Turquoise Turtle 50 ft Catamaran

Low Season Rate
$13,900 Per Week
High Season Rate
$17,400 Per Week
Boat Length
50 ft Voyage
Number of Cabins
3 Queens
Number of People
1 - 6 Guests

Turquoise Turtle is a Voyage 500 sailing catamaran with 3 ensuite queen cabins. She has a spacious salon and cockpit for dining and entertainment, and two large trampolines forward for lounging in the sun and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze. She offers lot of water toys for young and old at heart. There is also water access from a drop down ladder on the bow.
Listing pricing is for 3 ensuite queen cabins each with private bath with electric toilet and shower.

All berths are 82″ long by 60 wide.


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Cruising Area

Pref. Pick-up BVI, Summer Ports - Grenada, Winter Ports - BVI, Yacht will be based in BVI from 1-November-2021

Full Yacht Amenities

  • Salon & stero Tv
  • iPod/Device Hookups
  • Sun Awning
  • Hammock
  • Deck Shower
  • Bimini
  • Special Diets Please inquire
  • BBQ
  • Hairdryers
  • 20 Port Hatches
  • Guests can smoke on sugar scoop
  • Children are Welcome - Water safe
  • Water Maker
  • Sailing Instructions
  • Internet Access - Onboard WIFI limited access in BVI until further notice
  • Green Initiatives-Make purified drinking water with Re-usable water bottles
  • Using Eco friendly products plus local and organic produce when available
  • 6 sun beds on Trampoline for relaxing in the sun or sleeping under the stars
  • 14 ft Dinghy size with 50 Hp engine
  • Kneeboard
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Tube
  • Swim Platform with Boarding Ladder 3 - 2 on sugar scoop & 1 on bow
  • Beach Games
  • 2 x SU Paddle Boards
  • Fishing Gear with trolling rods
  • U/Water Camera & Video
  • Fishing Permit USVI ONLY AT THIS TIME
  • Noodles
  • 4 bean bag loungers
  • Large inflatable toucan bird
  • Inflatable flamingo

Charter Information

All rates are for the entire boat and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation, Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter, All guests over 18 yrs wishing to fish in BVI must purchase a BVI license prior to boarding ask us for information, Marina dockage if applicable upon the request of the charter guests is not included, Fine wines champagnes and top shelf liquors are not included and can be purchased upon request of the charter guests at their expense, Hurricane Season is from 1st June to end of November and it is imperative that all guests purchase trip insurance. Yacht's are not responsible for clients shore side expenses if charter cancelled for named storm (this includes meals hotels transportation as well as air transport) Most yachts will allow client to rebook unused dates within 6 months of cancellation (excluding holidays).

Yacht Rates in USD

  2 pax  3 pax  4 pax  5 pax  6 pax
S 2023  14200  15000  15800  16600  17400
W 2023/24  14200  15000  15800  16600  17400

All inclusive rates are based on a 7 night charter (1 week) with food, beverages and standard bar, cruising permits and licenses are paid by boat
Taxes, relocation fees may be extra, see below for Charter Information

Charter Fee does not include a customary gratuity in the amount of 15-20% of the total charter fee payable to a deserving Captain and Crew upon the completion of a successful charter.

Yacht is BVI based

Discount of $120 per person. Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners. Requires 2 lunches and 2 dinners ashore at client expense.
2/$16,060 3/$16,690 4/$17,320 5/$17,950 6/$18,580
After chartering in the BVI for 6 season, the crew have found that most of their guests opt to eat of the boat a few times as part of the BVI experience. Guests are always delighted to taste and support local food! Popular options are at Cocomaya, Lobster at Anegada and lunch at Soggy Dollar, but there are plenty of other restaurants the crew would be happy to recommend.

Discount of $150 per person. Includes: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners. Other meals ashore at client expense.
2/$16,000 3/$16,600 4/$17,200 5/$17,800 6/$18,400

Discount of $75 per person. Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners. Requires 2 lunches and 1 dinner ashore at client expense.
2/$16,150 3/$16,825 4/$17,500 5/18,175 6/$18,850

7 night minimum
CHRISTMAS: 1-6 guests @ $20,750 – Inquire for dates
NEW YEARS: 1-6 guests @ $22,000 – Inquire for dates

Scuba Onboard

Diving Info – Both crew are PADI Dive Instructors
Emergency Oxygen is aboard the vessel.

Resort Course: Available
Full Course : Available (We suggest pool sessions are completed before charter.)
Number of divers 4

Guests are to supply their own dive gear or rent gear from a dive shop. Yacht will supply 8 tanks. Additional tanks are not included and would be rented by the guest if required. If divers are sure of sizes, the boat will assist in fetching and returning dive gear.

Boat will supply guests with information regarding the preferred Dive Shop for scuba rental equipment on request.

Please contact yacht for prices for Scuba Diving training courses.

Diving is $45 per dive per diver
Boat will supply 8 tanks.
Client pays for air fills.
Max 1 dive per day with no more than 5 dives per week unless previously discussed with and agreed to by the Captain

Crew Information

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Captain Andre & Chef Alison Stroebel hail from South African

Crew Profiles:
Andre and Alison Stroebel are from South Africa and have been married for 32 years. They love the sea and are either on it, in it or under it. They started sailing together even before they were married and raced Hobie Cats as a hobby. Soon they started sailing larger catamarans off the unpredictable east and west coasts of South Africa. In 2011 they left South Africa on the Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Yacht Race on their catamaran Rat Catcher, crossing the Atlantic and ending second in their class. Since then they have been cruising in the Caribbean and are excited to share their experiences with you. They are both qualified SSI Dive Masters.

