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Tourist Information Center
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tel: +1 284-852-6020 | 1-800-835-8530
Area: 59 sq. miles (153 sq. km.)
Official Name: British Virgin Islands
Capital City: Road Town on Tortola
Official Languages: English
Government: British Dependent Territory
Climate: Tropical with its rainy season from June through November.
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) – Please note that you will be required to pay a $10 USD tourist tax in cash upon arrival. You will need to keep your receipt for the remainder of your stay. (Please note: this ‘tax’ is an Environmental & Tourism Levy payable at ALL ports of entry (ferry and clearing in by boat too), not just the airport.
Standard Boarding Time Procedures
Arrive By Time: 5:00 PM
Sleep Aboard: Boarding Time: 6:00 PM
**Please note that you will not be able to leave the base on the day of your sleep aboard
Please inquire with the base staff upon check-in to confirm that day’s briefing schedule. 6PM Sleep Aboard reservation briefings are the following morning.
All skippers and first mates must watch the online Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, the use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.
Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 6:00 pm
A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.
Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Only one per boat.
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. Guests can purchase a SIM card from Digicel if needed. Guests can also rent from Renport directly if they wish.
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.
In the BVI, 110/60V AC, 60 HZ standard US 2-pin plugs are used. The Moorings docks are equipped with 110V power outlets. All yachts are equipped with power cables and 110V plugs. Yachts must be hooked into shore power or must have the generator on (if applicable) to use the boat outlets for hairdryers, computers, etc. There is a 12V cigar lighter outlet by the chart table on all of our yachts and many yachts now have USB ports. Some larger vessels may be outfitted with Three Phase Electricity.
Wi-Fi is now available on all Exclusive and Exclusive Plus yachts in the BVI. For an additional fee, Wi-Fi can be added to Club yachts.
Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.
Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.
*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt, and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a “car” outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.
The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit bvi.gov.vg.
US Dollars and US traveler’s checks are used throughout the BVI. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places.
Taxes & Fees
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review Travel Advice Information. Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov
Swimming is often a fun and important part of a vacation. However local rules, flag systems, currents and where swimming may be permitted, can be different and vary from country to country. Snorkel vests, Life Jackets and Diver Down flags are all available on board.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS
DO NOT OVERESTIMATE YOU ABILITY
BVI have a range of interesting diving spots, but it is not permitted to dive independently. Rendezvous diving is advisable, which can be booked through local operators on the islands. SailCaribbean have an office on our base – they are a PADI 5-star IDC centre offering rendezvous diving at various points throughout the BVI, for certified and non-certified divers. Sailcaribbeandivers.com
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets, harnesses, snorkel vests & diver down flags. You can see all this equipment demonstrated in our online safety briefing, and we strongly recommend that you make use this equipment during your vacation. This safety equipment will be displayed in the saloon of your boat on boarding – If you have any questions feel free to ask our base staff during your briefing.
We have a very limited supply of children’s life jackets on base so highly recommend that if you are travelling with children, you bring their own. This ensures that children have correctly fitting jackets that are comfortable for them.
Children should not be allowed in the dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and should wear a buoyancy aid or harness whilst on deck.
Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.
Vaccination and Immunization Information
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.
You can purchase comprehensive travel insurance, through our partner, Redpoint, for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings vacation.
Wickhams Cay II
PO Box 139, Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
The base is open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, seven days a week (evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived).
July – September: our hours are 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
A formal sailing license is not mandatory to charter here.
Sailing lanes are generally open; however, the National Parks Trust protects a number of reefs and sailing areas. Download The Moorings’ BVI Charter eGuide here.
Cruising Area Restrictions
It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require a two-person minimum on board.
Charts & Pilot Books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance. You will need to fill out the Sailing or Power resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.
Please Note: If you enter The Baths by land, you must take your permit from your charter documents with you or you will be charged an additional entrance fee of $3 USD for adults and $2 USD per child.
Moorings Fees & Taxes
Moor Seacure Ltd. manages moorings balls throughout the BVI. Mooring fees are charged nightly (typically $30 USD per night). Boaty-Ball.com also manages reserved mooring balls in select BVI destinations. Please visit Boaty-Ball.com to check availability.
Fuel, waste and oil disposal services are normally found at larger harbors and marinas, such as: Nanny Cay, Road Town, Hodges Creek, Leverick Bay, and Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. Other outlets that provide water, ice and a wide variety of provisions can be found at Cane Garden Bay, Trellis Bay, Penn’s Landing, Jost Van Dyke, and other locations throughout the islands. Note: Moorings yachts at the Tortola Base are provided with navigation charts for the British Virgin Islands cruising area only.
