The Virgin Islands are among the world’s loveliest cruising grounds for charters and yachts primarily because of the dozens of pretty islands that exists. The chain of islands and cays are however part of two different countries, some islands are part of the American Virgin Islands and some the British Virgin Islands. St. Thomas and St. John, both in the US Virgin Islands, are ideal for day trips to the BVI. On a British Virgin Islands boat tour you can visit the Baths on Virgin Gorda, picturesque Sandy Spit, the legendary beach bars on Jost Van Dyke, Willy T off of Norman Island, Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, or snorkel at the Indians. BVI day trips from St. Thomas and St. John are usually a full day excursion. We include some of the best BVI boat trips available so that you can explore your options.
BVI Day Trips from St. Thomas
How many islands make up the BVI?
The British Virgin Islands are made up of about 50 islands and islets. The four main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. Tortola is the largest with an area of 21 square miles, followed by Anegada at 15 square miles, Virgin Gorda at 8 square miles and Jost Van Dyke at 3 square miles. Smaller islands include Great Tobago, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Guana Island, Beef Island, Great Thatch, Scrub Island, Sandy Cay, The Indians, Salt Island, Nanny Cay, Marina Cay, Bellamy Cay, Buck Island, Mosquito Island, Necker Island, Prickly Pear, Round Rock, Saba Rock, Sandy Spit, Frenchman’s Cay, Little Wickam’s Cay, George Dog Island, Ginger Island, Great Camanoe, Great Dog Island, Green Cay, Carvel Rock, Cockroach Island, Dead Chest Island, East Seal Dog Island, Eustatia, Fallen Jerusalem, Little Camanoe, Little Cay, Diamond Cay, Dog Islands, Little Jost Van Dyke, Little Thatch, Little Tobago, Old Jerusalem Island, Oyster Rock, Pelican Island and West Dog Island. Wickams Cay and two other small cays, Bird Cay and Dead Horse Cay, were part of a land reclamation project and are today part of Road Town, Tortola.
Take a BVI day trip while vacationing in the US Virgin Islands and you can go from St. Thomas to Tortola, visit Jost Van Dyke from St. John, or you can do a multi-stop BVI charter. You will have an amazing time island hopping in the British Virgin Islands.