Andre started his career as a helicopter pilot in the South African Air Force and after 25 years service started flying commercially doing offshore flights to the oil rigs off the Canadian east coast in Newfoundland. He has over 7000 flight hours. He also has over 25 000 sea miles accumulated off the South African coast, Atlantic crossing and sailing the Caribbean and east coast of Florida. He has a South African Sailing Yacht Master Offshore certificate with a 100 ton South African Maritime Safety Authority rating, STCW and First Aid.

Alison started sailing on Optimists in Zimbabwe and then crewed for her Dad on a Flying Dutchman. She knew she had found her true love when she discovered André also loved the sea and sailing. From when they first met they had a shared dream of sailing the world. Alison is a Registered Nurse and specialized in Neonatal premature babies and then in the Operating Room. She is qualified in Basic life Support, CPR and First Aid. She has her offshore Captains license and has over 20 000 sea miles having sailed the South African coast, crossed the Atlantic and sailed extensively in the Caribbean, Bahamas and the Florida coast. She loves being on, in or under the water and especially enjoys sharing her love of snorkeling and diving with new adventurers pointing out the amazing critters under water. Alison has a special affinity to children her best reference is the fact the little ones invariably climb in her lap and go to sleep. With their traveling Alison has incorporated a touch of different cultures in her menu. She loves creating dishes with a strong South African and African traditional food influence with a touch of Mediterranean. In true African tradition you won't go hungry at this table.

If you are interested in learning to sail a Catamaran Andre is always keen to show you the “ropes” and give you some sailing instruction.

With Andre and Alison’s experience of the islands, love for the sea, South African hospitality, with lots of outdoor BBQ’s (South African Braai’s), they are ready to make your Caribbean charter dream come true.


Sample Menu


A fresh fruit platter, Fruit Juice, Tea and Coffee are served with breakfast every day.

Salmon and Ham platter with Bagels and cheese selection
Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon.
Egg, Bacon, Sausages, Mushrooms and Tomato with toast
Savory French toast Ham and Cheese rollups.
Breakfast Banana Split


Lunch is served with your choice of soft drink, iced tea, beer or your favorite cocktail.

Spinach and Mushroom Crust less Quiche with seasonal salad.
Salmon Burgers with Arugula, Pear and Gorgonzola salad
Chili Lime Chicken Salad with fresh baked bread
Bacon wrapped Chicken tenders with Chickpea, Avocado and Feta Salad
Savory Muffins with fresh sliced tomato ham and cheese


Your choice of Wine, Beer or your favorite Cocktail to accompany your dinner.

Traditional South African Bobotie (Beef Bake) on savory yellow rice with Avocado, Sweet Pepper and corn salad
Garlic Shrimp with Peas and Linguine
Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Twice Baked Potato and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Blue Cjeese and Pomegranate Arils
Coconut crusted Mahi Mahi and Lime Cous Cous and sautéd Asparagus
Grilled Salmon, Rosemary baked baby potatoes and Watermelon salad.


Key Lime Pie
Poached Pears in Red wine
Chocolate Rum cake topped with fresh rum cream
Baked Bananas Caribbean
Lemon Posset
Mango and Mascarpone Pound Cake Stacks.

Testimonials from guests on Turquoise Turtle 50 ft Catamaran

April 2023

When we arrived, our first impression was that the yacht was very clean. The accommodations were very inviting, comfortable, and spacious. We enjoyed the sailing, the beanbags and the cold drinks. The crew was very professional and informative. Chef Alisons meals were excellent and had a variety of dishes. They did a wonderful job taking Kyla scuba diving. This was definitely a great experience we will never forget.

The Mills family

March 2023

We had a first great impression. There were lots of photos and virtual walk-throughs on the website so it looks just as we expected it to. The boat was beautiful and well-maintained. Everything was great. Nothing was missing onboard. The captain was knowledgeable, friendly, and kind. Andre was so fantastic. Our itinerary was pretty perfect. Alison was wonderful. She is very warm, talented and kind. We all enjoyed the food, it was delicious. The kids enjoyed snorkeling and the crew was very helpful in getting them fitted with snorkeling gear. Andre and Alison were great hosts and we enjoyed our time aboard!

Alan & Megan Anz

Amazing Charter in the British Virgin Islands

Camille D

AMAZING 40th birthday experience for my husband!! André and Alison went above and beyond to ensure our trip was perfect from the itinerary which ensured we saw the highlights of beautiful BVIs to each amazing meal on board to helping us plan a special birthday dinner and several other special surprises along the way. They even had personalized cups made for us to celebrate the occasion! Do not hesitate to book on the Turquoise Turtle, the experience will not disappoint!! Thank you André and Alison for a truly magical vacation. We are already planning a return visit!

