The British Virgin Islands, that ring of islands sheltering a cruising ground renowned as Nature’s Little Secrets, provide a unique and perfect sailing vacation that is difficult to equal anywhere else on the planet. Maybe on other planets there’s something that might come close as sailing holidays are becoming more popular,but Pacific Wave doesn’t have the charts for them yet.
There is a lot of nature about. A typical week in the BVI onboard Pacific Wave gives opportunity for snorkelers to see a lot of FISH. The biodiversity is staggering. The reefs are home to more than you’ll have seen in Finding Nemo. Cool dude green turtles cruising, purple clouds of blue tang, pufferfish, damsels close to the reef, majestic spotted eagle rays gracefully flying by, octopus, and pelican’s fishing with beaks stretched full. Everything except the S word. No fish starting with S here. And Nemo, sadly you won’t see Clownfish. The fish are mostly in the water. Some jump out onto the grill. It’s sad, but you don’t get to the top of the food chain by eating pulses, otherwise the world would be run by guinea pigs.
Terrestrial nature is a little thin on the ground, other than chickens (everywhere) and GOATS. Now our caprinae friends have a long and distinguished history in the BVI, and are still something of a strategic reserve in the event of a complete Tropicom shipping disaster. Peter Island, at one time called Goat Island, is goaty paradise. This is where other more spiritual goats dream of going after they’ve been curried. You are likely to hear the kids in the morning at Great Harbour, will probably not actually see them, and will most definitely never ever catch one.
And birds, all of them jumping with no bathing costume from the Willie T.
The islands are small with a total population similar to the town of Charlotte Amalie on a quiet three cruise ship day. Perfectly distributed as if by divine intervention to be a two or three-hour gentle sail apart, the islands provide a new and interesting anchorage every night. Imagine beach front bare-foot in the sand restaurants, locally caught fish (see above) sizzling, and sitting with your favourite cocktail in a tall ice filled glass while watching the sun set and Venus rising. Sound like heaven? Mmmm…it is.
There is a risk that in revealing detail on these ‘secrets’, in sharing our experiences of days sailing in the sun on warm clean breezes with crystal blue water cascading like champagne poured down the deck, we’ll publicise them to a state of overcrowding. In that unfortunate situation we may have to move anchorage – to one with fewer than three other yachts.
Join Pacific Wave in the British Virgin Islands for an experience of a lifetime and let us show you our version of Nature’s Little Secrets. For us it is days cheerfully spent showing you paradise, for you it is a vacation unlike no other on Earth.