Sail Helios offers personalized, all inclusive, memorable sailing trips with an unmatched local knowledge and experience.
All inclusive Day Sail
An all-inclusive sailing and snorkeling trip from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On this sail we visit some of the most beautiful snorkeling spots the Caribbean has to offer. We serve a gourmet, deli-style lunch around our comfortable and spacious cockpit table. Beverages are provided and served to you while sailing around in picturesque Caribbean waters. This is a fun trip for the family or group of friends.
All Inclusive Half Day Sail
A three and half hour sailing and snorkel tour. We head out from either 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with one snorkel stop, depending on the wind and seas. Drinks are included, as with all our trips, and we serve a snack at our snorkel stop.
Jost Van Dyke
We depart at 8:45 a.m. from St John, and return around 4:00 p.m. Our day begins with a short sail to a snorkel stop. Afterwards, we continue our sail to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. After checking into customs, it’s off to beautiful White Bay & the famous Soggy Dollar Bar. We eat lunch ashore, basking in hammocks, drinking the Jost Van Dyke specialty drink, known as the “painkiller”. Chances are you are not going to want to leave this place!
Join us on Helios for a relaxing evening sail watching the sun set over the Caribbean ocean. This sail is complete with a very open bar, drinks, snacks, and exceptional surroundings.
Salomon Beach (Solomon Beach) is a secluded hideaway that is accessed by boat or hiking from he new National Park Visitor Center. The snorkeling is beautiful along the rocky points of this beach. It has a long reputation as a clothing optional beach but the Parks Service began enforcing anti nudity laws a few years ago so it is now a family safe beach
Near Gibney Beach, one of the top snorkeling destinations in US National Park. Mermaid’s Chair is the smallest registered beach in all of the Caribbean.
Cinnamon Bay beach ranks among the most beautiful and pristine beaches of St. John. Snorkelers can explore the small cay located less than 100 yards off the shoreline. Cinnamon’s shallow water entry makes it a great destination for families with children.
Accessed only by boat or hiking trail, Honeymoon is a soft white sand beach with great snorkeling and one of St. John's true gems. With the addition of restrooms, lockers, kayak rentals, SUP (stand up paddle board) rentals, and beach chairs – this beach offers a bit of everything! Visitors can also enjoy a “seasonal” food and drink concession, Bikinis on the Beach.
No visit to St. John is complete without snorkeling with the sea turtles at Maho Bay, a top St. John white sand beach for Islanders and tourists alike. Voted a "Visitors Favorite Beach," Maho has it all, from sun and shady pavilions to bathrooms and a shallow sandy shoreline perfect for families and children to play and make sand castles.
At Denis Bay, Snorkeling is great along the left and right side of the beach with rocky coral outcroppings to explore. Dennis Beach is off the beaten path, and will most likely be yours for the day. This spot does have a slight current and some swell which makes for a unique adventure.
Soggy Dollar Bar
Soggy Dollar Bar in Jost Van Dyke
Corsairs Beach Bar
Corsairs Beach Bar in Jost Van Dyke
Lime Out Saint John
One of TIME Magazine's World's Greatest Places, Lime Out is the Caribbean's first floating taco bar located in Hansen Bay, St. John. An outpost of St. John's Lime Inn restaurant, the low-impact installation maintains the environmental integrity of the Bay.
With the nickname of “Love City”, Cruz Bay is the main town on the island of St. John. The streets of Love City are lined with restaurants, bars and boutiques. With waterfront dining options, local hangouts and artisan shops, Cruz Bay has something for everyone who wants to experience the heartbeat of St. John.
An iconic BVI character, the legendary Foxy of Jost Van Dyke has been entertaining sailors, pirates, mermaids and visitors with food, strong rum drinks, and impromptu stories and songs to a calypso beat since 1968. Rated among the top New Year's Eve parties worldwide, the annual Old Year's Night Party at Foxy's Tamarind Bar makes for one giant not-to-be-missed raft-up of Great Harbour.
The famous Pizza Pi is ready to serve you some of the best pizza you’ve ever had— in the middle of Christmas Cove, one of the USVI’s most beautiful coves. You’ll need a boat for this incredibly memorable (and tasty!) experience, folks! Pizza Pi is one of the more unique destinations for boaters in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The restaurant is a transformed sailboat, now a floating pizza joint that is locally owned Pizza Pi has gluten-free and vegetarian options, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy
Offering some of the best snorkeling in the USVI, Waterlemon Cay is a small island off the north shore of St John. Only accessible via boat or after a long hike and sometimes a difficult swim across a channel, Waterlemon has an wide variety of Coral formations, plant life and many different types of fish. It is not unusual to view Sea Turtles, Octopus, Star Fish, Squid, and Sting Rays in addition to many schools of fish.