Amazing Family Charter!
Susan M
Our family of 5 (kids ages 14, 13, and 7) just returned from an incredible week aboard the Turquoise Turtle. Captain Andre and Alison are the perfect hosts. The boat is clean and lovely with all the right gear to have fun in the water water. Alison’s cooking is amazing; even my picky kids cleaned their plates. I still don’t know how she managed to make a pie and bake homemade bread in her galley! One of the things we were most impressed with was how incredible they were in instructing us as we completed our open dive scuba certification. Andre and Alison are both PADI dive instructors and were amazingly thorough and patient. They went above and beyond and made the experience truly magical for this crew of new divers. If you are considering diving with them; do it! Our week aboard the Turquoise Turtle was, hands down, our most amazing family vacation. HIGHLY recommend!
Fabulous trip
Tammy F
Fabulous trip! We loved Allison and Andre. They made our trip so much fun and served as excellent tour guides. We explored places in the BVI’s that we had never seen before. We ate a lot of good food. We swam and snorkeled and had a great time getting to know each other. They know the area exceptionally well and are experts at sailing. The value was very good! We will go again I am sure! Do yourself a favor and book today, a great way to be spoiled and disconnect for a week.
A trip of a lifetime!
Ryan T
My wife, 3 young children (10,9,4), and myself just returned from an amazing week with Allison and André aboard the Turquoise Turtle. To say it was an amazing experience would be an understatement! We were treated like family and all the details were taken care of, we can’t wait to return.
Do not hesitate to go Turquoise!
Highly recommend Turquoise Turtle Charters – Andre and Alison were the best hosts! The boat is beautiful and in excellent shape, the beds were comfy, the rooms well organized – you could tell they’ve got it down to a science with all the little “extras” they provide.Andre is a great captain – I could tell he was super experienced and knows the islands well. Alison is the BEST chef ever. Every meal was amazing, not only tasting but the presentation was so creative….it made me excited for each and every meal! They both knew all the best snorkeling spots and helped guide us so we could get the most out of each trip. They know a lot of the locals on each island and we could tell they have some amazing friendships, which shows what great people they are. I’m so glad to have met them, they were so fun to spend our vacation with and I hope to be able to do it again!
Fun in the BVI
Sailing to Anegada and experiencing the island was fantastic. Captain Andre is a world class sailor and knows the waters of the BVI and how to make a pain killer and BM. The beach bars were beautiful along with the lime in the coconut drinks. The spiny lobsters were to die for along with Alison’s cooking on board the boat. She loves the water and helped save a couple of old snorkelers. The Soggy Dollar Bar and beach were breath taking along with the sights on the Willie T. Great trip and Crew.
Traveled the world and this is one of the best vacations we’ve had!
Jul 2022 • Family
I’m not sure I have the words to describe our time on the Turquoise Turtle. I can tell you I have never in my life been on a vacation like this. My 4 daughters and I travel ALOT-so being the mom I take care of ALOT. This is what I DIDN’T do…plan, shop, cook, clean, gather, motivate, think, prepare, etc.
This is what we ALL DID together…eat, play games, read, snorkel, laugh, drink, lounge on the boat, explore, hike, and just be together!
Andre and Allison literally took care of EVERYTHING, every detail, and did it brilliantly and beautifully! From sailing to the perfect bays, snorkeling spots, bars, restaurants, to showing us the underwater world and islands they love, to mixing delicious drinks, to creating phenomenal meals, to preparing equipment to snorkel, paddle board, lounge, and live on a boat very well, to being open and flexible to create the next day to be even more perfect than the day before.
My girls were worried about being on a boat for 7 nights…they literally didn’t want to leave. I’ve never seen them so connected and relaxed. Thank you Andre and Allison for giving us all so many incredible memories?? Dinghy Forward!
Paradise on the Turtle
May 2022
If you’re wanting to experience BVI and have a relaxing, memorable, beautiful experience with great food and even better people then sailing with Alison and Andre’ on the Turquoise Turtle is the only way to do it. They have the knowledge, experience, connections and wonderful personalities to make your experience a once in a life time! From the first day aboard, we instantly felt like an extension of their family. The made us feel right at home, made great conversation, delcious food and cocktails and really took care of everything for us so we didn’t have to even think or worry about a thing. Alison and Andre’ will be forever a part of our lives and I hope to be able to go back again! Do yourself a favor and book with them. You won’t regret it and everyone you know will be super jealous. :-)Planning/Booking:
Where to begin! This trip was 3 years planning in the making. We had been planning this since before COVID and then it got pushed for 2 years. Then the boat we originally booked was sold so we had to scramble and look for a new one to accommodate our dates. After booking the 2nd boat, a week later found that vessel, too, had been sold. We almost conceited to defeat until we found the Turquoise Turtle. Alison and Andre’ were very accommodating to our dates and the was gracious to accept the pricing we had initially book the other boats for. We hadn’t even spoken to Alison and Andre’ yet and we already loved them! Week before we were scheduled to book we hopped on a call with Alison and Andre’ and chatted about itinerary, menu preferences and other activities we were wanting to do. This really helped us OCD Planners (like me) feel more at ease about what to pack and expect.Let the fun begin!
We flew into STT the night before we were scheduled to board and we stayed at the hotel in the marina so we saw the boat docked when we checked in. We went to dinner that night and actual ran into Alison and Andre’ ! we recognized them from their photos. We chatted and introduced ourselves briefly and they even gave us their table as they were leaving as we were sitting.Day One: Boarding, Norman Island
We boarded at noon (however, they allowed us to bring our luggage after hotel checkout while we had breakfast and did some last minute shopping so we didn’t have to lug it around). They took us through the safety briefing and showed us our rooms and how to use everything. Alison made incredible Chicken Curry Roti! Best meal of the trip (in my opinion). Wasting no time we got settled in and took off to our first spot where we snorkeled a beautiful area with caves and even a geo-cash item. it was very cool. We went to Willy T’s bar and jumped the plank, drank, shots, dancing. Was so much fun! We then had dinner at the Pirates Bite, danced, and had a blast. Sitting outside in the hammock at night watching the stars was just stunning. No light pollution and think we saw every single star!

