Saint John Boat Charters -- Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we are very fortunate to partner with the incredible boat charters servicing Saint John, USVI.  Guests can book directly from the boat charter listing, or call us at (340) 474-1022 to Book and Save the 6% online booking fees.  Our booking representatives are happy to help you with any questions and book your next adventure out on the beautiful waters of the Virgin Islands!  Anchors Away!

The British Virgin Islands is not open to boat charter day trips from the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Their quarantine restrictions and access is so limited due to COVID that boat charters will not be able to provide day trips until their restrictions have lifted.

We all hope this changes in the near future so that we can all enjoy those amazing BVI excursions!  Saint John Boat Charters will update you as soon as the BVI reopens and is accepting Boat Charters from Saint John.

Most all vessels pick up guests from the Virgin Islands National Park Service Dock in Cruz Bay, Saint John.  Some charters will pick up guests in some of the bays such as Cruz Bay (Grande Bay guests), Great Cruz Bay (Westin guests), Chocolate Hole, as well as the beautiful Peter Bay.

Many charters do leave out of Coral Bay, Saint John.  The Coral Bay Dinghy Dock is located next to Skinny Legs Restaurant.

Regarding Saint Thomas pickup/drop off, many charters do pick up/drop off from American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, Sapphire Beach Resort, as well as other locations.

There is a small parking lot next to the Dock for loading and unloading Guests by car or taxi.  This lot is usually full and we do not recommend you parking 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.

Why should you use Reef Safe Sunscreens?  Because it is now the law in the Virgin Islands and the residents could not be prouder of such a monumental movement toward the preservation of our beautiful Coral Reefs.  We want our Coral Reefs to be happy and healthy and using the proper Sunscreen, non-aerosol, is key to making sure each of us is taking our responsibility for the ecological preservation of the Virgin Islands Coral Reefs.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS IN A SUNSCREEN TO AVOID:

  • 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”

Thank you so much for playing your role in creating a healthy environment for the beautiful Coral Reefs you will enjoy throughout your vacation!

If you need a taxi, you need to secure your taxi in advance of your boat charter.

It is much easier to get a taxi in Cruz Bay near the ferry, although we suggest always scheduling in advance.

If you are going to be picked up/dropped off in Coral Bay, you will definitely need to schedule a taxi.  There are NO taxi drivers hanging around Coral Bay at the end of your charter.  Suggested Taxi’s below:

  • Starfish Tours & Taxi: (340) 998-6139
  • Elvis: (340) 642-0555
  • Lisa and Mitchell: (340) 513-7444
  • Chico: (340) 690-6507
  • Moses: (340) 642 2043
  • Owen: (340) 626-6274

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.

Absolutely!  Give us a call at (340) 474-1022 and we will be happy to provide all the Special Provisions you request for your day out on the water.

There is an additional 10% fee of the total cost for the provisions provided, as well as a $35 delivery fee.

Guests visiting the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are required to pay a Customs Fee of approximately $75 cash per person.  There may be additional charges for Sundays and Holidays.  Each Guest must bring this fee with them on the day of charter along with a valid passport.  For children under 5, please bring a birth certificate.

Every boat charter 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 your travels take you for the day.

Fuel prices average around $5.00 – $6.00/gallon.  The furthest day Charter travels to Virgin Gorda and the Baths and fuel prices range from $250-$350 depending on the vessel chartered.  Oh, but what a fabulous day you will remember forever, the Baths!

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

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Please let your Captain and First Mate 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 a 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 has a different policy regarding refunds or rescheduling your charter.  We will always try to accommodate you as best they can.  If it is a last minute cancellation and we are not able to rebook your charter, you may lose your booking fee.  It all depends on the cancellation policy.

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