Tis the seasons to start planning your Christmas holiday sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands! Trade in your boots and snow for flip flops and white sand beaches this winter with a week on Cuan Law. We all now how quickly the holidays arrive and now is the best time to get your vacation plans sorted. You can save on flights and rest easy knowing your escape to the BVI is settled before summer starts.
The BVI features beautiful weather all year long, especially in December with average temperatures around 80 degrees. Along with blue skies the water is especially clear which is the perfect setting to discover the best dive sites in the Caribbean. Guests not interested in diving can spend the day snorkeling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in the calm waters around Cuan Law.
We love island excursions as much as diving and our guests wake up to a new island everyday. Bring your favorite hat and sunglasses for an afternoon hiking the world famous Baths in Virgin Gorda. Then cool off with a swim around Spring Bay before we sit down for a fun beach front BBQ served by our friendly staff. There is always time to explore a new beach or hiking path, don’t forget to bring your camera!
Everyone indulges a bit on vacation and with Cuan Law all of your food and drink are included. Right after sunrise our chefs are busy in the kitchen preparing for a buffet breakfast. Lunch is also a buffet served around noon featuring the likes of fresh baked pizza, taco day, fresh salads, BBQ, and local seafood. A recent review on TripAdvisor boasts “The meals were always exceptional as Chef Kellie deftly accommodated our low carb and high protein requests. And Exceptional is an understatement. REALLY excellent and unique provision! We had a Filet that was better than any steak I have had in Texas!”.
Trying to find the perfect holiday gift for your family can be daunting, but rest assured a sailing on Cuan Law in the British Virgin Islands will create memories to last a lifetime. Family and friends of all ages will cherish the time spent together exploring the BVI.
You’ve tied the knot, cut the cake and posed for the photos, now your’e ready for a BVI sailing vacation! Begin your adventure in Tortola by boarding our 105 foot trimaran where our friendly crew will greet you with cocktails and an exciting BVI sailing itinerary.
Your all inclusive sailing charter in the BVI starts with Cuan Law, here are a few highlights you can expect from the trip.
Norman Island – A quick sail over to Norman Island passing the Indians and anchoring near the Caves for a few hours of snorkeling and diving. The views for dinner are truly break taking with the sunset dipping over St. John from the aft deck. Guests love to explore the caves at Treasure Point, an emerald green lagoon that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Virgin Gorda – Spend the afternoon hiking down to explore the Baths through magnificent natural boulder fields. Cool off a bit with a swim around Devil’s Bay before heading over to Spring Bay for our beach bbq. Our staff provides a fun beach front bbq with cold drinks, grilled burger and hot dogs, fruits, salads, desserts and more.
Pristine turquoise waters, balmy air temperatures year-round and unforgettable underwater scenery no matter where you dive keeps the adrenaline pumping for everyone from novice snorkelers to experienced scuba divers. Among the talented crew are two Scuba Instructors and additional Dive Masters. You can take a short Introduction to Scuba course if you are a beginner in a very ‘no Pressure’ environment.
Spa Services – Enjoy a spa day during your sail at Ixora Spa at Scrub Island Resort. 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. (Inquire about availability when booking.)
Dining on Cuan Law
Breakfast on Cuan Law – What an amazing start to the day! From French toast to Eggs Benedict to Blueberry Pancakes to Farmhouse scrambled eggs, you can be sure that our Chef will help you to prepare for another fun day on the water. For the early risers our Continental treats are available from around 6.30am, but you are on vacation, so there is a more relaxed start for those who prefer to snooze as our pipping hot daily special’s are served at around 8.00am.
Lunch on Cuan Law – The casual fun of our buffet lunch served on the aft deck can’t be beat. You’ll enjoy homemade pizza’s, Mexican feasts, fresh zesty salads, and of course our signature cookies and cakes. All of this and the every changing views as each day you’ll be at a new anchorage off any one of the stunning cays and coves making up the beautiful British Virgin Islands.
Dinner on Cuan Law – Dinner is a classic sit-down event and is the culinary highlight of the day. A savory blend of cosmopolitan cuisine and Caribbean fare are complimented by a broad selection of fine wines. A week of dining on the Cuan Law is a truly memorable experience.
