Boating in the Virgin Islands is extremely popular, and a vacation day spent boating in St. Thomas is very often cited as the most enjoyable day of the whole trip. Boating allows you to island hop, explore amazing snorkeling spots, and visit fun beach bars – all in the same incredible day. You will find a list below of some of the best St. Thomas boat rentals and tours. Boat rentals in St. Thomas vary in size, type of boat and itinerary so scroll through the boats and have a look at all your options. St. Thomas boat tour operators and captains will listen to your ideas, make recommendations for you based on their knowledge of the area, and make sure you have a wonderful day on the water in the Virgin Islands. There is a section on St. Thomas boating costs and what to expect at the end of this page.

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

Pricing on a boat rental in St. Thomas varies by type of boat, size, capacity of the boat and amenities. A half day charter on a center console boat in St. Thomas can run between $470-$600 on average with a full day trip averaging $500-$1000. A Sea Ray runs around $750-$900 for a half day and about $1,300-$4,000 for a full day. Many St. Thomas boat rentals cater to groups up to 6 passengers, others can accommodate 9 to 12 passengers. Most boat rentals in the US Virgin Islands do not include a meal. Some charters offer light snacks. You can bring your own or plan a stop at a beachfront restaurant for lunch. Ice, soft drinks, and water are sometimes included.

There are scarcely any St. Thomas bareboat rentals, and the very few that do exist require the renter to have extraordinarily strong boating knowledge of the area. A few boat rentals in St. Thomas come with a captain, on others the captain is additional. Captain’s rates in St. Thomas are around $100 for half day, $150 for full day. Let your captain know what your group has in mind, whether it’s party-time with your pals, a family vacation, or the desire for a private excursion. Captain and crew appreciate tips. Gratuity is usually not included in the boat rental rates.

Fuel is another consideration when renting a boat in St. Thomas. Fuel is included in the rental rate with some St. Thomas boats, and on others it is 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 fuel on a half day boat trip, and $150-$300 for fuel on a full day boat rental.

If you are planning on heading from St. Thomas US Virgin Islands over to Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke or anywhere else in the British Virgin Islands, there will be custom’s fees of around $70-$80 a person. If you stay and play within the US Virgin Islands, then there are no additional fees related to customs. All figures are given as a reference and are subject to change.

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