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USVI bar hopping (Abi, Dinghy’s, Tickles) & snorkeling

with the BVI customs fees further increasing August 1st, 2017 and the additional BVI "environmental impact fee" (adding up to about 67$ per person for a BVI trip) we have added a new USVI bar hopping & snorkeling trip to our offering, it is a longer ride vs. Jost van Dyke, BVI  but will be cheaper or the same price as Jost van Dyke plus customs.

USVI bar hopping and snorkeling day trip from St. John

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Stops can include but are not limited to Dinghy's Beach bar on Water Island, St. Thomas, Abi Beach Bar (Green Cay, St. Thomas) and Tickles (Crown Bay). We can also stop for some snorkeling in between for example at Christmas Cove, little St. James.

Please note the South of St. Thomas can be a very rough stretch of water so this trip is only advised on calm days. If it is rough we can skip water island or you can change the destination to Jost van Dyke or stay local around St. John.

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Abi Beach Bar

Abi is a cool bar right on the beach near Green Cay St. Thomas. Aside from great food and drinks it offers comfortable loungers on the beach, beach volleyball, paddleboarding, cornhole toss and more. Just a cool place to hang out and the food is really good too.

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The Bar open from 10 am every day, they are serving food from 11 am until 4 pm Monday to Saturday. They have Sunday brunch from 11am - 1 pm and from menu and specials from 1-5 pm.

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It is quieter and more relaxed vs. Soggy Dollar Bar and even on a busy day it will not feel crowded as their grounds are huge with plenty of space to hang out

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Dinghy's, Water Island

Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill is located on beautiful Honeymoon Beach, Water Island, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Find yourself limin’ out in one of our hammocks with ice cold beverages and enjoy delicious local cuisine. Be out on the water chillin’ at our floating bar, paddle boarding, snorkeling, or even fly boarding for a splashin’ good time! Ready to go?

Food Styles at Dinghy's

They have a wide offering of American (Traditional), Burgers. Caribbean, Mexican, Pizza, Sandwiches, Seafood as well as Vegetarian options.

For more information, check out: http://dinghysbeachbarandgrill.com/ and check out their facebook page for daily specials and events: https://www.facebook.com/Dinghysbeachbarandgrill/

Tickles Dockside Pub

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Nestled in Crown Bay Marina, Tickles Dockside Pub can be another stop on our USVI bar hopping trip. It offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. From this casual open-air restaurant you can enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea, sailling vessels,mega yachts, and some of the world's largest cruise ships. Treat yourself to favorites like fresh Conch Chowder, BBQ Babyback Danish Ribs, Tequilla Chicken, or Conch prepared in a West Indian Butter Sauce

For more information check out: http://www.ticklesdocksidepub.com/

Snorkeling stops

we can of course also add some snorkeling stops for example at Christmas Cove and Buck Island

Snorkeling at Christmas Cove and Pizza Pi the Pizza Boat

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we can also do some snorkeling stops on the way over and over back for example at Christmas Cove, little St. James which is a great spot and this is also the location of Pizza Pi, the Pizza boat.

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Please note that Pizza Pi, the Pizza boat closes for Hurricane Season on July 29th, 2017 but they should be back come high season.

Buck Island snorkeling

another nice stop for snorkeling is Buck Island where you are very likely to see sea turtles.

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Add fishing to your trip

If you would like to do some fishing on your way back you can add fishing for 100$ extra charge to this trip.

Book your unforgettable USVI bar hopping and snorkeling trip here

You can use the calendar below to directly make a booking (select date and hit book now). Not sure yet? Then you can also send us a Booking Enquiry with this form or email rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com or text 340-514-5527.


Online Booking

Select your date and pay a 150$ deposit. The rest is due on day of charter (after trip, cash, card or cheque). All prices include captain and fuel. Not included: BVI customs/mooring fees and gratuity

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Indians, Caves, Aquarium – BVI Snorkeling Trip from St. John

While it is possible to incorporate some snorkeling into our day trip to Jost van Dyke, most of the prime BVI snorkeling spots are near Norman Island and part of our Norman Island Day Trip. There are no houses or beachgoers nearby so the water is super nice and clear.

