What should I bring?

Things to bring; towels, hats, sun block(sorry, not the spray kind) some cash, passports if traveling to the BVI and definitely a camera! There is plenty of dry storage on the boat for any bags and electronic devices.

Islanders are generally conservative and cover ups are necessary.

Special Requests

If there is anything that you don't see here or have any special requests, please do not hesitate to ask. AVIA Charters wants to make sure you have the best day of your vacation, worry free!


Snorkel gear and expert instruction are always included along with pool toys and floats.

Can I recharge my phone?

The boat has USB ports available.

Can I play my music on the boat's sound system?

Carpe Diem comes well equipped with an up to date sound system available for you to plug in your device .

Are there extra fees for going to the British Virgin Islands?

For people wanting to go to BVI, there will be an additional customs fee of $45 per person. This must be paid in cash and will be collected along with passports prior to clearing customs. Passengers should expect approximately a 20 minute wait for both British and U.S. customs.

What if we are traveling on a cruise ship?

Cruise ship passengers can always be accommodated and your captain will keep your ships arrival and departure times in mind. Special pickups from your cruise ship dock are possible but we recommend taking a land transfer to the boat, especially when going to BVI. Ask us for recommendations on a taxi company.(about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.)

Where does the  boat leave from?

Avia Charters is conveniently located on the east end of St Thomas at Oasis Cove Marina. We can also make pick ups at The Ritz Carlton as well as th St John National Park Dock.

Do we tip our captain?

As in any service industry, tipping and gratuities for outstanding service is greatly appreciated. The industry standard is 15-20% of the charter price for a job well done. This can be paid directly to your captain. Cash please.

What's a quick way to avoid sounding like a tourist?

If you travel at all in the Caribbean, you’ll soon encounter the word Cay. English speakers from the United States will be tempted to pronounce it as it’s spelled, cay, rhyming it with the word way. It’s pronounced key, just like those things we use in locks.  So if you want to go to Marina Cay, Watermelon Cay, or Lavongo Cay, pronounce it "key" and wait for the knowing wink of appreciation from your captain.

The Virgin Islands. Click the map for a larger image.