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Taco Tuesdays at the Lime Out

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It’s officially March 12, 2019 Taco Tuesday! What that means is our friends over at The Lime Out are officially open. Serving up craft cocktails and tacos this floating bar is the perfect haven for our little boating community. Our good childhood friends Richard Baranowski, Dane Tarr and Dylan Buchalter over in St. John are responsible for this awesome concept, and we for one cannot wait to support and hang out at our new favorite LOCAL spot! Congratulations guys!

Oh and check out this feature in one of our favorite travel sites Lonely Planet!



Wedding Winds Blowing

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When you think of a tropical wedding, most often a serene beach wedding comes to mind. For bride and groom, Claire and Eric, they took the wedding in paradise concept to a whole new level. Claire, who was born and raised in St. Thomas, and Eric, who has made St. Thomas his home for over 10 years now, both share an unbreakable love not only for each other, but also for sailing, boating, and the beautiful Caribbean sea. When deciding where they wanted to share their vows, Claire could think of no better spot than Hawksnest Bay on St. John, Virgin Islands.

Being the awesome couple they are, Claire and Eric had a vision for the most epic raft up that would be their wedding ceremony! When we heard the idea, we of course, were all in!! The See and Ski team has known Claire her whole life and could not be more thrilled to be a part of this day!

We came together with our friends over at Parasail Virgin Islands  and local boat owners for this incredible celebration of, Claire and Eric. Thank you both for including us in the most epic island wedding celebration!

All photos captured by Mermaid Rebecca Ruth Photography.

We love you!

All the best,

See and Ski team




Spearfishing and Lobster diving trips

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A day out on the water is hard to beat and is pretty much one of the more fun days one will have on vacation. We offer a range of services, from private day trips sight seeing, booze cruising, beach hopping, snorkeling, taxi services, and spearfishing and lobster diving trips. Once the months of April-September roll around the ocean gets calm, the winds lay down, and the water warms up, perfect for spearfishing and catching lobster. Now don’t think this is an easy task. It requires the ability to free dive to at least 10 ft of water, hold your breath for at least 30 seconds, all while concentrating on catching that prize fish or lobster for dinner.


For the inexperienced type, we usually spend the first half of the day practicing some basic free diving techniques and breath holds to get the afternoon started for catching, and lets face it, there truly is nothing like catching your own dinner… Fresh fish and lobster straight from the ocean to the table.  Do something a little different for your next visit and book a lobster diving and spear fishing trip! Check out our Fresh Catch media gallery to see whats on the menu for dinner.


Keep it Local

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Renting your own private boat for the day is one of the more fun, adventurous, and exciting days you’ll have when visiting these islands. It gives you the option to explore all the islands you’ve been dying to see, from Anegada, way up in the east of the BVI, to Culebra, down west in the Spanish Islands, there are so many options. But with the rising BVI customs fees, now reaching as far up to $65-$70 per person, and USVI fees increasing to enter back into our own waters, sometimes its nice to just keep it local. Explore all the beautiful beaches, fantastic snorkeling, thrilling rock jumps, dark caves, and everything else that St. Thomas, St. John, and the number of surrounding Cays have to offer.


If you’ve experienced a boat trip before and always find yourself in the British waters, maybe it’s time to change it up a little, save some money on the trip, and keep it local!


Anegada Adventures

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The wind was blowing, the current was ripping, squalls were coming and going, but it was all worth the 2 and a half hour boat ride to pull into one of the most unique and beautiful little islands. Anegada is always a fun weekend getaway for locals and tourist alike. About a 40 mile run from St. Thomas, it is a great option to see something completely different for a day or two. The island is lined with miles of beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear, shallow, turquoise blue waters.


With term charters usually having a minimum of 5 days, and the summer time weather starting to set in (calm sees and light winds), it is always a fun option to jump on a power boat early in the morning and make the 2-3 hour run to one of nature’s little secrets. Rent a cozy little room for the night at one of the small local hotels, hop on a scooter or dirt bike (#wecameforthescooters) to zip around the magical little island, stop at a number of local beach bars along the way, sip on some sweet rum, eat fresh conch and lobster,  it is an experience that you’ll want to make a monthly adventure with your friends and family.

