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St. Thomas: Powerboat Rentals & Charters

Boating is one of the top vacation activities in St. Thomas. It’s a great way to enjoy the fantastic weather, take in the beauty of the ocean and the coastlines, island hop, check out some amazing snorkeling spots, and relax at a quintessential Caribbean beach bar – all in the same day. Sounds fabulous, right? Go for it, rent a powerboat. Let your captain know what your group is about, whether it’s party-time with your pals, a family vacation, a romantic wedding related outing, or the desire for a luxury, exclusive excursion. And then let them know where you want to go; they will make suggestions too based on their knowledge of the area; and off you go to what’s very likely to be one of the best days of your visit to the Virgin Islands. At the end of this page is a section on What to Expect; it covers types of boats, rates, captains, fuel, and other details. Start planning your day out on the water; visit the boat charters listed below for more information on what they offer.

Featured Powerboats

Elixir Charters

Elixir Charters

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business, contact Elixir for 5 Star Service!) Elixir, a sixty foot custom Hatteras Motoryacht is the largest and finest day charter yacht in the Virgin Islands. Allow us to pamper you with an eggs benedict breakfast and filet mignon and lobster tail lunch served to you at a bronze sea turtle table on our shaded aft deck. Enjoy three fabulous snorkel/beachfront stops, top quality snorkel gear, double kayak, fast inflatable, double hammock, giant sun pad, air conditioned salon with Bose home theater system, and our open top shelf bar including vintage wine and champagne. Full day trips and sunset dinner cruises daily. BVI trips available on private charters. Unforgettable!


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Sonic Charters

Sonic Charters

(Hurricane Status: Sonic Charters is open for business and is ready to accommodate all types of groups!) Sonic Charters offers private, custom day trips to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on 32' Intrepid and 33' Jupiter center console powerboats. We also offer a 50' Sea Ray for a more luxurious experience. While some of the establishments in the BVI and St. John have been impacted, rest assured the waters are still beautiful and the beaches are ready for guests! Many of the snorkeling sites are in great condition and we are excited to continue showing guests one of the best days of their vacations. For relief workers, we are offering our local rate, so $600 plus fuel for our center consoles and $1350 plus fuel for our 50' Sea Ray. We welcome all relief workers and hope to get them out on the water as well.

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$50 off with Sonic Charters. Whether you want to party the day away or lay back and unwind, we want to make it happen! We look forward to spending the day with you!

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St. Thomas Boat Rental

St. Thomas Boat Rental

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business.) Home of the $99 gas guarantee with the most professional crew in the islands. Pick from a variety of private charters boats legally certified for up to 12 passengers. We have boats for every budget starting at $450. Call for details (813) 465-2665 or visit stboat.com.


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VIBE Charters

VIBE Charters

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business.) Welcome aboard VIBE Charters and our beautifully appointed 26 foot Glacier Bay Power Catamaran, VIBE 1. VIBE 1's stable platform, comfortable seating, fuel efficient engines and knowledgeable captain will transport you to your destination in style. Are you are craving a snorkel adventure in the stunning waters of the US or British Virgin Islands? Or simply a fun filled day of island hopping and sampling the wide variety of local beaches, restaurants and beach bars? Let VIBE Charters take you away from the ordinary and into the extraordinary! After all, It's Not Just Another Boat Ride!


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Privateer Charters

Privateer Charters

Full and Half Day Private US and British Virgin Islands Powerboat Charters. Spend the day with us and experience the beauty of St. John, the white sand beaches of Jost van Dyke, snorkel the Caves of Norman Island, or enjoy the Baths in Virgin Gorda! Let us help you create the perfect day. With over twenty years of professional nautical experience, Captain Patrick Cena prides himself on providing guests with comfortable, safe excursions that exceed their expectations. Parties of up to six will ride comfortably in our beautifully appointed 27' Everglades powerboat. For more information visit www.privateercharters.com or email info@privateercharters.com. For reservations please call 888-727-0793.


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Sunshine Daydream Charters

Sunshine Daydream Charters

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business. Welcome Cruise ship guests, visitors, relief workers and all you locals that need a fun day on the water!) AFFORDABLE, PRIVATE CHARTERS. Come explore all the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have to offer aboard Sunshine Daydream, your private ,owner-operated boat for the day. Snorkeling, island hopping, beach bars, shopping, whatever your pleasure let us show you the best day of your vacation! Sunshine Daydream offers spacious and comfortable seating in both the sun and shade for up to 8 guests, a large built in cooler stocked with ice and bottled water, top of the line Bluetooth sound system, swim noodles, and all the Coast Guard required safety gear to keep you and your loved ones safe while at sea.


