Itinerary & Travel Tips

Booking Procedure

PROVISIONING

TMM has an agreement with Rite Way Food Markets to deliver provisioning packages directly to your yacht. Please review the provisioning package options below. If you decide to order a package, please fill out the Provisioning Order Form (instructions on the form itself) and send to TMM at least 10 days before your charter start.

Double click the link below which will download the provisioning form. After reading the instructions, type directly into the document, then close and save the file on your desktop. You will then be able to email your completed form as an attachment. Please email the completed form to us@realnauti.com.

Please note for provisioning package orders: There is a 7-day minimum for any of the three provisioning packages. The latest delivery time is 6:00pm. You must be present to accept and stow away your own provisions. Substitutions may be made for items out-of-stock at the discretion of Rite Way fulfillment personnel.

Please note regarding beverage orders: TICO and Caribbean Cellars do not deliver on Sundays. If you are starting or arriving on a Sunday, please request Saturday delivery. TMM office staff will accept your beverage order on the Saturday before and keep inside the TMM base office until your arrival. This service is only intended for Sunday starts. If you are starting on any other day of the week, please plan to be present for delivery and sign for your beverage order.

Provisioning Order Form

PROVISIONING PACKAGES

To save you time we offer the following provisioning packages:

 Full Provisioning: $33.00/person/day

Provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily - everything you need to eat for a week

 Split Provisioning: $27.00/person/day

For those wishing to eat out some of the time this package provides 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks.

 Dinners Ashore: $22.00/person/day

For those who wish to dine ashore every night this provides breakfast, lunch and snacks daily

SELF PROVISIONING

There are numerous grocery stores in Road Town - the capital of Tortola. We are lucky enough to have a fairly good size Riteway next to the marina which has good supplies of basic items. For more choice you can hit one of the bigger stores in town, a short taxi ride away. The main Riteway store is in Pasea, a little further on through town, and again is open 7 days a week from 7am - 10pm. TMM provides its charter guests with two complimentary round-trip taxi vouchers to the Riteway grocery in Road Town, which is a 10 minute ride from the TMM base. Here is a complete list of stores throughout the islands. You can also order online through any of the above supermarkets and have them deliver directly to your yacht. You will need to provide them with an address and phone number for TMM which is - TMM Yacht Charters, Road Reef Marina, Road Town. Phone 284-394-2751.

TMM recommends that you also order your beverages directly from one of the below companies located in Road Town. Depending on the value of your order there is usually not a delivery fee from our beverage suppliers (please see each company policy for their delivery details) Click on our suppliers below to review and order your beverages

BOOKING PROCEDURE & CHARTER TIMELINE

We are happy to assist you with providing you travel tips and placing a complimentary 7-day “HOLD” for your desired dates.

If Real Nauti does not meet your sailing vacation needs, we are happy to assist you with chartering another boat in the TMM fleet. Let us know your needs and we can arrange the right boat for your trip.

All questions regarding booking, traveling to the BVI’s, etc….can be sent to us@realnauti.com

PROVISIONING

TMM has an agreement with Rite Way Food Markets to deliver provisioning packages directly to your yacht. Please review the provisioning package options below. If you decide to order a package, please fill out the Provisioning Order Form (instructions on the form itself) and send to TMM at least 10 days before your charter start.

Double click the link below which will download the provisioning form. After reading the instructions, type directly into the document, then close and save the file on your desktop. You will then be able to email your completed form as an attachment. Please email the completed form to us@realnauti.com.

Please note for provisioning package orders: There is a 7-day minimum for any of the three provisioning packages. The latest delivery time is 6:00pm. You must be present to accept and stow away your own provisions. Substitutions may be made for items out-of-stock at the discretion of Rite Way fulfillment personnel.

Please note regarding beverage orders: TICO and Caribbean Cellars do not deliver on Sundays. If you are starting or arriving on a Sunday, please request Saturday delivery. TMM office staff will accept your beverage order on the Saturday before and keep inside the TMM base office until your arrival. This service is only intended for Sunday starts. If you are starting on any other day of the week, please plan to be present for delivery and sign for your beverage order.

Provisioning Order Form

PROVISIONING PACKAGES

To save you time we offer the following provisioning packages:

 Full Provisioning: $33.00/person/day

Provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily - everything you need to eat for a week

 Split Provisioning: $27.00/person/day

For those wishing to eat out some of the time this package provides 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks.