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St. Thomas Carnival came to an end and we can all say it was one for the books. With Everything these islands have gone through in the last couple months, it was great to see the community come together once again, but on a “more fun” task. The streets were filled with music, food, and dancing people, from all parts of the world. It is a great time to come visit the islands to experience a part of the culture that truly shines, and not  to mention if you’re the party type its a hell of a party.


But don’t worry, if you happened to miss St. Thomas Carnival, St. John Carnival is right around the corner. Happening over the 4th of July week, St. John carnival is definitely one to experience. Be sure to look into it and come enjoy and live a real Virgin Island’s lifestyle.


Great Vacation Rental in USVI

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Since IrmaMaria St. Thomas has made a huge comeback! The island is getting back to normal and the waters and coastlines are as beautiful as ever. However with the recovery efforts still in place, lodging is limited and we would like to share a fantastic option for a place to stay while on your visit to St. Thomas.


Nancy’s St Thomas Vacation Rentals are located on the East End of St Thomas in the exclusive and immaculately manicured Elysian Beach Resort where the aqua blue Caribbean sea and white sands and palm trees of Cowpet Bay Beach are ever present in the views from the living room, the bedrooms, and each of the three private balconies of Nancy’s St Thomas Vacation Rentals.

Nancy’s St Thomas Vacation Rentals are in the perfect location on the East End for easy access to sight seeing, boating, restaurants, and Red Hook nightlife. Make one of Nancy’s Vacation Rentals your East End home base for your exploration of the Virgin Islands!
Click the link below to book your stay at Nancy’s St. Thomas Vacation Rentals!

5 Tips to surviving post Hurricane

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Hey Everyone,

It has now been 7 weeks since we were hit with two category 5 hurricanes within one week of each other! While the recovery process is underway there are some tips we wanted to share for friends and family on keeping your sanity during these difficult times.

  1. Always have extra chainsaw chains! Whoever thought that chainsaw chains would become a staple house hold item? Well, once you have lived through two category 5’s you will realize just how useful those extra chains can be! 😉
  2. Unplanned visits with friends are always welcome and most often much needed! With the lack of cell phone service and early curfews, staying in touch can be difficult. Don’t forget to do the old drop by and knock and check in on those you love spending time with. Catching up and even sharing a cold beer or glass of wine can change your whole day and make you feel a sense of normalcy.
  3. Be sure to volunteer to help your community! In the midst of tragedy there is nothing more uplifting than volunteering to help those even less fortunate and bonding together with your local community to begin the rebuilding process. It will remind you how strong and resilient our small island is.
  4. Don’t forget to stop and witness the beauty of Mother Nature! Although the hurricanes demolished most plant life, with all the rain, the trees and flowers are coming back more beautiful than ever. It is really amazing to see Mother Nature at work and we have no doubt the island will be green once again.
  5. Smile! It is difficult to stay motivated during times like these, but putting a smile on your face and sharing a laugh with friends or even strangers can make you feel so much better! Just remember in time it will get better!

Hurricane Recovery Update

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Friends and family,

We just want to thank everyone again for your outpouring of support and thoughts during this difficult time for our community. The devastation is unimaginable, but the strength of the Virgin Islanders is unwavering, and we are pushing forward. Everyday, we work tirelessly to rebuild our beloved islands.

As the See and Ski fleet was not damaged during the hurricane, the crew is already back in action, out on the water everyday bringing supplies to the islands (USVI and BVI), helping others who were not so lucky, and taxiing people from island to island. Phones are still down, but Captain Thomas can be reached directly at 340-690-2494.

The recovery process is slow and at times feels daunting, but we know we will make it through. Hurricane recovery comes one day at a time, but the island is slowly getting green again and flowers are beginning to bloom. One thing that is clear is that Mother Nature is resilient.

