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From the inshore reefs to where deep ocean waters meet, Ocean Surfari provides a unique experience on the water and high quality apparel to keep the memory alive.

Ocean Surfari offers visitors a variety of Virgin Islands ocean adventures from exhilarating deep sea sport fishing to relaxing day excursions. We are committed to providing the ultimate Virgin Islands excursion and will assure your trip provides lasting memories.

We are located in beautiful Red Hook Harbor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, known for its picturesque beaches, duty-free shopping, and historic center, Charlotte Amalie. Our operation in the British Virgin Islands is located in Soper’s Hole Marina on the island of Tortola, conveniently located near restaurants and shopping.

Ocean Surfari specializes in offshore and inshore fishing around the Virgin Islands. Inshore fishing is ideal for children or when ocean conditions Offshore are not ideal. On an inshore trip, our experienced captains can get you into kingfish, barracuda, snapper, and grouper, and many other species.

If you’re looking to tackle some big game fish, request an offshore trip and experience the thrill of hunting marlin, mahi-mahi, wahoo and tuna. We pride ourselves on a responsible catch-and-release policy for shark and blue and white marlin in order to protect and conserve these prized gamefish. Visit our FAQ for more information.

In addition to our selection of fishing charter options, we also offer half-day and full-day custom sightseeing and snorkel charters within the USVI and to the BVI. Visit remote beaches, hidden snorkel spots, and popular beach bars.

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Captain Chris Rapchick

When you first meet Captain Rapchick, his confident, easy smile and sense of humor make you feel instantly comfortable. But there is a lot more to Chris  than meets the eye. Chris hails originally from Charleston, SC, and is a graduate of the world-renowned military college, The Citadel. He also graduated from James Island Charter …

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Owner/Captain Marc Blackburn

How many people do you know  who would sell their home and business, buy a 37-foot sailboat, then — leaving the shore in the rear view — head out for a life at sea. Well, if you know Marc Blackburn, owner of Ocean Surfari in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can say you know at …

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Virgin Islands End of Summer Fishing Report

The end of summer is here in the US Virgin Island has produced some exceptional fishing. Blackfin tuna bite has been strong in the evening on the North Drop 20 miles north of St. Thomas and St. John. The South Drop has been producing good numbers of mahi mahi and is only 8 miles south …

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Life after Hurricane Irma and Maria

October 2017 Update I think it best to start with effects of Irma and Maria here in the US Virgin Islands.  On September 6, 2017, the most powerful hurricane ever in the Atlantic basin made a direct hit on the British Virgin Islands, St John and St Thomas. Just two weeks later on September 20, …

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Spring and Early Summer Fishing in the USVI

The spring and early summer here in the US Virgin Island has produced some exceptional fishing.  The early marlin bite has been very good producing many more fish than last year.  Yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna bite has been strong in the evening on the North Drop 20 miles north of St. Thomas and St. …

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Catching up on fishing

March, 2017 has been a transitional month for our offshore species.  While the wahoo bite has been declining, we are still catching good numbers on both the South Drop and North Drop. In 2016 we continued to catch wahoo up through July so hopefully this spring and summer bite will be good for 2017 also. …

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Marlin Fishing on the North Drop

The Blue Marlin is a species of fish that can be caught around the world. There are a few places in world that the fish congregate for various reasons. Atlantic Blue Marlin spawn during the summer months in an area known as the North Drop about 20 miles from St. Thomas. The Puerto Rico trench …

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Maintaining Top-of-the-Line Charter Boats

We at Ocean Surfari take the time to keep our fishing boats in pristine working order. From polishing the stainless steel to engine maintenance and performance, we make sure everything is in top condition for the comfort and safety of our guests. Ensuring engine maintenance is a priority for our crew. We maintain a log …

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Virgin Islands Fishing: Blue Marlin Are Biting!

We are deep into the Blue Marlin season here in the Virgin Islands. Every year when the marlin show up, our captains and mates are constantly saying, “This is what we live for!” The fish here range in size from 100-700 pounds and feed with vigor, making the bites and fights spectacular. Aerial acrobatics and …

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At Ocean Surfari, we keep clients coming back by always treating them fairly, and like friends. Letting them experience our island life. A life that doesn’t require shoes - although, I think I do have a pair, somewhere - a life that flows with the breeze and the waves. But also, a life that can be very exciting at times. We offer a taste of this wonderful life on every excursion with Ocean Surfari and thankfully, it keeps clients coming back for more!

- Captain Marc

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