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bermuda triangle
February 21st, 2012, 01:07 PM
I am looking to do a charter/day trip to JVD from Tortola. Does anyone know of a company that is currently operating tours? The ferry times don't mesh well with our needs.
Laura

blue_water
February 21st, 2012, 02:00 PM
bvi360.com
kuralu.com
patouche.com
aristocat
or
Julian's water taxi in CGB

What time do you arrive and depart Road Town?

bermuda triangle
February 21st, 2012, 05:22 PM
bvi360.com
kuralu.com
patouche.com
aristocat
or
Julian's water taxi in CGB

What time do you arrive and depart Road Town?

Thanks have emailed bvi360 with no response. Am awaiting response from patouche. Thank you for your help, I've since emailed kuralu and aristocat as well. :) We are there from 8-6. I'll assume all aboard is 5:30. So the 9-4 option works better than having to take the return ferry at 2. We've previously been to CGB as well as the Baths so are looking for a relaxing, chill out day.
Laura

blue_water
February 21st, 2012, 05:42 PM
Thanks have emailed bvi360 with no response. Am awaiting response from patouche. Thank you for your help, I've since emailed kuralu and aristocat as well. :) We are there from 8-6. I'll assume all aboard is 5:30. So the 9-4 option works better than having to take the return ferry at 2. We've previously been to CGB as well as the Baths so are looking for a relaxing, chill out day.
Laura

Yes too bad there isn't a 4PM return ferry...

Have you considered Smuggler's Cove on Tortola? Nicest beach and a great spot to lime. Patricia serves up some ecxellent grilled food and has a small bar and cold beers (2/$5 Red Stripes!). There are free lounges and gorgeous water colors and views of Jost and Sandy Key. Great snorkeling but it's just our favotite spot to relax. Not that crowded, and much, much nicer than CGB.
Just a nice, relaxing day on a beach that is nicer (and closer) than White Bay. Just a suggestion...;)
Enjoy your day on our favorite islands wherever you decide on!

blue_water
February 21st, 2012, 07:09 PM
Forgot to mention the Long Bay Resort has day passes for access to their pool & pool bar. $20 fr the pool, $45 includes a burger and 2 drinks. Small pool bar but nce. The beaches are free and you can also just enjoy Long Bay, just grab a couple subs and drinks on the way or have lunch at their beachside cafe.
Nature Boy is a short walk from there, Smuggler's a short drive.

Just another thought...I'll go away now :p

bermuda triangle
February 21st, 2012, 11:20 PM
Smuggler's Cove is our second choice! I have read it is a trek to get to there, is it easy to find a taxi back or do you recommend arranging a pick up with the driver who brings up? Better yet, is it easy to find a taxi there from the dock? I know most of the taxis will be headed to CGB. A 4 pm ferry from JVD would have been perfect.
Thank you for all your help!
Laura

blue_water
February 22nd, 2012, 12:11 PM
The last mile or so from Long Bay to Smuggler's is unpaved and a bit rough and so it's not a spot that people will drive by and find. That's the beauty of it - you have to make a little effort to ge there (no effort at all really just know of it) so it's much less traveled than CGB which is the most traveled. There are some beautiful villas within a very short walk of Smuggler's and you will see other cruisers there who are in the know as well as locals. But generally very quiet.

Taxis are available at the dock for transfer to Smuggler's, the roundtrip taxi cost is $32pp for 2ppl, $24pp for 3 or more. I would have a driver return at a predetermined time or you can call from there. And there are taxis coming and going. You may even want to have the driver drop you at the Long Bay beach for a few minutes just to walk it (but you can't walk from Long Bay to Smuggler's very easily). Nature Boy is a small spot on the beach just beyond Long Bay where the road gets rough and goes up hill. Long Bay and Smuggler's are often featured in magazines, in fact they were in a recent issue of Caribbean Travel & Life and if you check their site you will see them.

We went there 2 days in a row our last stay on Tortola, just a gorgeous beach and water and Patricia's grill - cheeseburger, dog, grilled/jerk chicken, and potato salad(!) - can't beat it. We enjoyed the view of Jost and watching 2 little local kids learning to "body surf" - we still crack up at that!

