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The BVI is a great place to dive with sea turtles
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Healthy reefs and plenty of fish
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Always warm clear waters
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We have a great variety of reserves and protected waters
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Over 100 incredible dive sites
Tel. +1 284 499 1999

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Dive the BVI with Cuan Law



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BVI SAILING VACATION ACTIVITIES ON CUAN LAW

With its beautiful clear waters and stunning green islands rising majestically to the blue skies, the British Virgin Islands are best enjoyed from the sea. The magnificent Cuan Law provides the ultimate liveaboard experience in the BVI. The ambiance is both fun and relaxed, with a wide range of activities to suit everyone, as well as ample opportunity for quiet relaxation!

Beach Barbecue
RELAX & ENJOY

Every week we include a beach barbecue at "The Crawl" - a fabulous rock enclosed beach and pool. It is the highlight of the last afternoon of the trip.

On a picturesque beach, among the huge boulders and shady palm trees, we set up a delicious barbecue featuring delicious meats, fish and colorful salads with, of course, well stocked coolers of wine beer and sodas.
Tables and benches allow for a comfortable meal for all in the shade of the palm trees.

“There is no better place for a beach barbecue than the British Virgin Islands, and no better crew than aboard Cuan Law.
Thanks for a most incredible time!”
Cliff Jumping
ADVENTURE SPORTS

For those into extreme sports, Lee Bay at Great Camanoe has a thrilling rock climb and jumping spot.

“I'll admit, it took a few minutes to make the jump. WOW! Once we'd done that first leap we couldn't get enough!”
Hiking
GUIDES AVAILABLE

We try to fit in at least one hike as well as a tour of the amazing rock formation at The Baths on Virgin Gorda. This gives you a unique perspective of our lovely BVI.

“Hiking on some of the islands was really fun. We got to explore ruins of buildings that have been here since the pirates were here.”
Hobie Cat Sailing
BRAND STRATEGIST

Of course you’re welcome to help our crew with sailing the Cuan Law, but if you enjoy getting a bit closer to the water we also have two Hobie cats on board for you to use. Sail off with a friend for some alone time, or perhaps you can team up with some buddies and go head to head on some races!

“To be able to scuba dive, Kayak, learn to use a Hobie Cat and many more activities all while cruising the waters of the BVI is tremendous. It was a very fun trip.”
Melwer - April 2018
Island Excursions
RELAXING

With so many quiet bays, picturesque anchorages and spectacular diving and snorkeling sites, the BVI is one of the treasures of the Caribbean. Each island has its own unique charms, attractions and sites of interest.

“What makes a good trip enjoyable? Travelling with enthusiastic and engaging crew. My compliments to the crew for making our trip the best ever.”
Kayaking
INCLUDED

Explore the beautiful waters of the BVI by kayak.
We have two single person, and two double person kayaks.

"Kayaking is so easy to learn, and so calming. It's like flying slowly over the water. And the things you see in the water... wow!"
Paddleboarding
INCLUDED

We can’t think of a better activity for the whole family than stand up paddle boarding. Everyone from your little kids to the grandparents will enjoy an afternoon on an iSUP. Unlike other popular water sports like surfing and wakeboarding, paddle boarding is easy to learn and doesn’t require high levels of athleticism.

“The bays where we anchored were always so calm and peaceful. Using the paddleboards was like walking on water. We had a pair of sea turtles come right up to look at us, it was so cool.”
Sailing
EVERY DAY

The British Virgin Islands is one of the world's finest sailing destinations and Cuan Law was designed specifically for this area.
You can either sit back and enjoy Cuan Law's quiet power or lend a hand with one of the massive winches.
With a steady wind behind her she can cruise at speeds of up to 14 knots. The stability provided by her triple hull design defines the phrase "smooth sailing". Sit back on the sunny deck with a cold Piña Colada and you'll never want to go home!

"The water is fantastically clear and there is a tremendous amount of wildlife to be found. Several times we had pods of dolphins swimming near the bow of the boat while we were sailing.”
Scuba Diving
UP TO 15 DIVES PER WEEK

The BVI also boasts an incredible diversity of diving experiences, ranging from colorful coral reefs teeming with small fish to atmospheric wreck diving and thrilling open water sites where divers might spot leatherback turtles, sharks, rays and pelagic fish.

