Ask a visitor or resident what they love most about St. John and the list is likely to include the ocean, beaches, National Park, snorkeling, beautiful coastlines, tropical weather, and relaxing at a beach bar, toes in the sand, sipping a rum-drink. Looking for a fantastic way to get all of that into one perfect day? Go Boating! Boating is one of the highlights of a vacation to St. John. Visit the boat charters listed below for more information. Let them know whether your group is looking for party-time with your besties, a family vacation, a special wedding outing, or if you are looking for a luxury, exclusive excursion. Also, give them an idea of where you’d like to go, they of course will make suggestions too based on their knowledge of the area. At the end of this page is a section on What to Expect; it covers types of boats, rates, captain, fuel, and other details. Start planning what’s likely to be the best day of your vacation to St. John, your day out boating.
Featured Powerboat Rentals
Salty Daze USVI and Salt Deck
VETERAN and OLYMPIAN owned SALT DECK is one of the most AFFORDABLE ways for up to 12 guests to see Coral Bay/East End and a stop at LimeOut! Our double decker pontoon boat boasts two levels, a WATERSLIDE, spacious layout, comfortable seating, bean bag chairs and hassle free boarding. Equally amazing, our pricing includes everything except for gratuity- no added fuel or extra passenger costs. Included in every charter: WATERSLIDE, @iriepopsvi, reef safe sunscreen, Guava Rum Lemonade, GoPros, filtered ice water, Photobooth/Selfie Station, snorkel gear and so much more! Want to run around the whole island? We do that too! Join us on our 31' Mako Center console.
Nate's Custom Charters
Nate’s Custom Charters specializes in providing personalized and intimate day charters. Our custom-built power catamarans offer tons of shade, very comfortable seating, and the smoothest ride even on the roughest days. Charters include captain, snorkel gear, beer, water, soda, and homemade painkiller drinks. Nate has lived in St. Thomas for over 20 years and knows all the best spots. We love to snorkel with turtles and colorful fish, explore the shipwreck at Buck Island, visit secluded beaches, the National Park, and stop at a fun lunch spot. If you’re looking to get away from crowds and have the best day of your vacation, then look no further.
Take It Easy
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!
Local Legend Charters
We are a locally owned and family operated charter boat company offering unique day trip adventures throughout the USVI and BVI. Based in the U. S. Virgin Islands, we are proud to have some of the most skilled and experienced captains in the business. Our captains are all U.S. Coast Guard licensed and have expert local knowledge of our waters having been raised and trained in the Virgin Islands by generations of accomplished sailors. Our comfortable 32-foot center console Cape Horn powerboats ensure a fun and smooth ride as you explore secret coves, beautiful beaches, hidden grottos and other incredible destinations only reachable by sea.
Explore the USVI or BVIs on board of our comfortable 32 FS Regulator Powerboat with twin Yamaha 250s. It has cushioned, forward-facing seating and will provide a comfortable, dry ride. Join us on a day trip, half day trip or sunset cruise out of Cruz Bay, St. John. Our experienced Captains Steve and Tyler can take you anywhere in the USVI or BVI: Jost van Dyke, Norman Island, Willy T, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada... and will make sure you have a great day on the water. You can also use our new Easybreath Full Face Masks for free on your charter trip.
Phoenix Island Charters
Phoenix Island Charters is a top-notch, family-owned and operated day charter, running out of Sapphire Beach Resort Marina, St. Thomas. We also pick up in St. John. Fully private (6 passenger max). FULL BATHROOM & FUEL INCLUDED in pricing. Bluetooth sound system. Lots of shade. Paddleboards, water toys and custom drone video (optional). With over 10 years charter experience in the US and the British Virgin Islands, we specialize in custom itineraries for your group’s specific interests and abilities! World class snorkeling! Reefs, Shipwrecks and Turtles! Bar hopping or private beaches? Do it all!
See and Ski Powerboat Rentals
See and Ski is a top choice in chartering a powerboat in St. Thomas and St. John. Since 1983 they have been the go-to charter boat rental company in the islands. See and Ski specializes in repeat customers, unsurpassed personal service, and best of all - FUN! Island hop, check out beach bars, go fishing, diving, spearfishing, or snorkeling. The fleet features top of the line, comfortable, fuel efficient 26' Prowler catamarans, known for their smooth, dry ride; the twin hulls take all sea conditions easily. Their experienced team and captains provide you with an individualized itinerary for every occasion, and the best day possible.
