Next Stop: Sailing the US and British Virgin Islands

I’ve been holding my tongue for months, and I can finally share what I’ll be up to this first week of December: sailing the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands!  

For four blissful days, a small group of seven fellow bloggers/travel writers and I will be sailing and island hopping from the USVI to the BVIs, hosted on The Viramar—an all inclusive, luxury yacht charter. 

I’m thrilled to be part of this unique “Bloggers on a Boat” experience organized by the amazing Chrissann, founder of Women Who Live On Rocks. You can read her announcement here.

Our team

Collectively, the team on this trip has been covering the Caribbean region for many years, each focused on our respective specialties. What we have in common: we are die-hard Caribbean-holics.

Our home and hosts: The Viramar

The Viramar is a 56-ft lagoon catamaran—an all inclusive, crewed luxury yacht, with room for eight passengers in a three queen and two-bunker room layout.

Captain Tyler Boruff and his wife Chef/First Mate Erika Boruff charter in the USVI, BVI and Bahamas.

They are both certified scuba diving instructors to boot, and can get you dive certified during your trip. I got dive certified in Belize, but I can imagine it’s equally fantastic to learn in USVI/BVI waters.

The Viramar specializes in adventure, scuba diving, and fun-filled charter vacations. I’m told there are numerous water toys and games on board!

Images courtesy of The Viramar.

It’s going to be fabulous. But what thrills me the most about our boat: it flies the Project Green Flag. The crew emailed us The Viramar’s “Green Guide” pre-trip, detailing their green commitments and giving us instructions on what to bring and not bring so as not to harm the environment during our stay. For one, they provide toiletries, sunscreen and bug spray for land tours that are 100% natural, hypoallergenic and reef safe products sourced locally and made by a local company called EC Soap. I’ll share more as the trip unfolds.

I haven’t been back to the USVI and BVIs since 2010, when I spent a week in Tortola for New Year’s, sailed the island chain and explored Virgin Gorda. But I never forgot the spectacular scenery of uninhabited isles, the striking iridescent blues against bluffs and giant rocks jutting out of the water. I remember looking out at the chartered boats in the distance, white dots on the sea, dreaming that one day I’d do it all over from a sailing charter. Life and its full circles!

New Year’s Day 2010 on a road trip in Tortola.

It will be particularly nice to return and see how this area has rebounded since the devastation of Maria and Irma two years ago.

Our Agenda

We’ll be making stops in Saint Thomas, kayaking along St. John, and waking up in various parts of the BVIs, including Scrub Island, Cooper Island—known for its Rum Bar, with 280 rums—and Jost Van Dyke.

Future stop: Hendo’s Hideout on White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. – Image from Hendo’s Facebook Page.

All in all, our island yacht life schedule and sponsors look pretty darn epic.

I can’t give it all up just yet though, can I?

Follow right along on my Instagram stories and Facebook stories starting Thursday, December 5—I’ll be posting during the trip since the boat is equipped with Wi-Fi (hurrah).

You’ll get to glimpse first-hand what it’s like to charter an all inclusive yacht and sail the USVI/BVIs with your friends and family.

And of course, I’ll share my images, articles and clips from the trip after this epic escape. 

See you out on the sea!

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