The Indians

The Indians are an amazing deep water snorkel and are constantly named among the top 5 BVI snorkeling spots. They lie just north of The Bight at Norman Island and about half way between the easternmost tip of St. John, USVI and the westernmost tip of Peter Island. Four rocky pinnacles rise straight up, about 100' from the ocean floor. Approximately 50' of that is above water. There are lots of blue tangs, parrotfish, cow fish, damsel fish, sergeant majors, jacks, queen angels, wrasse, trunk fish, eels and if you're lucky, you might spot a queen trigger fish.

The Caves

Norman Island is a well-known destination for cruisers and other tourists because of 3 water-level caves at the base of cliffs just outside the western edge of The Bight. The are ideal for snorkeling.

Note: Different from the other spots, both Caves and Indians charge a 20$ mooring fee which has to be paid upon checkin into the BVIs.  These fees can be avoided by going to free spots like the Aquarium but if you don't mind the fee and want to snorkel the Indians and Caves, we can of course go there, just let the Captain know before check-in to the BVI so that he can pay the fees (fees can be paid with credit card).

The Aquarium

is another great but lesser know snorkeling spot which you will most likely have to yourself. The advantage over Indians is that you don't have to pay a mooring fee. The water is super nice and clear and calm and you will see lots of good stuff. From there it's a very quick ride over to Pirate's Bight where you can have some great lunch at "Pirate's" or "The Club"

From there you can head over to Jost van Dyke for some "Painkillers" at infamous Soggy Dollar Bar or take the route along the South Shore of St. John for more snorkeling (Tektike, Booby Rock) or fishing (Norman Island and Fishing Charter)


Ready to go?

Book your Day Trip from St. John to Norman Island here

You can use the calendar below to directly make a booking (select date and hit book now). Not sure yet? Then you can also send us a Booking Enquiry with this form or via email to rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com


Online Booking

Or the form below to to make a booking. Select your date and pay a 150$ deposit. The rest is due on day of charter (after trip, cash, card or cheque). All prices include captain and fuel. Not included: BVI customs/mooring fees and gratuity

 

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Pizza Pi is closing for season July 29th

PiZZA Pi the Pizza boat off xmas cove will be serving their last pizzas of the season on July 29.  They will celebrate with a "Christmas in July" party.  Please join them with your best Caribbean Santa costumes & music.  They will be open regular hours of 11a-6pm and will do our best to eat & drink the boat dry so come early if you want dibs on a full menu.  They plan to reopen December 2, 2017

Ready to snatch up the last Pizza?

Just check out the happy faces in these photos: https://www.facebook.com/rockhoppin/photos/?tab=album&album_id=424506084421760 and https://www.facebook.com/rockhoppin/photos/?tab=album&album_id=400231126849256

Book your sunset cruise to Pizza Pi here or stop there during a day trip:

How does it work? Select your date and pay a 150$ deposit. The rest is due on day of charter (after trip, cash, card or cheque). All prices include captain and fuel. Not included: BVI customs/mooring fees and gratuity

 

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Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, BVI

Cow Wreck Beach Anegada - Day or overnight charter from St. John

There are some awesome beaches on St. John but  cow wreck beach on Anegada is a totally different level of amazing. It's one of the most pristine beaches in the BVI with water so turquoise and sand so pink it's unbelievable. Different from St. John beaches, there is a beach bar / restaurant right by the water. So you can sip a cold beer or have some fantastic lobster right on the beach. Enjoy a Wreck Punch, Bushwacker, Painkiller, Pina Colada, Banana, Strawberry or Mango Daiquiri. Or try their famous "Cow Killer" always served with a smile and a pleasant chat about Anegada and the BVI. The restaurant serves up fresh all day lunch and dinner. Local specialities include lobster, conch and fish, and the steak, ribs and chicken sizzle to perfection on a grill fueled by local wood.

Cowreck Beach is lined with conch shells that look very pretty and there are some comfortable wooden loungers right on the beach.

Where does the name “Cow Wreck Beach” come from?

In the 1800s, a ship carrying cow bones (used at the time to make chalk and buttons) wrecked on the reef just offshore of a small sandy cove on the northwest coast of Anegada. For years afterwards these bones washed ashore and hence the cove became known as Cow Wreck Beach.

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Cow Wreck's exquisite beach is one of the very best in all of the BVI. It is an ideal place for wading and swimming. The water near shore is only waist deep with a perfect sand bottom. Kids can play in the sand while you lime only steps from our bar. You can walk for miles, watching the sand and water change colors before your eyes, and not see another person!

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Watch the sunset at Cow Wreck Beach

Cow Wreck is also perfectly located to watch a spectacular sunset if you opt for our overnight trip to Anegada.

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Charter St. John Anegada - Online Booking

Book your day or overnight trip from St. John to Anegada here or send an email to rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com

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Fishing Charters on St. John

Want to go fishing while on St. John? Our core business are day trips to the BVIs but both our captains love to fish and happily share their passion with you and after all our boat's name is "Wahoo Wa". The most popular fish to catch on a St. John fishing charter are Mahi and blackfin or yellowfin Tuna but you can also find Wahoo, Marlin, Kingfish and Snappers.

Our 32 FS Regulator is fully equipped for fishing. Across the back of the leaning post is a faucet, prep well, and stored Plano tackle boxes, 130-quart bait box to port and a 40-gallon livewell. We have some nice rods and lures on board, Penn 30's/50's and 80's, all on roller guided rods. From the small snappers to the mighy blue Marlin we have the gear and experience to put you on some fish and We can take you out for a full day or half day fishing or you can mix it up with sight seeing and do the half day fishing half day snorkeling trip. All prices include captain, fuel, rods and bait and the captain will clean fish for you so that you can have a nice dinner.

Below are our favorite photos from Fishing on St. John.

For all the details or to book your fishing charter, visit this page

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Amazing videos of full day snorkeling Trip with Rockhoppin’ Charters

Want to see some amazing underwater creatures? Captain Steve is the man who will take you to the best spots for snorkeling! Check out those amazing videos of Barracuda, Reef Squid and an Octobus by Photosnorkeler who recently booked a full day snorkeling trip with us!

Barracuda filmed while snorkeling at Booby Rock

Booby Rock is  a great snorkeling spot on the South Shore of St. John that is part of our full day snorkeling trip and can also be a stop on the day trip to Norman Island if you skip Jost and take the South Shore back

Octopus off Little St. James

Little St. James is North of St. John and if you go there you can also stop at Pizza Pi the Pizza boat which is re-opening December 3rd

Reef squid filmed while snorkeling at Tektike

Tektike is  a great snorkeling spot on the South Shore of St. John that is part of our full day snorkeling trip and can also be a stop on the day trip to Norman Island if you skip Jost and take the South Shore back

Carribean Reef Squid #stjohnusvi #stjohn #squid #tektite #newsofstjohn #stjohndaily

A video posted by Photo Snorkeler (@photo_snorkeler) on

 

 

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Anegada, BVI

Anegada is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands. It lies approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Virgin Gorda and is about 55 miles from St. John. Anegada is formed from coral and limestone, rather than being of volcanic origin. While the other islands are mountainous, Anegada is flat and low. It is the only all-coral atoll in the VI and a mere 28 feet above sea level.

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Anegada, BVI

Anegada is known for miles of white sand beaches and the 18-mile (29 km)-long Horseshoe Reef, the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean, and the fourth largest on earth, a watery graveyard for many an unsuspecting wind-tossed ship, it is known to have over 300 wrecks in its waters, some of whose artifacts can be seen in a local nautical museum. Aside from the Lobster for which Anegada is mostly known,  it is also great for surfing, it is the Virgin Island that is most exposed to the swell.

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The sand is even whiter and pinker on St. John (since it is of coral and limestone) and that gives the water an absolutely amazing turquoise color. The island is very laid back and relaxed it is amazing how refreshed you will feel after a day or two there. If we need a vacation from St. John, we go to Anegada.

