Saint John Boat Charters -- Frequently Asked Questions

During 2021, we are only giving referrals to the boat charters companies, and will not be taking direct bookings from our website.

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The British Virgin Islands is expected to open December 1, 2020 to travelers, although their quarantine restrictions and access is so limited that boat charters will not be able to operate as they have in the past.  We all hope this changes in the near future so that we can all enjoy those amazing BVI excursions!  We will update you as soon as the BVI reopens and is accepting Boat Charters from Saint John.

Most all charters pick up guests from the VI National Park Dock in Cruz Bay.  Some charters will pick up guests in some of the bays such as Cruz Bay (Grande Bay guests), Great Cruz Bay (Westin guests), and Chocolate Hole.

Many charters do leave out of Coral Bay.  The dock is located next to Skinny Legs Restaurant, as well as some pick up their guests near the Caribbean Oasis Restaurant (such as the Salt Deck charter, and Flyaway Charters taking guests to the Lime Out).

There is a small parking lot next to the VI National Park Dock for loading and unloading guests by car or taxi.  This lot is usually full and we do not recommend you park here.

The closest paid parking is located at the Lumberyard Parking area.  Slim Man’s Parking offers two paid lots, one across from Wharfside Village and the other next to the Tap & Still.

List of ingredients in your sunscreen to avoid to help our reefs stay happy and healthy.

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor
  • PABA
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Any nanoparticles or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium (if it doesn’t explicitly say “micro-sized” or “non-nano” and it can rub in, it’s probably nano-sized)
  • Any form of microplastic, such as “exfoliating beads”

The following is a list of items you should consider bringing for your boat charter.

  1. If traveling to the British Virgin Islands (BVI), please bring a VALID PASSPORT, and for children under five please bring their birth certificate.
  2. Towels, hats, sunglasses, extra T-shirt or Rash Guard
  3. Reef-Safe Sunscreen (Non-aerosol) – NO SPRAY SUNSCREENS
  4. Music (if you want to have the crew play your own)
  5. Cash and Credit Cards – For lunch, shopping for souvenirs, and gratuities for the crew (usually 15-20%). You will need CASH ONLY for the Custom Fees if traveling into the BVI.
  6. Cameras or Go Pros
  7. Snacks or Drinks you would like on board.

We recommend Landlubber Logistics for all of your island provisioning needs, whether it be in your Villa, at the Beach, or on your Boat Charter!

Spray sunscreen is not welcome on boat charters as it will cause damage to some of the surfaces of the boat such as seats, fiberglass, as well as it is very destructive to our precious coral reefs.

Guests visiting the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are required to pay a BVI and a returning U.S. Customs Fee of approximately $75 per person.  There may be additional charges for Sundays and Holidays.

Every boat charter business has a different policy for fuel.  Most boat charters include fuel in the booking price, but not all.  If fuel charges are additional, fuel prices range from approximately $75-$300 depending on which boat you charter and where our travels take you for the day.

Make sure to find out about fuel charges at the time of booking.


Please let your Captain and Crew know what a wonderful day you had and a great job they did by leaving them a gratuity.  Your Captain and Crew have a lot of responsibility for showing you a good time and making sure you are safe.  If you would like to show them your appreciation, the standard rate is 15 – 20% of the charter fee.

The amenities vary depending upon the type of boat charter you choose.  Below is a list of possible amenities.  If you do not see something on the list that you might like on your charter, just let them know at booking and we are sure they would love to accommodate your special request if possible.  They are always willing to work with you to make sure you have the most incredible experience cruising around the Virgin Islands!

  1. Open Bar (special requests welcome)
  2. Light Fare or Continental Breakfast (Special Provisions Available)
  3. Cooler with water and ice
  4. Lunch Stop
  5. Snorkel Gear
  6. Scuba Gear
  7. Sun Shade
  8. Swim Platform/Ladder
  9. Rest Room
  10. Noodles and Floats
  11. Satellite Radio
  12. Bluetooth Sound System
  13. Go Pro (Sim cards for purchase)
  14. Phone Chargers
  15. Fresh Water Rinse Hose
  16. Towels
  17. Paddle Boards
  18. Reef Safe Sunscreen
  19. Merchandise for purchase

Please make sure you understand the cancellation policy at the time of booking your Boat Charter.

Most charters will not cancel the Boat Charter due to rain.  Passing Rain Showers are notorious in the Virgin Islands.  Some of the greatest memories happen on a rainy day on the water!  If you need to cancel, each Boat Charter business has a different policy regarding refunds or rescheduling your charter.  They will always try to accommodate you as best they can.  If it is a last minute cancellation and they are not able to rebook the charter, you may lose your booking fee.  It all depends on the cancellation policy of the Boat Charter business.

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