Frequently Asked Questions
Where do we go?
Short answer, the Virgin Islands! We will discuss your group’s interests to get a feel of the best locations for our time together. The US and British Virgin Islands consist of hundreds of cays, bays, and islands, so it’s impossible to hit everywhere in just one week. However, we will see and do a lot in a short period of time. Top destinations include The Baths at Virgin Gorda and Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. With picture-perfect coastlines and snorkeling in every bay, we will be sure to design an itinerary to please everyone in your group! Each destination is dictated by weather, so our sailing itinerary is always fluid. Sample USVI Itinerary
What’s the weather like?
The Virgin Islands are a prime sailing destination because of consistent winds and warm temperatures year round. Temperatures average in the 70s and 80s with mostly sunny days and a little liquid sunshine (short rain showers). Clouds form in the mountains, and intermittent light rain is likely at least once a day; it’s refreshing after baking in the sun for a few hours. Check out the current local weather here.
What do I pack?
Check out Kuma Too’s packing list here.
Will you teach me how to sail?
Captain Joe loves educating others on sailing and how Kuma Too operates. Although not a licensed sailing instructor, he will happily put you on the helm to feel the wind in Kuma’s sails that take us to our next destination. With 10 years of racing sailboats under his belt, Captain Joe enjoys taking full advantage of the wind.
Will I get bored on the boat?
Even in a secluded anchorage, there is no shortage of activities during a sailing vacation! Kuma Too has countless water toys; whether you want to be pulled on our kneeboard or prefer to lounge in Chuckles, a 15-foot giant flamingo float, there is something for everyone. This is your vacation, so kick up your feet on the beanbags positioned on the trampolines, soak in the sun, and enjoy your tropical surroundings. Kuma Too is also stocked with books and games for all ages. Snacking will also fill your daily agenda!
Do I need to do anything to prepare for clearing Customs and Immigration?
Your only obligation is to bring a valid passport. We will handle everything else and answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Can we SCUBA dive from vessel?
We offer rendezvous diving only, so we are happy arrange a SCUBA excursion with a local vendor. The cost of the excursion is paid directly to the dive center. Although you can not dive off Kuma Too, there is snorkeling in almost every bay we visit!
Can we fish?
Kuma Too does not offer fishing. We do not have fishing gear on board, and our vessel is not licensed to fish in BVI waters. We are happy to arrange a fishing excursion during your vacation. The cost of a fishing excursion will be paid directly to the operator.
How do I know if I’ll like the food?
Part of the anticipation of a vacation is the special cuisine! We want you to be completely satisfied with all meals during your sailing adventure, so we study preference sheets to create a unique dining experience. Please take extra time completing your preference sheet. We will review your group’s food preferences prior to the trip and prepare one dish for the entire group at each meal. Exceptions will be made for special dietary restrictions, but the galley does not afford the space for individual orders. Once we depart, there are very few areas to restock, so please be very specific in your likes and dislikes on the preference sheet. We do our best to accommodate special tastes, but being in the islands, we sometimes have limited options.
Can I smoke on board?
Smoking cigarettes is permitted on the back of the boat only. We will provide an ashtray; never throw anything overboard.
How do the toilets work?
The marine toilets on board Kuma Too are very similar to your land-based toilets with fresh water and a single button to flush. Although marine toilets are very sensitive, and it is important that only the toilet paper we provide and what you digest goes into the toilet. Do NOT put any ‘flushable’ wipes, Kleenex, or feminine products in the bowl. A trash bin is provided in each private bathroom. Nobody wants to be the reason why all the toilets stop working!
Is there internet on board?
Kuma Too does not have Internet on board. There is cell signal throughout the islands, so if your provider offers an international plan, you will have basic service. On board we have a local BVI cell phone and a US based cell phone that is available for emergency communications at any time. Most restaurants offer WiFi.
Is there an age limit for children?
The safety equipment on board is for children 32 pounds and above. Being a family friendly vessel, we do require children are of a water-safe age, so it is at the parents discretion when they are comfortable with their children moving around a boat.