RUNAWAY cruises the US and British Virgin Islands (excluding St. Croix).
There really is no set schedule in the Virgin Islands. You’ll want to relax and take each day as it comes. The order in which we visit islands is quite often dictated by the direction of the wind and weather to ensure both a safe, comfortable cruise and overnight anchorage.
Your trip will begin at Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This is only a short taxi ride from the airport. Often our first stop is Francis Bay, a nice anchorage on St. John in the Virgin Islands National Park. The next day we’re off to the British Virgin Islands, where we’ll clear BVI Customs in Jost Van Dyke.
Generally speaking, Runaway cruises around the island of Tortola in a counter-clockwise direction. In a full week charter, we’ll visit such islands as:
Where we pick you up and drop you off. Known for its’ duty free shopping and ease of access by air.
Dubbed the U.S. “St. Barts”. Trendy restaurants, bars and shopping in Cruz Bay. With a National Park owning half the island, there are many beautiful undeveloped beaches as well.
Home to Foxy’s and White Bay Sandcastle’s Soggy Dollar Bar with a pristine palm lined beach.
The setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, with the caves that Ben Gunn hid the treasure in. Fabulous snorkeling and a great place for other water sports such as waterskiing, tubing, and kayaking. There’s also a nice “rustic” hike that circles Spyglass Hill.
There’s one very popular anchorage with afternoon or nightlife at both the “Willy T” and “Pirates”. Also, our favorite bay, not far away yet secluded with great snorkeling. Usually there are only a few boats, if we’re not the only one!
Fabulous 5 star resort with the amenities you would expect including a first class spa and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There is a large comfortable quiet anchorage also good for snorkeling and water sports as well as a scenic walk or longer hike on a more open, manicured “road”.
Home of the world famous “The Baths”, the most photographed spot it in the BVI. It’s used in many television and print advertisements for its’ scenic beauty. Also, the Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock in North Sound. A short dinghy ride away is Leverick Bay with Michael Beans famous happy hour pirate show. Some nights there’s music and dancing at one of the establishments.
One of the largest Virgin Islands in size, over 3 miles wide and 15 miles long yet only populated by about 200 people. This island is different than the rest being that this is made by the ocean bottom coming above water instead of formed by volcanic action. This means the island is only 28 feet tall at its’ highest point and made of coral, not rock. With amazing white sand beaches most of the way around it with shallow water, bone fishing is great. The island is known for its’ lobster beach barbecue. As the anchorage is only 7 feet deep with a shallow channel to enter, the weather has to be very settled for us to visit Anegada.
Each trip is customized to your individual parties’ desires and requests. We’ll plan the next day or so while you’re on board.
If your group prefers lots of snorkeling, we’ll usually spend more time on the south side of Tortola around Norman and Peter Islands where the snorkeling is better, more protected, and the water clearer.
Rendezvous scuba diving is available with Blue Water Divers. You may want to visit their website http://www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com for more information.
Just remember… RELAX… you’re on vacation!