 Dinners Ashore: $22.00/person/day

For those who wish to dine ashore every night this provides breakfast, lunch and snacks daily

SELF PROVISIONING

There are numerous grocery stores in Road Town - the capital of Tortola. We are lucky enough to have a fairly good size Riteway next to the marina which has good supplies of basic items. For more choice you can hit one of the bigger stores in town, a short taxi ride away. The main Riteway store is in Pasea, a little further on through town, and again is open 7 days a week from 7am - 10pm. TMM provides its charter guests with two complimentary round-trip taxi vouchers to the Riteway grocery in Road Town, which is a 10 minute ride from the TMM base. Here is a complete list of stores throughout the islands. You can also order online through any of the above supermarkets and have them deliver directly to your yacht. You will need to provide them with an address and phone number for TMM which is - TMM Yacht Charters, Road Reef Marina, Road Town. Phone 284-394-2751.

TMM recommends that you also order your beverages directly from one of the below companies located in Road Town. Depending on the value of your order there is usually not a delivery fee from our beverage suppliers (please see each company policy for their delivery details) Click on our suppliers below to review and order your beverages

BOOKING PROCEDURE & CHARTER TIMELINE

We are happy to assist you with providing you travel tips and placing a complimentary 7-day “HOLD” for your desired dates.

If Real Nauti does not meet your sailing vacation needs, we are happy to assist you with chartering another boat in the TMM fleet. Let us know your needs and we can arrange the right boat for your trip.

All questions regarding booking, traveling to the BVI’s, etc….can be sent to us@realnauti.com

Travel Tips

INSURANCE

We do recommend that you purchase travel insurance before your trip, especially if travelling during hurricane season or the the winter months from Northern States and Canada. We recommend that you contact Travel Insured.

Travel Insured - see link below or call 1-800-243-3174 to speak to someone about your insurance needs.

IMMIGRATION

Please note that all American citizens travelling to and from the Caribbean will require a current passport for their return to the US.

CURRENCY

US Dollar.

TAXI FARES

Once you let us know your arrival information we will arrange for a taxi to meet you and bring you to the base.

AIRLINES

San Juan, Puerto Rico is the main routing for passengers destined to the BVI. San Juan, Puerto Rico is the main routing for passengers destined to the BVI. Several airlines also fly the route and LIAT, Seaborne (code share partners with American Airlines) and Cape Air (code share partners with Jet Blue) have service from San Juan to Tortola.

The alternative route is to fly direct to St. Thomas and then take the ferry to Road Town, Tortola. Please remember that the last ferry departs St. Thomas at about 4:15pm so you need to arrive early enough to make your connection. For those of you arriving the day before the charter starts we can assist with hotel reservations or you can opt for a prior night sleepaboard subject to availability. Prior night sleepaboards cost 50% of the daily rate of your boat.

CLIMATE

The climate in the British Virgin Islands stays relatively constant year round with temperatures ranging from 75-85 degrees. Transportation in and around our islands is frequently provided by small aircraft and ferries. These aircrafts have limited luggage capacity, therefore, you should only pack what is necessary. Do not forget your camera, swimsuit, walking shoes, sandals, T-shirts, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Dress in the islands ranges from very casual to casually chic. Women will need to dress no more formal than skirt or shorts and top or summery dresses for dinner and evening functions. Men may wish to pack sports coat and slacks as some of the more luxurious properties require this dress for dinner. In most establishments, however, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable. Please note that the marina does NOT have any room to store empty luggage. The best bags to bring are soft sided duffels that can be stored easily onboard.

FERRIES

If you are coming through St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands then below is a list of the ferry schedules to help you plan your arrival. You can catch the ferry from downtown Charlotte Amalie or the Eastern end of St. Thomas at Red Hook. It's always a good idea to check on the last ferry of the day as sometimes they can leave fairly early at around 4:15pm. There are three main ferry companies that run between St. Thomas and Tortola and they are Smiths Ferries (the blue boat), Native Son (the green boat) or Tortola Fast Ferry (the catamaran). Departure tax from Charlotte Amalie is $10 pp, dep. tax from Cruz Bay is $8 and dep. tax from Tortola is $20 pp

Confirmation

CONFIRMING YOUR CHARTER

Once you let us know your arrival information we will arrange for a taxi to meet you and bring you to the base. The rates are as follows, from the airport to Road Town or West End to Road Town (one-way fare):

 1 Passenger $27.00

 2 Passengers $14.00 each

 3 or more Passengers $12.00 each

Taxi fare from the Road Town ferry is $5.00 per person one way.

If you are going to a hotel there may be an increase in this price depending on the hotels location.

CREW MANIFEST AND TRAVEL FORM

Prior to your start date, you will be asked to submit your crew manifest and travel form to the USA office. The crew manifest/travel form does double-duty as your taxi form. Standard island taxi fares will be charged and are generally between $5 and $14/person.

