BVI Necker Belle
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Experience an exclusive tailor-made itinerary on board Sir Richard Branson’s private world-class yacht – Majestic Necker Belle. Witness an elaborate courtship ritual up close in February and March 2012 when the Necker Belle will be sailing to the Silver Bank, southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, when up to 7,000 humpback whales visit the area on their annual migration south.
Necker Belle’s maximum cruising speed is 14 knots under power and 20+ knots under sails with a range of 1,500 nautical miles under cruising speed. The interior is just as impressive. The living area spans almost the full-beam of the main deck and features a huge 52-inch flat screen TV, a bar and service area. Watch the most beautiful sunsets from the main deck before your meal on the beautiful outdoor dining area, which can host up to 30 people when Necker Belle is at anchor or docked in port.
Four beautifully appointed main cabins, all en-suite and fully air-conditioned, feature large windows and are situated on the main deck above the water line. The Master suite offers stunning views of the ocean, has ample storage space along with a comfy queen bed, private bathroom with a double basin and shower room. Two out three double guest cabins can be arranged into twins beds.
Activities include water-skiing, game fishing and scuba diving or climbing up to the crow’s nest, 25mt up the mast.
For an additional charge you can experience a 3-person aero submarine that can dive down to a depth of 30 mt. Uncover ancient shipwrecks, fly side-by-side with dolphins, or spy hop with whales. It can travel at up to 6 knots with a trained pilot at the helm. Dives typically last from 1-2 hours and passengers wear scuba breathing gear.
The closest international airport is on Tortola (Beef Island), which is a 35-minute flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico and up to a one-hour flight from Antigua. Necker Island can be reached by helicopter from Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, San Juan and other neighboring islands.