Pictured below is the beloved White Bay, Jost Van Dyke and the rescue of a boat from the Mangroves in St. Thomas.

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See and Ski is blessed to report we survived “IRMARIA”

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See and Ski is blessed to report we survived “IRMARIA” – Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Mathias, Thomas, our captains and all our boats are safe and sound. In our 35 years of operation we have weathered several devastating hurricanes but the IRMARIA CAT 5 duo back to back was without a doubt the most powerful.   St. Thomas, St. John and our neighboring British Virgin Islands suffered considerable damage but we are all digging in and the recovery process is underway.  Recovery requires individually grit and collectively a sense of community.  Luckily, the See and Ski team possesses both.

Our boats are back in the water; however, connectivity is still a challenge.  To reach us please use our cell phones.  To call or text Mathias – 340-227-7497 and Thomas – 340-690-2494.  Big thanks to all our loyal customers for your thoughts and concern #SEEANDSKI #VISTRONG.


3 Reasons to Book a Private Boat while on Vacation in St Thomas

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It’s a question we commonly ask our selves after  booking a plane ticket to the next destination. What activities do we want to do? When visiting a new region of the world you are looking for the best activities to see explore and get a sense of the culture. Well in the Virgin Islands there is no better way to do this than booking a private boat tour. Here are the top 3 reasons we recommend this:

  1. Local Expertise
    • There is no better way to see the place you are visiting than with a true local. At See and Ski all of our captains are native Virgin Islanders who know the ins and outs of every spot on the ocean. Our captains can show you the secluded beaches and keep you away from the sometimes overpopulated touristy spots. They know the hidden gems that will leave you speechless as you are exploring the islands by water.
  2. More Cost Effective
    • A full day charter may see expensive up front, but in the end is often more cost effective than multiple individual tours. Skip the overpriced taxis, concessions, and group tours for a set price for your own boat. You will be able to see more and do more for one set price. At See and Ski you rent the entire boat and with our 33 ft. can fit up to 14 people. Your average price per person is much less and your tour will be customized to your preferences. And what is better than touring the islands from a boat?!
  3. Personal Service
    • As stated above you have your very own captain who will customize your day based on your wants and needs. Want to go cliff jumping? We know a place for that. Want to go snorkeling or spearfishing? We know a place for that. Want to drink painkillers and relax on a secluded beach? We definitely know a few places for that! Want to do all three of these in one day?! We can do that! Personal service is our specialty and we want to show you the best time on our little island we call home!

3rd Annual St. Thomas Spearfishing Tournament

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St. Thomas hosts many exciting spearfishing tournaments throughout the year and is home to the Annual St. Thomas Spearfishing Tournament, which is currently in its fourth year. The 2014 tournament was held at the famous and FUN Hull Bay Hide Away . Tony Pearsall took home the grand prize of $1,000 with his 56 lb. cubera snapper. The Annual Spearfishing Tournament is a family fun event that brings in avid free divers from all over the world. See and Ski is a proud sponsor of the tournament. The 2015 tournament is set to be held on August 22nd. If you are in the area it is not to be missed. If you would like to enter this year, be sure to call See and Ski to reserve your boat now! Can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Caribbean Journal – 25 Best Beaches in the Caribbean

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Caribbean Journal has recently released the 2015 top 25 best beaches in the Caribbean. Between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands we have claimed 5 of the 25 spots (including our personal favorite, Hanslollick)! Wow!  Each one of the beaches is absolutely amazing and we can help you plan your trip to all of them! As native Virgin Islanders we are so honored to have our little island home featured. Check out the link below to see all of the Caribbean Islands that made the list.

Those 5 amazing places in the U.S. and B.V.I include:

  1. The Baths, Virgin Gorda
  2. White Bay, JVD
  3. Hanslollick, USVI
  4. Sandy Spit, BVI
  5. Magens Bay, St. Thomas

Check out our pictures below for a glimpse at some of these awesome locations.