There are no real facilities there (just portapotties and the ocean!), if you want more stuff you'll want CGB, or maybe Brewer's Bay which is not as crowded as CGB but has a small beach bar and camping facilities.

tribefan
February 22nd, 2012, 03:59 PM
We are booked with BVI360 for a tour sunday. When I wrote them to book it, it took a couple days for them to get back to us. The price is $70pp. Looking forward to this tour!!

bermuda triangle
February 22nd, 2012, 05:39 PM
We are booked with BVI360 for a tour sunday. When I wrote them to book it, it took a couple days for them to get back to us. The price is $70pp. Looking forward to this tour!!

I am waiting to hear from them still but having read some reviews about them on here I am somewhat skeptical.

Pantouche and Kuralu are both booked. Pantouche does have a boat for private charter but it is more expensive than our cruise fare.. :D and since this was a last minute, previously unplanned trip we'll pass.

Laura

bermuda triangle
February 22nd, 2012, 05:40 PM
The last mile or so from Long Bay to Smuggler's is unpaved and a bit rough and so it's not a spot that people will drive by and find. That's the beauty of it - you have to make a little effort to ge there (no effort at all really just know of it) so it's much less traveled than CGB which is the most traveled. There are some beautiful villas within a very short walk of Smuggler's and you will see other cruisers there who are in the know as well as locals. But generally very quiet.

Taxis are available at the dock for transfer to Smuggler's, the roundtrip taxi cost is $32pp for 2ppl, $24pp for 3 or more. I would have a driver return at a predetermined time or you can call from there. And there are taxis coming and going. You may even want to have the driver drop you at the Long Bay beach for a few minutes just to walk it (but you can't walk from Long Bay to Smuggler's very easily). Nature Boy is a small spot on the beach just beyond Long Bay where the road gets rough and goes up hill. Long Bay and Smuggler's are often featured in magazines, in fact they were in a recent issue of Caribbean Travel & Life and if you check their site you will see them.

We went there 2 days in a row our last stay on Tortola, just a gorgeous beach and water and Patricia's grill - cheeseburger, dog, grilled/jerk chicken, and potato salad(!) - can't beat it. We enjoyed the view of Jost and watching 2 little local kids learning to "body surf" - we still crack up at that!

There are no real facilities there (just portapotties and the ocean!), if you want more stuff you'll want CGB, or maybe Brewer's Bay which is not as crowded as CGB but has a small beach bar and camping facilities.

Thank you so much for your help! I can't wait to be there!!
Laura

plank
February 23rd, 2012, 10:27 AM
We used BVI360 and they used a small boat just adequate for 20(on the way home they brought another boat to split us up). We had no life jackets on small boat...just noodles.I think they had a few floatation belts. There was no snorkel gear for anyone to use at the snorkel stop:(When we arrived at JVD we were in 10 feet of water and had to swim up to the shore with our bags! Not good. I used a noodle and with my DHs help I made it to shore. My DH finally used a cushion to put our stuff on to float to shore. They did have cooler of beer and other drinks which was nice. The captain and his helper did not help us at all! JVD was delightful and we had a nice day. The swim back was better because the boat had turned and it was a bit shallower. Lots of people's things were drenched and one lady had to help her husband who was a bit disabled. She thought she would drown! Needless to say it was quite an adventure. Hopefully you will get put in closer to shore or someone will help you get your things on shore.

swimgirl1
February 23rd, 2012, 11:09 AM
Yikes!! Sorry to hear that, thank you for the info. We will look into the other options. Really the transfer of boats doesn't sound safe either. That is what I was concerned about too. How would we get our non water safe items to shore, I get the Soggy Dollar idea- but other items we may not want wet.

Thanks for posting a reply!

battweb
February 23rd, 2012, 02:01 PM
We are booked with BVI360 for a tour sunday. When I wrote them to book it, it took a couple days for them to get back to us. The price is $70pp. Looking forward to this tour!!


Let us know the review of BVI 360. The reviews have been so mixed lately. A few months ago, I heard a lot of great things. Lately, less so. Thanks!

blue_water
February 23rd, 2012, 03:35 PM
Very strange they didn't back in and leave you off in 2 - 3 feet of water, I've never seen a boat leave people off in deeper water than that unless they asked for that. Earlier reviews were very positive on bvi360...

hladygirl
February 23rd, 2012, 08:58 PM
save yourself some frustration and just book the ships tour to jvd if they offer it. costs a little more but worth knowing you are going to get there and the ship won't leave without you. last two times i went to jvd through the ship was great. tried booking on our own once and the company went under before the cruise and we were left scrambling.

bermuda triangle
February 23rd, 2012, 11:09 PM
save yourself some frustration and just book the ships tour to jvd if they offer it. costs a little more but worth knowing you are going to get there and the ship won't leave without you. last two times i went to jvd through the ship was great. tried booking on our own once and the company went under before the cruise and we were left scrambling.

Thanks but I avoid the ships tours for a couple of reasons...one being time the tour is 4 hrs long..so that leaves about maybe 3 hrs beach time at a maximum. We're in port for 9 hrs, I've been to Tortola before..I'm not interested in shopping. I just want to go to the beach..lol
Laura

blue_water
February 24th, 2012, 05:37 AM
Hladygirl with 9 hrs in port Laura has so many options, and taking an excursion through the ship has always seemed so "plain vanilla" to us, especially on an island like Tortola. And even more so when you've been there before.

Outfits can go out of business, and if I'm not being assured (getting responses) that the excursion is available the week before I sail I make other arrangements, especially if I haven't committed to something with a down payment. There are different options for JVD but you have to be willing to spend much of your time getting there.

Great spot though when you're staying on Tortola and aren't rushed to make it back to the ship. We often enjoy waving bon voyage to cruisers when staying in the islands - the happy hours are just getting going! I often recommend folks fly into STT sometime and ferry over to Tortola and spend part of your time there then on STT. Makes for a great vacation because you have two totally different experiences with little travel time between them.

plank
February 24th, 2012, 10:36 AM
We asked to go closer, but he had an inboard motor and couldn't take the chance, though I had been assured we could just wade in(in writing). Other boats were getting brought up to shore and had their things at least carried up on a raft. We got NO HELP! They sat and watched as we all just worked it out amongst our selves.

bermuda triangle
February 24th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Blue Water Yes..no plain vanilla for me!! I booked the cruise 10 days ago as a last minute idea. I knew when booking a month away from sailing my options might be limited. Hence we were late for the game making reservations. I'm not about to charter a private boat which costs 300 less than our entire cruise. Its silly to me at this point. I've not heard back from a few on the list.

Plank I'm sorry you had such a crappy experience. I have not heard back at all from BVI360, so suffice to say I'll not be using them.

Nor have I heard back from aristocat (for which I've read very positive reviews).

For anyone running a small business communication is key..False promises are a huge No-no.

I'll just be going to the beach most likely Smuggler's or Brewer's..I can always take the ferry to JVD but it isn't quite the experience I was hoping for-travel or timewise.

Thanks to everyone for their help!
Laura

ps this is the second of my ideas for this trip I've had to change.. no biggie, I'm not going to get all stressed out it is after all a vacation!

cruzincarib2
March 8th, 2012, 09:50 AM
I am looking for a reputable company for a shore excursion to JVD for the day. Our cruise ship excursion is booked. Has anyone used a company in the past that is reliable?

hladygirl
March 8th, 2012, 07:23 PM
Hladygirl with 9 hrs in port Laura has so many options, and taking an excursion through the ship has always seemed so "plain vanilla" to us, especially on an island like Tortola. And even more so when you've been there before.

Outfits can go out of business, and if I'm not being assured (getting responses) that the excursion is available the week before I sail I make other arrangements, especially if I haven't committed to something with a down payment. There are different options for JVD but you have to be willing to spend much of your time getting there.

Great spot though when you're staying on Tortola and aren't rushed to make it back to the ship. We often enjoy waving bon voyage to cruisers when staying in the islands - the happy hours are just getting going! I often recommend folks fly into STT sometime and ferry over to Tortola and spend part of your time there then on STT. Makes for a great vacation because you have two totally different experiences with little travel time between them.once again blue water is always right and everyone else is always wrong!

blue_water
March 8th, 2012, 09:00 PM
once again blue water is always right and everyone else is always wrong!

Hladygirl,

Laura expressed the wish not to do the ship excursion that's all, so get over it already. Many of us travelers prefer going on our own when we can

And please stop stalking me on these threads. That's two different discussions tonight you've had something nasty to say about me (for no reason) and that is enough.:mad:
You are the first person I've ever used that icon for...

blue_water
March 8th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Laura hope you enjoy your day at Smuggler's!

blue_water
March 8th, 2012, 09:15 PM
I am looking for a reputable company for a shore excursion to JVD for the day. Our cruise ship excursion is booked. Has anyone used a company in the past that is reliable?

Email kuralu, patouche, ot aristocat to see if they have availability. They are 3 of the premier operators out of Tortola that stop on Jost. Joe at Patouche also has a smaller bost you can charter to Jost or to the Willie T.

You can also take Julian's watertaxi out of Cane Garden Bay, that is a short ride and he will drop you off on White Bay and return to pick you up there or at Foxy's in Great Harbor. Not sure of the price but probably $50pp at least + taxi to CGB.

Good luck cruzincarib2!

bermuda triangle
March 8th, 2012, 11:18 PM
Laura hope you enjoy your day at Smuggler's!

Thanks for your help! I can't wait!!:D
Laura

blue_water
March 9th, 2012, 03:53 PM
I know the feeling, we're afew weeks behind you, although we haven't cruised in some time. We have friends cruising for their first time and we're "chaperoning" them :p.

Unfortunately we're not hitting Tortola this trip so we'll have to wait until we return there for a longer stay. But be sure to leave some Red Stripes and rum dums for us and say "hey" to Patricia! I asked her to autograph my copy of the "Drinking Man's Guide to the BVI" even though she isn't in it so she may remember us for that. I told her she had the best Cheeseburger in Paradise and got a nice smile.

Enjoy!

bermuda triangle
March 10th, 2012, 02:52 PM
I know the feeling, we're afew weeks behind you, although we haven't cruised in some time. We have friends cruising for their first time and we're "chaperoning" them :p.

Unfortunately we're not hitting Tortola this trip so we'll have to wait until we return there for a longer stay. But be sure to leave some Red Stripes and rum dums for us and say "hey" to Patricia! I asked her to autograph my copy of the "Drinking Man's Guide to the BVI" even though she isn't in it so she may remember us for that. I told her she had the best Cheeseburger in Paradise and got a nice smile.

Enjoy!

I love cruising with newbies!!

I'll try my hardest to remember the book title, but I'll be sure to pass along your greetings!
Laura

chicaheinz
March 12th, 2012, 03:53 PM
We are booked with BVI360 for a tour sunday. When I wrote them to book it, it took a couple days for them to get back to us. The price is $70pp. Looking forward to this tour!!

tribefan:
How did things work out with BVI360? We are booked with them for our cruise in 2 weeks....would love to know your experience. Thanks!!:)

tribefan
March 13th, 2012, 08:29 PM
We had a great time, but couple things to remember....on the way there, we had some waves and to cut thur them, we were going pretty fast and I was sitting on the right side in the back, got drenched!! Also once we got to JVD, you have to wade up to the beach. Since there were so many of us, we did take 2 boats over and ours could not get very close, so we had to switch over to the other boat then a couple of the taller guys carried our bags up to the beach on their heads to keep them dry!! If you can, pack your stuff in plastic bags to help keep them dry! Also, we were not able to snorkel due to the winds and waves, which was fine with us, gave us more time on JVD! Make sure to let your family and friends at home know what time you are going to be there and have them check you out on the Soggy Dollar webcam! I was able to call home and had my son check us out and print the picture for my scrapbook. To me, this trip was worth the money, I think JVD had the prettiest water out of all the islands we went to.

rudymaker
March 15th, 2012, 12:50 PM
Just what the Doctor ordered. Great time. Water was a little rough, but got there before everyone else. Painkillers at Soggy Dollar, Conch fritters were fabulous. Wish I had room for the Flying Fish sandwich. Check out the other bars, Gertrudes and One Love. BVI 360 very reliable.

