Diving in the Virgin Islands
Diving while on your charter varies from yacht to yacht. Several yachts include Scuba equipment and dives are included in the price of the charter, while other yachts charge for equipment rental and diving as needed. In the case of diving on an inclusive chartered yacht, you will often be diving right from the boat or the tender. Some yachts use commercial dive companies that will come to the yacht to pick you up and take you diving with them for a 2 tank dive, (called rendezvous diving). Many yachts offer dive certification onboard the yacht with a dive instructor. Enquire about all courses available from your professional certified crew.
If you are looking for a Scuba diving vacation in the British and US Virgin Islands, our expert charter yacht specialist will pair you with yachts that offer Scuba services matching your Scuba diving needs.
TIP: Wreck of the Rhone is one of the most famous dives in the world, well worth the trip to the BVI. The movie “The Deep“ was filmed at this dive site. In the USVI the most popular dive site is “The Cow and Calf“ because of its accessibility and is great for average experienced divers. For the more advanced dives, sail on to St. Croix and experience the thrill of wall dives on the north shore of the largest US Virgin Islands.
Don’t forget: One of the best things about a private crewed yacht charter is that you can snorkel from the back of the yacht anytime anywhere! The Virgin Islands’ pristine clear blue water offers opportunities every day for snorkeling. All sailing and motor yachts provide snorkel gear, such as masks, snorkel, and fins for guests. Some of the crewed charter yachts have SeaBobs and other underwater vehicles for your use to snorkel or Scuba dive with instruction.
Featured BVI Diving Yachts
Thank you guys for making this week a trip of a lifetime! The food was delicious, service impeccable and sailing was so amazing and the My Ty is a beauty thanks to ya'll. Hope to see you again.
Thank you for such a magical week aboard Aeolus. From the minute we arrived (and before) we felt taken care of. Our otherwise stressful arrival was made easier by your calm and confident attitude. That transpired into the diving and the kids comfortably got certified under your guidance. We loved all of the boys and activities, from the paddle boards to (especially) the efoils. We cannot say enough about the chef’s cooking. We all anxiously awaited every meal and felt incredibly spoiled with each delicious bite. I am not sure what we will do without her creative creative and yummy cocktails. Most importantly you created such a warm and inviting environment that enabled us to relax and enjoy every single moment. WE will cherish our time on the boat.
Thank you for an amazing trip! It truly was one of the best trips of my life that I will never forget. I am so grateful to all of you for what you did the last week. I loved the diving, the drinks, and floating behind the boat. My favorite part was seeing the sea turtles. That was incredible!
This week has been amazing!! Thank you for a week filled of adventure, knowledge, humor and most importantly memories. Chef, your food is amazing and made every meal with love!! Captain, you have made our journey and island days unforgettable. Thank you both again and we will see you soon ❤️“
What a way to ring in the new year! Our family is leaving with memories we will have for the rest of our lives. Your spirit, passion for your work and committment to quality service made this one of the best, if not the best vacation of our lives. Non-stop adventures, divine cuisine, stunning settings - It was from start to finish a magnificent experience. All the best - The Family
THE CREW ARE GREAT AT WHAT THEY DO: Exhibiting an acute attention to detail – no point of order was too small / nothing was overlooked to ensure the best experience. These guys care about delivering excellence / ensuring Euphoria’s guests have the best possible experience. Two examples here: (a) our group really enjoys live music. So how do you pull this off in a COVID-centric / very remote USVI environment? A somewhat bizarre / challenging request indeed. But Cory came thru by locating / booking the band “After Irma” who regaled our group with a brilliant 2.5 hour live performance on the fantail of Euphoria (for some of us it was the highlight of the trip) … and (b) I was hoping to find a little bar / haunt in Cruz Bay where I had spent some good memories back in 2003. The goal was to grab a quick libation and buy another T-shirt. As promised … I caught a ride to shore … found the place but it was temporarily closed. The jaunt still made for a very fun side excursion. Two days later … and totally unbeknownst to me … the captain had made his way back to Cruz Bay and found the bar when it was open / he bought me the T-Shirt I was seeking. Totally unnecessary … but you can imagine how that gesture made me feel.
