Getting here

How do I get to the BVI?

You can reach us by air, flying straight into Beef Island (EIS).

Beef Island is a very small airport, so a lot of students fly to St. Thomas (STT) and then take the public ferry, or private water taxi, from St. Thomas.

On arrival you will be asked to pay an 'Environmental and Tourism Levy' which is $10.

It is a 5 minute taxi ride to our base from the ferry dock, 30 minutes from the airport.

A departure tax may be payable when you leave - some airlines include it in their fare. Check with your airline or ferry operator.

How do I find Tortola Sailing from the Road Town ferry terminal?

The taxi from Road Town to our base in Road Reef Marina is $5.

Where can I stay ashore?

If you are catching the Ferry in Road Town - Maria's by the Sea or Fort Burt Marina

If you are flying into Beef Island - Scrub Island Resort

Near us - Emiles Resturant and Suites

If you are staying on the island for a couple of days Quitos Inn in Cane Garden Bay

What is the ferry schedule between the USVI and BVI?

Ferry times are here


What should I bring?

Here's a list

What is included?

Here's our list

Where will we be sailing?

Here is our sailing area Typical islands visited are: Norman Island, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. Longer courses may visit Anegada as well.

What will the weather be like?

Air temperature averages 25°C Jan-Mar, increasing to 28°C in Aug/Sep Max/min air temperature 28/21°C Jan-Mar, 31/24°C Aug/Sep Sea temperature averages 26°C Jan-Apr, to 29°C in Sep/Oct. The sea water is warmer than the air. Winds are generally E or SE 10-15 knots. Rainfall ranges between 50mm Feb/Mar, and 161mm Oct/Nov

Who are Tortola Sailing ?

Based in the Road Reef Marina, Tortola Sailing is an ASA and IYT Training school, run by a team of passionate sailing professionals, with many years and nautical miles of sailing experience. Our sailing area

When do I need to pay?

The deposit to secure your booking is 30% of the course fee; then 30% is due 90 days before the start of the course, and the balance is due 60 days before course start.

What experience do I need to sail with Tortola Sailing?

None at all. Whether you are a complete novice never having sailed before or you have been sailing for years, wanting to get a professional qualification to add to your resume, we have a course that will suit you.

With all our courses, we have a good balance of studying, practical sailing and relaxation, because we are aware that although you are here to learn, you may also be on your vacation. In this beautiful location we want to make sure you have time to explore and fall in love with the BVI as much as we have.

Which course is the one for me?

Email us, tell us what experience you have and your aspirations for sailing, and we will recommend the most suitable course for you. Our instructors run each course at the pace of all the students; ensuring safety and comfort is paramount for everyone, (check out our blog on '10 things to expect from a great instructor')

We always have a small ratio of students to instructors, with 5 students to 1 instructor, so you will be able to ask as many questions as you need to, as you go.

What boats do you use?

We have several boats we use here at Tortola Sailing and Sights, depending on the course and number of students.

What do I need to do to book a course with you?

Please complete and return the Booking Confirmation Form which we will send, by email, as soon as you have decided you want to join us. We can thensecure your space on the course.

Please ensure you have completed:

  • Next of kin details

  • Emergency contact details

  • Your 'health statement' (any health issues we should be aware of, any medicine we should be aware of).

Note that we assume that you are capable of joining a (sailing) course and are in a suitable physical condition to do so; also that you can swim and are comfortable with a training course located on a boat.

Will I need insurance?

YES - it is advised that everyone booking a course with us has their own travel insurance. Please ensure your policy covers you for recreational sailing.

What should I pack for my sailing trip?

Here is our list

What are the British Virgin Islands like?

The British Virgin Islands (BVI), consists of more than 50 islands scattered between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic. Known as ‘Nature’s Little Secret’, the BVI has so much to offer those wanting to explore; principal islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. Tortola is the most populated, home to the capital, Road Town, and rainforested Sage Mountain National Park, and many beautiful bays including, Smugglers Cove, Soper’s Hole, Cane Garden Bay. Other islands include Norman Island, Peter Island, and Cooper island, which you may visit during your course. More detaill.

What entry requirements are there for the BVI?

Please contact your consulate to check if you need a visa to enter the BVI. TSS cannot supply specific information.

Visitors (even those not needing a visa to enter) may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, provided that they possess:

  • return (or ongoing) tickets,

  • evidence of adequate means of support and

  • pre-arranged accommodations during their stay.

Visitors wishing to stay longer will need to apply for an extension.

What should I do when I arrive at your office?

On arrival please report to our office/classroom at the base. We ask students to get to us for 9:30 on the first day of their course. Please let us know if you are going to be later, so we can manage the skippers, and other students accordingly.

One of the team will be there to meet you (it's usually your Captain, who will take you through the legal paperwork and then walk you down the dock to your boat (and home for the length of your course).

Our boats are located in Road Reef Marina.

In the event of difficulty on route ring the Telephone for delayed arrival; during office hours: 1-284-340-7594, outside of office hours please call: 1-284-342-0766. Please use this number only for delays outside of office hours or when there is no answer on the office phone number.

What other important information do I need before I get to Tortola?


If you are taking an IYT course then download your course notes.

If you are completing your ASA courses, please make sure to obtain the course books from the ASA website.