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Pizza Pi re-opening for 2019/2020 season

Mark your calendars, the iconic Pizza Pi boat that serves fresh pizza made on the boat is re-opening for the second season under new ownership.

They have done a complete interior overhaul. These changes will allow them to increase capacity and dramatically reduce wait times. The changes include:

    • Installation of new 20kw generator to support additional capacity.

    • Installation of an additional oven that will increase pizza producing capacity by ~65%.

    • Complete redesign of galley and forecastle for increased refrigeration, storage and overall greater efficiency.

    • Improved space for displaying and storing merchandise.

    • Installation of new sound system with Wakeboard and JL speakers.

Where is the Pizza Boat?

The Pizza Boat is at Christmas Cove off Little St. James. There is great snorkeling nearby or when go there for dinner on a sunset cruise.

How to book a Trip to Pizza Pi

We can visit Pizza Pi within the following trips

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new T-Shirts

Looking for a little St. John Fix at home? We have new T-Shirts in lots of sizes and styles.

We are all for using local businesses and had our first shirts locally screen printed. For a small business like us it however turned out impossible to manage the stock and have the right colors and sizes and shapes available for our guests, when we keep them on the boat they get moist when we keep them at the house the hurricane messes them up and the shipping to the States for orders is expensive and time-consuming (as we have to fill out customs forms).

So we are now printing the shirts states side on demand and they will be shipped directly from there to you. That gives you a much wider choice of styles and colors and super easy online ordering, pay via card or paypal

There are 3 different designs (click on items in list to see all variants):

I am the Captain T-Shirt  (unisex tee, slim fit women’s tee, long sleeve, baseball tee, hoodie and women’s tank)

Rockhoppin Shirts in lighter colors (with dark print) – unisex tee, slim fit women’s tee, long sleeve, baseball tee, unisex triblend tee and women’s tank)

Rockhoppin Shirts in darker colors (with light color print) – unisex tee, unisex triblend tee, long sleeve, hoodie, youth tee and women’s tank)

Hurry this campaign is running for 2 weeks if we print 5 of each of the 3 designs, it will continue for longer

 

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Willy T. is back at Norman Island

It has been a few turbulent months for Willy T. and their owner Ewan Anderson. The legendary floating bar Willy T. that used to be moored at Norman Island / The Bight for 35 years was destroyed when the 2 category 5 hurricanes hit the BVI and USVI in September 2017.

A new vessel was secured at retrofitted to match the original Willy T. with a lots of improvements (like larger and now with septic holding tanks). Upon arriving in the BVI after a 1600 mile voyage in May 2018, Willy T. was declined anchorage at their former spot on Norman Island, you can read more about it here and here.

After a giant wave of support in social media they thankfully quickly found a new spot which is at Great Harbour on Peter Island and have re-opened last week in June 2019 but after a few months was magically allowed to return to it’s original spot.

The Willy T is a party spot with their traditional island drinks are fantastic and always served with a generous pour of rum and a smile. Dark & Stormies, Rum Punches and Bushwackers are  the drinks of the day and as the afternoon wears on, shooters and body shots become a great source of entertainment and intoxication. It’s a truly magic place where memories are made.

“R” rated jumps off the top deck, laughing, screaming, music, happy hour, all leads to a great time on the Willy T. A quick google image search will give you an idea of the party that is going on there every day. And check out our video below from the infamous jump off the top deck:

More information: http://www.williamthornton.com/


Ready to go and check out the new Willy T?

Book your Day Trip from St. John to Peter Island/Willy T. 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

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Norman Island”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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We are open for business and St. John is ready for visitors

It has been a rough ride being hit by 2 category 5 hurricanes within 2 weeks in September 2017 and we are finally back online with high speed internet via a satellite dish we mounted on our roof terrace. The fiber optic cables for DSL and TV are still down in January 2018, 4 month past hurricane.

The maximum gust measured on St. John (before meter blew away) was 277mp/h (!) and the highest sustained windspeed was 207 mp/h, the highest sustained windspeed ever recorded anywhere in the world! These are numbers from local meters that were blown away in the storm so they are not part of the official recordings or statistics. In the official statistics, Hurricane Irma and Maria rank 2nd and 8th in the list of the strongest ever recorded Atlantic Hurricanes.

Our house, boat and paddleboards faired pretty well and sustained only minor damages considering the incredible wind speeds. We towed our 32 FS Regulator Powerboat out of the water and had it on a trailer in the boat yard, Captain Steve secured the trailer with sandscrews, straps, chains etc. to the ground and trees and yes, it stayed in place (some trailers were tipped over or went down the hill backwards).

The boat was hit by flying debris like pieces of roofing and rain that was pushed through any cracks with 200mp/h damaged some of the electronics like sonar depth/fish finder but it’s otherwise fine. A total of 450 boats were destroyed on St. John alone so we were very lucky. We have had only about 5 charters since the storm and are  currently performing some maintenance resuming charters February 1st.

Apologies if you emailed us and did not hear back we did not have internet for months and some messages might have been lost due to mailbox full or accidently deleted when going through 65.000 unread emails with a lot of them being spam. Please re-send your message and we will get back to you asap.

Is St. John ready for visitors past Hurricane?

We would say definitely yes, if you can live without cable tv and don’t mind little inconveniences like missing some missing street signs. Over 90% of the houses have power now. The Westin and Caneel Bay will remain closed until 2019 but there are lots of villas and apartments that survived the storm and are available for rent. All grocery stores are open, there is plenty of food and produce.

A lot of restaurants were destroyed but there are enough bars and restaurants open for a fun night out. All hiking trails and beaches are open and the water is clear and has been declared safe to swim. Some of the beaches are actually nicer than before (wider due to sand deposited by storm and downed shrubs) and there are actually some new beaches that have appeared since the storm  (due to sand deposits or places previously unaccessible due to vegetation). Everything is quiet and relaxed there is no struggle to find a parking space at beach and everybody is happy for any visitor showing up. The only place a little more crowded than before is the Starfish market parking its always full, lots of locals go there to conduct there business on the public wifi.

Repeat visitors will enjoy re-discovering their island, finding new beaches, driftwood sculptures on the beach and having different views from the hiking trails. I know a lot of you have helped with donations etc. but the best thing you can do for St. John is to come back and spend lots of money at the local businesses

As for our friends in the BVI they were hit pretty bad by the storm as well, but a few places have reopened so no matter if you want to go to Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island or Jost each place will have at least one bar or restaurant open. If you prefer to stay local, Pizza Pi and Abi are open as well.

 

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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 1350$ 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 1950$ incl. captain and fuel. Each extra day you would like to spend on Anegada is 600$. 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 1950$ 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