THEY ENJOY WHAT THEY DO: Always seen with smiles on their faces … the crew seem to relish in their roles – which are quite challenging when you think about it. Catering to so many different preferences can be a tough task. But they do so with ease. No examples are more illustrative than (a) meal time. The meals are brilliant: the presentation / the delicious quality / the variety. You can tell she greatly enjoys “WOWING” her guests with these endless options. And I have never been so happy to sit down to eat. And (b) the amount of time the crew spent chatting up / enjoying / interacting with our group. It not only made for a great vacation – but it made for an excellent way to make new friends.
So as we return to reality … I want to thank you all for such a great time!
We will plan to come back again soon!
The Tortuga was amazing and accommodations were perfect. Liked all the water toys (“the turtle”) paddle Boards, fishing gear, snorkeling and dive equipment. Amenities (including the AC) were just like a nice resort. Periodic freshening the linens and bathrooms during our trip was an added bonus. Each cove we spent time in was beautiful. Loved the St John scenery. Buck Island was amazing and the lighthouse and bird sanctuary were highlights. The two hikes we did were awesome and loved the white rock beach and petroglyphs.
The diving was epic. Extremely varied and colorful coral were plentiful along with the vibrant sea life. The snorkeling was some of the best we have seen with lots of variety at shallow depths making surface viewing very enjoyable. The wreck at Buck Island was truly memorable. We saw turtles, squid, octopus, eels tarpon, shrimp, rays and several barracuda that supervised several dives from 10’ away along with the normal suspects including angels, parrot fish, damsel fish and tangs. Jace is a patient dive master giving us plenty of time to linger with our GoPro. The chef’s menus were spectacular. Each meal was unique and different and the presentation was top notch including rotating colorful linen napkins and nice placemats. (Sorry about the tie dye one). Always using fresh ingredients and healthy meals. Loved our daily appetizers and drinks of the day or whatever we asked for (expresso martinis and mai tais) Fruit and Snacks were a hit too. We have become fans of Love City and Caribe and hope to find those in Atlanta. We loved sailing with with this crew. They operated our entire trip with ether utmost professionalism and competence.
They were extremely flexible with hikes and options for activities and constantly helping with equipment. They embody teamwork and collaboration. Very Service Oriented, relaxed and laid back. They pay extreme attention to details from the provision list to transportation. They anticipated our needs even when we didn’t know we needed it. The captain has got a great dry sense of humor that makes everyone laugh and smile. The chef is easy to work with and is full of knowledge. We are so thankful for an amazing week and the crew made it special. We will remember this incredible trip forever.
Cannot express how much we enjoyed our trip with this crew and this boat. From the second we stepped on the dock to when we got off they were nothing short of amazing. From our entire group Thank you!!!
We absolutely loved our week with A3 and her crew. The boat was spotless, the food out of this world, and the diving/snorkeling amazing. Thank you for helping us plan this vacation.
What a wonderful way to escape and relax during a crazy year! Rendez-vous was an amazing boat but the crew made it a true experience. They went above and beyond to ensure we had the best vacation from the incredible food to their unique knowledge of the islands, they made us feel right at home. We cant wait to come back!
Thanks for a wonderful charter! We took full advantage of every possible activity that you could possibly offer. AND LOVED IT! We are so happy we were with the the two of you and Twin Flame. You did everything possible to make us feel special and ensure that we had the best vacation ever. The service was incredible and that you never wanted to say no to anything. You created some great adventures for us with even the six year old jumping off cliffs. One of the things that I really appreciate about the two of you as crew is how involved you are with the guests. You don’t just point us in the right direction - you actually led us on the adventures which really enhanced our experience. And let’s not forget the food - “amazing - much more than we expected."
WOW! Such an incredible week. The crew ROCK. From the food to the company and everything in between we had the best week ever. Thanks for getting my husband scuba certified. He's in heaven. PS. Best Painkillers and brownies! We miss you already XOXO
Another fabulous week of laughter, sun, snorkeling, adventures, MacDuff’s, piggies, and lots of
Mexican Train. Chef, the food was out of this world! We can’t tell you how much we love
and adore you all. Please promise us that you can and will come visit up in Maryland and we
would love to make you guys feel as loved as you made us feel throughout this week. Your
attention to detail is amazing. We would follow you anywhere. Even to the iguanas. “yikes!!!”
