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25th April 2009, 06:19 PM
The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. Approximately fifteen of the islands are inhabited. The largest island, Tortola, is approximately 20 km (approx. 12 mi) long and 5 km (approx. 3 mi) wide. The islands have a total population of about 22,000, of whom approximately 18,000 live on Tortola. Road Town, the capital, is situated on Tortola.

The British Virgin Islands are perfect for sailing. First, the weather is warm year-round, with excellent trade winds blowing nearly constantly up to 25 knots, and a little stronger in winter - perfect for catching in sails. The islands are pocked with little bays and small anchorage points ideal for anchoring and snorkeling, swimming, or just enjoying the views of the closely-placed islands. Because the archipelago is so dense with islands, the waters stay exceptionally smooth, even where the channels run deep - this is great not just for sailing, but also for protecting the many beautiful reefs scattered throughout.

On arrival the "Q" flag must be flown until clearance formalities are completed. The skipper and all crewmembers must present themselves in person to immigration. The ship's papers, passports, last port clearance certificate, an inward and/or outward manifest, and full crew list must be presented.

Full customs formalities are required for clearing in and out when sailing between the islands in the group.

Visiting yachts MUST obtain a fishing permit if they wish to fish in BVI waters. Catching lobster, spearfishing and collecting live shells is prohibited.

No jet-skis are allowed to be used in BVI waters.

Islands in the Group:
Tortola (Port of entry)
Jost van Dyke (Port of entry)
Virgin Gorda (Port of entry)
Peter Island
Cooper Island
Norman Island
Beef Island
Ginger Island
Great Camanoe
Great Thatch
Guana Island
Mosquito Island
Necker Island
Salt Island

The BVIs on the World Cruising Wiki - HERE (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=UK_Virgins)

6th May 2009, 11:51 PM
Just to correct the info. It is only neccessary for the skipper to go to customs and immigration, not whole crew. Ports of entry are Road Town, West End, Spanish Town Virgin Gorda and Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke. It is not neccessary to check in and out between the islands of the Virgin Islands (British). If however you wish to go to the United States Virgin Islands from the Virgin Islands then you will have to clear from the one country to the next in the usual way.