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The flora, fauna and scenery is very different from the other Virgin Islands, there are pine trees, bushes and sand dunes (like at the French Atlantic Ocean). The sand is very fine and soft and has a pinkish white color. There are salt ponds that host a growing flock of pink flamingoes. The water is very clear and due to the low depth, the colors are just amazing. Check out the photos from Anegada Trips on Facebook below. The food is amazing too, conch and lobster are the best and freshest you can find.

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Both accommodation and car rentals on Anegada are reasonably priced. You can rent a car or a scooter to explore the island for about 50$ a day including fuel. Driving is easy, there is basically only one (sand) road going around in a circle and the road is better than many of the St. John roads. You will see cows and flamingos on the the side of the road.

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Day Trips to Anegada from St. John

A day trip to Anegada is 1250$ incl. captain and fuel. On a calm day it takes us a little over an hour to get there with our twin Yamaha 250s. We will leave from National Park Dock at 8 AM and head to Tortola West End to check into the BVI's and from there ride along the North Shore and then cut straight over to Anegada and moor the boat at Anegada Reef Hotel. Depending on the ocean and conditions, we have to head back no later than 3pm, maybe earlier.

To truly enjoy and explore Anegada, we recommend an overnight trip (2 days) which is 1650$ incl. captain and fuel. Each extra day you would like to spend on Anegada is 500$. More information and accommodation on Anegada is here: www.anegada-bvi.com. Our list of the top 3 places to visit while on Anegada is here.

Overnight Trip to Anegada

The overnight trip is much more relaxed and gives you time to truly explore the island. It is 1650$ incl. captain and fuel. The crew will sleep on the boat or stay at Anegada Reef Hotel at their own expense. For a cost-efficient option you can stay at Anegada Reef Hotel, basic but clean and newly renovated with A/C or for a truly magical stay check out Anegada Beach Club.

We will leave from National Park Dock at 8 AM and head to Tortola West End to check into the BVI's and from there ride along the North Shore and then cut straight over to Anegada and moor the boat at Anegada Reef Hotel. Depending on ocean conditions we should be there well before noon. You now have all afternoon and evening to explore Anegada (by scooter, taxi or rental car - rental car or scooter is about 50$ per day) and you can have the infamous lobster dinner. The must-see stops are Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Big Bamboo and the Flamingo Pond.

The next day we will leave around lunch time (again depending on ocean conditions) and if you want we can stop at Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke for a great lunch at Corsairs or Foxy's.

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St. John - Anegada Trip, Rockhoppin' Charters Photogallery

Check out our Anegada Photogalleries on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.351622131710156.1073741841.252893791582991&type=3 and https://www.facebook.com/rockhoppin/photos/?tab=album&album_id=619474908258209

Day Trip St. John Anegada - Online Booking

Book your day or overnight trip from St. John to Anegada here or send an email to rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com

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FAQ: Boat Trip St. John

FAQ:

WHERE DOES THE TRIP START & END?

  • The trip will start out of Cruz Bay, we will normally meet you at  National Park Dock at 9:00 AM for full day trips and 10:00 AM for half day trips (8:00 AM for Anegada).

    Our dark blue 32 FS Regulator Boat will pick you up at National Park Dock across from Mongoose Junction at 9:00AM. We can’t park the boat there for longer than 15mins so the captain usually circles the harbor, so signal him when you get there and he will pull in. We usually also end the trip there. For BVI trips you can also disembark the boat at the customs dock, after clearing customs. You can reach Captain Steve on 340-626-2859

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

  • The prices are for a private charter for 6 people.  Different from most charters, our prices include captain and fuel – there are no hidden extra charges! Please check with us if you have a group of more than 6.
  • They do not include BVI customs and mooring fees (currently about 45$ per person) & gratuity for captain.
  • We provide water and ice, you are welcome to bring you own food and drink (adult beverages welcome). For beer please bring cans (instead of glass) if possible, for liquor glass bottles are fine. In an effort to reduce plastic waste (all trash from St. John goes to St. Thomas on the barge, they do not burn the trash and their landfill is almost full) we have switched from the small plastic bottles to gallon size jugs and provide cups & pen to write down name or you can bring your own cup/water bottle if you have)
  • The prices are based on a start in Cruz Bay, St. John. Our trips usually begin there at 9:00 AM. Other starting points (e.g. Red Hook, St. Thomas, Westend Tortola, Road Town) are available upon request and may incur additional fees.
  • You are welcome to use our Easybreath Snorkeling Masks for free (or traditional masks) and fins.

