Day Trip: USVI South Side Tour on Ellipseas 31

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41
8 HOURS
American Yacht Harbor B-Dock
USVI
Max People : 9

Hit all the beach bars and snorkel spots on the south side of St. Thomas

Tour Details

YELLOW LEG

DEPART AMERICAN YACHT HARBOR AND HEAD SOUTH BETWEEN CURRENT CUT. TO YOUR LEFT YOU WILL SEE GREAT SAINT JAMES ISLAND, HOME TO CHRISTMAS COVE. YOU WILL PASS THEST THOMAS YACHT CLUB ON YOUR RIGHT, WHERE SOME OF THE MOST ELITE SAILORS IN THE WORLD HAVE BEEN GROOMED, AS YOU CRUISE INTO OPEN OCEAN TOWARD BUCK ISLAND. LOTS OF MAJOR ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN POSSESS A NEARBY “BUCK” ISLAND;. HISTORY CLAIMS THE NAME “BUCK” WAS KNOWN AS THE LOCATION BAD SLAVES WERE SENT TO WITH NO WATER, FOOD, OR SHADE AS A FORM OF PUNISHMENT – ONE LOOK AT THE LANDSCAPE AND ONE CAN IMAGINE WHERE THE PUNISHMENT COMES INTO PLAY. ALL BUZZ-KILLS ASIDE, TODAY THE ISLAND IS A NATIONAL PARK BIRD SANCTUARY SURROUNDED BY AN ABUNDANCE OF MARINE LIFE. ONCE YOU ARIVE AT BUCK YOU CAN SWIM WITH THE TURTLES AND FEED THE YELLOW TAIL SNAPPER BY HAND – BRING SOME DOG FOOD, ITS THEIR FAVORITE. TEST YOUR SWIMMING SKILLS AND SEE IF YOU CAN SWIM DOWN TO OPENING OF THE SHIPWRECK AT 30′.

ORANGE LEG

UP NEXT IS HONEYMOON BEACH AT WATER ISLAND. wATER ISLAND IS KNOWN AS THE “4TH U.S.VIRGIN ISLAND”, IT WAS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWNED UNTIL 1996 WHEN IT WAS SOLD TO THE USVI FOR 25M. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW HUNDRED “RESIDENTS” ON THE ISLAND WHOM ARE MOSTLY SNOWBIRDS, SPENDING ONLY WINTERS ON ISLAND. YOU CAN RENT GOLF CARTS AND CRUISE AROUND, CHECK OUT FORT SEGARRA OR JUST RELAX AND HAVE A DRINK AT THE FLOATING BAR. CHOOSE TO EAT AT HEIDI’S HONEYMOON GRILL OR  WAIT FOR THE NEXT STOP AS YOU HEAD TO THE NEWEST BEACH BAR ON ST. THOMAS, ABI.

RED LEG

YOU’LL RECOGNIZE THE SHORE VIEWS AS WE LOOP BACK TO THE SOUTH SIDE TO HANG OUT AT ABI. HERE YOU CAN PLAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL OR RELAX IN A CABANA, MOST WEEKENDS THEY’LL HAVE LIVE MUSIC TO ENJOY. THE PROPERTY ISUNIQUE AS ITS MADE OUT OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS SO IT HAS A COOL MAKE-SHIFT VIBE AND IS GREAT PLACE FOR A $15 BRUNCH ON THE WEEKENDS. THEY OFFER FRESH SQUEEZED CITRUS BEVERAGES, OTHERWISE KNOWN ON ISLAND AS “CRUSHES” BE SURE TO GRAB ONE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS NOT A SNORKEL SPOT.

PURPLE LEG

HEADING CLOSER EAST YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON SOME MORE ADVANCED SNORKELING AT COW AND CALF REEF – LEGEND HAS IT THE REEF WAS NAMED BY DRUNKEN WHALERS THAT WOULD MISTAKE THE TOPS OF THE REEFS AS A MOTHER WHALE AND ITS CALF. WE LOVE THIS REEF BECAUSE OF ALL THE TUNNELS AND CORAL ARCHES TO SWIM THROUGH. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE SHARK THAT HANGS OUT AROUND THE REEF ALONG WITH A LOBSTER OR TWO. FOR THE MORE ADVANCED FREE DIVERS THERE IS A 20′ SWIM THROUGH PASSAGE WITH AN ENTRANCE AT ABOUT 35′.

GREEN LEG

 LAST LEG OF THE TRIP AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE HARBOR BUT IF YOU HAVE TIME LEFT STOP IN AT CHRISTMAS COVE AND GRAB A SLICE OF PIZZA FROM THE FLOATING PIZZERIA, PIZZA PI, OR SHOOT OVER TO CRUZ BAY FOR A DRINK AT BEACH BAR. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE A WALK AROUND THE TOWN OR GO SHOPPING AT MONGOOSE JUNCTION, HOME TO THE TAP ROOM. DON’T WORRY IF YOU ARE OUT OF TIME, RED HOOK HAS PLENTY OF GREAT FOOD AND DRINK TO ENJOY AFTER YOUR TRIP.

Departure & Return Location

American Yacht Harbor Marina, Redhook – East End of St. Thomas  Google Maps Location Link

Departure Time

Your captain arrives at 8:00 A.M and will be expecting you at 8:30 A.M. for your 9:00 A.M departure.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to get organized and complete  the following required documents:

-General Liability waver

-Bareboat Agreement if over 6 passengers

-BVI Customs Forms if traveling to the BVI

*You must hold a current physical passport to enter the BVI and return to the U.S. Virgin Islands. No exceptions.

Parking

Once in American Yacht Harbor Marina in Redhook find a parking spot and check into the marina office below Lattes in Paradise on the ocean level floor in the middle of the property. You will need to pay $15 for a parking pass valid for one day. Place the parking pass in a visible location on the dash of your vehicle and head down to B dock. If there is no parking available in the marina parking deck try across the street behind Moe’s Fresh Market which usually has plenty of spaces.

What to Bring

Hats – Charter St. Thomas hats are available for purchase on board for $30 each

Polarized Sun Glasses – available for purchase on board for $50 per pair

Reef Safe Sunscreen – available for purchase on board for $20 each

Beach Towels – available for purchase on board for $50 each

Drinks and Snacks 

Cash (U.S. Dollars) for BVI Customs, captain’s tip, and any private expenses. Most vendors accept major credit cards but this is based on internet connectivity.

Return Time

All trips return to American Yacht Harbor before 4:30. Your captain will manage your itinerary to allocate ample time for U.S. Customs check-in and fuel replenishment. 

Fuel Consumption

Fuel is billed as accrued at the end of your trip. You can pay this directly to the marina or we can bill you after your trip based on our digital  display recording. Fuel will be billed at $5.00 per gallon.

Captain’s Gratuity

Captain’s Gratuity – Besides the Guided Service Fee or “Captain’s Fee” included in the price of each day trip, your Captain relies on gratuity for his or her services. We recommend a 20% tip based on the retail price of each trip. 

Price Includes

  • Ice - (2) 20lb bags will be stocked in your cooler on board
  • Premium Snorkel Gear Rental
  • Drinking Water

Price Excludes

  • Captain's Gratuity
  • Customs Fees
  • Fuel
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