Questions About White Bay Villas?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a passport to visit White Bay Villas on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes, you need a valid passport to travel to Jost Van Dyke and also to get back to the US after your stay. Please be sure that your passport is not within 6 months of expiration for your entire travel period.

Are there mosquitos?

We provide bug spray and coils. If it’s been dry and windy there are fewer mosquitos than if it’s been unseasonably rainy and wet.

Can we smoke in the villas?

Smoking is NOT allowed in our villas.

Are groceries available, or is there provisioning on Jost Van Dyke?

Currently, there is a modest selection of staples available on the island of JVD. However, you can arrange almost all of your grocery and beverage needs to be sent to you at JVD via Ferry from Tortola. Both Rite Way and Bobby's Super Market has online grocery shopping, which you can do a few days before arrival. Although you can bring items from the US or USVI’s, you may incur a 10% duty tax. Additionally provisioning is available by our staff after you have ordered your supplies from these markets. Please contact Bonnie for further information.

How far is it to walk to Great Harbour and White Bay from the Villas?

You can easily walk to White Bay Beach from our villas. It takes between 2-10 minutes depending where you are on the property. Great Harbour is a 10 to 15 minute walk depending on your pace. Check out a map here....

Are there taxis on the island?

Yes there are taxis available on the island. Please contact us if you need to hire taxi services during your stay. Although not necessary, we recommend renting a small Jeep for your convince and flexibility during your stay. Check out Paradise Jeep Rentals for more information.

Can I rent a dinghy on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes you can! They are approximately $120 per day from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please contact Maria for more information.

Are there day sails available on Jost Van Dyke or in Tortola?

Currently there is no one on Jost that does day sails. The sailboat, Endeavor, was damaged and is currently getting repaired. There are day sails out of Tortola. Please contact us for more information. We do offer private day charters that allow you to explore the BVIs on a customized itinerary for the day. Please contact Courtney, our Marine Concierge, for more information.

Is snorkel gear available or should we bring our own?

We offer free snorkel gear. But feel free to bring your own if you prefer. Please contact Maria for more information.

Is there air conditioning in the Villas/Cottages?

Yes, all units have new, high efficiency AC units.

Are there jeeps available to rent on the island?

Yes, we highly recommend Paradise Jeep Rentals. Please contact them for more information. Paradise Jeep Rentals: +1 284-495-9477

Is there Wi-Fi on Island and at the villas?

Yes, all of our villas have wifi and many of the local establishments provide wifi.

Are there beach lounges on White Bay?

Yes, we have beach lounges available for you at our new, soon to be White Bay Villas Beach Club down on White Bay Beach.

What excursions are available?

There are many activities to do during your stay at White Bay Villas. You can ferry to and explore Tortola, rent a dinghy, go deep sea fishing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Please check out our Activities page to learn more. We also offer private day charters that allow you to explore the BVIs on a customized itinerary for the day. Please contact Courtney, our Marine Concierge, for more information.

Is there fishing gear available to rent on Island?

Yes! And if you would like someone to take you fishing, please contact Dave Chinnery at 284-540-9614. Additionally there are other deep sea fishing charters that provide fishing gear.

Can we purchase fresh fish and lobster?

Yes! There are several of local fishermen that we stay in close contact with. When at the villas, please contact our onsite manager, Maria, for assistance.

Does the island look devastated from the hurricanes from the hurricanes of Sept 2017?

No, the island is absolutely beautiful. In fact, the hurricanes expanded the beaches and the vegetation is fully green. There are still some structures that haven’t been rebuilt.

What restaurants and bars are open?

All bars and restaurants on White Bay and Great Harbor are back in business. In Little Harbour, Abes by the Sea and Sydneys Peace and Love are fully open. Harris' Place is open and rebuilding.

How do we get to Jost Van Dyke from STT post hurricane using the ferry?

