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.
Featured Powerboat Rentals
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!
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!
Privateer Charters goes above and beyond to help you create the perfect day, customizing your entire trip to make your experience one you will not soon forget. Explore off the beaten path locations or visit the hottest spots. Experience the islands and all their magnificent beauty and history while cruising in comfort and style on our sleek and comfortable Scarab 40’ powerboat. We offer full and half day charters throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, all customized to your schedule! We offer private beach excursions, snorkeling, National Park hiking, historical tours, and beach bar tours. Let us know how we can help create your perfect day.
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.
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 St. Thomas, 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.
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
Fun Hog Charters
Fun Hog Charters offers memorable day trips to the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island), the British Virgin Islands and every cay and smaller island in between. Each trip is customized to our guests’ liking by licensed, experienced, outstanding and outright fun captains, most of whom were born and raised in the islands. We are locally owned, and our skippers’ combined knowledge of these waters runs deep! Fun Hog is a 30’ Contender known for its ability to cut through rough seas while providing exceptional comfort. Let us show you these beautiful Islands how we know them.
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!
Magic Moments Luxury Excursions
Explore the most beautiful destinations in the US or British Virgin Islands with the day charter company that was voted #1 by readers of the Daily News, was awarded the prestigious Fodors Choice Award and the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. This is the premier luxury day excursion that takes you to the best destinations away from the crowd. Your yachts of choice are 45’ Sea Rays. Elegant cockpit space for lounging and dining, beautifully appointed interior, full bathrooms. French-style continental breakfast, gourmet lunch with chilled prawns, Caribbean chicken salad, delicious desserts, and an open bar. All-inclusive and basic packages available.
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.
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.
St. Thomas Boat Rental
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.