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 British Virgin Islands - Profile

Facts

Hurricane Irma – the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history - ploughed over the top of the BVIs in early September 2017. The storm had a sustained wind speed of at least 185mph. Some of the worst affected Caribbean islands include Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands (BVIs), St Martin and St Barts.

Hurricane Relief, Support & Resources

  • The Virgin Islands are an archipelago comprising hundreds of small islands and cays situated between Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands. The eastern half is a British dependency, while the western part is US territory.
  • The largest British islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada, the latter being slightly set apart, while the former are grouped together around the Sir Francis Drake channel.
  • The Virgins are perfect cruising ground - scenically beautiful, with countless bays, coves and anchorages, the waters sheltered from the strong trade winds and ocean swells.
  • The British Virgins are now the largest bareboat charter centre in the world. For this reason they are often less attractive to the long-distance cruising sailors, who prefer the less crowded islands of the Caribbean.
  • The BVI uses the American buoyage system, so red buoys mark the starboard side upon approach from the sea.

Security

July 2017: A report from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) warns that there is a rise in dinghy thefts during the summer months. A number of dinghy thefts have already occured in Cane Garden Bay and Road Town recently.

Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general. Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night. The common practice is "lock it or lose it". Dinghy thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and best advice is to place your dinghy and outboard on deck and chain them overnight. Conceal any deck items below decks at night or when not on board.

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net ([email protected]) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.

The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is a a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the probability of crime at ports and anchorages throughout the Caribbean. The CSI provides a means of assessing risk in a given area.
http://freecruisingguides.com/caribbean-security-index/

Also be sure to check the noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages

Last updated July 2017.

Weather

The Caribbean's first walk-in weather centre, CARIBWX, is based in Road Town. Customised weather forecasts, a daily Caribbean SSB weather net, and also daily email marine forecasts are among the many services they can offer.
Tel. 494 7559
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.caribwx.com

ZBVI Radio
Marine forecast 0805 (Mon-Sat), 0945 (Sun) & updates every hour on the half hour.

http://www.antiguamet.com/
Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Office providing public weather forecasts for Antigua & Barbuda, the Leeward Islands and the BVIs.

Weather Links for the BVIs

BVI Hurricane Watch

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

There are two other entry points, Port Purcell and Beef Island Airport, but yachts are not supposed to enter or clear at these.

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gts1544
gts1544 says:
Jun 12, 2015 07:06 AM

Saba Rock Resort has a great Happy Hour (4 - 6 PM) with $4 Painkillers and Rum Punches. They offer a free bag of ice and a free water fill with each $30 overnight mooring ball receipt. Use caution as there are some $35 Bitter End Resort mooring balls over in the Saba Rock area with no associated freebies. Leverick Bay also offers a free bag of ice and a free water fill with each $30 overnight mooring ball receipt.

gts1544
gts1544 says:
Jun 12, 2015 06:19 AM

To reiterate, we base a USCG documented Beneteau 41' in Tortola by purchasing an annual $200 Temporary Importation Permit, then going across the street with our new permit and purchasing a resident $75 annual National Parks Trust Permit and mast decal. We have been doing this for 20 years, have heard nothing about any time limits, use the boat 10 months a year in the BVI's and have never been hassled. Last permits purchased 1/5/15.

Tangogirl
Tangogirl says:
Mar 29, 2015 08:03 PM

The BVI National Park website indicated the following information below. So to clarify, even if you purchase the temporary importation permit and annual mooring permit (totaling $300USD),you can only stay in the BVI and use the mooring balls for 30day/calendar year?
Thanks!
Moorings

There is a self-registration fee of $15.00 for overnight anchoring or mooring between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Golden Age/Access Passport holders pay half price. Overnight fees must be paid prior to spending the night. Overnight stays in the Park waters are limited to 30 nights in a particular calender year, and no more than seven consecutive nights in one bay. Payment stations are located at Cruz Bay Finger Pier, Caneel Bay Watersports Shop, Hawksnest Bay, Maho Bay Camp, Leinster Bay, Saltpond Bay, and Great Lameshur Bay.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 25, 2015 03:47 PM

Posted on behalf of Robbie Dinion:
The BVI are now chRging a $1 per foot fee for all vessels checking in.
They also charge $10 for each island visited
$10 for a custim services fee
$10 the first time each year you enter
And $20 imigration fee.
Plus the parks fee.
For my private vessel C NUT a 42 Bavaria with just me aboard it was $81 to check in and stay for 1 day.

Robbie Dinion
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Chase Jazzborne
Chase Jazzborne says:
Mar 08, 2014 04:15 PM

DO YOU NEED PROPANE? Click the Road Harbour link and look for propane comment at the bottom for directions.

gts1544
gts1544 says:
Jan 10, 2014 12:57 PM

You can purchase a calendar year long permit in Road Town at the National Parks Trust for $150, including the decal which must be affixed to the base of the mast. Caveat: Our USCG documented boat is based (temporarily, read permanently) in the BVI's by paying $200 annually for a "temporary importation permit" good for the same calendar year. So, for $350, you could stay in the BVI's for a year and use all of the diving mooring balls for that same period. Getting an Immigration Department extension from the main office in Road Town is no problem as long as you are not trying to work there and have the means to support yourself.

kenbrook
kenbrook says:
Nov 25, 2013 05:25 PM

This year, for the first time ever, I was asked by Custom, when checking in, if I needed a National Parks permit. They had no documentation on the park locations. I was told the fees are US$6/day/person or US$50/week/boat of 4 people. Which means US$360 on the daily rate for two cruisers staying the 30 day max allowed or only US$200 for four weeks on the weekly rate. At www.bvinpt under "Mooring Bouy System" I found "To use the mooring bouys you are required to purchase a Parks Permit". So I assume if you do not plan to use Parks mooring bouys (which are day use only - no overnight) you do not need a permit. But "Foreign vessels are required to purchase permits at Customs" which means you need to be prepared to answer the question when you check in.

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