When you book Endless Summer II exclusively, as a group (private, whole boat booking), there is no need to keep to a set schedule. It's your holiday and we want you to enjoy it to the full. You can go wherever you desire within our cruising area, the British Virgin islands - weather and time permitting. Your captain will ask for your input and develop an itinerary that encompasses your wish list and offer other areas he feels you would enjoy. It's a very flexible arrangement but the weather and sailing conditions do have the final say!
When the boat is booked "By-the-Cabin", then things are simplified by offering a set itinerary, but still flexible. Changes are often made in deference to weather and other pertinent sailing conditions or because they meet with the group's collective wishes.
This could be a typical itinerary - but there are lots of variations!
Endless Summer II is ready for you to board from 12 noon at our private slip at the end tee of dock F in Nanny Cay Marina. After introductions, and a brief orientation, we'll leave you to your unpacking. Once everyone is settled in, we fit you up with your personal mask and flippers for the week and then head out for Peter Island. Your first lunch and a swim in a perfect cove. There is an opportunity to go ashore and walk around the exclusive Peter Island Resort or try out some of the water sports the yacht has on board.
After breakfast, the sails are hoisted and we set sail! Tacking up under full sail in the protected waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel is a thrill for everyone. A lunchtime stop with a chance for great snorkelling, is made at either Salt Island or Cooper Island. Mid afternoon, we set off for our overnight anchorage at Marina Cay. The Robb White Bar on the top of Marina Cay is the place to be for Happy Hour. In season, Michael Bean entertains with his own brand of "pirate humour". After dinner, go on deck with a flashlight and check out the large tarpon that swim through the channel.
Another day of sailing as we head towards our evening stop at North Sound, Virgin Gorda. A lunchtime stop at beautful White Bay, nestled behind Mountain Point is one of our favourite places. Weather permitting, we anchor close to shore in fairly shallow water. The crystal blue water allows a view of the sandy bottom and the movement of the anchor chain over the sand often attracts stingrays. There is very good snorkelling along the edge of the reef , an easy swim straight from the boat. For advanced snorkellers, we can take a dinghy ride to Mountain Point and tie up to one of the dive buoys. A short swim takes you to the rocky headland with deep inlets and caves and a large diversity of fish. After lunch, kayak ashore and walk along the beach. Mid afternoon we leave and head towards North Sound. An exciting sail through the narrow passage between the reefs, takes you into the large, sheltered sound. We usually drop anchor near the Bitter End Yacht Club. There is often time to go ashore for a walk and explore the resort before returning to the yacht for dinner. In the evening, enjoy live music ashore at The Pub or Saba Rock.
Today we plan to stay in North Sound. There is an opportunity for water sports, snorkelling, hiking and exploring. We may well relocate the yacht to either Leverick Bay or just behind the reef off Mosquito Island. Virgin Gorda is a delighful island to explore by land. We can arrange an island tour with either Nat or Glen, our favourite Virgin Gorda taxi drivers, which will take you to The Copper Mine ruins and The Baths.
Weather permitting, this is the day to sail to Anegada, a remote coral island boasting mile after mile of white sandy beach. We leave immediately after breakfast and it's usually a fast two hour sail, skirting the coral reef and anchoring off the Anegada Reef Hotel. A popular excursion is to take a 20 minute safari bus ride across this flat island to Loblolly Bay for a lobster lunch at the Big Bamboo beach bar, followed by a swim and spectacular snorkeling. An alternative is lunch aboard, after which we'll take you by dinghy to a remote beach to walk and swim at your leisure. In the evening, the sunset from the aft deck of Endless Summer II is often quite magnificent, with a chance to see the green flash.
After breakfast, enjoy a down wind sail to Sandy Spit, the epitome of a small coral atoll, and Jost Van Dyke. The Bubbling Pool on the north coast of JVD, and a short walk from Foxy's Taboo on Diamond Cay, is a very exciting cove to visit, particularly when there is a north swell running. I won't say more - don't want to spoil your surprise!! Late afternoon, we move the boat from the Sandy Spit area to our overnight anchorage in Great Harbour, JVD because Foxy's Bar is the place to be around 5pm. If he is on the island, Foxy will gets out his guitar and entertain with his homegrown wisdom and humour. Foxy's is also a place to return to after dinner when the music invites you to dance in the sand, beneath a clear starlit sky.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the BVI is White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. Whether we take a trip in the dinghy over to the beach or walk over the hill from Great Harbour, it promises to be a morning of sun, sea and sand. The small bar there, aptly named The Soggy Dollar, because so many people swim ashore from yachts with dollars in their pockets, claims to have invented the Painkiller drink - the alternative to Pina Coladas. After lunch, we set sail, tacking up the Sir Francis Drake channel heading for The Bight in Norman Island, reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “Treasure Island”. There’s a chance for a last snorkel at the Indians or the Caves on Norman Island. Enjoy Happy Hour cocktails sitting on the sand ashore at Pirate's Bight bar and, after dinner, a visit to the William Thornton floating bar (known locally as the Willy T) provides the atmosphere for a final fling.
An early morning sail back to Nanny Cay and breakfast, with the sad reality that the cruise is almost over. We have spent so many wonderful weeks on "Endless Summer II" with truly great people - weeks we all wished would never end.