Sonic Charters has a full suite of offerings for day charters to the US and British Virgin Islands. The company offers private, custom day trips on their 32' Intrepid, center console, 33' Jupiter, and 37' center console powerboats as well as offer a 50' Sea Ray and 58' Viking Princess Yachts for more luxurious experiences. With five boats to choose from, Sonic has something for everyone and can cater to couples on their honeymoon to extended families of 12!
$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!Book Now
Local Mocean Charters
Local Mocean Charters offers one of the most comfortable boats you can charter. The 35' Intrepid is top of the line and here to take you out for one of the best days of your vacation. We can find turtles, snorkel the reefs, explore the unexplored or do a little fishing. Captain Tony is born and raised and loves to show you all of his favorite spots in his back yard. "Salt & Pepper is Certified to carry up to 12 passengers to where ever your heart desires. We can do Baths, Treasure Island, Soggy Dollar, or any other of our island favorites.
Stormy Pirates Boat Charters
A boat day will be the BEST Day of your Virgin Islands vacation! Stormy Pirates Boat Charters has the boats to fit every sized group and budget. Power boats and Sail boats ranging from 26' - 42'. We are a locally owned and family operated business offering Full Day & Half Day charters through both the U.S. & British Virgin Islands. Let us customize a Private Trip for your group or join one of our Scheduled Charters at Per Person Pricing.
One Love Charters
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!
Lion In Da Sun
Lion In Da Sun Charters (est. 2003) uses a 28ft Scout and an economical 26ft Twin Vee power catamaran for private, customized day charters. Both provide stability, speed, and all-around seating while island hopping, snorkeling, and visiting beaches and bars. Visit the British Virgin Islands or stay local (no passport required) and explore the bays and cays surrounding St John and St Thomas. Enjoy lunch at Lime Out, the Pizza Boat, Secret Harbor, Water Island, or in Cruz Bay! Our locally experienced captains are eager to describe every destination along the way, and help you decide where to go. It’s your day, your way!
St. John Boat Rental
Home of 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.
Sunshine Daydream Charters
Come explore all the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have to offer aboard one of Sunshine Daydream Charters two spacious World Cat boats. Snorkeling, island hopping, beach bars, shopping, whatever your pleasure let us show you the best day of your vacation! Sunshine Daydream boats offer spacious and comfortable seating in both the sun and shade for up to 12 guests, or combine both boats for parties of up to 20! Your charter includes a Coast Guard licensed Captain, cooler stocked with ice and water, top of the line snorkel gear, Bluetooth stereo, swim noodles, and all the Coast Guard required safety gear to keep you and your loved ones safe while at sea.
What to Expect: St. John Boat Rental and Charter Costs
There are a variety of options when it comes to boat rentals in St. John. Boats include 25’-35’, 36’-44’ to 45’-50’; and are center consoles, catamarans, or sport cruisers. Many boat charters cater to groups of 6, but several can accommodate 10 or 12 passengers. Prices vary by type of boat, size, capacity, and amenities. A half day charter on a center console averages $400-$600; and on a Sea Ray around $750-$900 for a half day. For a full day rental on a center console the range is $500-$1000; and full day on a Sea Ray about $1,300-$4,000. Meals are generally not included; some boats do have snacks and a few include ice, soft drinks, and water. You are welcome to bring your own or stop at a beachfront bar for lunch and refreshments. Check whether the captain’s fee is included in the rate or 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 some boat rental rates, for others its additional based on usage. How much fuel is used is a factor of boat type and of distance traveled. Budget $75-$200 for fuel on a half day boat trip, and $150-$300 for a full day. Want to head over to the British Virgin Islands on your boat trip? It belongs to another country; and there will be a custom’s fee charges of around $45-$50 a person. If you explore and play within the U.S. Virgin Islands, then there are no additional fees related to customs. Gratuity is usually not included in the boat rental rates; and your captain and crew appreciate tips. All figures are provided for reference only, and are subject to change.