This is is the guide to sailing on Kai. Here, you'll learn everything you need to know about coming onboard for a trip with us.
Please pack only soft/collapsible luggage (no wheels if possible), as space on board is limited. Expect warm temperatures and lots of sunlight! We recommend bringing comfortable clothes. You will have seven days of fun activities that might include lounging, swimming, perhaps walking on roads or trails, sleeping, and and going out to drinks or dinner. Please keep in mind that no laundry will be done on board. Speaking of sun, we recommend everyone bring at least one outfit that offers full sun coverage. It’s hard to overstate how much sun exposure you’ll get on a seven- day boat trip. Sunscreen only goes so far, and reapplying can be a hassle. Clothing should be your first line of defense against harmful UV rays. We recommend a swim shirt (rash guard) for everyone, which you can wear in and out of the water. If needed, you can purchase one when you arrive. Please pack accordingly, since having fun is difficult with a sunburn! Please note that we do not allow shoes onboard, as they damage our wooden floors. You are welcome to wear slippers, but nothing with hard soles is permitted.
Not that you would, but don’t forget your swimsuit! You may want to bring even two or three, so you can allow one to dry. If you plan to do a rendezvous scuba dive, you may want to bring a wet shirt to keep warm. We have a selection of snorkeling masks and fins (enough for 6), but you may wish to bring your own for a perfect fit. Some guests prefer a full face mask, which we don't carry. We do provide beach towels and reef-safe sunscreen. However, if you do choose to bring your own sunscreen, we ask that you choose a mineral-based, reef-safe brand (no sprays, please). Many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, octinoxate and other chemicals which, even in the smallest amounts, can cause considerable damage to our highly-visited coral reefs. Needless to say, we want to preserve these beautiful resources for your future visits! There are several shops in Redhook that sell reef-safe sunscreens if you wish to purchase some upon your arrival. We do not allow spray sunscreens on board, as they can damage surfaces. Please note that we do have fishing rods on board, and you may fish in the USVI only.
Toiletries & Medication
We have your basic shower needs covered and will supply body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, washcloths, and bath towels. You will need to bring your own toothpaste, a toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, and feminine products. When bringing toiletries, please keep in mind TSA regulations for liquids: "You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.” If you need to purchase toiletries upon your arrival, the Chelsea Drug Store is located right across from our marina. We do have sea-sickness medication on hand, but if you are prone to motion sickness we recommend you bring your preferred remedy (Relief Band is a great option if you’re sensitive). We have a first-aid kit to treat cuts, scrapes, and burns, as well as aspirin and the like. We can provide bug spray, both the gentle kind and the kind with DEET. Make sure not to forget any personal prescriptions, if you have them.
Electronics & Entertainment
Verizon gets the best service in the USVIs. As soon as we get close to the BVIs, your phone may begin to pick up up international service. We’ll give you a reminder so that you can switch to airplane mode. If you wish to use AT&T service during your trip, we recommend purchasing a daily international plan. It's best to arrange this with your provider before the trip. Please be advised that there is no WiFi on board, though we can provide a limited hotspot if you need to check email. To be safe, if you need more consistent and reliable internet or phone service, we recommend purchasing a daily international data package from your mobile service provider. Any music you intend to bring should be downloaded to your device (not streamed) prior to departure, since service is often interrupted as we cruise between islands. We hope you’ll welcome the opportunity to disconnect and take it easy in the tropics!
If you have movies or games your group would enjoy, please feel free to bring them. We do have a selection on board, but you obviously know your group best! You’ll find that evenings are a lovely time to “disconnect” from devices and gather everyone together in the salon for game night or a movie. If you’d like to play music from your phone or device, we can make that possible via our audio system. However, as mentioned above, your music should already be downloaded, not streamed. If you prefer to read, bringing a good book is highly recommended!
You’ll have some wonderful photo ops while you’re here. We guarantee that you’ll want to snap some pictures of your group, of a lovely meal, of the stunning panoramas and sunsets, of a tropical hike, or maybe even the underwater life you’ll see. If you’re serious about photography, don’t forget to bring a nice camera! You can also always snap some cool shots with a GoPro or disposable underwater camera.
Most places you visit will take credit/debit cards, but it’s a good idea to bring cash to have on hand. Anticipated spending might include delicious restaurant meals, cold tropical drinks, airport taxi fare, scooter rentals on Anegada, and souvenirs. Where cards are accepted in the British Virgin Islands, you should expect a foreign transaction fee. Ahead of your trip, remember to tell your bank(s) that you’ll be abroad, if necessary.
Don't forget to sort out everyone's passports before you arrive! It may be worth your time to appoint one person to be in charge of passports, who can collect them a few days in advance. Nobody wants to be "that guy" who forgets their passport. ;)
We will arrange your taxi transportation if needed. Once you touch down at Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas, you will be greeted by a lovely gentleman who runs a spacious taxi van. He will be waiting for you at the airport, and we will give him your flight information and phone number so that he can contact you directly if needed. If you're cruising with us the same day, he will drive you straight to the marina where we will be awaiting your arrival. If you're staying at a hotel the first night, he'll drop you off, then come back in the morning to take you to the marina. Please pay him in cash, per person, for each pick-up.
Comfortable lounging clothes
Clothes that provide sun coverage
Dinner clothes / options for eating ashore
Swimsuit(s) and swim shirt (long sleeve)
Sneakers / hiking sandals (for land excursions)
Hat (we recommend the full-brimmed kind)
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
Razors, shaving cream
Sea sickness medication (if you have a preference) and any personal medications
Electronics & Entertainment
Cell phone, any other preferred devices, chargers
Music (must be downloaded on device prior to departure)
Snorkel, mask, fins (if preferred)
Cash to have on hand
Notify bank of travel (if needed)
If you have any questions, please email us directly at CharterKai@gmail.com.