Brewed, Not Stirred...
Bond will swap his trademark martini for a sip of the brew...Heineken! We think this is a perfect fit for us! To celebrate the partnership we have listed most frequented bars in the BVI where you can find cold delicious Heineken. Sail throughout these gorgeous island chains of the BVI in order to do your bar hops and no better way to do it than onboard "Bond, James Bond!"...our brand new 4 Cabin Lagoon 450!
The ultimate 007 Catamaran!
What makes this catamaran Bond worthy? We believe there are certain elements making this the ultimate 007 catamaran! Superior performance, larger deck areas, luxury f eatures below and above decks and the amazing fly bridge are just some of the key highlights onboard the new Lagoon 450.
Cruise Like Bond!
We can easily picture Daniel Craig lounging above decks, on the fly bridge of this luxury 007 catamaran. We do suggest to him, to consider the Lagoon 450 as the location for the next bond Flick, don't you think? Read more on the catamaran highlights.
Dress like a Bond Girl!
So you may never have a bikini body like a Bond Girl (join the club!). But you could dress like one in a piece from Peter Island Resort's upmarket Boutique & Spa. From gold watches, an exclusive Helipad to quality bikinis and sarongs; Peter Island is the spot that Bond would visit whilst sailing! Only accessible via boat! Peter Island feels & looks just like James Bond's Caribbean!
James Bond's Caribbean.
How good is your knowledge of the British, Virgin Islands? View our gallery of images/itineraries and suggested route...perfect shooting locations for the next James Bond film!
#1: Mega-yacht Feel...
#2: Accommodations on three levels
#3: Three separate outside social areas
#4: Cutting edge technology & sophisticated design
#5: Did we say Fly bridge! Or should we say Open air salon?
#6: Sunbathing areas on rear of fly-bridge and foredeck!
#7: Cockpit accessible via master cabin and guest cabin...
#8: VIP accommodations with luxury finish, fully air conditioned.
#9: Penthouse living in salon with airy, bright and 360 panoramic views
#10: Tried and tested crew! Yip, they are fun, experienced and knowledgeable
Leon hails from Cape Town South Africa and was born with salt water in his blood. After growing up with a father who was the youngest captain in the South African Navy and living in various coastal cities, Leon began a 15 year career in the navy. During most of this time he served on various vessels at sea and participated in local and international missions including 2 visits to Antarctica. The navy also opened the door for a career in sailing. Before he knew it he was competing in local sailing events, including multiple Double Cape races and in 1996 he completed the transatlantic Cape Town to Rio De Janerio sailing competition. In 1999 after retiring from the Navy, he completed his Royal Yacht Master Association Yacht Master qualification and came to the British Virgin Islands. In addition to his passion for sailing, Leon also enjoys diving as a PADI certified Dive Master.
Michelle also grew up around the water, first in Northern Wisconsin and then the Atlantic Ocean and creeks of South Carolina. Michelle's love for adventure and challenge led her to the Caribbean in 2004. After a 10 year career as a Registered Nurse and then a Certified Nurse Midwife with 246 deliveries under her belt; with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree, Michelle turned her interest for sailing and culinary arts into a whole new career. Michelle has blossomed into an experienced chef combining Caribbean cuisine with a Southern flare. As a chef/hostess she is both friendly and attentive to guests' needs and wants.
Leon and Michelle have been chartering for nearly 6 years and have completed over 200 charters together. In addition to chartering in the British Virgin Islands, they have also chartered in other Caribbean islands including St. Martin, St. Bart's, and Anguilla. In 2007 they took on another challenge sailing 1,000 miles each way to charter in the Bahamas before returning to the BVI, their home away from home. Leon and Michelle are an enthusiastic and dynamic professional crew who combine their knowledge, experience, and an infectious passion for adventure into an experience of a lifetime for Adeia II's guests.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, 18th July 2012 - Visitors will soon have added options when travelling to the British Virgin Islands, with the addition of Seaborne Airlines to the country's air transportation.
Beginning on the 1st October 2012, Seaborne Airlines will be operating two flights daily between San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico and the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport in the BVI. Seaborne Airlines plans to significantly increase service in 2013 to facilitate up to seven flights daily to the BVI.
Over the next eight months, Seaborne Airline will be expanding its fleet of aircrafts to include the Saab 340B, which will have the capacity to hold up to 34 passengers per flight. With twice the number of seats per aircraft and additional scheduled flights, the new planes will be able to facilitate in meeting the high demand of air travel to the BVI. The first Saab 340B aircrafts will be incorporated into the fleet at the end of the year and will start flying to the BVI in March 2013.
According to newsismybusiness.com, Seaborne President Omer ErSelcuk said, "The Saab is the perfect blend of comfort, speed, fuel efficiency and size. Larger aircrafts cannot provide the higher level of frequency the travelling public prefers. While smaller aircrafts tend to miss on comfort," he said. "We believe the Saab is the best aircraft to help us grow our existing and new planned markets."
