What should I bring when going on a day sailing trip?
For day charters, all you need to bring is a beach towel. If you are planning to
snorkel, you will need to bring gear (mask, snorkel and fins).
What is included in a day charter?
We provide all food. Typical meals include:
● Coffee, juice and pastries on arrival
● Homemade sandwiches (on fresh baguettes!) and salad for lunch
● Dinner is usually from the grill (ribs and chicken), with salad and Robert’s legendary grilled garlic bread
Please give us advance notice if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
We have limited kitchen capacity, but we will make sure your expectations are met.
What drinks do you provide?
Water, juices, sodas and beer. We have a limited bar but can provide some liquors on request (mostly rum). Feel free to BYOB!
Do we need to have sailing experience?
No sailing experience is required. However, you can participate in sailing duties such as raising and lowering the sails. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to make memories.
Can we choose our itinerary?
If you booked a “private charter” then you have the option to choose your destination. There are some limitations and time constraints, but the boat is at your disposal and we would love to accommodate your wishes. Please bear in mind that all plans are based on weather conditions, and adjustments do occur. If you booked a standard day charter, the itinerary is determined by Captain Robert.
What if I get seasick?
The Hakuna Matata is a large catamaran (47 feet/14.3m), so it’s very stable while sailing. But some people do occasionally get seasick. If you are sensitive (or just want to take precautions) we recommend taking motion-sickness medication at least 20 minutes prior to sailing.
Can we provide our own music?
Yes, definitely! Just be mindful of your fellow passengers. We do have a sound system on board, as well.
Is there a toilet on board?
Yes. You will have access to a full bathroom. It’s a boat environment, so the toilet functions differently than what you use on land. Instructions are pretty simple; the crew will provide a quick tutorial when you arrive.
Do you provide snorkeling gear?
We have a limited amount of snorkeling gear on board, which you are welcome to use. However, we can’t guarantee availability or proper fit; to ensure you have the best time possible, we encourage you to bring your own gear.
If I booked a live-aboard excursion (7 or 10 days, for example), what should I bring?
For a sailing/diving excursion, we provide linens and towels for your cabin. You will need to provide toiletries (shampoo, etc.) and sufficient clothing. There are no on-board laundry facilities.
We supply tanks and weight belts for divers. You should bring the remainder of your personal equipment:
● ABC (basic equipment such as mask, fins, snorkel, regulator)
● A dive suit (if desired)
Do you provide SCUBA instruction and certification?
No. We do not provide certification or training. While we love to accompany our guests under water whenever possible, we are typically required to stay topside during a dive. You are expected to be able to function independently on your dive.
What is the itinerary for diving?
We dive sites around Sint Maarten, Saint Barth’s and Anguilla. Sombrero Island and Saint Kitts are good options, as well.