Day Two: Cooper Island
Woke up to an amazing breakfast of healthy banana splits. (bananas, strawberries, raspberries, black berries, Greek yogurt, honey, granola) the we went to a beautiful area called the Indians and snorkeled with some of the best and most beautiful fish and sea turtles! We had a yummy spinach quiche with salad for lunch and a delicious Steak Dinner with roasted potatoes and scrumptious Brussel sprouts followed by a cheesecake for dessert!

Day Three: Virgin Gorda
Woke up to another yummy meal for breakfast. Scrambled eggs, toast and bacon. We went to Virgin Gorda and explored the Baths, had a snack at the top restaurant where they had a pool to relax in and cute shops. I would highly recommend wearing flips flops here as the sand is VERY hot. We ate lunck on the boat, marinated grilled chicken salad with fresh avocado and cherry tomatoes. For dinner we had reservations at CocoMaya. What a gorgeous spot! Beautiful sunset, fun yard games, outside seating, swing seating at the bar, delicious drinks. Highly recommend eating here. it was so good! Alison was so helpful in ensuring we had timely reservations and got what we wanted, when we wanted.

Day Four: Anegada
This was a long sea day as the trek to Anegada is longer than any other other islands. We took a jeep tour around the island. Alison and Andre’ already took care of getting the Jeep Rental reservations and drove us to the various spots. We went to a cute spot for lunch and did some reef snorkeling. Then we went to another bar area and had a drink and checked out the scenery. We ended the tour at Cow Wreak where we had the most delicious cocktails, fun games, great people and the cutest dog! For dinner we ate at The Wonky Dog and partook in the infamous lobster (Alison made sure our orders were in 2 days before). We danced for a hours on the beach and relaxed on the boat hammock checking out the meteor shower that had that night. Best day of the trip!

Day Five: Saba Rock & Oil Nut Bay
Morning we woke up to more fresh fruits, breads, jams, meats and cheeses. We traveled to Saba Rock and oil Nut Bay where we explored Saba Rock and had a cocktail before eating lunch in Po; Nut Bay at The Bitter End. the food was so good! Their burgers were probably the best ever eaten and their buns were HUGE! (no pun intended) That night, we decorated for our on board Luau where Alison and Andre cooked Hawaiian Skewers and rice pilaf. We had fun cocktails and listened to music. Another great day!

Day Six: Jost Van Dyke
Our final full day on the boat we woke up in our private harbor and took the SUPs to a tiny island and explored, took photos, swam. We had breakfast and then sailed to our final island, Jost Van Dyle, where we hung out on the beach, having cocktails, enjoying the beautiful turquoise waters, got our shopping on and ate at Henda’s Hideaway. That night Alison made a traditional South African dish, Bobotie with sweet rice. So good! So much flavor and not something I would have every put together on my own. All the flavors of sweet and savory coming together in a magical way that left my taste buds wanting more! That night we went to the infamous, Foxy’s and continued the fun with more cocktails and dancing. We ended the evening 007 style (Phew Phew). You’ll just have to book with then to know what that means. 😉

Day Seven: The End
Waking up on the final day was so sad. No one wanted to leave. My husband even tied himself to the boat in protest (not kidding). Alison had to drag us off. 🙂
Before we would leave we need to get tested for COVID and we brought proctored kits to do on the boat. Well… come to find out, the test kits we had weren’t the right ones. Alison and Andre’s started chatting with their fellow charter captins and friends to see what we should do and we ended up finding a clinic at the harbor that could come to the boat and test us. Fortunately, the nurse was available immediately and we took the dingy to pick her up from the local dock. 30 min laters (and $100 per person) we had the results and we were good to go! Unfortunately, when we got to customs, they didn’t even ask for the test results! Waste of money but I’m still glad we got them jus for the peace of mind.

Long Review but wanted to really share the experience and how wonderful Alison and Andre’s are. I hope this was helpful!