The addition of this St. Croix based Airline will create alternate options that will facilitate in tourists travels to and from the Territory. Seaborne Airlines also plans to increase its service to its existing routes between San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas and Vieques, Puerto Rico.
The Daily News readers have named Seaborne Airlines the Best Small Airport Transportation, serving the Virgin Islands since 2007.
“Sailing in the BVI’s
So, you’re going to the BVI’s for the firs time! Congratulations! You are about to find out why the BVI’s are considered the world’s best sailing destination. Now, you want to ensure you hit the right spots, at the right time and ensure that you squeeze every cent out of your well deserved vacation
The first and best tip we can provide is plan, plan and plan again!
Follow our monthly tips on chartering and get great insight on how to get the most out of your vacation in various locations.
A typical itinerary consists of 7 days. During the summer your might be chartering for 10 days. If you lucky you get to charter for 14 days and if this is the case, you can get to see everything. Below are some useful tips we thought would interest you.
1. Visit charter blogs like http://www.catamarans.com/blogs/index.aspx or traveltalkonline.com as some of these sites give you some in depth info on how, what, when, where when it comes to charter. Inside information is share by sales agents, charter guests and general sailors in the area. You can also join fodors.com, trip advisor and visit tourist board info to get more info.
2. - Pick up a copy of Cursing Guide to the British Virgin Islands from Amazon or your local bookstore. There will likely be a copy on board your boat but it could be out of date. You should review it beforehand. Invaluable info about anchorages, approaches, facilities, etc. Plan an itinerary before you go. Of course, you can change it as you go but it would be better to have a rough idea of where you want to go and what you want to do in advance.
3. When you are arrive on charter, you might be sailing that day and your catamaran check out will also take place that day. Prepare a list of questions prior to the briefing. Consider purchasing some navigation maps prior to your departure and get familiar with them. In this way, you can ask a ton of questions and feel confident when you set sail.
4. - Watch your water usage. If you're sailing with newbie’s, impress upon them that water is expensive and limited. With four people you won't run out of water unless folks are extravagant but I've been on cruises where it happened. You can re-supply at places like North Sound but be prepared to pay diesel-like prices for a gallon of water dockside. Filling the tanks on a 40ft.+ boat ain't cheap
5. Oh, and double-check to make sure your water tanks are full you leave. Some companies might not have time to full up the boat correctly due to short turnarounds or Sometimes will "forget" to top them off. It is advised to charter with a company that does not do same day turnarounds. E-mail us and we will tell you who’s those companies are!
6. Ask the base manager if the bottom of hull has been checked? Many elite companies do this; many of the smaller companies at owner’s expense get a professional diver to dive the bottom at the end of turnaround. This ensures you don’t have any problems whilst on charter and don’t get blamed if the previous guy did run aground!
7. Get to your night's anchorage early. Although April/May won't be as crowded as some other times of the year, prime spots can go fast. Unlike the old days, at least there are mooring balls available (for a fee) but if they're all taken you'll need to set an anchor. Also, early arrivals have more room to maneuver within the anchorage, have plenty of light to see, and can pick the choice spots. Back in the day, one of the most entertaining things was to get anchored early, break out the painkillers, then relax and watch the carnival as inexperienced sailors try to set an anchor. Not so prevalent these days but even the simple task of picking up a mooring pennant can foil a large number of charterers.
8. - The most common itinerary is to pick up your boat and make a short first day's sail to Trellis Bay or Norman Island, and then proceed counter-clockwise around the BVI. If things are crowded, one trick is to do the opposite: Make your first night at Jost, then go clockwise and end up at Norman on your last night. Then you've got a short sail back to Road Town and you'll hit the intermediate spots on somewhat of an off day.
9. - Spend a lot of time at Jost Van Dyke, preferably at the Soggy Dollar Bar Visit Marina Cay and go to Trellis Bay and eat banana pancakes at de loose Mongoose! Eat at Elm’s BBQ in Cane Garden Bay, preferably on the BBQ night!
10. When you sail to the North Sound (Bitter End Yacht Club) take your dinghy around back off Bitter End so you can see Necker Island as there is some fine snorkeling there.
11. Check with your charter company about sailing to Anegada. Some companies won’t allow it unless you have done it before or restrict you to going with a flotilla. Or unless you have an extensive sailing resume. The approach can be tricky for beginning charterers. But if you can hook up with a group and make the trip, it's a great, fun sail. You're out of the protected Drake channel and won't even see the island until almost right up on it. Although Anegada is now pretty well marked and much easier to get into. Most companies do allow the trip to Anegada but is advised to talk with your boat check out manager and inform him because he can give you some inside tips.
15. DRINKS LOTS OF PAINKILLERS: What is a painkiller? “Painkillers are a drink that was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar (but you can get them everywhere). They are made with rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, cream de coco and a pinch of nutmeg. They are delicious, but very potent.”
And most important! Shut down the engine and SAIL THE DANG THING. You'll be shocked at how many people just use the boat to motor between spots and never unfurl a sail. Might as well just rent a power boat. The BVI are glorious and easy sailing. Enjoy your trip to the fullest.