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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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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: 290$
  • Half day USVI: 490$
  • Jost van Dyke or Full day St. John: 690$
  • Norman Island and Jost: 850$
  • Cooper or Peter and Jost: 850$
  • Virgin Gorda: 990$
  • Anegada: 1350$

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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Rockhoppin’ Charters – Boat Trips out of Cruz Bay, St. John

We offer private boat charters out of Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI. Our Powerboat is a 32 FS Regulator with twin Yamaha 250s and based in Cruz Bay, St. John. It is a very comfortable charter boat with cushioned, forward-facing seating and it is fully licensed and insured. It will provide a very comfortable, mostly dry ride. Our  experienced Captains Steve and Tyler can take you to any destination in the USVI or BVIs.

St. John, Power Boat Charter Options:

(click on Option for more information)

  • Day Trips (USVI & BVI Waters) from 600$ incl. captain and fuel

  • Half Day Trips (USVI Waters only) 4000$ incl. captain and fuel

  • Sunset Cruises (USVI Waters only) 250$ incl. captain and fuel

These are private, captained charters for you and your friends / family. We do occasionally also offer shared trips.

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SUP St. John – Paddleboard Lessons & Rental St. John, USVI

Learn to paddleboard in one of the world’s most stunning SUP destinations! St. John with it’s beautifully turquoise, clear, warm water is ideal for  paddleboarding. It is great for beginners, who can learn to paddle in calm, protected beaches but also experienced paddlers won’t get bored. They can do challenging crossings, circumnavigations and downwinders or go surfing! Or you can try out SUP Yoga.

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Our paddleboarding division, SUP St. John teaches you how to Stand Up Paddle.

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If you have paddled before,  know what you are doing and don’t require a lesson, or prefer to try by yourself, for example with a video tutorial, we also have high quality  Fanatic, SUP USA, Lahui Kai, Starboard and Liquid Shredder paddleboards (Allround SUPs in 11’6″, 11″ and 10″, Touring Sups, Carbon Raceboards in 12’6 & 14′, Kids SUP,  Inflatable SUPs, Family SUPs and Wave SUPs) and paddles for rent (including complimentary delivery). More information can be found in the respective sections of the SUP-Stjohn website.

PADDLEBOARD LESSONS

PADDLEBOARD RENTAL

FOR FULL INFORMATION ON OUR SUP OFFERING HEAD OVER TO SUP-ST.JOHN

We are a paddleboard- friendly charter and don’t mind you taking your SUP on the trip. You can also rent one from us for a special price for your day trip on the boat! (50$ per board per day instead of 65$). Plus, with weekly rental of 2 or more paddleboards, you will get a 10% discount on any day trip!

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Current charter options from St. John – October 2021 update

Are the USVI open for visitors?

St. John is back open for visitors. All visitors from age 5 onwards need negative covid-19 test maximum 5 days old (antibody test is no longer accepted).

For latest official updates, check out www.usviupdate.com

Are the BVI open for day charters?

The rules have somewhat been relaxed starting October 1st for vaccinated travelers but there still are testing requirements for entering BVI and re-entering USVI that make it unpractical for day charters. More information is here.

What are the USVI Boat Charter Options?

  • We can go snorkeling/sightseeing to the Cays north of St. John and other places that cannot or cannot easily be reached by car/foot/swimming.  For example: Mermaids chair, Whisling Cay, Congo, Mingo, Lovango, Xmas cove, Waterlemon, Tektike, Booby Rock and more.
  • You can swim in hike up reef bay to the waterfall and petroglyphs (easy 20min hike up from water vs. full day hike down and up from centerline if you do it by car)

As for food options there is Pizza Pi, the Pizza Boat (re-opening in November), the new restaurant on Lovango Cay (re-opening December 20th) and Lime Out (has already re-opened on October 5). Lime Out is only included in the full day trip. Pizza Pi and Lovango are included in half day or 3/4 day as well. Lovango requires reservation for lunch table and mooring which you can reserve online here. You can also pre-order food at North Shore Deli and pickup it up before your charter, they are right across from where we start the trip.

We start the trip at National Park Dock near Mongoose Junction. Usually 9:00 am for full day, 10:00 am for half or 3/4 day and 4:45 for sunset cruise but other times can be arranged.

We have a cooler and water and ice on board and you are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks.

Everything always depends on wind and ocean, sometimes there are big north swells and the north is rough but the south is calm as a lake so a great day to snorkel the southern spots and swim in at reef bay which can be rough on other days it is the other way around, Captain Steve has been doing these charters for many years and will help you choose the best places to go for the day.

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Sunset Cruise 390$ including captain and fuel

Visit Pizza Pi the pizza boat, enjoy your pizza while watching the sunset or jump in for a snorkel at Christmas Cove or bring your picnic or food from North Shore Deli or Sam and Jacks to enjoy while cruising into the sunset. The price is for the whole boat up to 6 people, including captain and fuel. We have a couple’s special for only 2 people which is 350$. Please put “couples special” into notes field when booking and price will be adjusted.

Half day USVI 590$ including captain and fuel

Best of North or South Shore incl. Pizza Pi the pizza boat and Cays north of St. John (snorkeling and sightseeing) or you can hike up Reef Bay.

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3/4 day USVI 690$ including captain and fuel

Best of North and South Shore incl. pizza pi the pizza boat and/or Lovango and cays north of St. John (snorkeling and sightseeing)  if you want, you can also hike up Reef Bay (for waterfall and petroglyphs), it is a short swim to shore and then an easy 20min hike up (compared to the full day hike up and down from centerline)

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Full Day USVI 790$ including captain and fuel & Limeout

All around St. John (North Shore and South Shore Spots) incl. stop at Lime Out which is on the Coral Bay side of island. This charter is not recommended on a very rough day. If you have booked this and there is a big swell / strong winds making the ocean very rough you can always change it to 3/4 day.

