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Learn to scuba in the BVI among the incredible reefs

For an exciting twist to your next Virgin Islands bareboat yacht charter, take a little time and learn to .

Charterers spending time in Tortola, BVI can now take rendezvous diving and scuba education programs during their sail bareboat vacations, thanks to a new partnership with , a PADI dive center.

Says, Mike Rowe, a course director at Sail Divers, “We realize families often refine their traditional travel plans for more meaningful and interactive vacations.

Indeed, self-drive luxury sailing charter vacations combined with watersports such as snorkeling and diving can certainly fulfill such wishes.

A new diving reservation desk has been opened in Roadtown, Tortola, BVI at the bareboat fleet base.

Sail Caribbean Divers has three full-service dive centers, with four dive vessels at the three centers in the BVI – at , , and Norman Island.

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Wreck of the Rhone, BVI -

Certified divers can enjoy guided dives of incredible sites like the Wreck of the Rhone, a British ship that sank in 1867.   Novice divers can take a certification course or simply enjoy a short, introductory dive course.

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If you are planning to fish in the , don't forget to get a license!

Are you planning a bareboat in the British Virgin Islands this winter or spring?

If you are, you are probably contemplating packing a small rod and reel in your duffle bag.  After all, catching your own dinner is one of the true delights of a sail bareboat adventure.

Before you pack your fishing gear, take note – if caught fishing without a in the British Virgin Islands, you will be subject to heavy fines, and your fishing equipment (and the sail yacht bareboat you have rented) may be confiscated by authorities.

It is this simple:  It is a legal requirement that anyone dropping a hook and line in the waters MUST have a fishing license.

Each person fishing must have a recreational fishing license, except persons age 18 and under.

For a $10 fee, Last Stop Sports (LSS) in Tortola, BVI can process the license application for yacht charter customers and their guests before arrival. Clients must send all required documents to LSS at least one week in advance.

For last minute bookings, starting on a weekend, the deadline is Thursday at 9a.m.

The license is valid for 1 month and costs $45.

A photocopy of a valid photo ID must accompany the application.

It is not necessary to rent fishing gear from LSS – they can still process the licensing request, and they will have the licenses available for pickup upon arrival at the yacht fleet base in the British Virgin Islands.

Licenses can also be obtained directly from the Department of Conservation and Fisheries Administration building in Road Town, Tortola, BVI. The government office closes early on Friday afternoons and doesn’t reopen until Monday morning.  It is closed weekend and public holidays. Call the at 284 494-3429 for more information.

To book your own Caribbean odyssey this winter or spring, contact Bareboat.com here.

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