The jewel of the USVI's, St. John is located 4 miles east of St Thomas. Approximately 60% of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Wild animals abound on St John including pigs, donkeys, mongoose, goats, iguanas, chickens and roosters and even a few scorpions and tarantulas (none that are deadly). The main public entrypoint to St John is the Ferry Dock located in the heart of Cruz Bay (and right next to Ocean Runner). Cruz Bay is host to many shops, restaurants, and a wide range of services (Banks, Taxis, Watersports, etc.). There are only two large resorts on the island, Caneel Bay and the Westin. Most guests stay in private villas or one of the mid-size condominium complexes like The Grand Bay Resort or Gallows Point. Some of the best beaches, diving and snorkeling in the world are on or around St John. Some are only accessible via a long hike or by boat. Our locally based captains can take you many places the masses will never see.
Tortola is the largest and most densely populated of the British Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts Christopher Colombus naming the island Tortola meaning "Land of the Turtle Dove".  The Dutch later settled the island and called it Ter Tholen, after an island off the west coast of the Netherlands. When the British took over, they altered the name to its present-day Tortola. Tortola is very mountainous and is 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide. The largest town in the BVI's, Road Town is located on the south side of Tortola as is Nanny Cay, the largest marina. The north shore is lined with beautiful beaches and coves that offer easy access for boaters and snorkelers. Several marinas (Nanny Cay, Marina Cay, Road Harbor) also call Tortola home.
Directly across the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Road Town, Tortola, Peter Island is the home of the luxurious Peter Island Resort, a fine upscale, newly renovated resort. For those wishing to experience upscale dining during their day on a powerboat, Peter Island Resort is a popular choice. Sprat Bay, popular with boaters from around the world (with moorings, ice, water, fuel and showers available), is the water entrance to Peter Island. Deadman's Bay, a gorgeous beach rated as one of world's ten most romantic beaches, sweeps along a mile-long crescent lined with coconut palms and seagrape trees.
Norman island is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The island has no permanent inhabitants but there is a restaurant and bar named Pirates Bar and Grill, in addition to the old barge named William Thornton (popularly known as Willie T's) which is a bar and a restaurant. Both are located in "The Bight". The Indians and The Caves (for snorkeling) are also located at Norman Island.
Located just 5 miles from Cruz Bay in St John, Jost is a must visit for anyone interested in great beaches, great food and drink or for those who want party central in the BVI's. The many protected achorages, beachfront restaurants, bars and casual lifestyle make this a great place to relax. Foxy's Tamarind Bar and Grill, located in Great Harbor not far from the Customs Office, is known for its great local food and drink. The famous Soggy Dollar Bar at the Sandcastle in White Bay is one of the most popular destinations of the jet set visiting Jost. White Bay is home to one the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean. Sidney's Peace & Love is a unique dining experience with perhaps the best food on the island. Also home to Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit as well as the Bubbly Pool. Jost is well worth a day by itself.
A tropical island out of a Hollywood script, mostly uninhabited Cooper Island is surrounded by coral reefs and dive sites. The vegetation on Cooper Island includes coconut palms, bougainvilla, frangipani, lime trees, hibiscus, oleander, tamarind. yucca, orchids and cactus. The Cooper Island Beach Club offers cottages, a boutique and restaurant in a beautiful setting. Open for lunch during the season from 11:30am-2:30pm.
The third largest island in the BVI, Virgin Gorda means "Fat or Pregnant Virgin," so named by Columbus for its shape as seen on the sea's horizon. Of volcanic origin, Virgin Gorda has a mountainous center, the location of Gorda Peak National Park, that connects three very different worlds: the waterworld North Sound, its secluded Beach Coast and the boulder-strewn plains of The Baths and the Valley--Virgin Gorda's main habitation. Spanish Town is the largest city on the island. The North Sound features Saba Rock Resort and the Bitter End Yacht Club; both destination resorts with all the amenities. The Bath's are one of the Caribbean's natural wonders, great for snorkeling and hiking. There is even a snack bar with food and drink. Virgin Gorda is a 1.25 to 1.5 hour trip each way from Cruz Bay, St John depending on sea conditions.
  • “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