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Preparing for your Virgin Islands Catamaran Charter

Please read through the below details for helpful information on preparing to charter aboard a crewed catamaran in the Virgin Islands. Please feel free to forward this page to all members of your party.

Planning your arrival in the Virgin Islands:

As most of the flights into the Virgin Islands land in the afternoon, we recommend that you arrive in the islands the evening before your charter begins, allowing you to be refreshed and ready for a prompt noon start to your charter vacation the following day.

Depending on where you are meeting your crew and where you are flying into you may need to catch a ferry and / or taxi to the yacht.

The main airports in the Virgin Islands are on St Thomas, (US Virgin Island's Cyril E. King Airport) and Beef Island (British Virgin Island's Terrance B. Lettsome Airport).

If you are meeting your yacht in Tortola then a flight into Beef Island is the most convenient option - Beef Island is linked to Tortola by road. Alternatively you can fly into St Thomas and catch a ferry across to Tortola.

American Airlines and US Airways currently offer the most flights to the Caribbean from the US mainland, or see for more options.

Taxis are readily available at a reasonable rate from the airports and ferry terminals. The down town ferry terminal on St Thomas is a 10 minute taxi ride away from the airport.

The last ferry from St Thomas to Tortola is at 4.30pm, so if your flight is due to arrive in St Thomas any later than 3.00pm and you are meeting the yacht in Tortola you will need to stay a night in St Thomas.

Trip Advisor is a good source of hotel information for both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

Travel Times:

BVI's Beef Island Airport to: (by taxi)
Trellis Bay, Beef Island 5 min
Road Town, Tortola 15 min
West End, Tortola 30 min
USVI's St Thomas Airport to: (by taxi)
Main ferry terminal (in Charlotte Amalie) 10 min
Crown Bay Marina 10 min
Red Hook Marina (ferries to Tortola's West End) 30 min
Charlotte Amalie 10 min
St Thomas (Charlotte Amalie) to Tortola (Road Town) 45 min
St Thomas (Red Hook) to Tortola (West End) 35 min

Last ferry from St Thomas to Tortola is at 4.30pm daily

Virgin Island Ferry information:

Please click here for current ferry information to and from the US and British Virgin Islands.

What should you bring?

We recommend that you use soft duffle bags when packing instead of hard bags with wheels as these are yacht friendly and will stow away easily.

When deciding what to bring we recommend you travel light. The ideal amount of luggage to bring on a sailing holiday should fit in a duffel bag that can be taken on the airline as carry on luggage. The islands are very casual and even the finer restaurants only require long pants and a collared shirt (with the exception of Peter Island where a Blazer is also part of the dress code).

We find most our guests are comfortable wearing swimwear, shorts and t-shirts during their stay and long sleeves for the cooler evenings.

We prefer our guests to go barefoot on board but suitable shoes are necessary for trips ashore and if you are planning any island treks.

You can bring your own mask and snorkel if you're inclined, but all yachts carry an assortment of sizes.

Most crewed yachts carry sunscreen of the type they prefer, so generally it is on board. If you bring your own, please don't use oily lotions as it stains the yacht's upholstery and can make the decks and hand holds slippery. Look for PABA-free lotions.


Sunshine is practically an everyday affair in the Caribbean. Winter temperatures are around 80 degrees and Summer around 85 degrees, with the evenings dropping off to a comfortable 70 degrees.


Passports are required for all visitors in the Caribbean. The United States Government will require a valid passport to regain entry into the US. Please remember to bring passports for each member of your group. For information on renewing your US passport or obtaining your first passport please click here.

Menu and Bar:

You will have the opportunity to indicate your group's menu, bar, soda and snack preferences with the comprehensive charter preference form. Please use this form to indicate your likes and dislikes as well as any food allergies that members of your group may have. Closer to your charter dates your crew will be in touch to discuss your preferences in further detail.

Meeting the yacht:

Once you confirm your booking and have submitted your preference sheet your crew will be in touch to introduce themselves and discuss where and how to meet them on the first day of your charter.


You itinerary is completely flexible within the navigation limits detailed in your contract (maximum of 6 passengers in U.S. waters). Your crew will be happy to customize a draft itinerary depending on your group's wishes and requirements.

Crew Gratuities:

Gratuities of 10% - 20% of the charter fee are the norm when the service merits it. Please remember that your crew work hard to ensure your vacation is a great one, that will be remembered for many years to come. They are your chef, bartender, waiter, tour guide..

Your crew are happy to accept gratuities cash, traveler's checks or personal checks.

The best way to handle the gratuity is to place the amount into an envelope addressed to the crew and either hand it to the captain or leave it on the saloon table on your departure from the yacht.


The US Dollar is the local currency on both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Major credit cards are accepted at most USVI stores and hotels, as well as the larger BVI establishments. Personal checks are not accepted anywhere.

There are a few ATMs in the more populated areas; however it is a good idea to take travelers checks (some in small denominations) and cash for any shore excursions, scuba diving, taxis and departure tax.

British Virgin Islands Departure Tax:

If you are visiting the British Virgin Islands please note that there is a departure tax of $5 when leaving by ferry, or $10 when leaving by air. This tax is only payable by cash, so please remember to keep enough cash with you at the end of your trip.


Virgin Island Catamarans urges you to insure your upcoming trip. We are pleased to offer coverage from Travel Guard International, America's #1 travel insurer. While we hope that your trip is relaxing and worry-free, we remind you that situations may arise before departure or during your trip over which you have no control. Having travel insurance can be a valuable asset.

Travel Guard will cover charter cancellation due to extreme weather or act of God, flight delays, emergency medical expenses, lost baggage and more.

For further information or to purchase your travel insurance plan, simply click on the link below:

Note; in order for us to receive your insurance details please only purchase your insurance with Travel Guard online using the below link, our quote our agent number, 108536, over the phone (1-800-454-7107):

Who do I contact if I can't find the answer to my question?

If we have not addressed any of your questions, please contact your personal Virgin Island Catamarans Broker, email: [email protected] or call 1 877 66 YACHT and we will be happy to help you further!

Virgin Islands Marinas:
Sopers Hole Marina, Tortola, BVI Sopers Hole Marina, Tortola, BVI
30 minute taxi ride from Beef Island airport
35 minute ferry from Red Hook, St Thomas

Trellis Bay, Beef Island, BVI Trellis Bay, Beef Island, BVI
Walking distance from Beef Island airport

West End, Tortola West End, Tortola, BVI

Crown Bay Marina, St Thomas, USVI Crown Bay Marina, St Thomas, USVI
10 minute taxi from St Thomas airport

Red Hook Marina, St Thomas, USVI Red Hook Marina, St Thomas, USVI
30 minute taxi from St Thomas airport

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