SeaHorse Water Taxi vs. Ferry

At SeaHorse Water Taxi, we often get people comparing us to the ferry. We'll be the first to say we are not the same...

• We coordinate seamless service (land and water taxi)
• We are scheduled to fit your timeline
• Smooth and easy experience with customs
• Beer and water are standard on our boats
...Are we there yet?...

By the time your feet hit the tarmac, you may have already been in transit for 8-14 hours. That is a long day! When hiring our service, we take care of everything to get you to your final destination. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation!

Here are two scenarios based upon a normal transport of a 4 person group from St. Thomas Airport to Road Town.

Cost Comparison

Assumes 2:00 PM flight arrival at the airport, with 4 passengers.

SeaHorse Experience - St. Thomas Airport to Road Town

You wake up that morning a little giddy and excited to start your vacation. Let's be honest, you can't wait to do yoga on the beach...You packed the night before and are ready to enjoy a much needed vacation. You head out to the airport and get through ticketing and security. You board your first flight and the experience is predictable because you fly the same airline. You stop for your layover and are back on a plane for your second flight.

 

You get off the flight with excitement from the new smells in the air and hub-bub of the St. Thomas Airport. Once inside the baggage claim you wait for your luggage to come out on the conveyor belt. Your pre-arranged airport taxi picks you up from the baggage claim and helps load luggage into their air conditioned van.

Our drivers have been vetted by us personally and they do an amazing job. Because it is a private land taxi, they have only one destination and that is to your boat at the American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook.

 

Your travel party will transfer to a private boat where they will be taken directly to the customs office to check you into the BVI. The SeaHorse operations crew will have all your paperwork filled out before you even get to the dock. Your boat now speeds off into the ocean slicing through waves.

 

The ocean breeze and the smell of the salt air for the boat ride and passing islands of adventure. The captain points out the islands, naming them as you pass by. You pull into Road Town forty five minutes later.

 

Our captain will collect your passports and match them with the paperwork. While your travel party relaxes in the boat enjoying beer or water you get checked-in. The captain comes out of the office, hands back everyone's freshly stamped passports and you're off. You take a short boat ride to an open dock slot and you are next to your charter boat. You unload your luggage and check-in at the office. The rest is your vacation of memories.
When it is over, we pick you up at your charter boat and then bring a wonderful vacation back to a gentle close before returning to real life.

Ferry Experience - St. Thomas Airport to Road Town

You wake up that morning a little giddy and excited to start your vacation. Let's be honest, you can't wait to do yoga on the beach...You packed the night before and are ready to enjoy a much needed vacation. You head out to the airport and get through ticketing and security. You board your first flight and the experience is predictable because you fly the same airline. You stop for your layover and are back on a plane for your second flight.

 

You get off the flight with a slight knot in your stomach hoping you make the ferry. Once inside the baggage claim you wait for your luggage to come out on the conveyor belt. You grab your luggage and step outside to a row of vans and a slight bit of bewilderment and confusion.

You tell someone where you want to go and they point to a van while the driver navigates to get in. A mix of other tourists are also trying to find the right van that will take them and their luggage. You climb into a van that gets filled with a group of strangers and you leave the airport. You go on a short tour of the island trying to get your bearings hoping the driver heard your destination right.

 

You are dropped off at the ferry terminal and pay the driver. Who knows if he over charged, but you leave him a tip anyway. You find the ticket window and buy your tickets. Sometimes there's mechanical issues with any of ferries and your wondering just what to do! Moments later you could be scrambling looking for lodging for the night until the next ferry run in the morning...which is going to cost you about $200-300 per room.

 

You grab a cocktail from a local bar and start to slow down. The ferry is now boarding, so everyone stands up and gets in line waiting to get on board as they collect tickets. You find your seat, sometimes it is cushioned, sometimes it is a hard bench. You feel a little more relaxed and confident you are navigating the right way.

 

You watch the islands and water pass by as the ferry rises and falls with the waves. You feel slightly lost as you pass these islands as they are nameless to you. The long day of travel is slowing down and you can collect your thoughts and excitement. You are fatigued but also feel some exhilaration to be in a foreign place. You pull into the Road Town ferry dock an hour later.
You get off the ferry with the other 100-150 people and wait to get through customs and check into the BVI. Luckily there are two lines, but they don't seem to move fast enough. About 40-60 minutes later you exit the ferry terminal looking for the next step to your destination. You find a cab driver who can take you to BVI Charter Boats. After throwing your luggage in the back, you climb into the van with another group of people. You find that some of you are going to the same charter boat company.

 

The driver makes a couple stops and finally you get to your stop. You get out, grab your luggage and pay the driver. You find the office to check-in, leaving your luggage on the porch. You check-in with the charter boat company and then start hauling your luggage to the charter boat down the way...you are beyond ready to start your vacation...at least you can look at the boats from the night sky...now that your luggage is dropped off, your party needs to find a restaurant to have dinner...oh and by the way, you still need to get provisions for the boat...the still day continues to get longer.