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Add (inshore) fishing option to any charter for 100$

Our most popular option is the 3/4 day as you don’t have to clear customs and pay customs fees (like when going to BVI) so you don’t really need a full day unless you want to go to lime out which is a very long way.

Pizza Pi and Lime Out

If you would like to visit Pizza Pi the Pizza Boat or Lime Out on your charter please check their website and facebook pages for latest opening days, right now Lime Out is set to have their current “last day” on 8/15 or 8/22 and re-open is 10/5 or 10/12.

Alternatively you can grab some snacks for your charter for example from North Shore Deli (across from National Park Dock) or Sam and Jacks at upper level Starfish.

Open for paddleboard deliveries

We have also paddleboard deliveries  but will not be giving lessons or renting snorkel gear for now. We thank our customers for their continued support during these difficult times and can’t wait to head back to Jost with y’all

Changes due to Covid:

  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the boat we should have hand sanitizer on board.
    Captain Steve is fully vaccinated but we still have to adhere to local guidelines requiring masks whenever within 6feet of someone not in your household
  • We are NOT providing snorkel gear we don’t think these are times to share breathing equipment even with careful disinfection a risk remains esp. for the crew cleaning it.
  • You are however welcome to borrow fins.
  • For payment the captain can run the final charge on the card you used for deposit if you would like to use different card please pay online with the PAY NOW link in the booking invoice.

Online Booking: Book your unforgettable day in USVI waters here:

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BVI Charter – October 2021 update

Are the BVI open for day charters?

The rules have somewhat been relaxed starting October 1st for vaccinated travelers but there still are testing requirements for entering BVI and re-entering USVI that make it unpractical for day charters. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you here.

Effective 1st October 2021

Fully vaccinated travelers with recent test (max 5 days) can enter the BVI but still have to take test upon arrival (50$). The test from entry should then also be good to re-enter the US. So with the normal customs fees you are looking at about 125-150$ extra per person to go to the BVI for the day. The problem is if anyone tests positive (can be false positive) you have to quarantine in the BVI for 14 days or until negative test (so you would need very good travel insurance to cover these costs of staying in the BVI for you and your family but also the boat and captain). The full rules are below and you can check the official update here: http://bvi.gov.vg/travel-protocols

Where captain & crew are fully vaccinated:

A person is deemed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received both doses of an approved two-dose vaccine such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna, and one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson.

Fully vaccinated persons will not be required to complete the portal.

Present on arrival negative results of a PCR or approved Rapid Antigen test taken no more than 5 days prior, along with proof of vaccination.

Subject to a Rapid or PCR test on arrival. Where a rapid test is taken you will await results at the port of entry.

Fully vaccinated travelers with children:

Children (between 5 and 17) traveling within a group of fully vaccinated adults (as above) will be subject to testing on arrival. They will be immediately released from quarantine along with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian. They must remain within their ‘bubble’.

Present on arrival negative results of a PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior.

USVI Charter Options

While we continue to monitor the situation about day charters, we would love to show you a good time in the USVI on a half day, 3/4 day, full day or sunset cruise and you can also add fishing to the charter. For food stops there is Pizza Pi the Pizza Boat (re-opening in November), Lovango Cay (re-opening December 20th) and Lime Out the Taco boat which has already re-opened for the season. Check out the options here.

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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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Sunset Cruise – Powerboat Charter

Sunsets on St. John are spectacular. In winter months, the skies at sunset glow with the most spectacular hues, blooming with pinks, reds and oranges. In summer months, the whole sky can be lit up in orange.

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The fabulous St. John sunsets are even more beautiful from the water. Imagine sitting on the boat, sipping a cold drink and seeing the sun drop into the water or behind the rock. If you get really lucky, you might even see the famous green flash. The green flash are optical phenomena that appear on the horizon, usually the ocean, just after the Sun rises or sets. It is a flash of green light that lasts for about a second or two. Sometimes (rarely) the green flash can resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset (or sunrise) point. Green flashes occur because the atmosphere can cause the light from the sun to separate out into different colors.

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Go on a sunset cruise from Cruz Bay, St. John

Our sunset cruise typically leaves around 4:45 PM and returns to Cruz Bay after sunset (little after 7 in summer). We cruise along the North Shore beaches.
The price is 390$ for the whole boat up to 6 people (including fuel). We have a couples special which is 350$ if it is only 2 of you.
It is in USVI waters only (since customs offices closes at 5pm). We provide water and ice. You can bring your own food and drink or grab something from North Shore Deli (which is right across from where we start the trip) – call to pre-order and everything will be waiting for you. During season we can also stop at Pizza Pi the Pizza boat, always a great hit with the kids (Pizza Pi is usually open from November to end July)

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Ready to go?

Book your unforgettable St. John sunset cruise 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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3/4 day trip St. John

we have a new trip in our line up which is the 3/4 day trip St. John which is roughly 5 hours and 690$. Different from other boats all our prices already include captain and fuel.

For food stops you can stop at Pizza Pi the Pizza Boat or the new restaurant on Lovango (please check for seasonal closures during hurricane season).

So you spend much more time actually being on the boat compared to for example Jost where you have many stops where you walk around on land. So for most people 3/4 day is enough time on the water and with lime out being closed there is not much reason to go all around the island

You can see the best spots of North Shore and snorkeling the cays North os St. John and South Shore (like reef bay) on your 3/4 day.

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Lovango Cay restaurant (last day for 20/21 season: July 15)

check out their offering at https://www.lovangovi.com/

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Book your unforgettable 3/4 day 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:  gratuity