a 14′ Novurania with 50 mph – excellent for towing a wake board or water-skiing.
  • Wave runner
  • 2 single-person kayaks
  • Lots of snorkeling gear
  • Three double guest cabins



Caribbean Rate: $29,500 USD per week + running expenses (items such as food, fuel, bar, dockage, etc.)

You’ll receive an instant rebate of $1000 off the rate of $29500, and pay only $28,500 – a savings of 3%



BOOKED: December 23-January 2 (BVI)

BOOKED: January 7-14 (BVI)

OPEN:  January 16 – 31 (BVI)



You can only get the special $1000 offer by making your reservation with us!  For further information, text “INSATIABLE” to 3057207245.  Hurry and take advantage of this great offer – compliments of your charter specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters or fill out our online inquiry form at

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Expect Tax Hike On Your Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Vacation

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Doing any boating this spring in the Virgin Islands?  If you are, plan on bringing a few extra bucks with you (or…take a money-saving tip from our company President, Jana Sheeder).


Photograph of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

This will be the first spring yachting season since the BVI enacted new legislation in 2017, increasing cruising taxes.

Here’s a breakdown of both the previous and current fees:

  • OLD (Seasonal Rates):  $.75 – $2 USD per person per day
  • NEW (Flat, Year-Round Rate): $6 USD per person per day

These rates apply to Virgin Islands yacht charter vessels registered and based in the British side of the territory.  “Foreign”  based yachts – meaning charter yachts coming in from other bases such as the US Virgin Islands and elsewhere — will also see an increase – from $4 to $16 per person per day.

HELPFUL TIPJana Sheeder, our company President, suggests,

“When planning your Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, ask your charter broker to present yachts ‘based’ in the British (BVI) side of the territory if possible, as opposed to those based in St . Thomas (USVI) or elsewhere.  This small tip can save you 63% in extra cruising fees!!!”

A complete explanation of the tax increase is available on the official  British Virgin Islands website.


This Spring, grab the family, leave the stress of work and school behind, and set sail for adventure in the nearby Bahamas or the Virgin Islands – both a short flight from the USA mainland.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your family.

CLICK HERE for a sampling of our Caribbean-based yachts…

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Fun Fact for British Virgin Island Yacht Charter – A Snorkeling Paradise

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Did you know the British Virgin Islands (BVI or BVI’s) are home to the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, and the fourth largest ocean reef on earth?

The BVI reef stretches 18 miles from the island of Anegada to Virgin Gorda, and is considered by experts to offer some of the best snorkeling spots in the world!

2 people snorkeling next to a sailboat


Adding to the allure of snorkeling and diving during your Virgin Islands crewed catamaran yacht charter – it is widely rumored that there is still Spanish gold buried in the sand on the reef that is yet to be found!  Many Spanish galleons, laden with gold and riches from the new world, sank to their watery graves at the hands of pirates and hurricanes in the 1700’s…


Here’s a sampling of beautiful catamarans available for charter in the Caribbean

Do you have a favorite snorkeling site in the Caribbean?  Share your favorite spot with us, and we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag to carry your towels and snorkel gear.  Leave a comment in the section below, and we’ll contact you for your address!



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Moonlight Madness on a Virgin Island Yacht Charter at Bomba’s Shack

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What luxury sailing charter is complete without a little silliness and merriment with friends?

Although full moon parties take place in different corners of the world, any Virgin Island yacht charter enthusiast will tell you the parties that take place in the British Virgin Islands (aka, the BVI) are some of the most renowned – celebrating both lunar madness and traditional island culture.

The rowdiest of these takes place at Bomba’s Shack in Capoons Bay.
It may not look like much, but Bomba’s Shack is a happening bar set alongside the beach on Apple Bay, at the West End of Tortola, BVI. Each month, the legendary Full Moon Party draws loads of locals and visitors, especially luxury sailing charter passengers looking to experience real island life.

Held monthly on the night of the full moon, moonlight madness spills into the street, the beach, and everything in between.
Bomba Shack in the British Virgin Islands

Enjoy live entertainment while you dance the night away, try a Bomba Punch (rum punch) or sip on a Bomba “mushroom tea.”

If you are planning a Caribbean getaway on the water, the lunacy on Tortola, BVI takes place on the following days:
August 5, 2009
September 4, 2009
October 4, 2009
November 2, 2009
December 2, 2009
December 31, 2009 (What a perfect way to ring in the New Year!)

For more information, please call your 1-800 Yacht Charters luxury yacht charter specialists at 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS (800) 922-4824 or visit the interactive yachting website at

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Yacht Charter Pros Answer – Will New Rules In British Virgin Islands Impact Private Yacht Charter Guests?

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In what appears to be a case of “Security versus Tourism,” the British Virgin Islands (BVI’s) have initiated a new policy wherein everyone coming into the territory by sea is now required to present himself/herself IN PERSON to immigration authorities.  This includes guests on both bareboat yacht charter and superyacht charter vessels.

The policy takes effect immediately…

New immigration rules in BVI require yacht charter travelers to check in with security in person

According to a government spokesperson, Her Majesty Customs of the Virgin Islands has, “…taken this step to minimize the potential entry of criminals, firearms and illegal substances into the territory.”

Will the revamped policy affect charter passengers?  Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, explains how the new procedure differs from prior requirements: “In the past, only the captains of yachts were required to disembark and take with him or her all of the passports of the onboard guests. Now everyone is required to present themselves with their passports and their belongings.”

No one disputes the sovereignty of the local authorities to safeguard their islands and residents. Still, for an island economy that depends heavily upon charter yacht tourism, the new policy seems a bit draconian, especially when there is little evidence to suggest tourists, and not local residents of the US and British island chains, are responsible for any uptick in criminal activity.

So, are local authorities barking up the wrong tree?  Sheeder thinks so.  She questions the necessity to impose upon well-heeled travelers who have already been “pre-screened” through the yacht charter reservation process. “The idea that firearms and illegal contraband will be brought ashore by luxury yacht charter guests is misplaced,” says Sheeder.  “Clients sign a charter agreement that clearly outlines firearms, narcotics, and contraband are not permitted onboard.  Furthermore, being in possession of such contraband can lead to the immediate termination of the charter – without refund.”

If any illicit materials are discovered by the crew, the yacht will proceed to the nearest port, where the guests will be escorted off the yacht. With so much at stake, there seems little need to further screen these guests and their crews upon entry into the BVI.

How will the new regulations impact yacht charter tourism in the BVI?   It’s too soon to tell, as the new rules went into effect September 1st.  It is possible charter vessels will simply bypass the British portion of the Virgin Islands and modify their itineraries to focus solely on the US and Spanish Virgin Islands, where captains can still clear the passports for all onboard guests.

British Virgin Islands government administration building where cyacht charter guests must check in


In the the short-run, Sheeder is confident the impact upon charter clients can be minimized.  “We pride ourselves in delivering the superyacht experience. We will offer our clients alternative destinations in the US and Spanish Virgin Islands, and throughout the Caribbean.  For those clients who still wish to explore the BVI, we know we can rely on the captains and crew.  If they need to carry the luggage and escort the guests into the immigration office and back to the yacht, we know that they will do so in the most efficient, professional, and friendly manner.”

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