While a Cuan Law trip always aims for guests to enjoy a casual and relaxed break, our lovely dinners do have a more formal feel. Think beach-chic restaurant dining, perhaps in Miami and you’ll have an idea of the ambiance and the quality of this evening experience. We offer a wide selection of the best fresh produce available and we also do our best to tailor menus if your group has any specific requests. Our Chef delights in helping you with those Special Celebrations too so please be sure to let us know about birthdays and anniversaries!
“The Cuan Law is a trimaran sailing vessel specifically designed and built for the ultimate diving experience. Luxury accommodations, delicious food, and a terrific captain and crew make this cruise a top notch dive adventure The sensational diving is complimented by onshore adventures. The perfect combination of relaxing and exciting.” – Via mccachrenjm on TripAdvisor
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Imagine waking up every morning to an ever-changing landscape of white sand beaches and emerald seas. Relax with a glass of wine and dine on a wide variety of delicious bites from our culinary team. We would be thrilled to welcome you on board for your honeymoon in the British Virgin Islands. Call or email to book today!
Bring the Whole Family to the BVI for Thanksgiving!
The British Virgin Islands is the perfect spot for any family vacation, especially when your activities, accommodations and meals are included. On Cuan Law, you can expect all of this, with a high level of personal service you would normally experience at a five star resort.
The BVI has beautiful weather throughout the holiday season, and all of your island favorites have been open and thriving for some time. The infamous Willy T is now located at Peter Island with the likes of Cooper Island Rum Bar and Pirate’s Bite hosting various holiday parties and events. The trade winds and temperatures are just right for an escape with the family to explore the beautiful BVI.
The holiday season not only brings gorgeous weather but all some of the clearest waters that are perfect for a morning dive or snorkel at the Caves on Norman Island. For guests not interested in diving, there are many other ways to enjoy the water like snorkeling, kayaking, hobie cat sailing and stand up paddling. We also take daily island excursions that include hiking, sightseeing and learning about local history and culture.
For many, the best part of Thanksgiving season is the food, and Cuan Law does not dissappoint! Our culinary team are excited to produce all of the holiday favorites including roasted turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy and assorted pies and desserts. All meals are included in your vacation including buffet breakfast and lunch, snacks throughout the day and a plated dinner in the evening. Don’t forget to stay hydrated at our full service bar featuring classic Caribbean cocktails, beer, smoothies, sodas, and juices.
Finding a way to celebrate all that you are thankful for this year is easy, book your BVI family vacation on Cuan Law! We can take care of all your needs create memories that last a lifetime.
We are delighted to welcome aboard our new chef! Get to know a little bit more about Chef Patrick Wilson.
Welcome to Cuan Law! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to be our new chef?
Well, I went to culinary school in Chicago in 2003. Back then I very distinctly remember setting a goal that some day I was to be the chef on a large ship in the Caribbean. I’ve spent the last 15 years of my professional career working toward that goal. I have traveled all over and have eaten at some of the best restaurants on the planet. I’ve been fortunate enough to work at some very reputable fine dining establishments and collected knowledge from many well known and respected chefs. I am extremely excited to bring this knowledge to the guests of Cuan Law and look forward to providing a level of cuisine only found on the highest end of live aboard charters.
What is your favorite thing so far about working on a boat?
I love the water! I want to be on the water. I want to be in the water. Food and water are the essentials of life. I have a profound respect for both. SCUBA is my favorite water activity. I love that I am able to enjoy doing this with the guests a few times a week!
If you had to choose a song that mirrors your cooking style what would it be?
Love & Happiness by Al Green
When you love the food that you create and love what you do, I believe the food tastes better. Happiness is most important. If you aren’t happy, find the thing that makes you happy. Life is too short to not have love & happiness. I feel fortunate to have both.
Tell us some of your favorite ingredients and how you can use those on charter?