One of THE BEST trips of all time!
Kelly B
Mar 2022 • Family
Our family of four had an amazing week on the Turquoise Turtle. The best tell-tale sign of just how wonderful the trip was…everyone’s screen time was down 75% or more with no complaints, even from the two teenagers. Andrea and Alison planned a trip that somehow magically struck the perfect balance between activity and relaxation with the beautiful BVI as the backdrop. And the cherry on top was Alison’s delicious food that won over the pickiest of eaters. Everything that Alison made was devoured. It was a trip of lasting memories, postcard sunsets, and so much fun. We look forward to our return trip!
Great Live-Aboard Experience!
Charles S
A live-aboard tour of the BVI has been on the must do list for many years. It finally became reality aboard the Turquoise Turtle. The catamaran itself is wonderful, very clean, comfortable and well maintained. But, the true stars of the Turquoise Turtle are the owners/crew, Andre and Alison. They went above and beyond to ensure that our trip exceeded all expectations. They made us feel at home and welcome from the moment we arrived. Andre kept us moving to all the great spots by day and prepared the best Pain Killers in the BVI each evening. Alison keeps things ship shape and delivers 5 star meals throughout the day. Both are great tour guides, dive/snorkel masters and stewards of the natural wonders of the BVI. They make it all look easy but they work hard to ensure you don’t have to. The week spent with them was adventurous, educational and relaxing. But most importantly it was FUN.
Excellent adventure and tremendous experience
What an adventure with Turquoise Turtle Charters!! We were 2 couples that travel frequently together and this was a bucket list trip. Due to rescheduling for Covid we had to change from our original boat to the Turquoise Turtle and man are we glad things happened as they did. TT is a beautiful 50ft catamaran and maintained to flawlessly for both safety and comfort. She is comfortable and rides the Caribbean waters like a dream. As great as the vessel is, Alison and Andre are the stars of the show!! Both have vast knowledge of the areas they sail and are the best guides on water, underwater, and on land. If they recommend a spot, you should follow them. Their hospitality is second to none. You may laugh until your sides hurt though!!! They made our trip way beyond our high expectations for this adventure. The food is all delicious, the quarters comfortable and relaxing, the scuba and snorkeling is great and done with all safety in mind, and you will have a new set of friends when you leave to return home. I highly recommend these folks for an experience of a lifetime. Thanks for great time on the Turquoise Turtle!!!
Trip of a life time!!
Christine B
May 2022
This was my husband’s bucket list trip and it far exceeded our expectations!! Andre & Alison are great hosts and worked hard to take care of us and to provide an exceptional experience. They are very competent sailors and we always felt safe. They have an in depth knowledge of the BVI and their devotion to taking care of the reefs, ocean & its inhabitants, and beaches shines through in all they do & share. Alison’s food was absolutely delicious and inventive-come hungry!!
Ahoy mates!! All aboard the Turtle!
Cheryl P
As we boarded the Turtle and met Alison & André, we were strangers. When we departed, we were family. They are absolutely the BEST! They knew all the places to go and the best “off the beaten path” restaurants in the BVI’s. Their level of knowledge and expertise is worth its weight in gold. You must experience it! Alison deserves a Michelin star for her gourmet meals – every one was delightful.Wonderful trip and a lovely couple to spend time with! Looking forward to spending time with them again.
WONDERFUL WEEK on the Turtle!
Carin K
Apr 2022
Our crew came aboard guns ablazin’ and Andre and Alison took it in stride! They quickly made us feel right at home. We were impressed with the size of the beds/cabins and got unpacked quickly and settled right in. We spent the week island hopping through the BVI’s and felt safe with Captain Andre in charge. Alison was a great first mate and host making sure we had what we needed at all times…including band aids and sting cream!! She’s a great cook and also has a great sense of humor. We enjoyed our week and can’t wait to be back. Easy, budget friendly and enjoyable!!!
Great trip with experienced crew
Apr 2022 • Couples
Andre and Alison were wonderful. They knew all the best spots to visit. We always felt taken care of and safe. Very attentive and professional while having a great time.
Trip of a lifetime
We just returned from the most wonderful week on the Turquoise Turtle Chargers. Alison and Andrea went above and beyond to ensure our safety first and foremost and provided us with excellent service. They are both extremely skilled and a pleasure to sail with. Alison is an excellent chef and Andrea’s painkillers were by far better than any others in the BVI. I was very new to snorkeling as in this was my first experience. Alison was patient and helpful and allowed me to grow in knowledge and skill throughout the week. We were saddened to have our week end and will consider them friends for life and hope they come to visit us one day as well. Don’t hesitate to book them for your trip!
Best Yacht Charter EVER
Jan 2022 • Friends
What a truly amazing charter! No better captain and crew than Andre and Alison…totally awesome ! They took us places to snorkel that we never knew even existed. The reef and fish we saw were some of the best we have ever experienced. The catamaran was truly remarkable and very clean. It was so spacious and the bean bags and tramp in the front were great! Now….the food…unbelievable. I have never tasted such great food. Alison mixed it up for us and never a disappointment….always, always great meals. She is an amazing chef. Andre always had an eye out on us during snorkeling for our non-confident swimmer and Alison was always there for towing him in if needed. I can’t say enough about this charter…was truly a trip worth waiting for…we had to cancel due to covid last year. So glad we decided to come back this year.. Without any doubt at all I would highly recommend this charter aboard Turquoise Turtle with the finest Captain and Crew you will ever find. They have become lifelong friends.
Amazing week on the Turquoise Turtle
Maura J
Jan 2022 • Couples
My husband and I and aunt her couple spent a week in January on the Turquoise Turtle in the BVI’s. From booking until our hugs goodbye at the end of the week, Alison and Andre were the perfect hosts! I judge a trip’s success often by how we feel when it is over….the best trips leave you relaxed and refreshed with a ton of new amazing memories! Our week with Alison and Andre was a huge success! They are such lovely people and know everything about the BVI’s. We were greeted every where we went by people who knew Alison and Andre and loved them! One tip….listen to Alison and don’t over pack! I surely won’t make that mistake on our next trip on the Turquoise Turtle! We will be looking forward to seeing our now friends, Alison and Andre again!
Can’t wait to go back!
Kitty B
Alison and Andre showed us the true experience of sailing the BVI ‘s. From snorkeling to deserted beaches they took us to the most amazing places.
Loved every minute!
Perfect week in the BVI
Trevor C
We had a fantastic week with Andre’ and Allison. Great hospitality, diving, sailing, snorkeling, and meals. A perfect week in the BVI!
Amazing Experience


Andre and Allison provided an amazing experience for our late anniversary trip (late due to the pandemic). The service on the boat was amazing, the attention to detail with respect to the preference sheet was simply amazing with a few wonderful surprises during our charter. I can’t recommend Andre and Allison enough. I had the best trip of my life, and I hope to get a chance to have a similar experience in the near future.