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina
Marinas – Virgin Gorda
Leverick Bay Resort
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Mariner Yacht Club Hotel (Tortola)
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina (Tortola)
Leverick Bay Resort (Virgin Gorda)
Maria’s By The Sea
Treasure Isle Hotel
Nanny Cay Hotel
Scotiabank, Chase Manhattan, CIBC (will exchange foreign currencies) and Banco Popular.
Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Located on Blackburn Highway in Road Town.
Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Brandywine – approximately 15-minute taxi ride
Bananakeet – approximately 25-minute taxi ride
Pusser’s – approximately 5-minute taxi ride
There are also a number of grocery stores within walking distance, or a short car ride, from the base which you can use, for example Riteway Supermarket, One Stop Superstore, Bobby’s Supermarket, and The Ample Hamper. Hours of operation vary based on the day of the week as well whether it’s the low or high season, so be sure to call your desired store ahead of time.
The Allamanda Gallery(link sends e-mail) showcases the photographic artwork of Amanda Baker, who has been capturing the British Virgin Islands (in all its hues) since her arrival as delivery crew on a Moorings 432 in 1988. After ten years of owner, operating a private charter boat based in Tortola, she launched Virgin Portraits Photography and opened the first “Allamanda Gallery” in 2007 in Road Town. In July 2021, she opened Allamanda Gallery #5 located opposite Charlie’s at The Moorings base, offering an array of prints, books & souvenirs, as well as customizable metal prints, canvases and beautiful scenic photographs all available to ship worldwide. Unique teak framing and creative displays are her forte’.
Take a tour of the island
Explore the cruising ground from high up in the mountains. Hire a taxi and go for a drive through many of the steep hills.
Taxi out to this Tortola restaurant for one of the best fine dining experiences in the BVI. With stunning views, lush décor and a mouthwatering array of Mediterranean cuisine, Brandywine is an excellent setting for celebrating a special occasion or simply commemorating your first or last night in Tortola. Popular menu items include Moules a la Mariniere (steamed mussels in white wine), lobster and fennel salad, lamb shank and filet mignon.
Explore North Shore
Take a taxi out to the north shore and explore an array of beautifully secluded beaches like Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach.
Gear up, lock in and whiz through the hills overlooking Tortola on a fun-filled zip line tour. It’s a thrilling experience that’s perfect for the entire family. Front desk reception can arrange zip line excursions for customers as needed.
The Moorings dive partner, Sail Caribbean Divers is a PADI 5-star dive company in the British Virgin Islands and is located at our base. They offer rendezvous excursions to any one of the BVI 73 official dive sites, as well as equipment rentals, instructional courses and more. Sail Caribbean Divers has four custom dive boats ranging from 26’ to 46’. They can accommodate parties from 6 to 24 people per boat.
If you are interested in an unforgettable diving experience, please visit Daily Dive Trips – Sail Caribbean Divers(link sends e-mail) to see prices and instructions on how to book. If you have any queries regarding the diving packages on offer, please email email@example.com(link sends e-mail).Rendezvous Diving
Choose from a variety of options and arrange a meet-up at any of the locations listed below. SCD will bring their custom dive boat(s) and everything you need for a safe and fun scuba excursion.
Discover Scuba – for those who do not have certification
2 tank dive AM or PM & 1 tank dive PM – must show certification, must bring it with you
Pick up locations for Rendevouz Diving:
We are unable to provide masks and snorkels to our customers, fins are available if you wish to use them. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.
If you plan to fish in the BVI, you will need to obtain your recreational fishing licence directly from Sail Caribbean. For instructions on how to apply for a fishing permit, please visit Fishing Permits – Sail Caribbean Divers(link sends e-mail).
Please take note on the following:
Please see the rental reservations form and pricing: SCD RENTAL RESERVATION FORM – WC2 MARINER INN & MARINA (sailcaribbeandivers.com). Send your rental forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries about fishing licences, please email email@example.com
During the winter months (Nov. to Jan) the wind is from the northeast at 15-20 knots. The Christmas winds can produce 25-30 knots for several days at a time. In February the winds move to the east and by June it changes to the southeast at 10-15 knots. September & October the trade winds are at its weakest and the weather can be less settled. By November the high pressure system around Bermuda starts to stabilize and 15-20 knot breezes become the norm. Local seas are “relaxed” seas and generally in the 3-4 foot range.
In the British Virgin Islands, the tide range is very small: 12 inches – 18 inches (one to two feet) including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds.
Client can obtain the weather situation at any time by listening to the maritime weather forecasts. Weather updates are given hourly during severe weather.
Historical Weather (Averages by month):
|Avg. #Wet Days
|Avg. Wind Speed
|NE 15-25 kts
|E 15-25 kts
|E 15-25 kts
|E 15-25 kts
|SE 15-20 kts
|SE 15-20 kts
|SE 15-20 kts
|SE 15-20 kts
|SE 5-15 kts
|SE 5-15 kts
|NE 5-20 kts
|NE 15-25 kts