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Nauti Nymph Power Boat Rentals

Nauti Nymph Power Boat Rentals

(Hurricane Status: Open for business with regular hours.) Nauti Nymph Powerboat Rentals has been voted the number one Powerboat Rental by readers of the Daily News and consistently receives the highest ratings. It is the largest and one of the longest established powerboat rental companies. The boats are beautifully appointed Fountains. 29 to 35 feet, equipped with large bimini tops, ice chests, upholstered seating and all required safety gear. Your itinerary can include any destination between St. Thomas, St. John and Virgin Gorda in the privacy of your own boat. Nauti Nymph will assist with your itinerary for a bareboat or captained daytrip. For reservations: 1-800-734-7345. Website: www.nautinymph.com.

Post-Hurricane Specials. Now through December 31st, 2017. Our 29 foot Nauti Nymph boat is $350.00 plus captain and fuel; and the 45' Magic Moments Sea Ray is $1800 all inclusive, up to 10 guests.

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Take It Easy

Take It Easy

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business.) What do Brad Pitt, Kenny Chesney, and Cate Blanchett all have in common? They all cruised on Take it Easy! Explore the islands in luxury! Completely customizable charters around St. Thomas, St. John and the BVI; the day is yours! Whether it's with family, friends, a wedding party, or private getaway; you will surely enjoy the crystal blue waters and the warm Caribbean sun with TAKE IT EASY. Two luxurious Sea Rays available; accommodating 12 passengers each in comfort and style. Full bar and light snacks included. Learn more on our website, or at www.facebook.com/takeiteasyvi. Check out our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor!


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See and Ski Powerboat Rentals

See and Ski Powerboat Rentals

SEE AND SKI IS UP AND RUNNING AFTER HURRICANES IRMA and MARIA!! Mathias, Thomas, our captains and the boats are all safe and sound. Land lines are still down and internet connectivity is intermittent, but you can reach Capt. Thomas at 340-690-2494 and Mathias at 340-227-7497. See and Ski is the choice for chartering a boat by the St. Thomas/St. John community. The fleet features 26' Prowler Cats, powered by fuel efficient and reliable engines, equipped with full biminis for extensive shade coverage, coolers, ample dry storage and freshwater showers for your comfort. Known for their smooth, dry ride, the twin hulls take all sea conditions easily. Island Hop, Beach Bar it, Fish, Dive, Spearfish or Snorkel. Checkout is streamlined. Your itinerary is individual to make it your day! Best Captains in the VI - experienced, knowledgeable & FUN! Explore, play, see & ski, the beauty of the Virgin Islands!


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Captain Nautica

Captain Nautica

Seeing the USVI and BVI is an experience of a lifetime! Captain Nautica has what it takes to make it even better! Plan your own trip or let us make suggestions. Up to 12 guests will be able to enjoy our 41' Bravo motorboat with twin-engine Yamaha outboards that will get you as far away as Virgin Gorda or Culebra. We also have 31' RIB motorboats available. All our boats feature a shaded Bimini top and the tour includes captain, gas, drinks, music, snorkel gear, fresh-water shower and, of course, water, sand and fun!


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Magic Moments Luxury Excursions

Magic Moments Luxury Excursions

(Hurricane Status: Open for business with regular hours.) Explore the most beautiful destinations in the British and US Virgin Islands with the day charter company that was voted number ONE by readers of the Daily News and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. This is a true, all inclusive luxury day excursion that takes you to the best destinations in the US and British Virgin Islands. Your yachts of choice are 45' Sea Rays or a 52' Sunseeker. Elegant cockpit space for lounging and dining,beautifully appointed interior, full bathrooms. French style continental breakfast, gourmet lunch with lobster ettouffee, chilled prawns, Caribbean chickensalad, homemade desserts, open bar.

Post-Hurricane Specials. Now through December 31st, 2017. Our 29 foot Nauti Nymph boat is $350.00 plus captain and fuel; and the 45' Magic Moments Sea Ray is $1800 all inclusive, up to 10 guests.

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Lion In Da Sun

Lion In Da Sun

Lion In Da Sun uses a 28ft Scout powerboat providing stability, speed, and open bow seating while island hopping on a day trip. Discover what the area is known for; snorkeling, beachside restaurants and bars and white sand beaches. Visit the BVI islands of Jost Van Dyke and Norman Island or head to the Baths for the day. Stay in U.S. waters and see all of what St. John has to offer in the bays and cays surrounding the island. Ultimately the entire trip is up to you; we are however more than pleased to help you design it and then boat you to the best day of your vacation!