See you in a few weeks. . . months! (I promise)
#FLOATATIONTHERAPY The name says it all. If you are looking for a charter that creates a place of peace whether exhilarating adventures w hikes, dives/snorkeling, or serene bays and beaches basking in the sun Floatation Therapy along with its great crew is the place to be. They had fresh unique dishes and some fabulous favorites. Cappacinios with breakfast, simple snacks after snorkeling, appetizing lunches, more snacks if you like, and of course, opulent dinner followed by decadent desserts. And always on hand a cocktail or two or three! The crew, helped us plan and create the experience we wanted. A getaway with no shopping, no work, low carb menu, and no stress. Beginning in Caneel Bay, snorkeling at Henley Bay (awesome), Trunk Bay - beautiful beach to bask in the sun (underwater snorkel trail interesting), Cruz Bay - off to our one dine out, Leinster Bay - hike up to Annaberg Sugar Mill (light hike, history, and butterflies among the Nokia trees), another beautiful restful visit to Caneel Bay among the sea turtles, then off to Salt Pond Bay - light hike through Salt Pond (a lesson in salt and ecology in itself) to Drunk Bay (a transition from simple beauty to splendid rock/ reef/fossil exploration) - with luscious mangroves, rolling green hills - a dramatic sea crashing among the rocks. On my next trip, I plan to hike Ram Heads Trail, which I hear is spectacular. Thank you, for an awesome adventure and all the therapy I could ask for. You'll see me again!!
Thank you for such an AMAZING week! We started as passengers and as the week went on, we became more like family. Your hospitality and kindness were truly appreciated. Chef - you have mad skills in the kitchen! We loved your creative and tasty dishes - and your delicious cocktails! WELL DONE! Thank you. Captain, thank you for your great commentary throughout the week and always leading us in our off boat excursions. We felt so safe knowing you were in charge!
Tranquility is amazing. Has everything you would want on it and more. The bedroom layout with 2 rooms having twin beds helped us with our teenagers having a little more of their own space. The inside was beautiful, great for doing a movie night. We loved having every meal outside on the back of the boat, it was perfect. We loved all the areas of the boat that were there to relax and for amazing views while we sailed. The chairs on the very top were a favorite. The kids loved the hammock and the bean bag chairs that could be moved down to the trampolines or anywhere we wanted. The boat was absolutely perfect for our group of 11! The itinerary could not have been more perfect. We have been to the BVI many times before, so we had a few things that we really wanted to do. The captain incorporated those requests and we got to do everything on our list and the places he picked for us were absolutely amazing. It is so nice to be on a boat with a captain and crew that has sailed the BVI so often and is confident about the best places to go! The captain was outstanding! Everyday we discussed our plans and what we wanted to do, where we wanted to go, He helped cater this trip 100% to where and what we wanted to do. He spent endless time working with our certified divers to have the best experience, as well as getting our new divers into the water. And then finding a place for our non-divers to snorkel and have an amazing experience, too! He was so great with our group of 5 teenagers and keeping them busy on the tube and wakeboard. Our chef, was AMAZING! She had her work cut out for her with our group of 11 that ranged from people who would eat anything to the teenagers that were super picky. Everyday she worked with us to make sure everyone had something amazing to eat. The food was overall incredible, every single meal. She was on top of everything, constantly doing something to make our trip fantastic, especially the cocktails! She learned one of our group drinks a specific iced latte every morning and literally had it waiting for him everyday when he got up. The captain did a great job of taking care of our teens on the tube, scuba diving with us, basically any recreation we wanted to do. This crew worked so hard to make sure our vacation was perfect, and it was! The food and drink were incredible. Every meal, the chef went out of her way to make sure we were all completely satisfied, she really paid attention to our preference list. Every meal was outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed the selection of wine at dinner, as well as the after dinner cocktails. They kept us all happy with any happy hour drink we requested.
Trip of a lifetime! Tranquility is the best of the best when it comes to chartering a catamaran with a full crew. I've never seen a group work so hard to make sure our trip was perfect and everything we had hoped it would be!
What a remarkable memorable trip! Sunsets that will be etched in our minds, blue water for days, rich delicious food prepped and served with love, and loads of laughs. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. May your continued journey on the ocean be filled with love, sunshine and peace. Thanks for the ride!