"We had a group of 20 divers on board for a week at the beginning of June. It was my 4th time on Cuan Law over a 16 year span. I have to say, it is better than ever. We have had some amazing experiences and memories and great trips but this was the best. "
Andy Gibb - June 2018
Snorkeling
INCLUDED

Just jump in and go for a swim or snorkel. The water is always warm with winter temperatures of 26° C (79° F) and reaching a peak of 29° (84° F) in the late summer.

“I'm not a diver, but the snorkeling was nothing short of amazing. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat.”
Phyllis Cianfrani Kiziah
Spa Services
NOT INCLUDED (sorry)

This picturesque retreat has spectacular treatment rooms offering breathtaking views unlike any other and the highly-trained therapists deliver masterful experiences enticing the senses while rejuvenating the mind and refreshing the body.

With a treatment menu highlighting Ayurvedic Wellness Treatments, Ixora Spa is a requisite for sailing enthusiasts seeking a true experience that embraces its cliff-side sense of place. Ixora Spa skillfully blends the healing powers of Ayurveda in a variety of wellness treatments that will leave your mind peaceful, muscles relaxed and skin beautiful.
The Baths
NATURAL WONDER

The Baths is an exquisite natural feature that includes several exotic pools and other jaw-dropping sights that have been formed by enormous boulders that lie on the sandy beaches. The other sights include the likes of several hidden compartments whose only sources of light are small to medium-sized openings and other marvels.

“The Baths on Virgin Gorda should be considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World (and the Cuan Law should be the 8th)!”
Wakeboarding
POWER SPORTS

Feel the thrill of being pulled by one of our two tenders powered by 150 horsepower outboards!
Zero to sixty in nothing flat!

“I've wakeboarded with other charter boats... they have 50 or 60hp engines. That just doesn't do it. Having a 150hp pull you is incredible!”
Waterskiing
INCLUDED

Feel the thrill as you are pulled by one of our two 150 horsepower tenders.

“I didn't think I'd be able to water-ski. But after some personal lessons, I was up and flying in no time. It was exhilarating!”
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HOW TO GET TO THE BVI

The most popular route to the British Virgin Islands is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Direct flights to San Juan are available from many US cities. There are over 15 flights per day on the 30 minute hop to Tortola's Beef Island Airport (EIS). You can also fly to and from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (STT) and take the inter-island ferry to Tortola, about a 1 hour ride. This is generally less expensive than the San Juan route.

Dolphin Water Taxi - from St Thomas

If travelling from St Thomas, you could also use our preferred partner, Dolphin Water Taxi, and get a door to door fully-insured service, express customs clearance via the ExpressClear form available from their website, flexibility with late arrivals and an exclusive Cuan Law discount if mentioned when booking. Refreshments are also provided in their cabs and water taxi. Visit their website for further information: www.dolphinshuttle.com.

Beef Island Airport

BOARDING AND DROP OFF

Boarding will usually be on Sunday at 12 noon at the CSY Dock, Road Town, Tortola. Transfers are not included. If you are staying on shore before your trip with us, or arriving at the BVI airport (EIS) on the day that you join us, please let us know your arrival details in advance so that we can arrange for our driver to pick you up. Please let us know if you are coming in by regular ferry from St. Thomas on the day of the Cuan Law trip. You’ll have a couple of ferry options and we’ll walk you through the choices. Keep in mind that we won’t be ready for you until noon so if you decide to make an early start and come over before then we’ll offer ideas about how to spend the morning. Otherwise we’ll have a taxi waiting at the Road Town ferry dock meeting the ferries out of Charlotte Amalie. This short taxi ride will cost around $7.00 per person. Make sure you get off in Road Town and not West End!

We prefer that our guests try to arrive on the island in time for a noon boarding, but if you are delayed, we will get you out to the boat by fast tender.