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Virgin Islands Voted Best Caribbean Destination by US News and World Report

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Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs. These are all typical terms you may hear when describing a destination in the Caribbean, but in the US and British Virgin Islands these traits are unparalleled to any other. That being said, there was no surprise when the US News and World report ranked both the British Virgin Islands as the number one destination and the US Virgin Islands as the #3 destination in the Caribbean.

Whether you are looking to take a day trip to the explore the world famous caves at the Baths in Virgin Gorda, relax on the secluded sparkling beaches of Anegada, or explore the hidden beaches and snorkeling spots around St. Thomas and St. John, the Virgin Islands is the place to go.

At See and Ski powerboat rentals, we specialize in creating an itinerary that is right for you and your family. Our boats are perfect for cruising around the US and British waters. Skip the crowds and “touristy” spots for a real local experience. You will not be disappointed you chose to rent your own boat for the day!

So if you are ready to escape the winter check out the link below to the US News and World Report and book your trip to the Virgin Islands.


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Summertime Activities in the Virgin Islands

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Summer time in the Virgin Islands makes for perfect powerboat conditions. One of our favorite pastimes is a weekend of camping on the remote island of Hanslollick. A beautiful secluded island about 2 miles from the north-side of St. Thomas, Hanslollick provides the perfect beach for a weekend getaway. Frequented by locals, this island will make you feel like a true Virgin Islander. A day on Hanslollick will help you understand the true meaning of the phrase “no shoes, no shirts, no problems.”

Camping activities include, spearfishing, snorkeling, free-diving, ultimate Frisbee, and of course a painkiller or two. It’s also the perfect place for the See and Ski mascots Heinz and Mogli to run around. These two German Shepards can be spotted lounging beneath the hammock house. Summer time is finally upon us! Can’t wait for all the fun activities!

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Take Your Own Powerboat to the St. John Carnival Festival

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Every year as the 4th of July approaches, the small island of St. John prepares for their annual carnival. It is a jubilee filled with music, dancing, good food, and local culture. The festival lasts a whole week, ending with a parade and fireworks on the 4th of July.

Carnival as we know it today, is a result of centuries old traditions, from both the European and African descendants. The U.S. Virgin Islands is melting pot for all ethnicity and cultures, allowing for a cultural fusion of the carnival traditions.

“Music and dance were integral parts of celebrations during the plantation era in the Caribbean. These traditions continued to evolve over time; as did the various periods of celebration. Though most celebrations occurred around Christmas and the pre-lent festival of Carnival some were planned around the agricultural cycle, the end of the sugar cane harvest for example. It is from these various festivals with their creolized music, dance and masquerading traditions that Carnival developed.” – Source- VI Now

“Today Carnival is celebrated across the Caribbean. On some islands the festival has endured almost annually since the 1800s. On other islands the 1900s saw various festival traditions being revived into Carnival, often incorporating elements from neighboring islands. Carnival is however much more than a modern festival with remnants of contributing traditions, both European and African. While retaining similarities it has evolved into something that is also different – enough so to be considered uniquely Caribbean.” – Source- VI Now

Check out VI Now at the link below to read more in depth on the history of Carnival.

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Island Hopping

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The beauty of boating in the Virgin Islands is visiting the many islands accessible easily by boat.  Unsurpassed by other vacation destinations, the Virgin Islands are unique in this regard. Some of the many boating destinations are:

British Virgin Island destinations

  • Jost Van Dyke, Foxy’s Bar and Soggy Dollar Bar
  • The Willy T for lunch and or drinks
  • The Bight
  • Norman Island
  • Virgin Gorda – The Caves
  • North Sound Virgin Gorda – Oil Nut Bay and Saba Rock
  • Anagada – if the day is right

United States Virgin Island destination

  • Lovango Cay
  • Hans Lollik
  • Magens Bay
  • Coral Bay, St. John
  • St. John National Park beaches
  • Lindquist Beach

Not sure on which Island to hop to? No worries! Our captains will point the boat in a fun direction!

Ready to Experience the Virgin Islands with Us? BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY