British Virgin Islands

Intro to Sailing & Community Service with Watersports

This is your voyage if you are looking for a high-paced adventure that offers you an opportunity to give back to the BVI at the same time.

On the Quest Voyage, you will become a seasoned sailor and earn up to twenty hours of community service. The hours spent participating in projects such as turtle population studies, mangrove reforestation and beach clean-ups will satisfy any school requirement. With this community service summer program, you’ll be helping to ensure that others can enjoy the BVI for years to come.

The Quest community service summer program sails full-time with the Vega fleet and many of the activities, skills and certifications are the same. Besides mastering sailing, you’ll also wakeboard, windsurf and explore the islands. On our sailing summer camp, you’ll sail the incredible waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, snorkel through the famous Coral Gardens and hang out at ‘Sydney’s Peace & Love’ with other AQ crews from around the world.

  • Appropriate Age

    All teens

  • Student Groups

    Typically grouped aboard within +/- 12 months of age

  • Students & Staff

    12 students & 3 staff per vessel

  • Vessel Type & Fleet Size

    Monohull / 6-8 vessels

  • Flotilla Grouping

    Quest shares a basic itinerary with Vega, Carina, Polaris, Aquarius, Barracuda & Divemaster

Session 1 Jun 15 - Jul 05
Days 21 Availability Open Tuition
$5,870 $5,520
Session 3 Jul 29 - Aug 14
Days 17 Availability Open Tuition
$4,870 $4,520
Dates Days Availability Tuition
Session 1 Jun 15 - Jul 05 21 Open
$5,870 $5,520
Session 3 Jul 29 - Aug 14 17 Open
$4,870 $4,520
Use code EE2019 & save $350 before Nov 15th (prices above reflect saving)
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Activities

Sailing
Marine Biology
Watersports
Service
Island Exploration
Requirements
  • No Experience Necessary
Certifications

The Adventure

It all starts here
AQ Sail Side Animated Map

ARRIVING TO ACTIONQUEST IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Your adventure begins! The majority of students will be flying to St. Thomas (STT) in the US Virgin Islands . For students flying via STT, ActionQuest’s professional staff meet them and assist with the beautiful ferry ride to Tortola then on to the entire camp which awaits you in West End, Tortola. There you will go through the formal check in process and make your way to your new comfortable and clean floating home. For those flying directly into the BVI (EIS), students are met by an airport representative.

Students then get to spend the rest of the first day of their community service summer program preparing for life aboard and getting to know one another while the sun sets behind the dock.

 

WATCH AQ SAILING FOR YOURSELF

As a novice sailor, you will advance your sailing skills on the world’s most beautiful waters under the guidance of ActionQuest’s incredible staff during our sailing summer camp…

Turtle tagging in the British Virgin Islands
Quest Activities

Service Work (20 Hours)

Turtle Tagging

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, the global sea turtle population has made a massive comeback over the past century. The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) in the BVI is part of an international effort to collect this data and ultimately protect the juvenile population of the Caribbean. ARK trains ActionQuest & GoBeyond students to safely spot, capture, tag, and release the animals so they can actually contribute to this body of research. While the act of chasing and capturing a wild turtle is enough to provide anyone a serious adrenaline rush, the scientific process of measuring and recording data can require contrasting discipline and focus. Students will experience the excitement and importance of hands-on scientific field work and foster a set of skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

GoBeyond community service summer programs
Quest Activities

Service Work (Cont.)

School Visits

During your time in the BVI, it’s important to give back to the local community, and in our minds, there’s no better way to do that than by working directly with children. The Quest students will meet up with the larger GoBeyond fleet and will visit local schools to spend the day explaining all of the environmental work we are doing in their own backyard.

Nothing lets you see the impact you are creating better than seeing it through the eyes of the next generation.

Community service summer program
Quest Activities

Service Work (Cont.)

Mangrove Reforestation

For an environment of beautiful lush islands, coral reefs and marine life, it’s hard to understate the importance of Mangrove forests. Mangroves are the dense network of roots, shrubs and small trees that grow along the coast helping protect the islands from erosion, while at the same time serving as the nursery for thousands of species of marine life.

Unfortunately the mangroves have seen a rapid decline in the BVI, and we do our part during the Quest voyage to re-plant mangroves along its amazing coastlines. As you sail through the islands you’ll see the past two decades of our forestation work, and will be able to put your thumbprint on the effort yourself.

Work
Solo Pico
Sunset Flotilla
Sailing rail ride
QUEST Activities

Intro TO Sailing

Keelboat Sailing

There really aren’t any days that our Quest students are not actively involved in sailing.

The majority of the Quest students’ sail training aims to teach them every aspect of keelboat cruising.  The training is a combination of on-the-water practical experience along with in-depth theory lessons in a classroom environment.  The practical days on the water find our students trading time at the helm, trimming the sails, helping navigate the course, or helping with the engineering of the ships systems; they truly are full-time crew members aboard a 50 ft. sailing yacht.

Sailing Intensive Course In Bvi Learn To Dive
QUEST Activities

Intro TO Sailing (Cont.)

Dinghy Sailing

Alongside all the sailing they do on the “big boats”, Quest students get to spend many hours fine tuning their tactical small boat handling skills on our fleet of RS Zest sailboats.

Advanced Sailing Program Bvi Keelboat Certification
QUEST Activities

Intro TO Sailing (Cont.)

Small Keelboat Sailing

On top of our permanent fleet of AQ smaller dinghies, our students also get to really up their sailing games by having a full day practicing on the small fleet of 19-24 foot keelboats that we use from the world renowned Bitter End Yacht Club in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.

Lifeworks Forum Actionquest Jim Stoll Tuman
QUEST Activities

Life Aboard AQ

Lifeworks Forum

It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you are living in close quarters with a bunch of strangers…

Beyond all the exciting activities, it is this personal growth that we find equally important, and at AQ we highlight this growth through an element of this AQ community service camp called the Lifeworks Forum. Held at intervals throughout the voyage, the forum is designed to complement the learning that takes place through the everyday interaction aboard. Students have the opportunity to participate in – and lead – discussions on topics like personal responsibility, values, integrity, communication and goals. Of all the skills that students take from their voyages, it is the life skills that can carry them the farthest. At AQ, we feel that while building one’s life, it is important to be sure it is based on a foundation of compassion and personal integrity.

Teen Development Growth Summer Service Program
QUeST Activities

Life Aboard AQ

The Job Wheel

At ActionQuest, there are no passengers, only shipmates. Being a shipmate means that you will share the day to day responsibility of running a 50 ft. sailing vessel! While the staff are there to teach and help, your daily job will be assigned by using the famous “AQ job wheel”. Have you ever been the head chef for 15 people? You will with AQ! Each day, the wheel turns and you will get a new job, and at the end of the trip, you can truly say that you were involved in every aspect of making your adventure happen.

Wakeboard Waterski Program Caribbean
QUEST Activities

Watersports

Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, and Kneeboarding

Here in the BVI we travel with a full set of watersports equipment. We have six rib dinghies that are perfect for skiing so everyone gets to try wakeboarding and water skiing for the first time or master a few tricks and learn to slalom! Over the last 30 years, we have taught thousands to ski, wakeboard and kneeboard during our water sports summer camp.

Windsurf Program For Teens Learn To Sail
QUEST Activities

Watersports

Windsurfing

We also have complete windsurfing rigs with multiple sails for all wind conditions! In between community service, sailing and wakeboarding you’ll get to play on the beach while you either learn to windsurf for the first time, practice that perfect water-start and jibe, or simply take the sails off and enjoy a stand up paddle board.

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Time to Say Goodbye

There’s always a mix of emotions on departure day. The excitement to go home is always overwhelmed by the realization that the Adventure is over and that it’s time to say goodbye to the people you’ve grown so close to over the last few weeks. Day 1 will simultaneously seem like the day before and a lifetime ago as you and your crew take a private ferry for the last leg of your journey together.

Lucy seems older and more mature even after only a few short weeks with ActionQuest. She has come back not only with great stories and insights, but she seems more independent and is focusing on things that matter. She seems more grateful and aware of her place in the world. What more could I ask for?!”

C. Booth / New York, NY
AQ Sail Side Animated Map

ARRIVING TO ACTIONQUEST IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Your adventure begins! The majority of students will be flying to St. Thomas (STT) in the US Virgin Islands . For students flying via STT, ActionQuest’s professional staff meet them and assist with the beautiful ferry ride to Tortola then on to the entire camp which awaits you in West End, Tortola. There you will go through the formal check in process and make your way to your new comfortable and clean floating home. For those flying directly into the BVI (EIS), students are met by an airport representative.

Students then get to spend the rest of the first day of their community service summer program preparing for life aboard and getting to know one another while the sun sets behind the dock.