Optional Extras

SKIPPERS

TMM has access to some of the best skippers on the island, and can offer the following options:

 Check out Skippers will familiarize you on your yacht on Day 1. See below for more information. Daily rate is $175.00*

 Full Time Skippers will be onboard with you for your entire vacation and take charge of the vessel and your safety so you can relax and enjoy your sailing holiday. Daily rate is $175.00.*

 American Sailing Association (ASA) Skippers are able to teach and certify you in sailing courses ASA Information. Our ASA Skippers are Certified

 ASA Instructors. Obtaining qualifications from ASA will eventually enable you to become qualified to skipper your own yacht. Daily rate is $200.00.*

 Instructional Skippers will teach you and your crew to sail your yacht, however they are not able to officially certify you. This is the only difference between an ASA Instructor and an Instructional Skipper. Daily rate is $200.00.*

*All the above rates do not include the Skippers food, beverages or optional gratuity.

Please see our Skipper FAQ doc here Skippers FAQ, for detailed information about having a professional Skipper aboard for your charter. Information includes the booking process, duties and responsibilities, meals and dining ashore, and suggested gratuity.

PRIOR NIGHT SLEEPABOARDS

Sleepaboards are charged at one-half the daily charter rate, plus one night’s Cruising Tax per person. You may board at 5:00pm or later. We have facilities in our marina for showering, a convenience store next door, and casual dining options just steps away.

PADDLEBOARDS, KAYAKS AND GUITARS AVAILABLE

TMM maintains a selection of stand up paddleboards (SUPs) and double sea kayaks at our base. We also have two acoustic guitars available for rental.

 SUP's - $175.00/week

 Kayaks - $100.00/week

 Guitars - $95.00/week

FISHING AND FISHING LICENSES

It is required that anyone over the age of 18 putting a line in the water must have a BVI fishing license. Both Last Stop Sports and Island Surf and Sail can procure yours for $60 per license ($45 for the license, $2.40 for credit card fee, and $12.60 for processing) and have it faxed to TMM for your arrival. Both these outlets also offer rentals of rods, reels, holders and gaffs.

DIVING

TMM recommends Blue Water Divers, who will deliver tanks, racks and any other scuba equipment to your boat. They will pick them up again at the end of your charter - all free of charge. TMM clients also receive a reduced tank fill of $5.00/tank. Blue Water also organizes rendezvous dives and will meet you at your boat at your specified date, time and location. Click on the links below to contact them directly:

  • BLUE WATER DIVERS
  • SAIL CARIBBEAN DIVERS
  • DIVE BVI
  • AQUAVENTURE SCUBA
PHOTOGRAPHY

This company photographs yachts under sail in the Sir Francis Drake Channel between Road Harbour and Peter Island, daily, 9am to noon, with a minimum of 11 knots of wind.

OTHER WATER TOYS

Floats, noodles, water blasters, body boards, windsurfers, skim boards for rental

ASA COURSES

Available with TMM

The BVI's warm tropical climate and prevailing easterly trade winds offer perfect conditions year round for sailing instruction. TMM offers American Sailing Association (ASA) certification above ASA Level 101* for clients who wish to participate in the following course (s):

  • ASA 103 | BASIC COASTAL CRUISING
  • ASA 104 | BAREBOAT CRUISING
  • ASA 114 | CRUISING CATAMARAN

7-Day Itinerary

DAY ONE | CHECK OUT

We will be happy to greet you on your arrival at our base in Road Reef Marina, Road Town, Tortola. Our office hours are 8:00am -5:00pm, 7 days a week, year round.

We have one exception - no charter starts or finishes are allowed on December 25th - so that our entire staff can enjoy the holiday.

Your charter officially starts at noon; however, we begin briefings up to 4 hours earlier. There is a lot to cover and getting ready to sail off the dock takes longer than you may expect. If you are coming from a hotel nearby, then ideally you should be at the base no later than10:00 am to begin the briefing process. If you have booked a sleepaboard you may step into the office when you are ready to begin your briefings.

IN THE OFFICE

You will provide Skipper and First Mate's passports

 You will provide a credit card for the $1000 Security Deposit

 You will receive the boat manual, cell phone, WIFI unit, and audio cable

 You will meet your boat briefer outside.

ON YOUR BOAT

You will have a thorough boat briefing including inventory check

 You will have a complete systems overview

 You will have a chart briefing

 After a brief check-out sail in Road Harbour, you will be allowed to depart the marina whenever you are ready.

Before you leave the docks you will receive a very informative chart brief. Your yacht briefer will highlight the "hot spots" for snorkeling, dining, diving and just plain "limin"! Here is a condensed version touching on the highlights.