Phenomenal experience!
Jamie F
Our family of 5 had an amazingly fun and refreshing time on the Turquoise Turtle! We have been wanting to experience life on a boat for years and we’re finally able to make this dream into a reality! My husband and I just returned home from our charter along with our 3 teenage children. We all loved the experience of course. There’s nothing quite like jumping into the water for a spectacular snorkeling experience right outside the boat! And we can’t forget the thrill of spending the night on the front deck looking at the breath taking starlit views while listening to the sound of the waves! André and Alison’s hospitality was above and beyond our expectations. The meals were absolutely 5 star quality and so creative! Alison’s attention to detail and extra effort really shined through everything we experienced. We also appreciated Andre’s knowledge and skill both aboard and his guidance ashore. We will most definitely recommend chartering this boat to everyone!
July 2021
This trip is something I personally had wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy we picked Andre & Allison to share the Turquoise Turtle with us for 7 days. From the original planning they were helpful in navigating all of the Covid testing requirements and planning our food of course as well as activities and diving.
To start with, the food onboard the Turquoise Turtle is gourmet dining 3 meals a day. We only ate onshore a couple of times so Allison worked very hard and managed to keep our 2 teen boys full which is not easy to do. We apparently weren’t the first ones to suggest she put out a cookbook with all of these wonderful menu items. It is such a variety with influences from South Africa, Brazil and of course the Caribbean.
For activities, they always had something for us and the two boys to keep entertained (or just relax when we wanted to). Andre even pulled one boy behind the dingy on the paddleboard – never seen it one before – think he just created a new watersport!
One thing about Andre and Allison is that they know a LOT about the sea and marine life and it was great to get to snorkel and scuba with them. The parents had not dove in a quite a while and they were patient and ensured everyone was comfortable and safe. Overall that is one thing I really came to appreciate about this crew and boat, I always felt safe no matter what we were doing or where we were.
I could go on forever as it was such a wonderful trip but one thing I would like to convey more than anything is that these 2 people are great at what they do, they work VERY hard to ensure you have a wonderful time. They are basically entertaining you in their home for a week and I immediately felt at home and as if we were just extended family members visiting for a holiday.
July 2021 – broker provided survey
Name: Thomas
Yacht: Turquoise Turtle with Andre & Alison Stroebel
Charter Dates: 07/12/2021 to 07/18/2021
Area Cruised: St. Martin – Leewards
Overall Rating: 5/51. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Andre and Allison were very accommodating made us feel as if it was our home2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Turquoise Turtle had a great trampoline with pads for laying out/sleeping and the bean bags were a big hit with everyone. The outdoor salon was a favorite area due to fresh air, space and comfort.3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
We had nights where we used blankets even with 75+ degree (F) nights due to great circulation through the cabins.

4. Was the food good and well presented?
Allison is a great chef and we enjoyed the variety, flavor and presentation.

5. Did you like the area you sailed?
From St Martin to St Barths and back, we stayed at a different anchorage every night – thoroughly enjoyed all of it.

8. Additional comments on your charter?
Andre and Allison always have ideas but do a great job reading the cues of the guests – whether we just want to relax, or be more adventurous. When it comes to learning about the ocean and all it has to offer, I’ve never met 2 people as knowledgeable as Andre & Allison. My family of 4 enjoyed the scuba diving and snorkeling and have never had better dive masters.

