answers to your questions
Sail away to Jost or some of the US outer islands. Whatever... Barefoot beach bars, snorkeling, sightseeing! It's your day, your way, your pace!
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HOW DO I BOOK A PRIVATE POWERBOAT CHARTER?
If you would like to book a charter you can either book online through our Book Page or call us at 340-201-3045. Let also know where you are staying, and provide us with a contact number while you are traveling. We will then send you a confirmation email with trip details once your reservation is made.
Other than Weather or Travel related Issues we have a 48 hour cancellation policy for a full refund. Let's face it. The weather is sometimes against us. The good thing about the Virgin Islands is that we have a pretty constant breeze. This means that showers are isolated and tend to last from 5 to 15 minutes. Nothing serious. But occasionally a system stalls over the VIs and it just rains. Or sometimes strong winds whip the sea-state into something less than friendly.
Since your comfort and enjoyment are our primary concern, we don't want you to feel forced into something that may make you miserable.
Give us a call first, and we'll give your our opinion of what the day will be like. Rain or shine we'd love to show you a fantastic day. You won't be charged for last minute weather cancellations.
BVI Customs are $70 per person.
WHAT ARE THE POWERBOAT FUEL COSTS?
Gas will be different for every trip. Here are some rough estimates:
-Trips near St Thomas / St John: $80 - $175
-Trips around Jost Van Dyke: $125 - $150
-Trips around Norman Island: $150 - $175
-Trips with Jost and Norman Island: $175 - $250
-Trips including The Baths: $275 - $350
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- Sunscreen NON-AEROSOL. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS ON THE DAY OF THE TRIP. This is important for the environment and to keep the condition of the boats nice for you.
- Beach Towel
- Your snorkel gear, if you love it! We do have quality snorkel gear on board for you.
- MP3 Player - if you want your own tunes.
- Sunglasses and Hat
- Money for lunch, feel free to bring additional beverages or snacks. We have a large cooler! We do have water, clean ice, soft drinks and beer for you.
- Your valid passport! Cash for Customs (Only applies if traveling to the BVI)
Passports are only required for BVI trips. They are not needed on USVI Excursions.
What's included with a Powerboat Charter?
The charters include your private boat and Captain, snorkel gear, floats and a fresh water rinse. The cooler is stocked with complimentary ice, water, and a limited assortment of soft drinks and beer.
There is plenty of dry storage for your personal belongings.
Charters do not include fuel (powerboat only), BVI customs (if you go), and Captain's gratuity.
WHAT SUNSCREENS DO TO OUR CORAL REEFS
Spray sunscreen and many others are harmful to our slow growing, precious coral reefs and the life it supports. Each year between 4400-6800 US tons of sunscreen washes over the coral reef systems.
Please be sure not to use any aerosol sunscreen or bronzing lotions.
These are the dangerous ingredients many sunscreens contain: Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) / 4-methybenzlidene camphor (4MBC) / Butylparaben / Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
A BETTER CHOICE are mineral based sunscreens with Titanium and Zinc Oxide
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE MEET?
- Full Day trips leave at 8:30am
- Half Day trips may have flexible start times... please ask.
- St Thomas - At the Sapphire Marina. (Bulkhead Dock. There is a $35 dock usage fee, free parking) At the Ritz Beach in front of the Aquatic Center.
- St John - At the National Park Dock or Westin beach.
- BVI (additional fuel charge) - Please ask.
Westin and the Ritz are all free beach pickups for powerboat or sailing excursions by dinghy or wading out waist deep to the boat.
***Caneel only allows dinghy pickups for sailing excursions.
ARRIVING BY CRUISE SHIP?
Arriving on St Thomas and want to get away from the masses for a while? Spend a Half Day or Full Day out on a private powerboat. We'll take you where you want to go and get you back all in good time. If for some reason your ship doesn't make port in St Thomas, we'll give you a full refund.
Pickup/Drop-off at Sapphire Marina ($35 dock usage fee)
Is it customary to tip the Captain?
Gratuity is customary in the VI and appreciated for a job well done!