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Expect Tax Hike On Your Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Vacation

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Doing any boating this spring in the Virgin Islands?  If you are, plan on bringing a few extra bucks with you (or…take a money-saving tip from our company President, Jana Sheeder).


Photograph of Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

This will be the first spring yachting season since the BVI enacted new legislation in 2017, increasing cruising taxes.

Here’s a breakdown of both the previous and current fees:

  • OLD (Seasonal Rates):  $.75 – $2 USD per person per day
  • NEW (Flat, Year-Round Rate): $6 USD per person per day

These rates apply to Virgin Islands yacht charter vessels registered and based in the British side of the territory.  “Foreign”  based yachts – meaning charter yachts coming in from other bases such as the US Virgin Islands and elsewhere — will also see an increase – from $4 to $16 per person per day.

HELPFUL TIPJana Sheeder, our company President, suggests,

“When planning your Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, ask your charter broker to present yachts ‘based’ in the British (BVI) side of the territory if possible, as opposed to those based in St . Thomas (USVI) or elsewhere.  This small tip can save you 63% in extra cruising fees!!!”

A complete explanation of the tax increase is available on the official  British Virgin Islands website.


This Spring, grab the family, leave the stress of work and school behind, and set sail for adventure in the nearby Bahamas or the Virgin Islands – both a short flight from the USA mainland.  Let 1-800 Yacht Charters Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your family.

CLICK HERE for a sampling of our Caribbean-based yachts…

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