We're happy to share that Inter Island Boat Services is back and has direct ferry service from St Thomas to Jost Van Dyke! You can catch their ferry on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Please visit https://www.interislandboatservices.com/collections/book-trip for more information.

For the other days of the week, from St Thomas, you would go to Road Town (RT), Tortola, clear customs, then taxi to West End which takes about 25 minutes. As transportation is continuously improving, please contact us for up to date information. From St. Thomas, use either the Charlotte Amalie or the Red Hook ferry dock and head to Road Town, Tortola (RT), (approx. 1 hour ride). After clearing customs, take a taxi to West End which takes about 25 minutes. Then you would take the Paradise Express ferry from West End (WE) to Jost (approx. 20 minutes). As of early August 2019, the West End (WE), Tortola ferry dock will be open, making your trip to Jost that much easier and quicker! Please check https://www.bestofbvi.com/info/info_bviferry.htm  for ferry information, or feel free to contact us for up to date information.

How much does the ferry cost to get from STT to Jost Van Dyke?

Inter Island Boat Service's direct Jost Van Dyke ferry service costs range from $20 (infant one way) to $130 (Adult Round trip). Please visit the following link for more information. https://www.interislandboatservices.com/collections/book-trip

From either ferry dock, Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, to Road Town (RT), it’s $40 one way per person (+$10 customs to Tortola and +$20 customs leaving Tortola). A cab from Road Town to West End is about $30 per person. Then from West End to Jost, it's $20 one way or $30 round trip per person. (*This doesn’t include taxi fare on STT or Jost)

How long are the ferry rides?

It takes approximately 50-60 minutes from STT to Road Town and approximately 15 minutes from West End to Jost Van Dyke.

How much is the White Bay Villas private water taxi?

Our private White Bay Villa Water Taxi costs a flat rate of $350 one-way for up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $87.50 per guest (up to 10 guests). Customs fees are $65 per person (to JVD), and $25- 40 (to STT). Customs fees vary but you will only be charged what is due and will be returned any excess funds. Captain’s gratuity not included.

Where do we go to board the White Bay Villas private water taxi?

You board the White Bay Villas private water taxi at American Yacht Harbour in Red Hook, St Thomas. We are able to arrange a wonderful private driver who would be happy to pick you up from the airport or from your accommodations to bring you directly to the water taxi. The cost is similar to another taxi, yet is customized to your arrival, departure times, or other requested stops and will not stop to drop or pick up other travelers on the way to your destination. Please contact Courtney, our Marine Concierge, to schedule any travel accommodations.

What is included in my BVI Customs Fees?

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS FEES, Per Guest and are shown as an approximate breakdown, fees may vary.

These fees may vary based on Sunday, holiday, overtime, and amount of passengers on the boat. This is the estimated amount your Captain may charge each guest. You will be responsible for paying what the officers actually charge. You will be returned any excess funds, if there are any.

BVI ENTRANCE

$16 BVI Cruising Permit (see here for changes effective Aug. 1, 2017)
$10 BVI Environment and Tourism Fee (see here , effective Sept. 1, 2017, with these exemptions)
$4 BVI Wharfage
$6 BVI National Park Fee
$20 Vessel Entry Customs and Immigration, document, processing fees (based on size of vessel, amount of passengers)
$9 Varying Fees Cushion

$65 Total Fee estimated to cover per guest for BVI Entry

BVI DEPARTURE/ US ENTRANCE

$25 BVI Departure Tax
$15 US Port Authority (*occasionally not charged)

$40 Total Fee estimated to cover per guest departing BVI to USVI

You may find other private boats will charge similar international fees ($55-70 / $40), with no amount given to the guest if the actual cost is less. Our service offers you to pay for only what is charged. Private boat entry is different from ferry entry into the BVI as ferries waive many of the fees.

Arrivals to BVI Customs after 4:30 pm will need to be cleared in advance by the Water Taxi Captain and will incur overtime fees.

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