Best vacation ever Every second of every day was perfect! This was our favorite vacation ever. We spent 8 days aboard the Foxy...read moreEvery second of every day was perfect! This was our favorite vacation ever. We spent 8 days aboard the Foxy Lady with Julia and Jos sailing the BVI. My husband and I went with our family (4 grown children in their twenties), and it was just the most amazing time. Julia and Jos are warm and kind and fun! Julia is an incredible chef - she should really write a cookbook - and both Julia and Jos are drink masters! Both Julia and Jos take care of every detail, and they have this balance where you feel like royalty and a friend at the same time. Jos does everything - dives, sails, water spouts, knows the BVI like the back of his hand. We range in diving experience, and he made us all feel comfortable and showed us amazing reefs and wrecks. We laughed and played and had the best time ever! Kudos to Michelle, who set us up with this and made sure we had everything perfectly arranged.read less
AmazIng experience This, by far, was the most amazing trip we have ever been on. There was no favorite part because it...read moreThis, by far, was the most amazing trip we have ever been on. There was no favorite part because it was all so spectacular. From the food, service, activities, chosen destinations, attention to every detail and the personalities of our crew, it was beyond what we could have imagined. We will be back and we highly recommend. Hannah, Dom, Hannah and Stu are the best!!!read less
Five star service- we lacked for ... nothing. Breathtaking locations in the Exumas Unbelievable, unique, custom designed charter vacation-
We have used Epic twice, and have not been dissapointed.
This was a larger group, birthday...read moreUnbelievable, unique, custom designed charter vacation-
We have used Epic twice, and have not been dissapointed.
This was a larger group, birthday celebration, and the crew was phenomenal.
Five star service- we lacked for ... nothing.
Super attentive to detail--- set out water by the nightstand for when we were parched at 3am, without even asking!
Delivered snacks to the sandbar we were relaxing on, on their own.
Stew and Hanna take the cake!- Go SeaBoss!read less
Trip of a lifetime!! This was the best vacation of my life! I can not say enough about how well Epic Charters took...read moreThis was the best vacation of my life! I can not say enough about how well Epic Charters took care of us. Due to COVID we had to delay the trip multiple times and even move our charter from the BVI to the Exumas. All along the way Epic worked with us to find the right time and location that suited our needs. They really care about the customer experience and it shows. I look forward to booking another trip with Epic Charters and recommend them to anyone who is looking to work with great people and have an experience they will never forget. If there was a 6-star rating they would get it!!!!!read less
Exceeded expectations! I reached out to Michelle when looking for a private charter for a special occasion. She immediately got back to...read moreI reached out to Michelle when looking for a private charter for a special occasion. She immediately got back to me and her responsiveness was the same throughout the entire process. She also checked in with me the morning of boarding, during the charter, as well as the sad day we had to leave.
Through multiple correspondences, she truly listened to my needs and matched me with the most perfect yacht and crew. We spent a week on the beautiful “Gracious” and with her incredible crew, Captain Andrew, Michaela and Caroline. Michelle could have not been more spot on with both the yacht and crew. Our trip to the USVI's was so incredible and far exceeded expectations. I can’t thank Michelle enough for facilitating this amazing charter.read less
Fantastic USVI Vacation and Charter Experience We booked our boat charter through Epic Yacht Charters based on a recommendation from a friend and took our family...read moreWe booked our boat charter through Epic Yacht Charters based on a recommendation from a friend and took our family of five (3 teenage boys) down to the USVI for a week vacation during spring break.
Working with Michelle was excellent, and she quickly responded when coordinating and answering questions. We felt the whole process from start to finish was very smooth and well organized. The arrival through the airport and to the boat and getting underway was easy and clearly communicated to us by Michelle and the crew before we left home.
We sailed on a relatively new 46' Lagoon, Rendez-Vous, for a full week. Because the BVI‘s remained closed for the pandemic, we sailed around St.Thomas and St.John for the week. We had to scrub our sail to St.Croix because of the winds, but we hope to return to do that next time. We were able to explore a different cove every night and had some nice side trips to St.James, Buck and Water Islands. The boat was a great size for our family plus the crew, was spotless and had all of the components and amenities that we needed to be able to relax and be comfortable while onboard. The head/bathroom was fine, the shower was better than expected and the bed was comfortable. We used the AC at night simply because the bedrooms got hot with the windows closed and we discovered that a rain shower in the middle of the night was likely and we couldn’t keep the windows open. The boys sometimes slept on the deck in the open air. Other than doing some land hikes and a little bit of shopping, we spent the entire week on the boat since there was really no need to have to get off the boat – other than to check out the beach or snorkel or to go into town for a few hours.
Our crew of Captain Darrin and Chef Isla were fantastic. Captain Darrin was an experienced sailor, and because he grew up locally, had great knowledge of the islands (he runs his own day boats too at viwatersports.com). Every night, we had a meeting with Captain Darrin and Isla to make sure that we knew what the plan was and could provide input into what we were going to do for the next day.
Isla is a private chef on St.Thomas (facebook.com/chefislabertrand ), and she cooked amazing food for us every day – which is no small feat with three large boys. There was plenty of food on board, plenty of snacks and plenty of drinks and alcohol. The only thing we had to stop for was gas and ice a couple of times.
There’s also pretty much everything on board for water sports. There were paddleboards, snorkeling gear and floats. We felt safe in the water the whole week, and the water and snorkeling were incredible as expected.
Overall, we had a blast and a perfect vacation. Epic Charters, Michelle, Captain D and Isla and Rendez-Vous were amazing. We will be recommending our friends and will be back again.
Specific recommendations on what to bring…
Bring high SPF sunscreen if you need it. There is typically some on board, but we were glad we had extra.
We did not get seasick and didn’t use any Dramamine, but sea bands seem to do the trick for the gentle rolling in the coves.
We only packed t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, swim suits, sneakers for hiking and a sweatshirt for the trip home. We were able to carry-on and avoid long lines at the airport and be able to breeze through customs by not checking baggage. We found that saved a couple hours in all directions.
Specific recommendations on where to go…
We have been to the BVI’s before and expected to miss the snorkeling and beach bars there. We did not. The places around the USVI’s are so beautiful and awesome, we were in a different, amazing spot each day. Just spending time on the boat, swimming, chilling or reading was a perfect way to spend the day.
The Eastern side of St.John is mostly national park and quiet. There are some great hikes to break up the time on the boat. The hikes to the old sugarcane factory and to Rams Head are fun.
The snorkeling off of Little St.James next to the Epstein compound is fantastic.
Snorkeling (or diving) over the wreck at Buck Island is cool.
We ate one meal off the boat at Greengo’s on St.John and it was great. Fortunately for us, we had Isla’s great cooking on board.
Check out Honeymoon Beach on Water Island (Honeymoon Beach on St.John is nice too) and make sure you eat at Dingy’s (dinghysbeachbar.com/).read less
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