We had a GREAT trip! The crew were both very gracious and accommodating hosts. The perfect mix of excellent service and attention with fun, adventure and excitement! The boat was a perfect size for the four (six with the crew) of us. The boat was very clean and well maintained....you can tell they are very particular! In a good way....I'd let them crew my boat any day! The captain set us out on a great itinerary with very little repeat from our trip in February. We wanted to spend a lot of time in the water and we accomplished that. We snorkeled and the girls did some scuba diving in a number of different beautiful locations. The meals on the boat were all delicious and very well presented. Knowing we had some non-seafood eaters on the boat, chef took the time and effort to prepare seafood for me and Donna, and an alternative meal for the girls...filet no less! The girls took "meal pics" every day that I'd be happy to share with you.
Thank you form the bottom of our hearts for taking such good care of us! You are the dynamic duo, the ying and yang and the perfect combo to make our sail a dream come true. Captain, you always made us feel safe and your expertise always appreciated. Chef my lovely - you are a bright light - cooking is one thing- beyond anything we have ever had, but your smile and laugh could change the world. I hope one day we can meet up.
Fair winds to our forever friends.
Bruce, Eileen, ann and Patty
Our family of 6 could not have imagined a more wonderful experience! We absolutely love the crew, who made every detail perfect. Not only were the accommodations pristine, but the dining experience should be Michelin rated. We dove and snorkeled and visited amazing land sites. We each shed a tear when we had to leave and are looking to do this again!
(Review is from crew’s previous yacht) Thank you so much for this amazing trip. I’ve never been sailing before , but you guys have made it such a special experience for me. It was so fun going to new places and being able to do cool things like swimming with sea turtles! Amy I will never forget your delicious meals, and Biff, I will never forget your sense of humour. Thank you for making my vacation as great as possible! This has been my favourite spring break trip by far, thanks to you guys for making it 10 times better!
The trip was amazing. We all had boat loads-ha ha- of fun. The grandkids loved the crew as did we all.. They did their utmost to make the trip memorable and succeeded. The boat was amazing. We can't thank you enough for your last minute pull the catamaran out of the hat trick. They took us to places we remembered from our past trips and some we had not been to. All in all it was wonderful. The crew, the boat, the food- everything. Evenings after the kids went to bed when we weren't too tired ourselves, were chock full of games and drinks. Taboo, Pass the pigs, and a dice game the crew taught us brought on the laughs. Watching Jonah think he was steering the boat when it was on autopilot was hilarious. They had the grandkids write notes and put them in wine bottles and throw them overboard. We have videos and pictures to document our Island jaunts, including conch blowing with "The Pirate".
Let us first say that we were totally new to any kind of sailing or sailing adventure like this. Have been on a couple of small sailboats years ago for an afternoon sail but that was the extent of our sailing experience. What an incredible boat!! No expense was spared by the owners when they outfitted this boat. Everything was done to enhance the experience. Even though it is a catamaran the individual staterooms have plenty of space. The beds - extremely
comfortable. Every stateroom had its own temperature control – the air conditioning was a welcome benefit for sleeping at night. Each stateroom had its own bathroom with a shower. Plenty of fresh, hot water for the shower. Boat has its own fresh -water system so no need to make repeated stops for fresh water. The back deck was very spacious. You never felt crowded. Plenty of seating room. There was additional space to hang out on the front of the boat for sunbathing. The bridge/ upper deck was really cool. Lots of space to enjoy the incredible views. And Yes, for those who can’t be unconnected for a week, the boat does have Wifi. Boat comes fully equipped with just about every water related activity you can want. Complete snorkel and scuba gear was available. Everything was new and in perfect working condition. The Captain is a dive instructor and the Chef/ First Mate is a Dive Master. They know all of the great places in the islands to snorkel and dive. During our dive and snorkel trips, we saw turtles, rays and great variety of ocean fish. The crew were amazing!!! We can’t say enough good things about them. They made the whole trip as relaxing and fun filled as possible. They saw to everything for us. Always cheerful and pleasant nothing seemed to bother them. Excellent captain – knew all the great places to go to. Handled the boat with great skill and confidence. Made us non-sailors very comfortable and at ease. And an incredible chef - every meal was a gourmet experience, rivaled some of the best restaurants we have eaten in around the world. We are still debating which one was the better bartender!! (And the boat had an exceptional stock of fine beverages and a great wine selection) The islands were beautiful. Every sunrise and every sunset were a sight to behold. Incredible blue water and beautiful scenery. We made several stops during the trip to sample the local flavor (usually made with some type of rum).Everyone was extremely friendly and very helpful. (Yes, the crew knew all the good places to stop - Soggy Dollar, Full Moon Party, etc.) This was the most relaxing, enjoyable vacation we can remember having in the past 20 years or more. The 7 days on board flew by. The entire trip was tailored to the passenger’s comfort and enjoyment - All thanks to an incredible crew, a fantastic boat and mother nature. What would we change if we did this again - Nothing!! It was as perfect as you can get.