NORMAN ISLAND, THE BIGHT

So many islands to chose from - which one first? Probably your best bet for a brilliant introduction to the Caribbean is to go to Norman Island and anchor in The Bight. Here you will find the floating pirate ship "William Thornton" where you can have a beer or a body shot, depending on the mood you are in! Also here is "Pirates" a great little restaurant on the beach that is a great place to hang out with your toes dabbling in the warm water, and a frozen cocktail in your hand. Norman Island is reputed to be Robert Louis Stevenson's inspiration for his book "Treasure Island". Local legend agrees - apparently treasure was found here in the cave - enough to set the person up who found it as a taxi driver!

DAY TWO | SALT AND COOPER ISLANDS

A short beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel takes you to Salt Island. Here you can pick up the National Parks moorings and either dive or snorkel the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship Rhone, a relic of the hurricane of 1867 and famous for its part in the movie 'The Deep'. Alternatively, go ashore and visit the settlement and the salt pond from which the island takes its name. The annual rent for the whole island is paid each year directly to the Queen of England and is a bag of salt! After lunch sail to Cooper Island where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beach club bar and restaurant and there's a dive shop here also. Just to the south of Manchoneel Bay is Cistern Rock which offers some of the best snorkeling around. On any given day you will see squid, turtles and the odd shark.

DAY THREE | VIRGIN GORDA, THE BATHS

Sail to the Baths, one of the most unique natural formations in the BVI. Consisting of thousands of smooth boulders, some as big as a house, strewn along the beach on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. You can explore the many gaps that open into massive rocky grottoes filled with sea water. Nearby is Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, with a full service marina, shops and restaurants. If time allows you could get a taxi to the nearby Copper Mine restaurant which offers fabulous sunset views and is an old copper mine site. Alternatively the Top of the Baths restaurant offers a fresh water pool and killer cocktails.

North of Virgin Gorda offers a huge safe area of inlets and anchorages. Whether you want to snorkel Eustastia Sound with it's sunken canons and great reef fish, or spy on Necker Island this is the area for you. Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock and Leverick Bay all offer good restaurants and transient dockage. Leverick Bay has a laundromat which may come in handy right about now. There is also a store at Bitter End for replenishing the beer, ice and food.

DAY FOUR | ANEGADA

Either relax and spend the day in North Sound or sail the 15 miles north to Anegada. Anegada means 'drowned island' and when you see it you'll realize why! The highest point is 15 feet above sea level and it's famous for fresh lobster, iguanas and flamingoes.

You will have to leave North Sound early in order to arrive at Anegada during the middle of the day. This will give you good light to navigate through the coral heads at the entrance to the anchorage. Take a taxi ride to Loblolly Bay or Cow Wreck Beach on the north side and snorkel inside the reef. Then go back to the anchorage for smoothies and a lobster dinner at the Anegada Reef Hotel or Neptune's Treasure.

DAY FIVE | TRELLIS BAY AND MARINA CAY

Sail from either North Sound or Anegada to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, which is a well-protected natural safe harbour. If you prefer a more tranquil spot then try Marina Cay across the channel to the north, off Great Camanoe, which features a Pussers that is good for happy hour and casual dining. A Full Moon beach BBQ party, complete with real "moco jumbies" is held monthly at Trellis Bay.

DAY SIX | CANE GARDEN BAY/JOST VAN DYKE

Weigh anchor and take a short cruise up to beautiful Guana Island for spectacular snorkeling and a superb beach at Monkey Point. It's a great spot to picnic. Then take an afternoon sail west to either Cane Garden Bay on Tortola's lush north shore, or to the islands of Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost Van Dyke. Both locations have good anchorages, beautiful beaches, hiking, beach bars and unique restaurants for your share of the evening's entertainment.

EVENING - DAY SIX | SOPER'S HOLE/PETER ISLAND

Anchor off Green Cay and enjoy a swim in to shore. You can walk around the whole island in five minutes, but snorkeling around is more fun. Then sail west to Soper's Hole Wharf, the home of Pusser's Landing, said to be built on the spot where Blackbeard the pirate once lived. Ashore there are restaurants, boutiques and provisions. For your last night, sail across the channel to Little or Great Harbour, Peter Island and enjoy some terrific snorkeling.

DAY SEVEN | ROAD HARBOUR/CHECK IN

Enjoy the sunrise over the hills of Peter Island, take an early morning swim or snorkel and then weigh anchor for a short sail across the channel to the TMM docks. Now that was a week well spent!

Your charter officially ends at noon so you shall plan to be completely off the yacht on or before 12:00pm. Therefore, you shall plan to be in the marina 1-2 hours earlier to complete check in procedures. You will be instructed where to refuel the boat before returning to the marina. On docking, you are kindly asked to remove all garbage, linens, and food stuffs. When ready, you will do final inventory check and yacht inspection with a TMM briefer. You will finish up in the main office to pay for any extra costs incurred. We will say a "fond farewell" and hope to see you again next time you are ready to holiday in our beautiful waters!