Boat Tours: Get Out On The Sea
The views of Andante stretch for miles and are saturated with the sparking turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. If you are looking to get out and explore the Virgin Islands, and we recommend that you do, consider booking one of many highly ranked boat excursions.
Boat Tour is the #1 thing to do in St. John according to Trip Advisor. Be sure to budget accordingly. Bring your passport. And make sure that you have cash to cover customs charges, where applicable. Here are the top three ranked expeditions at time of publication.
1. Palm Tree Charters
For a truly customizable experience, try Palm Tree Charters. They have two boats ready for private booking for up to 6 guests. Their website touts that your cruise will be unique to you. You choose where to go based on telling them what you'd like to do. And it looks like they really know their stuff based on their reviews. If you want snorkeling, they will deliver. Looking for a unique island bar? They know just the spot. Make sure to bring your passport and other items you'd typically take for a beach outing (snorkel gear, drinks and snacks, towels, camera, sunscreen). They provide an ice-filled cooler.
COST: $695 Charter Fee, $45/person Customs & Fees, + Fuel*
2. Lion In Da Sun
Also highly ranked with similar reviews and experience, Lion In Da Sun is another private charter company. In addition to full day trips, they offer half day options from 8:30am-1:30pm. They also accept credit cards as payment for the trip which can be helpful if you don't have a lot of cash or a check on hand.
FULL DAY COST: $500 Charter Fee, $45/person Customs & Fees, + Fuel*
HALF DAY COST: $650 Charter Fee ($75/per over 6 passengers), $40/person Customs & Fees, + Fuel*
3. Kekoa Sailing Expeditions
If power boats aren't your thing, try a sailing expedition. Kekoa Sailing Expeditions is ranked third with over 625 excellent reviews. Trip cost is per person with your choice of four options: Jost Van Dyke, St John Full Day, St John Half Day, and Sunset Sail. Prices range from $130 per person to $75 per person. Like other boat trips, sunscreen is recommended, but only the non-aerosol (non-spray) kind.
*Please visit respective sites to confirm pricing. Pricing as of 06/20/2016.