Chili peppers! With a passion! Specifically the West Indian habanero pepper. I fully understand that not everybody is crazy about spicy food. I myself love it, but when it comes to cooking for the general public I have a way of incorporating such a small amount of heat that it’s almost completely undetectable. I dislike flat food. Food, like wine should have layers. When I taste the food that I make I look for at least three to four layers of flavor. They are to be balanced in a way where not one is overpowering, but rather can be tasted and enjoyed individually.
Other favorite ingredients that add complexity to the food I create include but are not limited too:
Fish sauce, Gochujang paste, Garlic, Ginger, all curries and Bacon – because – BACON!
We have seen you scuba diving between meals, which dive is your favorite so far?
Wow. That’s a tough one. There are so many great dives in the BVI. I would say the dive I like the most is the one I haven’t done yet. Ha, but for real, The Rhone is really cool!
If you had just one cocktail to share with a guest which would it be?
I’m going to be boring with this one. I love a vodka soda with two limes. It’s clean, it’s refreshing and it’s water! Also I don’t share my cocktails, it’s MY cocktail! I’d be happy to make a painkiller for a guest though. They are the perfect island cocktail, but too much sugar for me.
Recent review from TripAdvisor! “A huge shout out to Chef Patrick who provided the most amazing meals everyday – better than any five star restaurants I’ve been to!” Read full review here.
Check out some photos of Chef Patrick’s food from charter!
Another fun week on Cuan Law exploring the British Virgin Islands. We had some really nice weather with winds around 20 knots most of the week. The visibility underwater was pretty good as well especially when diving the RMS Rhone at Salt Island. Guests spotted several nurse sharks, eels and turtles during the dive.
Our island excursion began with a hike on Salt Island to explore the salt ponds and views. The hike takes about 30 minutes and provides sweeping views of the bay below. We anchor nearby and this bay provides a calm setting for the evening dinner.
The following day we setup for diving on the north side of Tortola with a stop at Brewers Bay. Guests enjoyed water skiing, hobie cat sailing and kayaking between dives with a mexican inspired lunch and salmon dinner.
The fun continued over at Guana Island the next day with a dive at Alice in Wonderland and Angelfish Reef. During our lunch our more adventurous guests decided to go for the cliff jumping on a nearby rock. Exploring the bay with the kayaks a few guests spotted some green sea turtles.
Our most popular day is always Virgin Gorda because guests hike the baths and enjoy a beach side BBQ in Spring Bay. Our new crew member Kelly, lead the group thru the Baths National Park hike and down to Devils Bay. Guests enjoy snorkeling and swimming the calm waters and white sand beaches. After the hike we head over to Spring Bay for the beach BBQ where Chef Kellie and crew had a delicious spread of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fresh fruit and cookies.
We ended the charter with a surprise as one of our guests was celebrating a birthday. Chef Kellie hand made the cake complete with edible coral and reef fish!
Cuan Law is the third in the fleet of trimarans designed and built by the owners, Duncan and Annie Muirhead. Duncan is of Scottish heritage and his family home overlooks the Misty Law mountain range there. Law is Gaelic for mountain. Their first vessel which was more of a collaboration than an original Duncan design was named the Misty Law in memory of these mountains as Annie and Duncan took off for their sailing adventure in the 1970’s.
They spent many seasons working charters in the Mediterranean in the summer months then sailing across the Atlantic to work the newly imagined Caribbean charters in the winter months. One of those early guests, a Canadian businessman Hal McCarney became a great friend and collaborator and in the 1980’s they planned, designed and and built the next vessel together with him, a luxury live-aboard dive vessel. This one, the Lammer Law, was named after the largest mountain in the Misty Law range.
Duncan and Hal could not stop at two, so the third one came along and they started construction in June 1987, but although they wanted to stick with the “Law” tradition, they had run out of names. They decided to ask former guests to come up with ideas and following in the Gaelic tradition, Cuan Law was submitted. At the time they all understood Cuan to mean Ocean, hence Cuan Law = Ocean Mountain, quite apt for the largest sailing trimaran in the world. It was discovered a while later that another dialect of Gaelic translates Cuan to mean peaceful, which is also lovely, so Cuan Law = Ocean Mountain, or Peaceful Mountain! 🙂
This is a great stop while we dive Wreck Alley. Guests can spend time ashore and also try their hand sailing our Hobie Cats. They are open everyday from 2-11pm serving over 190 of the world’s best rum. Also worth checking out the solar powered beer distillery on property offering six unique flavors but recommend the Amber Ale. 4-6pm happy hour 1/2 prince on all beers. This is a popular stop on our weekly sail thru the British Virgin Islands.
