Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

Enough cash to cover customs fees (approximately $75 per person) + rental/gratuity fees. Bring snacks and beverages you may enjoy. (drinking water, ice, and a cooler is provided on the boat) Bring your credit card, if you would like to use it at the fuel dock, and any restaurants or bars. On Sundays, and Holidays, bring a little extra cash for overtime fees. It is important to bring your passport if we will be traveling to the BVI.

***Non- aerosol sunscreen only! And no tanning oils either. The aerosol sunscreens ruin the boats surfaces, and oils make things slick.***

Bring Snorkel Gear!

How many people can your boat take?

We can accommodate up to 24 guests within the 3 boats on the fleet.  The 26 footer can accommodate up to 6 passengers, and each 33 footer can accommodate up to 9 passengers per boat.  Large groups can call for special pricing and details.

What are the kinds of fish I will catch with Captain Cleve? When are the best times for fishing?
Inshore Fishing (around the outskirts of the USVI):  Captain Cleve specializes in catching yellowtail snappers, bonitos, barracudas, blue runners (locally known as hardnose), triggerfish, red hinds and all various types of Jacks.  Each type of fish can be caught year-round.  In terms of blue runners and yellowtails, the best time for fishing is all year-round, including two days before and two days after a full moon.  The day of a full moon is also best for fishing.
How many pounds of fish go to the customer? Do you clean and filet the fish?
Customers can receive up to 10 pounds of fish.  Captain Cleve also provides the service of cleaning and filleting the fish.
Are there any fishing restrictions?
Because of restrictions set forth by law, Captain Cleve will neither fish for Nassau Groupers, nor fish in the Virgin Islands National Park.
Places to go for snorkeling, and what are the approximate travel times?
Places you can go for snorkeling include Lovango and Congo, which is about 10 minutes from the departure dock in St. John.  The Caves, Indians, Sandyspit, Newfound Bay are also incredible snorkeling sites, which are about 25 minutes from the departure dock.
Where do we meet?
The National Park ferry dock for St John Guests. All Other Guests call for pick up.
What is customary gratuity?

Generally around 15 – 20%

Places to eat/drink, their specialties and what are the approximate travel times?

Some of the best places to eat include Foxy’s, which is known for its West Indian roti.  Foxy’s West Indian roti consists of a tortilla wrap with your choice of one filling, which include lobster, chicken, shrimp or vegetables.  The roti also has mild curried potatoes and Caribbean seasonings.

Foxy’s Taboo is another great spot that specializes in big, scrumptious burgers (with mango chutney sauce) and pizzas.

Captain Cleve’s favorite spot is Sidney’s Peace and Love.  Sidney’s Peace and Love has fresh local lobster and fish on the menu.  You can also pick your choice of lobster before it cooks.  You can be your own bartender for the day by mixing your own drinks.  This outdoor restaurant is one of the only places Captain Cleve can dock right up into the dining area.

Last but not least. Ask us about “ABES BY THE SEA” and the “PIRATES BIGHT” two amazing dining destinations!

Although there are many other restaurants available in the British Virgin Islands, the ones previously mentioned are Captain Cleve’s favorites.  Each restaurant is about 30 minutes from the departure dock.

Where are the Customs check-in points and approximately how much are the fees?

There are three major check-in points in the British Virgin Islands:

  • Great Harbor in Jost Van Dyke
  • Soper’s Hole in Tortola
  • Spanish Town in Virgin Gorda

Check-in fees are approximately $75 (USD) per person as cash is BEST.

How much is the fuel cost?

Fuel cost depends on the amount of fuel used for the trip by the current rate per gallon:   26 footer boat 20-45 gallons    33 footers 20-70 gallons:  Fuel rate at $4.50 per gallon.  Fuel costs are payable by credit card or cash at the fuel dock.

What are your payment methods and cancellation policy?
Visa, Mastercard, Cash and Travelers Checks are accepted. Cancellation must be done 72hrs prior to the trip for full reimbursement.