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What to Expect: My First Yacht Charter

Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

A BVI yacht charter is an exciting vacation opportunity full of adventure and fun. But if you’ve never chartered a yacht before, you might not know what to expect.

Will I Get Sick?

The British Virgin Islands offer plenty of gorgeous beaches, secluded coves, deserted islands, and popular harbor towns. You won’t be in the middle of the ocean with crashing waves and a rocking boat. However, you will feel the gentle lull of the ocean as the yacht sways calmly in the blue water. If you are in the least worried about seasickness, bring motion-sickness medicine such as Bonine or Dramamine, although most yachts are designed with stability and comfort in mind. You might even forget that you’re on the water!

What Can I Do?

The activities on board a BVI yacht charter are endless. Jump overboard and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water. Go snorkeling. Learn to sail. Go fishing. Learn to scuba dive. Play with the water toys, which often come with the yacht, such as jetskis, kayaks, water skis, wakeboards, windsurfers, and more. Not to mention many yachts come equipped with a dinghy or tender for short expeditions. Speaking of water toys and amenities, your yacht charter may also include a full array of fishing equipment; snorkeling gear; an on-deck Jacuzzi; exercise equipment, such as treadmills and free weights; plus high-tech television, stereo, and gaming systems.

What Should I Bring?

You won’t need near as much as you might expect! Besides, packing light is preferred so that you have room to move about your yacht as intended. There is adequate space in your room to unpack, but bringing too much will simply get in your way. You’ll want to bring clothing: t-shirts and shorts are ideal for the weather. For a fancy restaurant or club, men might want to bring dress shorts and a polo and ladies might bring a sundress. You’ll want to bring several pieces of swimwear, as you’ll be spending plenty of time wearing nothing but! For shoes, bring flip flops or sandals and a sturdy pair of shoes if you plan to go hiking through the forests or even walking through the shopping areas.

Protect yourself from the sun with a sun hat, sunglasses, and high-factor sun screen. The nice thing about the BVI is that while the sun is always shining, it never feels really hot, thanks to the ocean breeze. But you still must protect yourself from sunburn!

Other important necessities:

  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Cell phone, if needed
  • Chargers for phones, iPods, etc. (110-240 Volt)
  • Laptop, if preferred, for internet usage
  • Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc., if desired
  • Any regular medications, as well as seasickness remedies
  • Insect repellent
  • Your passport
  • Your driver's license, for ID or if you intend to rent a car
  • Credit cards and cash (both the USVI and the BVI use U.S. Dollars)

You won’t need to pack bedding or towels, which are supplied. Most yacht charters will include your groceries and prepare fabulous meals for at least some of the time. You will, of course, want to try local eateries as well. If you plan on snorkeling, bring a rash guard or a t-shirt. If you intend on scuba diving, please remember to bring your certification. 

More Stories By Laurie Harley

Laurie Harley writes for BVI Boat yacht charter specialists, which provides luxury boat charters in the Virgin Islands