 

Turtle tagging in the British Virgin Islands
Quest Activities

Service Work (20 Hours)

Turtle Tagging

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, the global sea turtle population has made a massive comeback over the past century. The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) in the BVI is part of an international effort to collect this data and ultimately protect the juvenile population of the Caribbean. ARK trains ActionQuest & GoBeyond students to safely spot, capture, tag, and release the animals so they can actually contribute to this body of research. While the act of chasing and capturing a wild turtle is enough to provide anyone a serious adrenaline rush, the scientific process of measuring and recording data can require contrasting discipline and focus. Students will experience the excitement and importance of hands-on scientific field work and foster a set of skills they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

GoBeyond community service summer programs
Quest Activities

Service Work (Cont.)

School Visits

During your time in the BVI, it’s important to give back to the local community, and in our minds, there’s no better way to do that than by working directly with children. The Quest students will meet up with the larger GoBeyond fleet and will visit local schools to spend the day explaining all of the environmental work we are doing in their own backyard.

Nothing lets you see the impact you are creating better than seeing it through the eyes of the next generation.

Community service summer program
Quest Activities

Service Work (Cont.)

Mangrove Reforestation

For an environment of beautiful lush islands, coral reefs and marine life, it’s hard to understate the importance of Mangrove forests. Mangroves are the dense network of roots, shrubs and small trees that grow along the coast helping protect the islands from erosion, while at the same time serving as the nursery for thousands of species of marine life.

Unfortunately the mangroves have seen a rapid decline in the BVI, and we do our part during the Quest voyage to re-plant mangroves along its amazing coastlines. As you sail through the islands you’ll see the past two decades of our forestation work, and will be able to put your thumbprint on the effort yourself.

WATCH AQ SAILING FOR YOURSELF

As a novice sailor, you will advance your sailing skills on the world’s most beautiful waters under the guidance of ActionQuest’s incredible staff during our sailing summer camp…

Work
Solo Pico
Sunset Flotilla
Sailing rail ride
QUEST Activities

Intro TO Sailing

Keelboat Sailing

There really aren’t any days that our Quest students are not actively involved in sailing.

The majority of the Quest students’ sail training aims to teach them every aspect of keelboat cruising.  The training is a combination of on-the-water practical experience along with in-depth theory lessons in a classroom environment.  The practical days on the water find our students trading time at the helm, trimming the sails, helping navigate the course, or helping with the engineering of the ships systems; they truly are full-time crew members aboard a 50 ft. sailing yacht.

Sailing Intensive Course In Bvi Learn To Dive
QUEST Activities

Intro TO Sailing (Cont.)

Dinghy Sailing

Alongside all the sailing they do on the “big boats”, Quest students get to spend many hours fine tuning their tactical small boat handling skills on our fleet of RS Zest sailboats.

Advanced Sailing Program Bvi Keelboat Certification
QUEST Activities

Intro TO Sailing (Cont.)

Small Keelboat Sailing

On top of our permanent fleet of AQ smaller dinghies, our students also get to really up their sailing games by having a full day practicing on the small fleet of 19-24 foot keelboats that we use from the world renowned Bitter End Yacht Club in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.

Lifeworks Forum Actionquest Jim Stoll Tuman
QUEST Activities

Life Aboard AQ

Lifeworks Forum

It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you are living in close quarters with a bunch of strangers…

Beyond all the exciting activities, it is this personal growth that we find equally important, and at AQ we highlight this growth through an element of this AQ community service camp called the Lifeworks Forum. Held at intervals throughout the voyage, the forum is designed to complement the learning that takes place through the everyday interaction aboard. Students have the opportunity to participate in – and lead – discussions on topics like personal responsibility, values, integrity, communication and goals. Of all the skills that students take from their voyages, it is the life skills that can carry them the farthest. At AQ, we feel that while building one’s life, it is important to be sure it is based on a foundation of compassion and personal integrity.

Teen Development Growth Summer Service Program
QUeST Activities

Life Aboard AQ

The Job Wheel

At ActionQuest, there are no passengers, only shipmates. Being a shipmate means that you will share the day to day responsibility of running a 50 ft. sailing vessel! While the staff are there to teach and help, your daily job will be assigned by using the famous “AQ job wheel”. Have you ever been the head chef for 15 people? You will with AQ! Each day, the wheel turns and you will get a new job, and at the end of the trip, you can truly say that you were involved in every aspect of making your adventure happen.

Wakeboard Waterski Program Caribbean
QUEST Activities

Watersports

Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, and Kneeboarding

Here in the BVI we travel with a full set of watersports equipment. We have six rib dinghies that are perfect for skiing so everyone gets to try wakeboarding and water skiing for the first time or master a few tricks and learn to slalom! Over the last 30 years, we have taught thousands to ski, wakeboard and kneeboard during our water sports summer camp.

