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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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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

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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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New Bar on Jost van Dyke, BVI: Hendo’s Hideout

There is a new bar on Jost van Dyke, right next to Soggy Dollar bar and it is quickly becoming a favorite. It is a beautiful wooden structure. The majority of the timber used during construction is reclaimed, as they strive to be as eco-friendly as possible. The wood, known as Cumaru, was sourced from a lake in Nicaragua, where it was lifted up by scuba divers. They have a beautiful bar and large, comfortable dining area.

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While Soggy Dollar is the place to drink at party, Hendo's Hideout is a great place to have a meal in a comfortable, relaxing setting so it is a great addition to the dining options on Jost that were a bit limited or more on the "fast food" side. Their head chef Paul used to work at the Westin St. John so you can see how that adds some sophistication to the menu.

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Hendo's Hideout is run and owned by Aaron Henderson (nick-named "Hendo")  and his wife Liz. Hendo is a USVI native and former hedge fund manager in New York whose parents own and operate Top of the Baths restaurant on Virgin Gorda.

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It has so far received very good reviews on tripadvisor:

“Impressed!”  *****

"Great addition to White Bay. Beautiful bar and dining area. Can’t wait to visit again. The owners are truly wonderful people. See you soon"

“Fantastic lunch and drinks!” *****

"We just had a wonderful lunch at Hendo's about 20 minutes ago. The staff was great, as well as the food and drinks. The place is immaculate. What a fabulous addition to white bay!"

“A REAL Restaurant/Bar on White Bay!” *****

"What a place! Great food, service, and location. It's new and unknown for now, but won't be for long. We walked right up and ordered drinks, unlike Soggy where it's packed & crazy (which is ok). My wife had the chicken, I had the burger - awesome! The bar area, facilities, and little gift shop are all new & perfect. I wish this happy couple (owners) lots of good fortune & success. I see no reason why it won't be "The place to be" on this beach."

Eat, Drink, and Relax here - you can't go wrong.

Check out more Hendo's Hideout reviews on Tripadvisor

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More information on Hendo's Hideout, Jost van Dyke

is on their facebook page

Ready to go?

Book your unforgettable Day Trip to Jost van Dyke 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

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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Day Trip to the Baths on Virgin Gorda from St. John – Photogallery

Are you considering going on a day trip to the Baths on Virgin Gorda from St. John or St. Thomas but wondering if it is worth the ride over? Check out our photogallery below.

Day trip to the Baths on Virgin Gorda

Those pictures are taken at the Baths, which is Virgin Gorda's key attraction. Encompassing the beaches and rocky shoreline at the southwestern tip of Virgin Gorda, The Baths are a collection of massive granite boulders as large as 40 feet in diameter, with white sand beaches and secret rock pools - a truly amazing experience. Of course when you book a day trip to the Baths with us, we can do multiple other stops on the way back, all included in the price (e.g. Snorkeling, Norman Island, Jost van Dyke). More on Information on the Virgin Gorda Day Trip is here.

Exploring the Baths on Virgin Gorda

There are multiple ways to explore the Baths on Virgin Gorda.

  1. We can moor the boat at Spanish Town, then you can take a 5 minute taxi ride right to the top of the baths, exploring them without getting your hair wet. This is a favorite for seniors or families with smaller children or groups that are less comfortable swimming.
  2. If you are sporty, we can also drop you off close to the shore, for you to swim in. You can then do the hike/climb around the Boulders and the Captain will wait at then end to pick you up. This will also make for a nice photo opportunity to see the boulders from the water. If you do this option, make sure you bring a dry bag or waterproof camera.
  3. The third way is is to explore the boulders of the Baths via paddleboard like Lucy does on some of the photos. This is for people who have paddled before or taken a lesson, if you are a novice paddler you should start at one of the calm St. John beaches first. We are happy to bring a paddleboard for you along but the captain is busy keeping the boat safe and cannot do a double act as a SUP Instructor. If you need instruction you can of course book Lucy from SUP-Stjohn.com to come along on the trip

The Baths on Virgin Gorda Photogallery

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Which BVI should I visit on day trip from St. John?

You are planning a trip to St. John and are wondering "'Which BVI should I visit on day trip from St. John"? Well, firstly you can't go wrong every single island is beautiful. Secondly, don't overplan or overthink it! Our captains are really flexible and you can always change itinerary during the day based on weather, wind and what you feel like doing. Still, here is a brief outline to help you choose the right trip for you!

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Beach, Bar, Drink & Party


Snorkel, Beach, Bar & Drink


"I want to go back to Soggy Dollar but see more than that!"

