Frequently Asked Questions About Crewed Yacht Charters

Yes, most yachts have them in all the cabins.

Charters are surprisingly affordable, but the price depends mainly on the size of the yacht and the number of cabins. You can take advantage of seasonal specials to save on costs.

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?

Charters usually last 7 days or longer. For charters less than 7 days , there is a different rate calculated . 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.

We find the best yacht for you, and then you relax and leave the paperwork to us. See How to Book.

Large carriers fly into Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Maarten and Antigua. Then a smaller regional airline brings you to the BVI. If you fly into St Thomas there is a ferry service to the BVI, however lots of yachts can now pick up and drop off in USVI.  If you do decide to take a ferry to BVI make sure to  checkout the last ferry times. See How to arrive.

Yes, all visitors (including the US) need passports and for some countries visas too. See How to Arrive.

YES it 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.

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)

For guests who are prone to seasickness, we strongly recommend booking a catamaran; they are surprisingly stable. Children love them too. Remember to bring your medication with you.

All yachts have Wi-Fi onboard, but it also depends on the area they are in. There are some blind signal areas.

Most cell phones do work here, but as a precaution please check with your provider before you arrive.

Many yachts specialise in Scuba vacations; otherwise, we can advise or book rendezvous diving where they can meet your yacht and take you while on charter.

Please get in touch for more information about which yachts have Scuba kit and instructors onboard.

Yachts vary so let us know if this is important at the beginning so we can advise accordingly.

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.

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.

Most yachts include snorkel gears and kayaking. Some include fishing gear 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). Let us know so we can arrange this for you.

Absolutely! And if your yacht doesn’t have the gear onboard, Island surf and Sail, is a great outlet at West End, where you can rent the boards and offer a rendezvous service for lessons.