If you are interested in a BVI sailing vacation then give Cuan Law a try! Here is one of our latest reviews from Trip Advisor.
“I booked this trip with a friend at our local dive shop (shout out to Central Coast Dive Center). As this was my first live-aboard experience and really my first dive trip, I couldn’t have asked for more! The crew were just fantastic! A big thank you to Scott, Kellie (DUDE, THE FOOD!!!), Chris, Alayna, Simeon, Rèka and Ariel. They were welcoming, willing to teach us if we wanted to learn how things worked, helped me improve my dive skills and they were all really just a great hang!! I would highly recommend this trip, even if you don’t dive, because they have so many other activities available. I’m hoping to sail with them again in the future!”
I went as a single female diver on the Cuan Law Live-aboard in April and met a great group of divers from Canada.
The boat is very beautiful inside with a comfy salon and little bar area. The deck is very spacious for hanging out and diving. We also ate all our meals under the canopy on the deck, which was nice and breezy. The boat is super clean an tidy. There are 10 cabins, to accommodate 20 people. The rooms are cute, functional and have several port holes which open for ventilation. There is also AC, although not super cold, was good enough for me. There was plenty of storage space.
The crew is amazing, always there to accommodate your every request. Thank you to Simeon, Captain Scott, Chris, Ariel, Alayna, Reka and the best chef ever, Kelly. They were so friendly and helpful. Their team is extremely well organized. They really work their butts off to insure that you have the best trip possible!
Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style with the most amazing, fresh dishes with many choices. Kelly uses organic vegetables and herbs to prepare creative menus. You can tell she is very proud of her work and everything is spectacularly presented. Dinner is served, rather than buffet style. Three nights we had yummy fish dishes and homemade desserts, such as cheesecake and Key Lime pie. If you don’t like certain foods they will make you something special. The barbecue on the beach was also fantastic and included hamburgers, hotdogs, fresh fruit, corn on the cob, pasta salad and lots of cold beers. LOVED IT! Such hard work for the crew and Kelly!
The bar has a great selection of alcohol and the drinks are not only free but plentiful. The crew often with whips up special concoctions, such as “painkillers”.
The diving was nice, typical of the Caribbean. My favorite was the wreck of the Rhone. The crew handles all diving aspects in a very organized and safe manner. You either do a giant stride or in some cases, take the zodiacs. They always tried to get us to the absolute best dive sites, which included a number of wrecks. A special thanks goes Simeon, for being my “dive buddy” most of the time.
It was nice to have three excursions, one to the famous “Baths” on Virgin Gorda , a walk on Salt Cay, and a trip to Cooper island (I think).
Overall, this was a wonderful trip and I really appreciate the service from the team of the Cuan Law. Thank you very much for a memorable vacation!
You watched with awe the devastation across the Caribbean, caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. A story that gripped the world.
Though there has been much physical damage, the British Virgin Islands are not devastated. In less than 8 weeks these resilient people have shown their determination in pulling off one of the greatest recoveries in documented history, but they still need your help.
The BEST way to help long term, is to come to BVI and have a great time. Every dollar you spend is helping to reignite the economy and provide jobs for those who have lost so much. For more information about visiting the BVI go to www.bvitourism.com/bvistrong
This is only the beginning for the recovery for BVI. Stay tuned to watch never before seen footage of the initial stages of relief, the genesis of a plan for the future and how to get involved in making this nation stronger, smarter, greener and even better than before.
To see the next episode of the BVI Strong Series, tune into the Aerial Produced YouTube channel January 18th.
For more about the film and the filmmakers behind Aerial Produced visit www.AerialProduced.com