We did two all-day boat charters with Stormy Petrel on a recent family reunion trip to St. Thomas. Stormy Petrel accommodates up to 12 guests, so we hired her for a private charter.
Stormy Petrel is a 42′ power cruiser, and she’s perfect for island hopping.
On our first charter, we visited Norman Island and its famous snorkeling sites, The Caves and The Indians. Both sites were spectacular, but The Indians was the standout.
The Indians – Normam Island, BVI
We had a boat full of experienced divers who have dived all over the globe, and we were all impressed by the coral and sea life at The Indians.
Stingray at The Caves on Norman Island – Photo by Dave Schnoll
Afterwards we hit Sandy Spit, Sidney’s Peace & Love for lunch and White Bay for an afternoon of Painkillers. Everyone on the boat had a spectacular day.
Soggy Dollar Bar – Jost Van Dyke, BVI
White Bay – Jost Van Dyke, BVI
On our second charter, we visited The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island for lunch, The Wreck of the Rhone and The Indians.
Not surprisingly, we had another awesome day on the water. Captain Galen and his first mate Rachael expertly led us through The Baths, with Galen telling pirate stories along the way. They were amazing guides, and their stories really enhanced the experience.
The Baths – Virgin Gorda, BVI
Stormy Petrel is a very well maintained boat. She is spacious, provides adequate shade and is very comfortable. We were very fortunate to luck into a captain like Galen. He is not only an experienced (and professional, yet laid back) captain, but he will put you at ease with his jokes and stories, and you will learn a lot about the islands from his impromptu history lessons.
You can go here to reserve Stormy Petrel for your next trip to St. Thomas or St. John.