Reviews

Great relaxing day on the water

"Great day on the water. There was rain in the area and the captain managed to arrange the day to stay away from the rain. Aaron gave great advice on sea conditions and where to visit. We deviated from our originally planned destinations, missing the rougher areas and learning about new places. Highly recommend. We will definitely go out with Shades of Blue again."

Great Day / VIP Day

"Our day on the water with Capt. Kirk and Cindy was the best day of our family vacation! Kirk and Cindy were amazing and are really accommodating and personable. They have so much experience on the water and local knowledge of history and attractions we felt we were getting a behind the scenes VIP tour of the islands. We toured Charlotte Amalie Harbor which was a nice fun and relaxing way to see the harbor, beautiful boats and homes. We stopped on Water Island at Dinghy's Beach Bar & Grill for a bite to eat, tropical drinks and t-shirts. Kirk dropped us right on the beach and maneuvered the boat masterfully to get us a prime spot. We loved the beauty and relaxing vibe of Maho and saw a bunch of turtles, snorkeled in some nice beginner, shallows and calm snorkel spots – the kids loved it. Ended the day in Christmas Cove listening to music and floating on noodles (even paid extra to stay out as no one in our group wanted to leave). We will remember that day for a very long time!"

Unreal experience

This was my first time on a boat in the USVI. Aaron did such a great job! He took us to amazing snorkeling spots and gave us the full experience of the islands around us! Couldn’t ask for a better time!

Great day at sea with Captain Kirk and Cindy with Shades of Blue Charters

"Our family of four vacationed on St. John for the week and our trip out on Island Girl with Captain Kirk and Cindy was by far the most enjoyable day of our trip. The crew was so laid back and relaxed, you couldn't help but feel the same way while you were in their company. We felt we were in more than capable hands after learning Captain Kirk has lived on a boat his entire adult life and has sailed around the world, twice! Truly one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Despite never meeting them before, it felt like we were spending the day with old friends. He took us to some of his favorite obscure places to snorkel and took us for a tour around the island of St John. We made a stop at Lovango for lunch and stopped for a few drinks at Lime Out. Our kids (11&14 year old girls) had the time of their lives snorkeling and viewing all the Caribbean Sea had to offer. Sea stars, hundreds of tropical fish, octopus and the largest sea turtles you've ever seen. It was like swimming in a stocked aquarium! The boat itself is very comfortable and offers a very smooth ride. We will definitely be back for more days at sea when the BVI's open up. If you are considering a charter in St. John or St Thomas, I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Such a great experience!"

Great day, will definitely use again

"Captain Aaron was great! Our two families had the best day cruising around St Thomas and St John. Comfortable and spacious boat. Had everything we needed. Was very knowledgeable and helped us to find the best snorkeling spots. My son repeatedly said that this was his favorite day of our trip. We will definitely be reserving a day charter from them next time we are down. Thanks so much for a great day!"

Best day of our trip!!!

"I booked Shades of Blue for myself and my husband while in St. Thomas. Captain Kirk and Cindy were absolutely amazing and gave us the best day of our trip!! They asked what we wanted to see but we wanted them to show us the best spots and they didn’t disappoint. We snorkeled at Caneel Bay and Maho where we saw multiple sea turtles. They then recommended lunch at Lovango Bay and it was fantastic. Kirk was so knowledgeable and we just had a wonderful time! It was an honor to hear the history of this area and we will always remember our Shades of Blue trip!!! Thank you so much!!!"

Family Boat Day

"Wow! What can I say. I took my family out for a boat day and got so much more. Capt. Kirk, yes Captain Kirk, knew all of the great spots to go from awesome out of the way snorkeling to the Crab Races. Plus his knowledge of the history of the area made it fun and interesting. The boat is beautiful and well equipped and just the right size for the 6 of us. I have been on many charters in St. Thomas, this was by far my best experience. When your 17 yr old daughter tells you it was one of the best days ever, that's a good trip."

Our best charter experience ever!

"Our day trip was the best one yet and I’ve gone on a lot of day charters. Captain Kirk and Cindy are salt of the earth people with amazing stories and an unbelievable amount of experience. The boat was gorgeous, fast and looked like new. We saw sting rays, barracudas, sea turtles and a baby octopus, just to name a few. My 17 year old daughter turned to me at one point and said, “ this is the best day of my life “. Priceless. Thank you Shades of Blue!"

Best in the USVI, Capt Kirk!

"We had an amazing time on Shades of Blue. We've been on many boats- this by far is the best boat and Capt we have had. Capt Kirk was incredible. Key items to be aware of vs other boats. Boat is light, uses a lot LESS fuel, which costs you less. It was FAST, we were faster than some of the 4 motor v hull heavy boats we were around. Rides smooth, even in bumpy seas. This boat and the layout was the best I've seen. Almost all boats are the same daily price but many boats are older, a bit past their prime. This boat is dialed in, tons of great seating, stereo CRANKS. Lastly Capt Kirk is the guy, expert sailor and Capt, been around the world several times by sailboat, retired vet, knows the waters, in safe hands and has incredible stories (even pirates from South America). Shades of Blue is a great charter boat, highly recommend."

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