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Puerto Rico

"We are so excited to be able to offer this new destination. We love the SVI, the people are wonderful, warm and friendly. The islands are gorgeous and the sea life offers a variety [...]

André & Alison
André & Alison

WHO ARE WE?

André
AndréCaptain

Captain André spent his first 25 years as a Helicopter Pilot with the South African Air Force. His love of flying balanced with his love of the sea, all off duty times were spent sailing or diving. He retired from flying and followed his plan to live on the ocean traveling the world and sharing his passion. 

André has his Offshore Yachtmasters license, he has about 30000 sea miles experience and is a SSI certified Dive master.

Alison
AlisonFirst Mate & Chef

Alison has been sailing for about 45 years.  First on a dam with her Dad and then with Andre on the ocean in South Africa, Brazil , the Caribbean and the Bahamas.  She is a Registered Nurse and qualified in BLS, CPR and first aid.  She is also a registered midwife should the need arise.  

Alison has her offshore Captains license and has over 25000 nautical miles sailing experience. She loves to be in, on or under the sea, and is a certified Dive Master. 

Princess LuLu
Princess LuLu

Raglins Linda Lu is this Princesses full title. Named after the Rolling Stones song of the same name. Her brother is Fancyman Blues and she has a sister called Angie.  She allows us to call her Lulu but please dont think that makes her less royal. From exploring in the African bush for her first 12 years of life she has adapted to being the spoiled Princess on the sea.

She will greet you but prefers to stay near to her human mum or curled up on their bed.

OUR REVIEWS

“The trip was awesome! Andre and Allison were sea worthy very competent captains. They made us very comfortable in all that we did on the water! Food was fine food dining each meal! Andre’ and Allison were very friendly and accommodated our every request We sailed to a beautiful new beach each day. We went as 3 couples and had an absolutely delightful week full of fabulous adventures, incredible meals delicious cocktails, games, swimming snorkeling and diving, and scenery that cannot be duplicated. The only bad part of the trip was that it ended.”

Vicki G, TripAdvisor

“If you are considering sailing with Andre and Allison, stop considering and book it!

Their service is top notch, food was great, cocktails were plentiful and the boat is a beauty. The island hopping and snorkeling were out of this world. We felt very safe everywhere we went because of their experience and professionalism. Listen to their advice and pack very little because you don’t need much. I seriously doubt I’ll be able to beat this experience the rest of my life…that means we’ll need to return soon!

I hope you spend some time getting to know them because they are amazing people.”

Prospect, TripAdvisor

“WOW – let me tell you, Andre & Alison at Turquoise Turtle know how to give you the trip of a lifetime! My family and I (5 of us total – all adults) were lucky enough to spend 8 days with them sailing around the USVI and BVIs. It couldn’t have been a more fun or relaxing experience.

Andre & Alison took care of absolutely every detail, while continuing to check in on how we were doing and what we were looking to experience on our trip. From the incredible meals that Allison made each day (I’m vegan and she STILL created the most impeccable menu for me!), to the fun activities that came with the boat (paddle boards, knee boarding, snorkel gear, kayaking), they truly thought of everything.

The boat & cabins are beautiful and impeccably clean & maintained. We never felt cramped with 7 of us on board together! But to top it all off, Andre & Allison know the areas like the back of their own hands. They brought us to all of the well-known sites to see, but even better — they knew of amazing, secluded locations off the beaten path that we never would have found if we had sailed our own boat. The marine life, beaches, islands, and sunsets that we saw are all things I’ll never forget in this lifetime. Do yourself a favor and book a trip with them ASAP — it’s wonderful for the soul.

Thank you both for the most magical trip!”

Samantha D, TripAdvisor

“We had an amazing trip with Andre and Alison! We spent a week aboard the Turquoise Turtle as a family, the best way to see the BVI’s, and everybody loved it. There were lots of fun outings with amazing snorkeling nearly every day, secluded beaches easiest to get to by boat, beach bars by dinghy, sounds better as the “rubba-duck” in South African speak. There also lots of activities aboard the boat when anchored in coves with kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and floats. And most importantly if you’re going to spend a week aboard a boat, you want your hosts to be friendly and kind. Andre and Alison were always happy and treated us extremely well. My kids really bonded with them as well, Alison was my youngest sons private snorkel guide at times! The food was amazing, even my pickiest child was commenting Alison should be a full time chef. Cocktails and wine always offered or ready upon request. One night we went to Willy T and they even volunteered to supervise the kids watching a movie so we could go be part of the nightlife at Peter Island. They also shared their photography with us at the end of the trip to add to our phenomenal picture collection because there are never enough pictures to capture such an adventure. This was our second trip chartering a boat in the BVIs, and having a couple manage the boat. It is by far the best way to enjoy your Vacation instead of doing it yourself. If you’ve never done it, you won’t feel cramped on this boat. Andre and Alison are now friends and I hope to do another holiday with them!”

JH Saylors, TripAdvisor

“If you want to go on a sailboat charter, check these guys out. What an awesome week with Andre and Alison. We went as a family with 8 year old twins. They balanced all the varied interests with grace and were awesome with the kids. They are top notch on all the skills necessary for a great BVI cruise: sailing, local knowledge, cooking, bartending, scuba / snorkeling and all with a nice ship shape catamaran. The feline on board was a kind bonus. Go sailing with these guys, you will be glad you did.”

J Demerath, TripAdvisor

“Sailing with these people is the most fun anyone can have away from a barrel of monkeys. The captain and his first mate are truly the salt of the earth, quick with a smile and a joke and if you are not careful will teach you what is most important in life: LAUGHING! They were also very accommodating with whatever we wanted to do, so we didn’t feel like we were on a set schedule.

Beautiful boat, very comfortable, excellent special touches – truly an epic getaway!!! We will be back!!”

Kagbar, TripAdvisor

Activities

When it comes to our charters we’re proud to say we’re different. We offer something a little more special, starting from $9750.

For those who want more opportunities to interact with the environment and the life surrounding them, we also offer eco-adventures where you will expense the thrill of free-diving with Dolphins, Turtles, Rays and much more.

After a day of sun, enjoy a warm breeze as you watch the sun set, and wrap up the day with a delicious cooked meal. Contact us to book your trip and experience all the Caribbean has to offer!

We have something for everyone!  

For adventure seekers, we offer Kneeboarding, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Stand-up Paddle boards, Fishing, exploring Ports of Call, and Scuba for qualified Divers.

Turquoise Turtle is a registered SSI Dive Boat. Alison and André are SSI certified Divemasters. We love to show qualified divers the underwater world of the BVI! (As certified SSI Snorkel Instructors, we also offer lessons and qualifications.)

For those who simply want to relax and soak up the sun, lounge at the bow of the ship, or grab a drink and a giant floaty and recline in coral-blue waters.

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