Disembarkation is generally on Saturday morning in Road Town. The boat comes in early enough to allow time to shop before leaving the islands. You must, in any case, be off the boat by 10:00 am. We arrange transfers to the airport and ferries at your expense. If you are flying out later in the afternoon we are happy to keep your bags on board while you are exploring the Island. Anyone with early flights or ferries will be run ashore in time to meet their transfers, including the earliest at 7.00am.

PACKING

The order of the day is casual and most of us put on shorts and a T-shirt after diving or just change into a dry swimsuit. Shoes are only needed for going ashore and then sandals are the best bet. As dinner is a sit down occasion and a highlight of the day, we ask guests to put on a smart shirt or a light dress.

LAND BASED ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE AREA

For those who would like to extend their stay in the Virgin Islands we can recommend a selection of places, all found on the following websites: Resorts & Hotels and/or Condos & Villas.

The Named Storm season runs from June to November, with the heaviest activity in the BVI historically in September and October when we schedule our annual maintenance break. We are very lucky that we offer such a tiny target for any Named Storm activity, but we do have the following policy in place for guest safety - just in case.
  1. In the event of the approach of a Named Storm, guests will not be permitted to remain on board the Cuan Law.
  2. They may fly home or stay ashore and return to complete the charter aboard Cuan Law when conditions permit. Trimarine Boat Company/Cuan Law will not be responsible for any airfares or shore expenses.
  3. Guests must ensure that if the Cuan Law is deemed to be unavailable due to storm conditions, their trip cancellation policy will cover their loss of time on board. Cuan Law will NOT reimburse for this lost time. Cancellation for storm reasons ahead of a trip MUST also be covered by guest insurance.

General British Virgin Islands FAQ

Why choose the British Virgin Islands for your vacation?

With little desire for mass tourism, the BVI has remained an escape from the bustling souvenir shops and glittery nightlife associated with many Caribbean islands. The BVI has miles of serene beaches, and is considered the best cruising/sailing location in the world. The crystal clear blue waters also provide a perfect setting for unparalleled diving, snorkeling, kayaking and numerous other adventures.

Where are the British Virgin Islands and how do we get there?

Located only 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands are very accessible. Tortola is the largest island in the BVI chain and is easily reached by air from San Juan, PR or by ferry from St. Thomas, USVI.
Which airlines service the British Virgin Islands?

With several flights daily these airlines will get you where you need to go. Cape Air, InterCaribbean and Seaborne. These airlines offer codeshare flights with many major airlines including American, United, Jet Blue & Continental. Code for BVI is EIS.

Do I need a passport?

All visitors are required to have a passport. Non-US citizens should check with the appropriate consulate regarding visas - we are happy to ask on your behalf. Everyone visiting the BVI must have a return ticket.

What currency do I need?

U.S. Dollars

Are there any additional travel expenses?

There is a small departure tax at both the airport and ferry dock. Like all government taxes, we have no way of controlling this. If you need details, please ask us near your travel date.

What if there is a Hurricane while I'm in the British Virgin Islands?

The Named Storm season runs from June to November, with the heaviest activity in the BVI historically in September and October when we schedule our annual maintenance break. We are very lucky that we offer such a tiny target for any Named Storm activity, but we do have the following policy in place for guest safety - just in case.
  1. In the event of the approach of a Named Storm, guests will not be permitted to remain on board the Cuan Law.
  2. They may fly home or stay ashore and return to complete the charter aboard Cuan Law when conditions permit. Trimarine Boat Company/Cuan Law will not be responsible for any airfares or shore expenses.
  3. Guests must ensure that if the Cuan Law is deemed to be unavailable due to storm conditions, their trip cancellation policy will cover their loss of time on board. Cuan Law will NOT reimburse for this lost time. Cancellation for storm reasons ahead of a trip MUST also be covered by guest insurance.

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Specific Cuan Law FAQ

What is the best time of year to sail or dive with Cuan Law in the British Virgin Islands?

With average 78 degree water temperatures in winter and 82 in summer, every month has incredible diving in the BVI and the trade winds offer spectacular, consistent sailing conditions year round. The BVI has plenty of sheltered dive sites throughout the year. In the winter months the southern anchorages are fan favorites and the amazing northern locales are generally dived in summer due to lighter trade winds and fewer Atlantic swells. The winter is more popular because of the winter climate in the USA.