Thank you for such an AMAZING week! We started as passengers and as the week went on, we became more like family. Your hospitality and kindness were truly appreciated. Dani - you have mad skills in the kitchen! We loved your creative and tasty dishes - and your delicious cocktails! WELL DONE! Thank you, Ryan, for your great commentary throughout the week and always leading us in our off boat excursions. We felt so safe knowing you were in charge! Please look us up if you ever want to visit Minnesota!
- Angie and Brad
We had a fabulous trip. It was truly amazing! Crew was great. The captain picked up on our sarcasm pretty quickly and joined right in with us. It was fun with him being our same age. He was always helping the crew with whatever. Often times a hard worker in the kitchen too, was very quiet and soft spoken and often we had to tell her to smile but she was super sweet and obviously young so I can see how we were a bit intimidating. She would open up in more one on one type situations. She is a very hard worker! The stewardess was great. So funny and joked with us and always there to help and get us whatever we needed. She fit right in perfectly. The chef was amazing. Food was incredible. He said we were his fav group thus far bc we weren’t picky and we let him do his thing and finished our plates, lol! I was shocked how much time they spend in the kitchen. We enjoyed the times he could hang with us. Overall they were amazing constantly serving our needs. We ended the trip with the crew joining us for dessert and we all shared our favorite things from the week and it was really neat with crew sharing their thoughts too. We pretty much left the entire itinerary up to the Captain which he noted he appreciated that we trusted him. The stops were awesome. Weather was perfect and seas were calmest he’s ever seen. The boat was nice. Definitely was older and had its flaws at times bc of its age but nothing that stopped us from having a blast. The master room was amazing! I’m hoping we do another trip soon!
Our Iconic duo,
We wouldn’t know where to begin by expressing our appreciation to you for giving us the most epic experience. Every day was a greater adventure than the other and thanks to you two- our genuine feeling towards everything you have done for us is over the top!
From the service, hospitality etc the food is one thing we will never forget. The chef is one talented chef! Absolutely speechless meals created by an awesome artist. Ruby- the sweetest heart, the boat does not function without! Worlds best honeymoon holiday, thank you for everything and we mean EVERYTHING!!
Love Aboudi & Farrah
We had the best time on Ocelot! It was an amazing week and we are already looking forward to the next time that we can make it down to the Virgin Islands. We would definitely love to spend another vacation with Devan and Tim on Ocelot. Our captain, was top notch. Her planning for our week was perfect. We got to relax like we wanted to but it was also a party the minute that we wanted it to be. Our daily stops were so much fun and filled with options on what kind of day we wanted to have. We had a few relaxing days, a few filled with island tours and hikes, and a few party days! The food that Tim cooked for us was top notch. It was like being in a 5 star restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On top of being an amazing chef, he was a great first mate and fun guy to hang out with. He always made sure that we had everything teed up to have an amazing time. Ocelot was an awesome boat but Devan and Tim made the trip for us. They made sure we had amazing experience every day. The trip was exactly what we wanted it to be. I would highly recommend Ocelot!
Just a quick note to you guys to let you know we arrived safely back in Dallas with zero travel difficulty. Wanted also to again say thank you for a terrific week aboard the SV Callista...you two treated us royally and made it a special trip. We appreciate all of the extra effort all around...from special cocktails and creative/tasty food to early morning fishing and afternoon tubing....it was all above par and much appreciated.
(Review is from crew’s previous yacht) What should we say...EVERYTHING was superb. Thanks for the great vacation! The food was so yummy, hikes, snorkeling, and boat time were on point. This is one of those vacays we would definitely do again. You guys are the best! Don't forget if you're ever in Dallas, you've got a place to stay."