Don’t think twice and go.
Me and my husband just got back from this dreamy vacation, celebrated our 14th and let me tell you I’m a Panicker and was very sacred to do this trip ? I’m that person that’s scared of sharks, deep waters and getting sea sick. Boy I was wrong! I came back a changed person lol I enjoyed every bit of it. From waking up to beautiful ocean views to going to sleep outside watching the beautiful stars in the sky, cuddled up with my loved one and having him sleep in my arms under the moon. So romantic! There was so much to see and so much to do, never a dull moment. Alison and Andre are the sweetest people you will meet, they became like family, I left with tears because I got so attached to them ?? Btw, may I mention Alison is an amazing chef! Her food was delicious, and her smile was contagious. Andre was a great bar tender?? very helpful, dropped us off and picked us up from islands. Snorkeling was fun and island exploring was spectacular, the views are unforgettable. The beaches were beautiful and turquoise. If you want to try something different for a vacation this sail away thing is it! Don’t think twice and go. You won’t regret. Looking forward to going again with couples this time.
Safe and Stress Free Vacation
Safe and Stress Free Vacation
We loved our time on the Turquoise Turtle. We are so happy that we lucked into chartering with Alison and Andre. We traveled with 2 kids 9 and 7 and our parents. Andre makes it look so easy and Alison is busy making sure every need is met. We enjoyed snorkeling with them and they were great at pointing out wildlife and sharing information about the area… the kids (and adults) didn’t want to leave! As mom, it was so nice to wake up, enjoy coffee, meals, and cocktails without lifting a finger. Total luxury without being stuffy. Definitely my favorite vacation to date. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation look no further than chartering a boat in the Virgin Islands. If you enjoy going with the flow, eating great food and being with kind, down to earth people look no further than the Turquoise Turtle.
A truly remarkable trip
A truly remarkable trip with Andre and Alison! Snorkeling at multiple reefs each day with plenty of support spotting the remarkable reef life. Beautiful calm crossings and stays at multiple private coves each with their own story and numerous with beach bars and hiking trails. Plus spectacular meals on board! How Alison whipped up the variety she did remains a total mystery… she even cooked separate amazing vegan dishes (including a vegan birthday cake and cheesecake) for my daughter which kept everyone super happy.
A remarkably safe way to see the sites in these strange times. We all tested negative for COVID19. But did not have to be in contact with people outside the boat.
Our high complements to both the chef and to the captain for a magical visit and hands down our favorite part of our trip to the islands. If you are considering, I suggest you stop thinking and start booking immediately. The Turquoise Turtle will be our return stop every time we come to the islands and we will be recommending it to friends for years to come!
St Barts Magic
Just returned from a great New Year’s week aboard the Turquoise Turtle with the most wonderful hosts: Captain Andre and First Mate/chef Alison! They met us in St. Maarten with big smiles and a warm hug and after our “briefing” off to St. Barths, we sailed. Our family of 5 enjoyed the week spent sailing around the northern Leewards, relaxing, diving (especially great dives in St. Eustatia and Saba), eating Alison’s scrumptious meals, and enjoying all the top notch ammenities the Turquoise Turtle offers. Andre’s pain killers, rum punch and special turquoise margarita got our evenings off to a great start, although dimmed our game playing abilities, which we think was a secret strategy. This was our third charter and hosts like Andre/Alison are top notch. They are warm, kind, patient, funny and easy to be around.We really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to sailing again soon aboard the Turquoise Turtle.
St Maarten Dream Honeymoon
There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing our trip was on the Turquoise Turtle. My wife and I were on our honeymoon, new to crewed yacht charters, and didn’t quite know what to expect but what we got was a trip of a lifetime. We were greeted at the pickup location by two of the most amazing people (Alison and André) I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet with big smiles and a hug. Taken to the yacht on their dinghy and given a rundown of the boat facilities and our room. Everything was spotless and beautifully arranged. We quickly became accustomed to the boat life for a week as Alison and André made us feel right at home. When sailing, André was amazing and first mate, Alison, was quick. They knew exactly what each other were looking for when anchoring and I never once felt uneasy about their capabilities. When diving, they made sure we both were comfortable and safe and their experience really shows. They could have jumped into a shark tank (although they wouldn’t!) and I would have jumped right in behind them knowing that I was completely safe with them. They found things we never could have seen on our own and they recommended the most amazing onshore activities and restaurants. They let us chose where the boat went (within reason due to winds, Anchorage and legality) and gave my wife and I the freedom to go a lil crazy (cliff jump in St. Bart was so awesome). They found the perfect beaches to put back André’s Painkiller and Rum Punch and they even got us a unexpected bottle of Champagne for our honeymoon. At meal times, André would set the table while Alison would manifest magic on a plate that kept us in awe and drooling the entire time. I highly recommend you don’t skip the dessert or their amazing coffee. Overall, I could not replace this trip in any lifetime and felt I made great friends with the Captain and Chef. We would do a charter with them again in a heartbeat. Thank you André and Alison for the trip of a lifetime.
Broker provided questionnaire – March 2020
Was the yacht clean and ready to go upon your arrival?
YesWere all the advertised “toys” available?
YesDid everything work throughout your trip?
YesDid the crew live up to your expectations?

How would you describe the food and drinks?
The food and drinks were excellent—we never wanted for anything and we genuinely looked forward to ourmeals onboard. Alison did a great job of adapting to me being a vegetarian while my son is not.

Were you involved in planning the day’s itinerary?
Yes. This is our second charter and we understand that our first (last year) was the turtle’s first pure scuba charter. Alison and Andre are both Certified Dive Masters and they planned a great itinerary to visit dive sites around the BVI.

What did you like most about your charter?
The wreck of the RMS Rhone is one of the best wreck diving sites in the world—and it isn’t a bad snorkel either. But we really appreciated how Andre adapted each day’s itinerary to allow us to have great dives taking into account the local conditions.


Anything to improve this particular yacht?

On a scale using 1-10: How would you rate
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Would you charter this yacht again?

Would you charter in a different area or a different yacht again?

Would you recommend this yacht to your friends?
We have already recommended the Turquoise Turtle to friends at our dive shop.

-John Q.

Wonderful week with Family on Turquoise Turtle!

We (family of 4, 2 children ages 5 and 8) spent a week on board the Turquoise Turtle in February of 2020. Our goal was to have a relaxing, active week and an adventurous experience for the children. If you are trying to find the right charter boat to explore the BVI’s, this is the one.

Turquoise Turtle is Captained by Andre Stroebel and his wife Alison, who is Registered Nurse and excellent cook. Most importantly, both are excellent hosts and wonderful people. Andre has 30+ year’s experience as a helicopter pilot in South Africa. Andre is safety oriented and makes a great “Pain Killer” Drink! As a couple they have sailed the world and are very experienced yachtsmen.

Alison is a caring person who was wonderful with the children. She has a good knowledge of the sea life in and around the reefs and was always eager to share her knowledge with everyone.

Communication was simple and effective leading up to charter, during and after.