  • B-Line (Little Jost van Dyke, Beach Bar & Snorkeling), Bubbly Pools, Sandy Cay, Jost van Dyke (Soggy Dollar)

"I want to see it all!"

  • Virgin Gorda, Norman Island & Jost van Dyke. Yes, our boat is fast and we can do all islands in one day and get a bit of everything, beautiful Nature at The Baths, Snorkeling at Norman and Drinks at Willy T. and  to end the day at Soggy Dollar bar.

Relaxation away from crowds / Good food & Snorkeling


Beautiful Nature


"I have no passport / Don't want to pay BVI Customs"


Family Fun


"I have not been on boats much and am afraid I might get sick!"

  • Start with  Jost van dyke, our boat is fast and was built for offshore fishing - it will be a quick, smooth ride of 20mins.

"I want to spend some romantic couple time"

  • B-Line, Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit and Soggy Dollar (Jost van Dyke Trip)
  • Peter Island: visit their spa & resort for some romantic couple time and then head to Jost van Dyke afterwards.

"I want to paddleboard"

  • Virgin Gorda. Paddling around the boulders is a truly otherworldy experience. If you don't want to go that far, Jost, B-Line and Sandy Cay are also nice. If you are an experienced paddler you can do a downwinder from Sandy Cay to Soggy Dollar.

"I want to go snorkeling & fishing!"

  • Try our half day snokel & half day fishing combo
  • Or go to Norman Island for Snorkeling, Wily T. or Pirates and then we can go back along the South Shore and fish all the way back (Jost van Dyke stop not possible in this option)

"I have seen it all! -  show me something completely different and stunning!"


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"I need to see how it looks like there!"

Watch the videos below.....


While the choices are unlimited our pricing is simple

Price is based on the furthest island, all other stops are included. The price includes captain and fuel - no hidden extra charges. Not included are BVI customs and mooring fees and gratuity for the captain. We provide water and ice and you can use our Easybreath full face masks for free.

  • Sunset Cruise: 250$
  • Half day USVI: 400$
  • Jost van Dyke or Full day St. John: 650$
  • Norman: 800$
  • Cooper or Peter: 850$
  • Virgin Gorda: 950$
  • Anegada: 1050$

Island by Island Overview


Jost van Dyke, BVI (closest to St. John)

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Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, rugged scenery and colorful folklore make up Jost Van Dyke.  With fewer than 300 inhabitants, it measures just four miles by three.It retains the island culture that much of the Caribbean has lost. Jost Van Dyke is a little island with a big reputation. It is also home of the Soggy Dollar Bar, the bar that invented the famous Painkiller Cocktail.

If you only want to visit one island, Jost has it all. White Bay is one of the best beaches in the world, Soggy Dollar always makes it on the top 10 beach bar lists and there are a more bars, restaurants and shops to roam around. A day trip from Jost van Dyke.


Norman Island, BVI

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Norman Island sits East of St. John and just seven miles south of Tortola at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands. It is 2.5 miles long with a total land mass of only 600 acres and feels like it is a million miles from anywhere. It is one of a number of islands reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate novel Treasure Island.

After Jost van Dyke it is second closest to St. John. While there is not much to see on the island itself, Norman Island is home to Pirate's Bight (Pictured above), infamous floating Bar Willy T. and some of the best BVI snorkeling spots (Indians, Caves, Aquarium etc.)


Cooper Island, BVI

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Cooper Island sits East of Norman Island and is home of Cooper Island Beach Club. It is a more upscale and relaxed setting vs. for example Soggy Dollar bar and the food is just great. There is also some good snorkeling. It's not a place where you want to spend the whole day but it is great for a relaxed lunch or afternoon.


Virgin Gorda

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Virgin Gorda is the third-largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island “The Fat Virgin”, because the island’s profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side. It is a bit of a longer, more expensive ride from St. John.

The Baths are Virgin Gorda's most famous attraction. They are a sublime jumbled collection of sky-high granite boulders. The rocks are made of volcanic java from about 70million years ago and form a series of grottoes that fill with water and shafts of kaleidoscopic sunlight and look truly otherworldly.


Peter Island

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is home to Peter Island Resort & Spa, a casually elegant British Virgin Island resort and spa hidden away on an 1,800-acre oasis of tranquility. It is a great place to spend some romantic couple time before heading to Jost van Dyke to end the day with some painkillers.


Anegada

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Anegada is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands and a much longer ride. It lies approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Virgin Gorda. 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. That's the place where we ourselves go to relax, it is so small, quiet and laid back.