Super fun and relaxing vacation with Abundance Yacht Charters sailing around the US Virgin Islands! Stayed in a different bay each night with days filled with sun, beaches, hikes, snorkeling, paddle boarding, delicious on board food, and fantastic views!
"18 months ago we planned our crewed charter to the BVI's and were all set to go - then COVID came. After navigating through 3 different charter boats and several travel dates we landed on Scuba Doo and to the government restrictions our sail was limited to the USVI. Having never sailed the USVI we were excited to sail new locations and see new things. The crew convinced us we would not be disappointed and they were so right! The boat was in great shape and the weather was just about perfect. Not only did we have outstanding travel partners, we visited pristine beaches, rode horses in the ocean, visited St Croix for the first time, jet skied, scuba dived, snorkeled and paddle board. All of this made possible by the crew who made sure everything was perfect for us - especially the amazing food (kudos to Patti) and many MANY perfectly made cocktails. So while 2020 started out extremely crazy with a worldwide pandemic this week has been "paradise on earth" to say the least. We are so blessed.
I have been on many catamarans charters and want to express how amazing the crew was, they went above and beyond to make our vacay an exceptional experience! They were so awesome in every way and made this vacay one of the best ever!
We spent a week aboard. The captain is extremely professional and knows the keys like his backyard. He showed us many remote spots that we would not have been able to visit any other way. We anchored in the most spectacular settings far away from anyone else. We spent hours snorkeling and kayaking, and swimming before breakfast. The chef cooked us incredible delicacies with fresh ingredients and surprised us with different meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. She also surprised us with great cocktails after activities and even cooked a birthday cake for our friend. The creative and artistic way she presented the food made us feel like being spoiled in a 5 star hotel. We were two couples and we each had our own cabin with private bathroom. There was plenty of room for the 4 of us plus 2 crew and the chef kept the boat spotless throughout the entire trip. They are amazing hosts and we cannot recommend them highly enough
After years of bareboat chartering; This crew and yacht has converted us! Knowing the anchorages, snorkelling spots and finest dining (right on board!) has made us understand chartering done right. Thank you for giving us a fabulous week– you rock!! Come visit us in New England when it is warm! Absolutely fabulous week in paradise – a little piece of heaven – thank you so much!!
We LOVE YA ALL!!
Thanks for such a fun sail.
Thank you so much for everything, we had a fun time and you are the BEST.
Thanks Chef for all the great meals we loved them all.
This trip greatly exceeded our expirations! Thank you Jospeh and Britta for the most amazing experience! Not only was it the best food and wine we have had in our lifetime, but it was truly the most wonderful crew, family and fires that make it so memorable. And we cannot forget Zoe, who is one of the sweetest and cutest golf - great at making you feel love and at home! We wish you all the best in your new venture and cannot thank you enough for inviting us for the maiden voyage!
We love you!
Scott and Nancy
Our time aboard the yacht exceeded our expectations day after day. Everything we top notch from he delish dished prepared by the chef to the sailing and water games with the crew. Each day brought a new adventure from snorting, sailing, paddle boarding, exploring the Baths, Indian rock, Bubbly pool and White Bay. We made so many memories as a family aboard the boat and were truly grateful to spend Thanksgiving with the crew. What was the most impactful part of exploring the USVI and BVI was the genuine hospitality and kindness extended to all of us. We felt spoiled and at home from day one to the very end. You truly made the trip better. It's not everyday that we meet people like you both and we feel lucky to have spent time aboard the yacht with you! I think it's safe to say we will be back to the Islands and would love to sail with you again. Until next time we meet be safe and enjoy the sun, the sea and the sand (and the dolphins) We can't thank you enough for making with the best week of the year. All the best to you both.
Our hosts exceeded our expectations day by day. We dined like royals, explored like Columbus, swam like mermaids. The ship felt like a 5 star accommodation with views like in paradise. All in all, a vacation of a lifetime. Thank you so much for everything.
Spent a wonderful week with you in the BVIs, our first trip here. It is such a beautiful sailboat. The chef’s culinary delights were amazing & delicious. The captain is so meticulous and welcoming. Hope to return soon. Thank you for being so co-operative and helpful with our change of itineraries.