Secret Harbor is a little off the beaten path on the southeast end of St. Thomas on Nazareth Bay, and that’s a good thing. The beach is a bit of a locals’ favorite for its relaxed accompanying beach bar and grill, classic tropical island feel, and some of the best snorkeling on St. Thomas.
The largest of the Durloe Cays, Henley is located off of the northwest corner of St John, near Caneel Bay. This uninhabited tropical islet is only 300 yards in diameter and sits less than a half mile off Turtle Bay on St, John. Henley is a nice shallow site with lots of colorful coral and an abundance of fish species.
Little Cinnamon Cay
Snorkeling at Little Cinnamon Bay is best off the eastern end of the beach. This spot boasts a unique underwater attraction—the sunken remains of a small plane that crashed into the bay. There typically aren’t many people here at Little Cinnamon Beach, as getting there by land requires knowing about the beach and how to access it— by a rugged goat path through the woods.Of course, Helios we can take you there and dingy you in!
Congo Cay is an uninhabited island of the United States Virgin Islands, located north of Lovango Cay. The island is a Bird Sanctuary and can’t be accessed. If you look at the island from a couple hundred yards away, you will be surprised what it resembles. Ask Capt Jay if you don’t see it.
Francis Bay is less touristy since there are no facilities and limited parking. In other words, ideal to check out from Helios! Snorkeling is great on both sides of this pristine bay. In the center of the bay, you’ll find beds of seagrass hosting eagle rays and green sea turtles. To the west, you’ll find rocks extending off the shoreline hosting hard and soft corals. You can try out the east side for even more diversity. Francis Bay is home to sea fans, blue tang, and parrot fish.
Thatch Cay is a small, uninhabited 230 acre island one-half mile off the northeastern coast of Saint Thomas. Its highest peak is 482 feet. It is one of the last privately held, undeveloped islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you look on the North side you can possibly find some rocks to jump off of.
With a watercraft rentals, a Paddle-In Tiki Bar, VW Bus conversion food truck and gift shop, Maho Crossroads is the new minimum footprint, energy efficient, self powered pop-up village across the street. Enjoy food and drinks, live music, and crafts from local artists while preserving the turtle nesting environment of Maho Bay!
Great St James/ Christmas Cove
Located on the west side of Great St James, Christmas Cove is a haven for sailors and yachtsmen as its protected from the wind and waves of the Caribbean Sea. Legend has it that the reason for the name “Christmas Cove” is because Christopher Columbus had to anchor his boat there on Christmas Day, to ride out a storm. Christmas Cove’s crystal blue waters provide a great snorkel experience with diverse wildlife such as conch, sea turtles, and even the occasional spotted eagle ray!
Seddy's One Love
Home of the best Bushwhackers on the beach, the motto at Seddy's One Love Bar is "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem," and is said to have inspired Kenny Chesney's hit song. With authentic Caribbean cuisine and their specialty lobster quesadillas featured on the Food Network along with Seddy's famous magic tricks, this reggae-blasting beach bar on White Bay, Jost Van Dyke has a One Love state of mind.
Off the north coast of St John, Whistling Cay is accessible only by boat. A good location for snorkeling as both the northwest and southwest sides are teeming with life. The northwest is a bit deeper, so clear bright conditions are needed
Discover the Virgin Islands' many secluded cays, caves, and coves only accessible by boat with us! Grassy Cay is a beautiful uninhabited US Virgin Island located between St. John and St. Thomas with a reef that makes for an idyllic snorkel spot featuring dancing sea fans along with elkhorn and orange cup corals.
Known for breathtaking, crystal clear sparkling turquoise waters, drift snorkel with the current to see the dramatic underwater seascape, coral canyon, and marine life at the uninhabited and beautiful Mingo Cay off of St. John. There, you may see squid, barracuda, an array of healthy coral and tropical fish.
Lovango Cay is a Privately owned Cay located north of St John is teeming with a wide range of marine life and growth. This is typically a very private area that is often overlooked. The south side of Lovango is well worth a stop too. This island is self-sufficient and for energy uses eco-responsible wind turbines and solar energy. Accessible only by boat, Lovango Cay is known for calm waters and great snorkeling, often hosting resting nurse sharks, octopus, and eel.
Little ST James
Little St James located off the south side of St Great St James is where you can explore shallow undercut ledges and boulders. This island has a story. Ask your Captain if you don’t know.
Reef Bay Trail
We can either sail you there, let you tour and then sail back or you take a taxi to the top, hike down and we will pick you up for sail back to Cruz Bay