Going to Anegada for a day can be a bit of a stretch (depening on ocean and due to customs hours), you might consider doing a customs overnight trip to truly have time to explore it's beauty

 

 

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Half day snorkeling half day fishing charter

If you would like to do some fishing while on St. John without going on a hard core full day fishing charter, this trip might be for you.

We will first head to Norman Island where you can snorkel the Indians, Caves or Aquarium, then you can have lunch at Pirate's or The Club and then we take a route South of St. John on the way back (we can start fishing as soon as we hit USVI waters.
We take a maximum of 6 people on this charter.

Snorkeling and Lunch at Norman Island

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We start our trip at 9:00 AM  at National Park Dock and head to Tortola West End to check you into BVI customs. From there we can go head to some of the snorkeling spots around Norman Island like Indians, Caves or Aquarium.

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The water is super nice and clear and you will see tons of different sea life.

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As with all trips, you can use our Easybreath Full Face Masks (or traditional fins and masks) for free.

 

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When you have spent enough time snorkeling we can stop for lunch, you have the choice between 2 restaurants at Norman Island, "Pirate's Bight" and "The Club"

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Pirates Bight is the traditional lunch choice at Norman Island, they serve Fish Tacos, Chicken Tenders, Chicken Fajitas, Grilled Mahi Sandwich, Chicken Roti, BBQ Bay Back Ribs, Blacken Tuna, Stuffed Eggplant or a tradtional burger.

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The Club is a relatively new restaurant in the temporary structure that housed Pirate's Bight during the remodel, it is slightly more upscale and expensive, they serve Maki Rolls, Paella Tasters, Open Face Sandwiches, Fritters and more.

Fishing on the way back to St. John

the second half will be spend fishing, iwe can fish along St. John's South Shore all the way back. After the trip, Captain Steve will clean the fish for you and you can keep enough fish for a big dinner.

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Half Day Snorkeling Half Day Fishing Charter Pricing:

  • Norman Island (Pirates, Willy T., Snorkeling) and fishing on way back (along St. John South Shore): 900$ incl. captain, fuel and fishing equipment use plus BVI customs
  • other options are available upon request call/text Captain Steve on 340-626-2859 for more information

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Booking a Fishing Charter from St. John, USVI

Email us on rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com or use the form below to to make a booking. Select your date in the calendar and pay a 150$ deposit. The rest is due on day of charter (after trip, cash, card or cheque). All prices include captain, fuel, water, ice, fishing rods and bait. Not included: BVI customs/mooring fees and gratuity. Should we have to cancel the trip due to adverse weather (which we don't expect) the deposit will of course be refunded.

If you catch some fish that you would like to take home with you for dinner Captain Steve can clean it for you.

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B-Line Beach Bar – Day Trip St. John – Jost van Dyke

 

A day trip St. John - Jost van Dyke on our 32 FS Regulator Powerboat can be so much more than just Soggy Dollar. We can for example stop at B-Line at Little Jost van Dyke. It is a charming, low-key bar, that has great drinks, friendly staff on a beautiful beach.

 

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B-Line Beach Bar - Little Jost van Dyke

Their signature drink is the "Passion Confusion" is a mix between a painkiller and a rum punch, with lots of rum soaked pineapple, stop by and try one!

 

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They are open from 10am-10pm daily serving ice cold beer and rum drinks. On weekends they serve up the freshest locally caught mahi, tuna, and wahoo. Hot off the grill items include fish tacos, spicy tuna wrap, veggie burgers, kosher beef hot dogs, and their signature dish fish n foil. You can check out their website here.

 

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You won't get bored. You can play cornhole, board games and there also is great snorkeling on the reef that is right around the corner. Oh and don't forget to leave your name on the wooden roof of the bar. Feeling lazy? They also have a soft white sand beach for laying around and doing nothing at all.

 

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From there we can head over to Sandy Spit for your personal perfect postcard shot. After a lot of erosion what is left of Sandy Spit is tiny, so make sure you visit it before it is gone!

 

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From there we can head to the bubbly pools and then our last stop usually is White Bay, Jost van Dyke. Tired of the Burgers at Soggy Dollar Bar? Try out the other places: One Love, Jewel's and Getrude's have really great meals.

 

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Thank you for a great season!

 

The first storms have passed, it is the end of a great season and time to thank our awesome captains, wonderful customers and fantastic friends for all the good times we had on www.rockhoppin.com. Thanks for booking with us and we hope to see you again in the upcoming 2015/2016 season! We will remain open in September and are hopeful that "Erika" and "Danny" were the only storms for the season but will tow the boat out of water again in case of another warning. Until then, here are some of our favorite memories from the past season.