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Scrub Island is a great place to spend a night or two prior to your yacht charter. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey to Scrub Island Marina Resort and Spa, covering its location, how to reach it from Tortola, the fabulous Dining options, and why it’s a great starting and finishing point for your BVI yacht charter. Let’s dive in.


Where Is Scrub Island Marina?

Scrub Island Marina is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the British Virgin Islands. Located just off the eastern coast of Tortola, it is easily accessible, making it an ideal starting point for your yacht charter adventure. Upon landing on Beef Island (BVI), you are just a short walk or cab ride over to the 5 minute ferry to Scrub Island. It’s a smooth and enjoyable ride, setting the tone for your upcoming yacht charter.


Scrub Island Spa

Once you arrive, Interested in treating yourself before, after or during your charter? Indulge in the serenity of gentle breezes and captivating scents at Xoira Spa. Ixora Spa offers curated and thoughtful treatments designed to rejuvenate and restore, providing a sublime escape for your senses and soul. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Spas by Caribbean Travel & Life, their spa promises an exquisite experience of relaxation and well-being.

Pre-Post Stay

Scrub Island offers single night stays. Making it a perfect option for those wanting to settle in for the night without cutting into their yacht charter. Additionally, their suites overlook the beautiful crystal blue marina, assisting to the excitement build for the boarding of your yacht the following day!

Culinary Delights


The hotel’s restaurant offers a delectable dining experience, with a menu that showcases both local and international flavors. Enjoy gourmet meals while overlooking the marina and beautiful caribbean waters.

Donovans Reef

Where your meal is always served with a gentle breeze, staggering vistas and sparkling sunshine. The perfect place to unwind, this British Virgin Islands open-air restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere with endless views of … everything—the Caribbean, our multi-tiered pool, the marina, Donovan’s Beach and Camanoe Pass. Sample tempting appetizers, homemade soups, crisp salads and signature sandwiches. All finding inspiration from our BVI location. And if you’re in the pool, no need to get out: grab a cocktail from the swim-up bar and take in the panoramic view from the upper pool.

Cardamom & Co

“Our signature fine dining restaurant featuring breathtaking views overlooking the marina and neighboring islands. Take a culinary journey of the spice trade and how it influenced the Caribbean through flavorful creations featuring indigenous ingredients. You’ll feel perfectly comfortable for dinner in dress shorts, collared shirts and evening resort wear.”

Scrub Island Outpost

Located in Marina Village, the Outpost offers a deli menu, where you’ll find fresh fruit salad or a made-to-order sandwich. Open daily, the market features a wide assortment of provisions—including the important early morning coffee and baked goods—plus deli meats and cheeses, snacks, sweets, premium wines, and liquor. Everything you need for a picnic, to provision your boat, or stock your villa. Insider tip: The market also has a pizza oven!

Marina Cay Bar and Grill

Nestled just off the picturesque shore of Scrub Island, a tropical paradise awaits. Soak up the BVI sunshine as you sip refreshing cocktails, indulge in local flavors, and immerse yourself in the island’s rich history. From fresh seafood to juicy burgers, Marina Cay offers an unforgettable dining experience set against the open-air backdrop of turquoise waters and panoramic views of Tortola and its nearby islands. Make the most of your getaway with our weekly events, including laid-back happy hours and lively beach festivals.

Special Discount

Depending on the yacht you’ve booked, certain yachts offer a special discount code to enjoy a few nights at Scrub before and after your charter! Inquire for yachts departing from Scrub Island Marina.



FAQs About Scrub Island

Q: How do we get there?

A: Take a flight into Beef Island (EIS), you will then be a short walk or cab ride from the ferry over to Scrub Island. This ferry takes about 5 minutes.

Q: What if we are coming from St Thomas?

A. Take a private water taxi from the STT airport directly to Scrub Island. Or, take a public ferry to Tortola, then taxi to the private Scrub ferry on the east end of Tortola.

Q: Is there a restaurant on the island?

A: Yes, there are a few great restaurants and bars on the island! One with swim up pool bar.

Q: What if my yacht charter departs from Scrub Island?

A: Perfect! There are certain yachts that give you access to a special discount code to spend a few nights on the island prior / after your charter as well.

Q: Do I need a passport to visit Scrub Island?

A: Yes, Scrub Island is a part of the British Virgin Islands, a valid passport is required for entry into the BVI.


Your BVI Adventure Awaits

In the heart of the British Virgin Islands, Scrub Island is an awesome pre/post charter stay. Whether you’re embarking on a yacht charter or seeking a tranquil escape, this paradise delivers. Start your journey here, and you’ll soon understand why Scrub Island is the ultimate start and finish point for your BVI adventure.




Caitie Rosko, Contributing Writer and Co-Founder of Uncharted


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