Windsurf Program For Teens Learn To Sail
QUEST Activities

Watersports

Windsurfing

We also have complete windsurfing rigs with multiple sails for all wind conditions! In between community service, sailing and wakeboarding you’ll get to play on the beach while you either learn to windsurf for the first time, practice that perfect water-start and jibe, or simply take the sails off and enjoy a stand up paddle board.

ActionQuest brochure icon
  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our adventures, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Best Summer Camps In The World

Time to Say Goodbye

There’s always a mix of emotions on departure day. The excitement to go home is always overwhelmed by the realization that the Adventure is over and that it’s time to say goodbye to the people you’ve grown so close to over the last few weeks. Day 1 will simultaneously seem like the day before and a lifetime ago as you and your crew take a private ferry for the last leg of your journey together.

Lucy seems older and more mature even after only a few short weeks with ActionQuest. She has come back not only with great stories and insights, but she seems more independent and is focusing on things that matter. She seems more grateful and aware of her place in the world. What more could I ask for?!”

C. Booth / New York, NY

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Certifications

On top of all the other fun adventure sports and activities during the Quest Adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to earn these certifications:

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Sailing Certifications

  • IYT International Crew

    The IYT International Crew course is designed for students with limited previous experience, who are looking to become an active and competent crew member aboard a power or sailing yacht…
    Learn More >

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Safety Certifications

  • Emergency First Response & CPR

    Take a step toward emergency preparedness and meet PADI Rescue Diver prerequisites with Emergency First Response. As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies…
    Learn More >

Need to Know

Is this adventure right for me?

The Quest Voyage is very similar to the Vega Voyage (our biggest and broadest program). The primary difference between the Quest and Vega programs is that the Quest substitutes the PADI scuba diving classes for up to 20 hours of community service by participating in established, local environmental projects. If you are not interested in learning to scuba dive, or cannot dive for any medical reason, then this is the perfect program for you. Quest students sail as part of the Vega fleet and this program offers an exciting introduction to sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, and wakeboarding. Off the water, we’ll visit the islands, explore the towns, cook out on the white sand beaches and hike to the top of the tallest mountain. Quest is a real all-rounder and has a lot for everyone.

How many people go on this adventure?

Quest community service camp sails alongside one of our largest programs and usually ends up being a smaller group within the 8 boat flotilla. It’s a lot of fun sailing as part of a larger fleet, where you can interact with many other teens and staff from all over the world.

How do you split up the ages across the boats?

Given that we have a number of yachts sailing together, this allows us to berth teens aboard based upon their age and grade. We try to make this as appropriate as possible and typically you can expect to be aboard with other students within about a year of your own age (plus or minus). Please contact us if you have any specific considerations in this regard.

What type of boat will I be on?

Quest runs exclusively aboard traditional single-hulled yachts (monohulls). We use only the finest charter yachts available, all of which are in the 50-foot range. Each vessel has 5 cabins, a large salon which converts to a 6th cabin, and 4 full bathrooms (heads). The world’s largest charter company, Moorings/Sunsail, maintains all of our yachts to the highest standard.

ActionQuest adventure program sailing monohull

Learn more about our vessels

Where do we sleep?

From the moment you arrive, you’ll move aboard your yacht and live on board full-time. It’s true to say that living on a sailing vessel is much tighter than being at home, yet this close community environment is where so much of the experience is created.

All of our vessels have 5 cabins and a large salon that converts to a 6th, so in a pinch there’s room for us all to sleep down below if it should rain, but, for the most part, the evenings are clear and dry and most of us like to sleep out on deck, swinging in a hammock under the stars.

Who will be my staff?

AQ is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff includes professional maritime captains, professional PADI dive instructors and medical professionals.  Above all, we hire responsible and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

Two or three staff members live with you aboard your vessel full-time. There will be your skipper, your first mate who is typically your diving instructor, and a third staff member who could also be a diving instructor, EMT, Marine Biologist or someone with other special skills.

Learn more about the team

What's the food like?

At AQ we strive for nutritious, and delicious meals. Student chefs of the day prepare meals onboard with help from the staff using a mixture of goods we have imported and local fresh food we pick up onshore every few days. On occasion throughout the trip, students will have the option to eat at a restaurant during shore time to sample the local offerings. Living onboard a boat for three weeks in the British Virgin Islands poses its own difficulties in terms of provisioning and cooking but when it’s all said and done, meal-time is often a highlight of each day.

During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Sample Menu Download

What do I need to bring?

Given that all students will be living aboard a sailboat for the duration of their adventure, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid over packing. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry once in the middle of the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks’ worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s adventures. If you’d like to see last year’s packing list as an example, you can download it here.

