Rob Swain Sailing School Sail and Dive Package
British Virgin Islands- 2012- 2013
The BVI is a sailing and diving paradise; our sail and dive cruises Integrate the best of both. Divers have the option of a Jeanneau 50DS or a Bahia 46 catamaran as their personal live aboard platform for exploring the varied anchorages and dive sites of these unique islands. The pace is catered to each guest's mental and physical “decompression”- from a lazy morning coffee in the cockpit to reggae dancing at an anchorage nightspot.
Whether you’re looking to complete your Open Water certification dives, or to progress your skills with a knowledgeable dive instructor, the BVI is the perfect venue. Between dives we will sail the Sir Francis Drake Channel as well as venture into either the Caribbean or Atlantic sides of the islands. You’ll spend 6 nights in beautiful island anchorages and will have the opportunity to log as many as 10 dives. We’ll dive directly from the stern of your charter yacht allowing us to select sites based on current weather, sea state and your abilities.
For those with basic keelboat certification or equivalent experience, who are interested in earning their Bareboat Charter certification, sail training and certification can be incorporated into your sail and dive holiday.
The following is just a sample of the anchorages and dive sites that we’ll have to choose from:
Anchorage: Norman Island – Robert Louis Stevenson based Treasure Island on this picturesque isle and indeed BVIslanders found treasure in her caves in past generations. The schooner restaurant/bar Willy T is a harbor stop.
Anchorage: Peter Island: Great Harbour is a great staging site for several nearby dives. Look closely and you’ll see native iguana amongst the prickly cactus.
Anchorage: Cooper Island: picturesque and home to the Cooper Island Beach Club, a great spot for a sundowner or supper, mind the nearby Manchioneel Trees which exude toxic sap.
Anchorage: Virgin Gorda North Sound. The Bitter End Yacht Club or Saba Rock are favourite watering holes. There is a good collection of Rhone artifacts (collected in early days) ashore. We begin to dive Atlantic side sites
Anchorage: Cane Garden Bay on Tortolas north shore is a quintessential sand beach rimmed Caribbean bay featuring local musician Quito Rymer
Divesites: Brewer Bay Pinnacles host massive biomasses of bait fish amongst her underwater rock and coral spires. They behave like a force field, always 6 inches away from your body parts as you glide through them… an opening ahead will reveal 6-ft silver Tarpon gliding through as they feed.
Anchorage: Jost Van Dyke offers either Great Harbour featuring the music of the world famous Foxy or White Harbour and the always popular Soggy Dollar Bay and the most beautiful beach.