Destinations & Trip Options

One of the highlights of any trip to the US Virgin Islands is a day on the water to see the wide variety of surrounding islands and sights this area has to offer.  There are so many places to visit in the Virgin Island waters that our guests find the hardest decision is choosing what to cut out of their itinerary.  In addition to the many islands surrounding St John and St Thomas, the British Virgin Islands feature over 60 islands to choose from, many that are uninhabited. Sight seeing, cruising, snorkeling, fishing, island hopping for great food and drink or just relaxing on the best beaches in the Caribbean are the most frequent activities of our guests.

Our captains know these islands, activities and waters better than anyone and will gladly help you chart out a plan for your trip. The goal is to provide our guests with their ideal day on the water. There are many hidden gems that only a captain knows and can navigate…Take a captain; you will be glad you did!  Keep in mind that sea conditions may also help to dictate location choices. We check the weather regularly to give you the best forecast and tips for your day.


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Norman Island/Jost Van Dyke - our most popular day trip; great snorkeling and great party destinations. Smugglers Cove/Jost Van Dyke - a relaxing day at a few of the finest beaches and bars.
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Circle Tour of St John (North & South Beaches/snorkeling) - plenty of great beaches and snorkeling all around St John. Deserted Isle/Beach Day - there are several secluded spots throughout the USVI's and the BVI's. Arrange to have a Captain take you to a place where you can find some privacy for a romantic interlude.  
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Virgin Gorda/The Baths/Saba Rock - a natural wonder and a full service resort/marina in a unique setting. Northside of Tortola - some great low-key beaches and snorkeling to be found.
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Eats & Drinks

Jost Van Dyke - great place to hang out for the day; some snorkeling, mostly just to relax, eat and drink. Norman Island/Cooper Island/Peter Island - snorkel then relax at a secluded beach or an upscale resort.
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  • “Lobsters, Snorkeling and Cliff Jumping..oh my!” "We spent a glorious day with Captain Morgan! This was our first trip to the area and he managed to cram in a ton of activities and sights while still allowing us to just relax and take a slow, chill vacation day. There were 4 of us--two adults and our young adult children. He picked us up from St. Thomas and took the time to figure out what we wanted--rather than just taking us to a standard cookie cutter list of places. Over the course of the day we snorkeled and swam on quiet beaches, ate freshly cooked lobster at Sidney's, explored the area and capped off the afternoon with a leap off of a 40 foot cliff into the deep blue sea. Pure perfection. Morgan was friendly and fun. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing day on the water!"    
    David C
  • "Our family of four spent the day with Jeremy as our Captain. He let us pick our day along with some of his suggestions. We ended up snorkeling at the Norman Island Caves and The Indians. Had a fabulous lunch at Pirates Bight , drinks and jumps at Willy T and finally spent some time at Jost Van Dyke and the beach . Jeremy was professional, friendly and we always felt safe. Would definitely recommend Ocean Runner for anyone looking for a day on the water." Visited July 2015
    Debbie S
  • "What an experience. Took a trip to the British VI's to see the Bath's, Caves at Norman Island and Jost Van Dyke. Hired Ocean Runner to take us there for a full day trip. Captain Tom Larson took care of us like we were his own family. He was so knowledgeable when it came to the history of the islands surrounding St. John and the BVI's. Highly recommend Captain Larson and Ocean Runner for your excursions out of St. John."
    John S
  • "The boat we rented from Ocean Runner was well-maintained, the staff were courteous and obviously experienced, and the advice and service excellent!  We would strongly recommend OR to anyone seeking a powerboat rental while visiting St John."
    Dana - Nashville
  • "We have used Ocean Runner quite a few times during our family vacations and always have had a wonderful day. Last year we had a larger group and had to use another company. The difference was obvious from the get-go. Of course we enjoyed the day - it's impossible not to - but the overall experience was not up to what we have enjoyed with Ocean Runner."
    Janet - Massachusetts