chicaheinz
March 16th, 2012, 10:48 AM
Rudymaker & Tribefan:
Thanks for the info. We are so looking forward to this trip and you tips are great.
Jacki:D

ckrcjr
March 20th, 2012, 12:59 PM
We used BVI360 on March 6 for a trip to JVD and it was awesome! There were 12 in our group and we had a great time going to/from JVD! Sam was waiting for us when we got off the Caribbean Princess and everything went perfectly! We got off in water about knee high - maybe a little lower. It was awesome. Soggy Dollar Bar is so fun and the beach is gorgeous. Walked down and checked out the ATV's and snorkelers.

The time passed too quickly and the painkillers are a great memory! We would highly recommend BVI360!! Sam was polite, courteous and definitely a highlight of our cruise!

blue_water
March 21st, 2012, 06:11 AM
Thanks for the report guys! Did you taxi to West End to get on the boat or leave right from Road Town?

swimgirl1
March 24th, 2012, 10:42 AM
All set with Kuralu Charters great reviews and communication- will post a review when we return.

blue_water
March 24th, 2012, 10:58 AM
Excellent - what itinerary are you doing?

BlondieB
March 24th, 2012, 07:16 PM
All set with Kuralu Charters great reviews and communication- will post a review when we return.

Looking forward to reviews on tour companies. Booked on the Pearl in October and wanting to visit JVD from Tortola. I never ever book through the ship but was beginning to reconsider after reading some unfavorable reviews and was finding limited charters to JVD.

BlondieB
March 24th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Also, noticed BVI stops for an hour on the way there for snorkeling....are there any other options that go straight there? We dock at 7am and leave at 3pm

Lily429
March 24th, 2012, 10:17 PM
All set with Kuralu Charters great reviews and communication- will post a review when we return.

we booked Kuralu too...hope to see your review before we leave!

blue_water
March 25th, 2012, 09:21 AM
Also, noticed BVI stops for an hour on the way there for snorkeling....are there any other options that go straight there? We dock at 7am and leave at 3pm

The ferry out of West End is the best option for JVD (other than Julian's water taxi out of CGB) but you don't have enough time in port for these. JVD is an afternoon beach bar destination and if you ever return to stay on Tortola it's easy to get there.

You can logistically make it there on your cruise stop, you just won't have much time to enjoy it...look at Smuggler's Cove or Brewer's Bay on Tortola, or even CGB if you want another busy beach bar beach option...

If you're docked from 7AM - 3PM the West End ferry leaves Tortola at 9AM, and returns at noon. That would give you plenty of time to get there and back, and you'd have about 2.5 hrs there. Ferry and taxi schedules are below, $25 for roundtrip ferry. Roundtrip taxi from cruise dock to WE terminal is $54, $28pp for 2 ppl, or $24pp for 3 or more


http://www.bestofbvi.com/info/bviferry_tortola_jost.htm

http://www.bvivacation.com/transport...ares-rates.php

BlondieB
March 25th, 2012, 08:36 PM
The ferry out of West End is the best option for JVD (other than Julian's water taxi out of CGB) but you don't have enough time in port for these. JVD is an afternoon beach bar destination and if you ever return to stay on Tortola it's easy to get there.

You can logistically make it there on your cruise stop, you just won't have much time to enjoy it...look at Smuggler's Cove or Brewer's Bay on Tortola, or even CGB if you want another busy beach bar beach option...

If you're docked from 7AM - 3PM the West End ferry leaves Tortola at 9AM, and returns at noon. That would give you plenty of time to get there and back, and you'd have about 2.5 hrs there. Ferry and taxi schedules are below, $25 for roundtrip ferry. Roundtrip taxi from cruise dock to WE terminal is $54, $28pp for 2 ppl, or $24pp for 3 or more


http://www.bestofbvi.com/info/bviferry_tortola_jost.htm

http://www.bvivacation.com/transport...ares-rates.php

Thank you, I'll look at those. We're pretty set on JVD so we'll have to figure out how to best work around the times we're there.

blue_water
March 25th, 2012, 10:01 PM
It is a great spot - enjoy!