A GUIDE TO SAILING ON KAI

CLOTHING

  • Space on board is limited, so please pack only soft/collapsible luggage (no wheels if possible).
  • Make sure to bring clothes for the following activities: lounging, swimming, hiking, or going ashore for drinks or dinner. Keep in mind that no laundry will be done on board.
  • We recommend everyone bring at least one outfit that offers full sun coverage. 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.
  • 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.

WATER ACTIVITIES

  • We offer the following equipment for your enjoyment:​
    • Snorkeling gear for up to six (feel free to bring your own for a perfect fit, or if you prefer a full face mask)​
    • Two stand-up paddle boards
    • Fishing rods (please note that fishing is permitted in the USVI only)
  • We provide beach towels and reef-safe sunscreen. If you bring your own sunscreen, please choose a non-spray, mineral-based, reef-safe brand. Many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, octinoxate, and other chemicals which can cause damage to our beautiful coral reefs. Several shops in Redhook sell reef-safe sunscreens if you wish to purchase your own upon arrival. We do not allow spray sunscreens on board, as they can damage surfaces. ​

TOILETRIES

  • We supply the following:
    • ​Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, washcloths, and bath towels
    • First-aid kit, aspirin, and sea sickness medication. If you are prone to motion sickness we recommend bringing your preferred remedy; Relief Band is a great option! 
    • Bug spray (both the gentle kind and with DEET)
  • Make sure to bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, feminine products, and any personal prescriptions​
  • If you'd like to purchase toiletries upon your arrival, the Chelsea Drug Store is located right across from our marina

ELECTRONICS & ENTERTAINMENT

  • Verizon gets the best service in the USVIs. As we get close to the BVIs, your phone may begin to pick up international service. We’ll always give a reminder so 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. 
  • There is no WiFi on board, though we can provide a limited hotspot if you need to check email. If you need more consistent and reliable internet or phone service, we recommend purchasing a daily international data package from your provider ahead of time. 
  • We’re happy to play music from your phone or device via our audio system, but make sure to download any music to your device prior to departure since service is often interrupted as we cruise between islands
  • We have a selection of movies and games on board, but please feel free to bring any of your own! 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.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera for the amazing photo ops! You can also always snap some cool shots with a GoPro or disposable underwater camera.

TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS

  • If you need, we are happy to arrange your taxi transportation once you arrive in St. Thomas. When you touch down at Cyril E. King International Airport, a spacious taxi van will be waiting for you. The taxi driver will have your flight information and phone number so they can contact you directly if needed. 
  • If you're cruising with us the same day, you will be driven straight to the marina where we will be waiting! If you're staying at a hotel the first night, you’ll be dropped off there and a taxi will return the next day to pick you back up to head to the marina. 
  • Please pay in cash, per person, for each pick-up

SPENDING

  • ​​Most places you visit will take credit/debit cards, but it’s always a good idea to bring cash to have on hand for things like taxi fare, food/drink stands, or scooter rentals
  • Where cards are accepted in the BVI, you should expect a foreign transaction fee