• Itinerary Flexibility – The 1st night we studied a map of the BVI’s, discussed how we wanted to spend the week (quiet nights, excellent snorkeling, sailing, etc.). They were able to deliver exactly what we wanted our experience to be.
• Pick-up and drop off – Much easier we anticipated!
• Safety – focus on safety was throughout the trip. Not in an unreasonable way but very practical.
• Food – Alison made some great meals for us and Andre was impressive on the grill as well. Thank you both for being flexible with 5 and 8 year old’s peculiar eating habits!
• Privacy wasn’t issue as Andre and Alison respect their customers space.
• Friends – We came as strangers and we left as friends.
I can’t really think of anything to say here.
You are living on a boat and there are always small challenges with that. We certainly didn’t miss any of the luxuries we have a home. We had a great bed, shower and slept comfortably each night. If you are a family with children, this is an excellent charter choice for you. If you’re a group of friends, this is a great charter choice. If you’re a couple, it’s a great choice. Just go…

Pro Tips:
Minimalist packing. You really, really don’t need to pack much. Follow the packing instructions they provide in the pre-charter PDF. Also note, they have all of the snorkeling equipment you need, no real need to bring yours.

The U.S and British Islands done Perfectly!
The trip was awesome! Andre and Allison were sea worthy very competent captains. They made us very comfortable in all that we did on the water! Food was fine food dining each meal! Andre’ and Allison were very friendly and accommodated our every request We sailed to a beautiful new beach each day. We went as 3 couples and had an absolutely delightful week full of fabulous adventures, incredible meals delicious cocktails, games, swimming snorkeling and diving, and scenery that cannot be duplicated. The only bad part of the trip was that it ended.
Vicki G
Alison was preparing another gourmet meal

As we were making our way home and discussing the trip, I heard the phrase ” BEST TRIP EVER ” repeated more than once! No doubt it requires a lot of planning, work, patience, seamanship, and people skills to accommodate a group such as ours for a week …but Andre and Alison made it look easy. As people they are authentic, understanding, calm, gentle, and extremely competent. It seemed every time I turned around Alison was preparing another gourmet meal and Andre was answering sailing questions and mixing his famous “Painkillers”. Andre and Alison are special people and do a fabulous job. You should have no hesitations in recommending them to any clients you may have. In all honesty, we passed their name along to other vacationers, 4 times ourselves, before we even got to the airport!

The vessel itself was clean, comfortable, and in tip top shape. The cabins were clean, roomy, well lit and airy. Clearly, their vessel is well cared for and perfectly organized for handling this type of activity. Scuba activities were handled in an orderly fashion and of course we saw innumerable fish species, octopus, squid, the Rhone wreck, etc, etc, etc, snorkeling as well was enjoyed by all. It was alot of fun!!

This was the 2nd charter we have taken in the last 5 years. I will guarantee you that if anyone I know expresses an interest in this type of vacation, I will be recommending Andre and Alison, no question, hands down, without a doubt!!

Again, Thank you and please feel free to share our thoughts as you wish.

Scott J., Wisconsin


The trip was awesome! Andre and Allison were sea worthy very competent captains. Made us very comfortable in all that we did on the water! Food was fine food dining each meal! Andre’ and Allison were very friendly and accommodated and facilitated our every request.

Thank you for your help in arranging our trip!

Vicki G., Wisconsin

It was the perfect way to vacation with great friends.
We just spent a fabulous week aboard the Turquoise Turtle with Andre and Allison owners/hosts. Both were skilled captains and scuba divers and sailing with them made us feel safe and comfortable. Allison prepared gourmet meals which we loved and Andre makes wonderful Painkillers. We vacationed with 2 other couples and we each had our own bedroom and bathroom. Each day we were able to explore, snorkel and scuba dive at a different beautiful beach location as we sailed the US and British Virgin Islands. It was the perfect way to vacation with great friends. We highly recommend vacationing on the Turquoise Turtle!
They are top notch on all the skills necessary
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Justin D
If you want to go on a sailboat charter, check these guys out. What an awesome week with Andre and Alison. We went as a family with 8 year old twins. They balanced all the varied interests with grace and were awesome with the kids. They are top notch on all the skills necessary for a great BVI cruise: sailing, local knowledge, cooking, bartending, scuba / snorkeling and all with a nice ship shape catamaran. The feline on board was a kind bonus. Go sailing with these guys, you will be glad you did.
It was one of the most memorable trips we’ve done
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Jason H
My wife and I took our three kids with Andre and Allison on the Turquoise Turtle over Christmas for a week and it was one of the most memorable trips we’ve done as a family. Our kids 13, 11, and 9 had a blast. The beds were a lot bigger than I expected and views and being on the water was unbelievable. The stars at night were like I’ve never seen. Customs and check in was handled by the crew other than leaving which had to be done in person. The stops were all different and island hopping was so much fun; the time on board with long sails and playing games with our kids was just what we wanted. Allison is an amazing cook and we were never hungry. We only had one day of rough seas and Andre was able to minimize the swells. The Baths were unique and a lovely beach hike. The snorkeling was great and Andre and Allison both snorkeled with us to point out wildlife; we saw octopus, huge lobsters, rays, and innumerable tropical fish. I would highly recommend an underwater camera. Swimming around the boat and the underwater lights at night and watching fish and sting rays were beautiful. We had delicious meals on land as well; the Lobster Trap on Anegada was a great Christmas dinner. Beautiful beaches driving around Anegada- Andre arranged for a car and drove us himself. Coco Mayo was stunning at sunset and had great beach games. Soggy Dollar Bar and afternoon at the beach after swimming in from the boat will be one of my favorites. Painkillers there almost as good as Captain Andre’s. The lunch next door at Hendo’s had a delicious lobster sandwich with sweet potato fries that hit the spot. Most importantly, Andre and Allison were exceptionally skilled and safe sailors, patient and generous with our children, genuinely happy and kind, and made us feel like we were welcome in their home for the week.

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