WILL WE HAVE THE BOAT TO OURSELVES?

  • The prices are for a private charter for up to 6 people, this means you and your friends/family will have the boat to yourselves. Options and pricing for larger parties are available upon requests.
  • We do occasionaly match singles and couples with other parties who are interested in sharing but only if you request so (we will never put any strangers on your charter!)

IS TIPPING EXPECTED?

  • A tip for great service is appreciated by our captains who work hard to keep you safe & comfortable and make sure you have a great day on the water.

HOW MUCH ARE THE BVI Customs fees?

  • About 45$ per person (subject to change), depends on # of people on boat, day of the week and mood of customs officer. You pay them directly in cash on the day.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT?

  • A valid passport is required for BVI trips. The BVI customs officer can also accept a birth certificate and a picture ID but if you have a passport it is safer to bring that along.

WHERE CAN WE PARK?

  • There is free parking at the gravel lot in between tennis courts and car barge exit. It is about 10 minutes walk to National Park Dock. There is paid parking at Beach Bar and Slim Mans across from Wharfside complex (Strand Street) and another paid lot at the corner where the bank used to be (across from Woody's). Some car rental companies (e.g. Sunshine Jeep Rentals) also offer free parking in town.

DOES THE BOAT HAVE A BATHROOM?

  • Our boat has a small emergency bathroom. Boat toilets are fickle, please don't put toilet paper or sanitary towels etc. into the bowl it will back it up or destroy the pump. Please let the captain know if you need to use the bathroom, he might be able to stop at a restaurant for you which will be more convenient.

CAN I BRING A PADDLEBOARD?

  • We are paddleboard/SUP friendly and you can take your paddleboard on the trip. If you don’t have one with you, you can rent 2 boards for the day for 100$ instead of $130 for stand alone board rental. We get them and load them onto the boat for you!

WHAT SHALL I BRING?

  • Reef safe Sunscreen, longsleeve (lycra), snorkeling gear, waterproof bag for camera/phone, towel, change of clothes (dry shirt/shorts), camera, sunglasses, bugspray, cash (for customs), credit card.
  • For BVI trips you will have to walk through US customs when we check back into St. John, they will require you to wear a shirt and shoes (flip flops are fine)

WHAT KIND OF MERCHANDISE IS AVAILABE?

  • We have a variety of hats and T-Shirts for sale. You can see all models here. We do not have all styles and sizes on the boat, send us a text or email if you want a certain model and we will have it ready for you
  • We also sell reef safe sunscreen and Aloe Vera Gel

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Day Trip: See the best of St. John in one day private charter

Looking to spend a great day on the water with no passport hassles? Our boat has a permit for the National Park, so we can take you to the most beautiful places on St. John on our "Best of St. John in one day" day trip. This is also a great trip for people visiting St. John for the first time, you will get a great overview of what is where, the captain can show you all the hot spots from the water and give you the best tips of where to go for your following days on the island.
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A big Wahoo on Wahoo Wa

Wondering what Captains do on their day off? It looked a bit rainy on the morning of May 2nd so our guests cancelled their Jost van Dyke Day Trip. Captain Steve and Captain Marty went out on our 32 FS Regulator "Wahoo Wa" and within 2 hours caught a huge Wahoo that was about 60-80 lbs and taller than Capain Steve. Check out the photo below.

Would you like to go fishing with Captain Steve? Here are the options:

Fishing Charter St. John, USVI - Options

  • Half Day Snorkeling & Half day Fishing: 900$ incl. captain, fuel, rods & bait
  • Full Day Fishing (offshore fishing): 1100$ incl. captain, fuel, rods & bait
  • Half Day Fishing (offshore fishing): 700$ incl. catpain, fuel, rods & bait

The Half day Snorkeling Half Day Fishing trip can be booked online, for the other trips contact us on rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com or call / text Captain Steve on 340-626-2859. He is is usually driving the boat from 9:00 to 5:00pm so text is often better/easier to reach him.

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