FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RESERVATION FAQS

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO BOOK AN OCEAN SURFARI FISHING TRIP?

A: We are available to plan your trip in a way that’s convenient for you. Call us at 340-227-5448, e-mail us at Bookings@OceanSurfari.com, or use the contact form. Our helpful staff will customize a trip that will be the highlight of your vacation.

DOES OCEAN SURFARI OFFER ACTIVITIES OTHER THAN FISHING?

A: We can customize your ideal charter experience, whether you’re looking to sightsee throughout islands or snorkel. We invite you to contact us at 340-227-5448 for more information.

IS ST. JOHN PICKUP AVAILABLE?

A: We’re pleased to offer complimentary transportation from the National Park Dock in the heart of Cruz Bay, St. John. Several other complimentary pick-up locations are available; please call us at 340-227-5448 to inquire.

WHAT ARE OCEAN SURFARI'S PAYMENT OPTIONS?

A: We accept VISA, MasterCard, traveler’s checks, and cash payments. Cash gratuities for the crew are appreciated.

WHAT IF WEATHER CAUSES A CANCELLATION OF MY TRIP?

A: If inclement weather forces us to stay in the harbor, and we are unable to reschedule your trip during your stay on the islands, we will provide a full refund.

WHAT IS OCEAN SURFARI'S CANCELLATION POLICY?

A: We require a $300 deposit to confirm your charter booking, which will be charged to the credit card you provide when your reservation is made. The $300 deposit will be applied to the total cost of your charter. Cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance of your charter date will receive a full refund of the deposit, but you will forfeit your deposit for cancellations made with less than 48 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel a scheduled trip for any reason, please call us at 340-227-5448. Ocean Surfari reserves the right to modify reservation policies and fees at any time.

ARE CHILDREN WELCOME ABOARD?

A: Absolutely! We enjoy introducing children to sport fishing, and our captains focus on the safety of passengers of every age. Please notify us at the time of booking if you plan to bring children on your trip.

CAN I GO ON AN OCEAN SURFARI CHARTER IF I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FISHING?

A: Of course! Our experienced captains will teach you everything you need to know and ensure that you have a memorable and adventurous experience.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE OCEAN SURFARI CHARTER FOR MY FISHING ADVENTURE?

A: Ocean Surfari is the ideal choice to experience the fight of your life because of three reasons:

#1. Our Captains
Our experienced captains have decades of fishing experience plus multiple tournament wins and will take you where the fish are. They have a passion for fishing, a lifetime of experience and knowledge, and have proven their skills in both local Caribbean and stateside tournaments.

#2. Our Boats
Our beautiful boats vary in size and type, and is one of the newest in the Virgin Islands. When customizing your trip, we will book you on one of the finest charter boats available. Whether it’s one of our new center console boats or our completely customized 61’ Buddy Davis Sport Fisher, we have a boat that will suit your needs and budget.

#3. Memories
Your Ocean Surfari fishing trip will prove to be the most memorable experience of your vacation in the Virgin Islands. Experience the thrill of hooking a world-class big game fish with Ocean Surfari.

FISHING TRIP FAQS

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN GO ON AN OCEAN SURFARI FISHING CHARTER?

A: Ocean Surfari’s boats are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed to take up to six charter passengers. If you have a larger party, please call us at 340-227-5448, and we will work to accommodate your group.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GO OFFSHORE FISHING ON A 1/2 DAY TRIP?

A: Yes! The famous “South Drop” fishing area is only eight miles south of St. Thomas/St. John and can be reached by boat in approximately 30 minutes.

WHAT TIME DO CHARTERS DEPART?

A: Morning trips typically depart promptly at 8 a.m., and afternoon trips depart at noon and 2 p.m. If you would like to begin your trip earlier or have specific requests, we are happy to accommodate your plans. We also offer charter fishing trips in the British Virgin Islands. Please visit BVI Fishing Charters for more information.

IS THERE A BATHROOM ON THE BOAT?

A: Yes. All Ocean Surfari boats have bathrooms on board.

TELL ME ABOUT THE CAPTAINS WHO WILL TAKE ME FISHING?

A: Ocean Surfari’s seasoned captains are some of the most experienced in the Caribbean. With decades of fishing and guiding experience, they are safety-minded and service-oriented professionals who have a passion for fishing and delivering excellent customer service. They offer unparalleled expertise on fish locations, line techniques, proper tackle, ocean conditions, and safe yacht operations, proven by wins by our senior captains at numerous prestigious fishing tournaments.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM AN OCEAN SURFARI FISHING TRIP?

A: Expect the time of your life! You’ll travel on one of the finest charter fishing boats in the Caribbean with experienced and professional captains and crew who are focused on providing you with the ultimate charter adventure.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN AN OCEAN SURFARI FISHING TRIP?

A: Included in all Ocean Surfari fishing trips are:

  • An experienced captain commanding the boat and a mate on boats larger than 40 ft.
  • Fuel *
  • Beer, soft drinks, water, and ice
  • All bait and fishing tackle (live bait when available)
  • You can keep what you catch on your trip
  • Camera equipment
  • All U.S. Coast Guard-required safety equipment
  • Food and snacks upon request for an additional charge

*Fuel is not included on full-day charters on Ocean Surfari’s 61’ “Indigo.”

WHAT TYPE OF FISH CAN I EXPECT TO REEL IN?

A: Offshore fish that are most often targeted include:

  • Blue Marlin
  • White Marlin
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Blackfin Tuna
  • Wahoo
  • Sailfish
  • Shark

Inshore fish that are most often targeted include:

  • Kingfish
  • Bonita
  • Barracuda
  • Snapper
  • Permit
  • Tarpon
  • Jacks
  • Grouper
  • Mackerel
  • Shark

CAN I FISH FOR A SPECIFIC SPECIES?

A: Our captains and crew make every effort to target your fish of choice, but your catch will depend on the time of year, fishing location, and sea conditions.

DAY OF CHARTER FAQS

WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON A FISHING TRIP?

A: We recommend protecting yourself from the sun by bringing sunscreen, a hat, and polarized sunglasses. It’s a good idea to wear a long-sleeved shirt and bring a light jacket in case of rain. Your snacks and/or lunch are welcome on our boats. A camera to snap your catch of the day is also good to bring. Call us at 340-227-5448 with any questions about what to bring on the day of your charter.

DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?

A: Our guests are covered by the fishing licenses that Ocean Surfari carries; individual licenses are not required for fishing in U.S. Virgin Island waters. Different rules and costs apply for fishing in the British Virgin Islands; please call us at 284-541-3074 for details.

WILL I GET SEA SICK ON A FISHING TRIP?

A: If you are prone to sea sickness, consider taking motion sickness medication the evening prior to your trip and about 30 minutes before departure. Another option is to get a prescription motion sickness patch or medication before you travel. Please discuss your needs with your doctor prior to your trip to the Virgin Islands.

IF I CATCH A FISH, CAN I TAKE IT BACK TO MY RESORT?

A: Yes, you can keep what you catch! Guests are welcome to take as much fish as they can utilize during their stay on the island.  Several resorts and restaurants on island are happy to cook your catch! Marlin are catch-and-release only.

CAN OCEAN SURFARI CLEAN THE FISH I CATCH?

A: We offer complimentary filleting for your catch, keep all the fish you wish!

CAN I MOUNT MY CATCH?

A: Yes, we are happy to arrange for your trophy fish to be mounted. We partner with fish mounting specialist Grey Taxidermy, which has been in the marine taxidermy business for more than 50 years.