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New Horizons II

New Horizons II

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business.) Snorkel with the Turtles! Join us aboard the Breakaway or New Horizons II to snorkel at a tropical island near St. Thomas. Enjoy snorkeling the coral reefs at a small tropical island, enjoy a delicious lunch on the ocean and relax on a white sandy beach. Trip includes snorkel gear and instructions, lunch, open bar and snacks. Meet the crew and get on board at Yacht Haven Grande, which is a short walk from the WICO Cruise Ship docks. A perfect and wonderful option for your day in port. Reservations Required. Book Online to Save.


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Caribbean Blue Boat Charters

Caribbean Blue Boat Charters

AFFORDABLE PRICING for Families & Friends! Rent a Private Boat w/Captain! Our Stylish 36ft Marlins provide a most comfortable ride. Feel the wind as you cruise the islands. Listen to Buffet, Reggae or your choice from our 12 speaker surround sound. Your Day, Your Way! Snorkel w/ turtles, rays & tropical fish. Visit Trunk Bay St. John, Turtle Cove, The Baths, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, or relax on a beautiful beach. Call us today to help design an unforgettable trip! All things are possible! Includes seating up to 12ppl, snorkel gear & bathroom. Our Captains are FUN & experienced. Visit TripAdvisor/Facebook. Call or Text, we book up fast!


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Beach Bum Boat Rentals

Beach Bum Boat Rentals

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business.) Don't just "rent a boat"... have the best day of your vacation! We have the largest selection and widest variety of stylish and comfortable boats for rent on St Thomas & St John. Large group? We can accommodate up to 32 people on one boat! Swim with turtles, rays and dolphin, lay on white sand beaches, sip a Painkiller in a hammock at the Soggy Dollar Bar, and enjoy the spectacular beaches of the U.S. & British Virgin Islands. Your captain will customize the perfect day for you. Flexible cruise ship schedules. Reserve your day early, we book up fast!


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One Love Charters

One Love Charters

(Hurricane Status: One Love Charters is fully operational and open for business, we welcome all visitors, cruise ship passengers, relief workers, and locals to spend the day on the water with us, and promise to make it awesome for you!!!) Experience the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands the way the locals do! Book with One Love Charters and you'll be able to visit all the destinations the VI has to offer... Including the ones you can't read about! Whether you want to snorkel beautiful reefs, bar hop beach to beach, or just relax on the boat with an ice cold beverage in hand, One Love Charters will work to make your day with us the highlight of your vacation!


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Island Flyer Catamaran Charters

Island Flyer Catamaran Charters

(Hurricane Status: Open for Business. Offering special rates for relief workers!) Island Flyer is a U.S. Coast Guard Inspected 36' catamaran certified to for up to 12 passengers. The ride is super smooth with plenty of room in the sun or shade. There is a head and private changing area with room below to store your things. Just a big fun boat. Captain and fuel are included! Beer, rum drinks, sodas and water are complementary. Private charters for small groups. Explore the USVI and BVI's. Choose your own itinerary. Call us, tell us what you would like to do, and we'll make it happen! We're all about customer service. We're here to make your trip memorable!


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What to Expect: St. Thomas Boat Rental and Charter Costs

Prices of boat rentals in St. Thomas vary by type of boat, size, capacity of boat, and amenities. A half day charter on a center console boat can run between $470-$600 on average. A Sea Ray runs around $750-$900 for a half day. For a full day trip on a center console the range is $500-$1000; and full day on a Sea Ray is about $1,300-$4,000. Many boats cater to groups up to 6 passengers; others can accommodate 9 to 12 passengers. Most boat rentals do not include a meal, some do have snacks. You can bring your own or stop at a beachfront bar or restaurant for lunch. Ice, soft drinks, and water are sometimes included. A few boat’s come with a captain, others the captain is additional. Captain’s rates are around $100 for half day, $150 for full day. Very few boat rentals are available bareboat; and the few that do require the renter to have strong knowledge of the area’s waters. Fuel is another consideration; it is included in the rate with some boats, and on others its additional. The fuel charge will depend on usage, which is a factor of boat type and of distance traveled. It can be between $75-$200 for a half day boat trip, and $150-$300 for a full day. If you are planning on heading over to the British Virgin Islands there will be custom’s fees of around $45-$50 a person. If you stay and play within the U.S. Virgin Islands, then there are no additional fees related to customs. Captain and crew appreciate tips, and gratuity is usually not included in the boat rental rates. All figures are given as a reference, and are subject to change.

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