Is there a Water Taxi from St Thomas?

When travelling from St Thomas, if you use Cuan Law's preferred partner, Dolphin Water Taxi, you can take advantage of the following benefits: A 10% discount for Cuan Law guests (plus further discounts for larger groups), door to door service from Baggage Claim to Cuan Law, late arrivals welcome, and express customs clearance. Read more about St. Thomas transfer services from Dolphin Water Taxi.

Do I have to book the whole boat?

No, you can come alone or as a couple on one of our “Headboat” trips. You can also bring a few friends or take all 20 spaces.

What’s included?

Almost everything! Six nights, seven days accommodation in two person cabins, twin or queen, each with private bathroom. 24 hour air conditioning or natural ventilation through hatches and windows. Three meals per day, hors d'oeuvres and snacks. All hot and cold drinks including basic alcoholic drinks and wine with dinner. Fuel for diesels, generators and tenders. (No fuel surcharges). Use of all sporting equipment and scuba tanks, air, weights and snorkeling gear. Instruction in water sports except SCUBA. Help and guidance from crew including scuba. Use of tenders, driven by crew at all times. Limited Wifi (suitable for emails only, most days). Dockage, Local taxes.

Soap, beach towels?

We provide beach and bath towels, hand soap, and our shower gel & shampoo are courtesy of a great local eco-freindly company E/C Soap www.ecsoapco.com

What’s NOT included?

Diving equipment rental except masks, fins, snorkel, tanks, weight belt, and air as detailed above. Nitrox
Here's more information about our rental gear and prices: Rental Dive Gear
Diving instruction. Here's more information about our dive courses and prices: PADI Scuba Instruction Courses
All expenses before and after stay on vessel.

Are kids welcome?

Yes, on Headboat trips kids 10 and older are welcome, and any family members 17 or younger get a reduction of $1,000.00 per person off the regular rate! On wholeboat bookings, there is no minimum age and Family Pricing is available on request.

What is the power onboard?

We have regular US 110V power throughout Cuan Law. You can charge everything as usual. We don’t provide hairdryers, but you are welcome to bring them.

What is the diving like?

The British Virgin Islands have some of the most popular wreck dives in the Caribbean. Discover the history and hidden secrets of wrecks like the famous R.M.S. Rhone, the Chikuzen, the Beata, and the Marie L. Crystal blue waters and spectacular coral highlight graceful creatures such as sea turtles, rays, barracuda, and even sharks, making this a perfect dive location for every skill level. We can offer easy dives for beginners and low time divers and adventure dives for the more experienced.

Can we rent scuba gear?

Yes. We rent regulators and BCDs (the jacket that holds the air tank). We DO NOT rent wetsuits.

What is the water temperature and do I need a wetsuit?

The water temperature ranges from 78° in the winter months to 82° in the summer months. We suggest a short, 3mm wetsuit if you tend to get chilled during a dive. We do not have any for rent on board but they are available at dive shops on Tortola.

Is there a set itinerary?

No, our itinerary is never set in stone since we try to offer the best diving and sailing each day, depending on the weather etc. We always dive or snorkel the wreck of the RMS Rhone off Salt Island and we always spend time at the Baths on Virgin Gorda. Aside from that you can expect to visit many of the islands off the Sir Frances Drake passage including Norman Island, Peter Island, Cooper Island and Ginger Island. On headboat trips, we usually offer 3 guided dives a day, including a night dive which leaves plenty of time for use of the water toys. On wholeboat bookings, the group can change the itinerary to include more or less diving, or not to dive at all.

I don't dive. Is there a price reduction?

No, sorry. We offer diving much as some hotels offer tennis. Should you not play tennis there is no change in the rate for your stay.

I don't dive. Is this the vacation for me?

Yes! As long as you enjoy the ocean, we offer plenty to do on board, use of the water "Toys" (Hobie cats, sea kayaks, knee boards etc) and on shore, beach combing, strolling or simply unwinding in a hammock on deck. The BVI is one of the very best places in the world for a water based vacation and our crews are trained to treat non divers as First Class citizens.

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