Why hire a crewed charter sailboat or motor yacht versus a resort vacation?
Where do we start?
- Private Captain
- Private Gourmet Chef
- The privacy of your own cabin and your own yacht
- 365 degree views
- Flexibility – you say when and where (or ask us for recommendations)
- All inclusive food and drinks
- Water sports right off the deck
- Tailor made menus
- Tailor made itineraries
Will our IPod work onboard? Is there a TV or DVD player onboard?
Yes, most yachts have them in all the cabins.
How much is a crewed charter?
Charters are surprisingly affordable, but price depends mainly on the size of the yacht and number of cabins. On average, crewed charters cost $2500 per person per week. You can take advantage of seasonal specials to save on cost.
How can I check availability?
That’s where we come in. Give us a call and experience our service.
Do yacht charters start on a set day?
They usually start at weekends, but depending on each yacht’s calendar, other days can be booked. Most yachts request between 24 and 48 hours turnaround between charters (e.g., if they drop off on a Monday, they are ready for pick up by either Tuesday or Wednesday). See What is a Charter?
How long is a charter?
Charters usually last 7 days or longer. For charters less than 5 or 6 days, a 10% surcharge fee may apply. Check out our specials page. Summer Season is May 1 to Dec 14, Winter Season is Dec 15 to April 30, and Festive Season is Christmas and New Year; either 2 separate weeks or 10 days.
How do I make a booking?
We find the best yacht for you, and then you relax and leave the paperwork to us. See How to Book
How do I get there?
Large carriers fly into Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Maarten and Antigua. Then a smaller regional airline brings you to the BVI. St Thomas has a ferry service to the BVI; however, checkout the last ferry times. See How to arrive
Do I need a passport to travel to the British Virgin Islands?
Yes, all visitors (including the US) need passports and for some countries visas too. See How to Arrive.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
This is highly recommended for you and your fellow passengers. Whether it’s for unexpected trip cancellation, extreme weather, or medical considerations, it is essential that you are fully covered. See How to Book.
What extras are payable on top of charter fee?
This will depend on the yacht and your booking. The usual are:
- It is customary to leave a 15-20% gratuity for your crew,
- Travel expenses to and from the yacht (including taxi fare to your yacht),
- Special orders of food or beverages (i.e. champagnes and wines),
- Excursions ashore including eating ashore at restaurants,
- Mooring fees or marina fees (excluding meeting and leaving the yacht).
Will I get seasick?
For guests who are prone to seasickness, we strongly recommend booking a catamaran; they are surprisingly stable. Remember to bring your medication with you.
Will I have internet access?
All yachts have Wi-Fi onboard, but it also depends on the area they are in. There are some blind signal areas.
Will my US cell phone work?
Most cell phones do work here, but as a precaution please check with your provider before you arrive.
Will I be able to Dive?
Many yachts specialise in diving vacations; otherwise, we can advise or book rendezvous diving where they can meet your yacht and take you while on charter.
Will there be AC?
Yachts vary so let us know if this is important at the beginning so we can advise accordingly.
Will I be eaten alive by mosquitoes?
No. Mosquitoes don’t like wind and the BVI is blessed with constant trade winds. They also don’t like the cold and most yachts have AC as standard so you can get a good night’s sleep. However, take some insect repellent for those excursions to shore.
Will I be eaten by a shark?
Very unlikely. The BVI is blessed with an abundance of marine life, including sharks but due to strict fishing laws, there is plenty of food out in deep water and sharks have no reason to come in close to shore.
Are water sports included?
Most yachts include snorkel gears and kayaking. Some include fishing gears and other water toys (e.g., paddle boards). Any extras that your boat might not include can be rented (e.g., windsurfers, kayaks, water toys, etc.).
Can I learn to use a stand up paddleboard, windsurf, or surfboard while on charter?
Absolutely! And if your yacht doesn’t have the gear onboard, Island surf and Sail, a great outlet at West End, where you can rent the boards and offer a rendezvous service for lessons.