Packing List Download

Nitty Gritty

Flights

Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the British Virgin Islands is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator:

Leah Hernandez – AQ Travel Coordinator
Tel: +1.281.528.7727
Toll Free: 800.329.9000
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

How do we get there?

Our recommended route is via St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI although students also have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS).

Does AQ provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

For students flying via St Thomas, ActionQuest arranges for a staff member to assist with the transfer to Tortola via ferry. After arrival in Tortola, students are met at the ferry dock by more of ActionQuest’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto a taxi that takes them to the boats.

Looking for more detailed information on travel?

Visit the travel page

Travel Docs & Vaccinations

Travel Docs & Visas

All students traveling to the BVI need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of three months after the date of departure from the BVI. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas.

For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local British embassy or consulate or the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office.

One important point to mention is that most students joining us in the BVI do so by flying via St. Thomas, which is part of the US Virgin Islands. This means that those students not flying on a US or Canadian passport need to consider whether they need to apply for a U.S. visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Please call us with any questions.

Vaccinations

For visiting the BVI, the CDC recommends that all travelers are up-to-date on routine vaccinations that most of us had as children (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine.

That said, we understand that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, AQ does not supply medical advice. For this reason, we recommend that all families refer back to the expertise of the CDC from time to time (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic to gain the most up to date information.

Tuition

AQ Tuition Covers the following:

  • All accommodation and group meals once the adventure is underway
  • Vessel charter and related government fees
  • Staff, local guides, and tips
  • The use of all sailing, snorkel and water sports equipment (except for wetsuits, if needed)
  • Sailing certification costs

Not included in the AQ tuition:

  • Air transportation and related travel expenses (baggage, taxes, visas etc.)
  • Personal spending money

Discounts and Savings

  • A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two adventures or for two or more students from the same family.
  • Any two consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount. (This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program GoBeyond.) ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any two programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Itinerary

Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our adventures don’t change, specific logistics evolve as we get closer to the summer and then day by day based on weather. The animated map along with the adventure overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the voyage. We also suggest looking through last summer’s Trip Logs for a more detailed travel log created by the students.

With this in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment”. Traveling by boat requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take any bumps in your stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the British Virgin Islands is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator:

Leah Hernandez – AQ Travel Coordinator
Tel: +1.281.528.7727
Toll Free: 800.329.9000
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

How do we get there?

Our recommended route is via St. Thomas (STT) in the USVI although students also have the option of flying to Beef Island (EIS).

Does AQ provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary.

For students flying via St Thomas, ActionQuest arranges for a staff member to assist with the transfer to Tortola via ferry. After arrival in Tortola, students are met at the ferry dock by more of ActionQuest’s professional staff, then collectively continue onto a taxi that takes them to the boats.

Looking for more detailed information on travel?

Visit the travel page

Travel Docs & Visas

All students traveling to the BVI need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of three months after the date of departure from the BVI. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas.

For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local British embassy or consulate or the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office.

One important point to mention is that most students joining us in the BVI do so by flying via St. Thomas, which is part of the US Virgin Islands. This means that those students not flying on a US or Canadian passport need to consider whether they need to apply for a U.S. visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Please call us with any questions.

Vaccinations

For visiting the BVI, the CDC recommends that all travelers are up-to-date on routine vaccinations that most of us had as children (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine.

That said, we understand that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, AQ does not supply medical advice. For this reason, we recommend that all families refer back to the expertise of the CDC from time to time (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic to gain the most up to date information.

AQ Tuition Covers the following:

  • All accommodation and group meals once the adventure is underway
  • Vessel charter and related government fees
  • Staff, local guides, and tips
  • The use of all sailing, snorkel and water sports equipment (except for wetsuits, if needed)
  • Sailing certification costs

Not included in the AQ tuition:

  • Air transportation and related travel expenses (baggage, taxes, visas etc.)
  • Personal spending money

Discounts and Savings

  • A one-time total tuition fee deduction of 5% is granted for any two adventures or for two or more students from the same family.
  • Any two consecutive programs may be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between programs, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each program and subtracting the 5% extended course discount. (This discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program GoBeyond.) ActionQuest and/or GoBeyond enrollment for any two programs in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our adventures don’t change, specific logistics evolve as we get closer to the summer and then day by day based on weather. The animated map along with the adventure overview portions on this page should give all families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the voyage. We also suggest looking through last summer’s Trip Logs for a more detailed travel log created by the students.

With this in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment”. Traveling by boat requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take any bumps in your stride, and enjoy the adventure!