Richard & Edith, Deb & John, Susan & Ron, Linda & Jack
Having waited two years for the ultimate vacation, my brother Richard, his wife Edith, and six of their close friends hopped onboard the Tiki XIV. After checking in to Customs at Sopers Hole, Tortolla, and some of the best little souvenir and gift ships on the Island, we tied off the dinghy and cruised over to Norman Island for our first dive. This has become one of our favorite dive spots. It's beautiful and exciting, full of sea life and an easy dive to break everyone in from the long, not so cold winter.
Bev, Sue & John, Patty & Charlie, Patti & John, Drex
Goliath Grouper on the Wreck of the Rhone
JD & Ceil
The first thing Ceil and JD wanted to do when they arrived was to get in the warm tropical water. Teaching them the resort dive was an easy task, they took to diving like a fish in water. The Tiki then took off for the BVI's and a familiar reef that would excite any new or advanced diver. This time we were in luck, four friendly tarpon that we had seen on the previous charter, came back for a visit. Lillians reef goes from 15ft. to a 55ft. ledge if you choose. Tropical fish surrounded us everywhere along with dozens of species of soft and hard corals in a multitude of colors. At night the cove at Soldier Bay was calm and peaceful and the sky was filled with an infinite amount of stars.
Brian, Tom, Drex, Ted, Bob, Charlie, Pete
Local Sea Isle City, New Jersey Surf and Skate Shop owner, Brian Heritage, gathered up a group of friend and headed for the Caribbean. After a few phone calls and emails, the group of six decided on a Tiki Adventure.
The surf started out waist to chest with occasional larger sets. This is pretty much how it played out for the rest of the charter. It was enough to get the winter crud off and lift a few spirits. While hunting for new waves the Tiki sets off in search of new adventures and places to explore.
Frank, Brady, Kristyn, Logan and Kasey Harvey
Frank decided the rest of his family needed to experience a real Tiki Adventure. He and his daughter Kasey had such a great time last year that he decided to bring the whole family for a New Years Charter Adventure. They were not disappointed.
The surf started out waist to chest and as we cruised further on, the waves became chest high to overhead. The conditions were perfect.
Robin, Edwin, Gitza, Maddy and Rand
When the Petersons decided to take their whole family on a Caribbean vacation, they went on line and discovered Tiki Adventures. Upon landing in St. Thomas and hopping onboard our Carolina skiff, they instantly knew they were in for something different.
Amy, Pierre, Brooke, Sava & Dijana Nedelcovych
This was a return trip for Amy & Pierre but this time they decided to bring their three children for a family vacation. While on board we had our friend, Bethany, a certified Dive Instructor in St. Thomas, certify Brooke, Dijana and Sava. After the course was finished we took them for their first lobster dive and made them catch their own dinner. We then left St. Thomas for the British Virgin Islands for more diving adventures. This was by far a chance of a lifetime for their family to do this together.
Having spent four seasons in the Caribbean, we are still constantly finding new dive sites and wreck dives. No two are alike and always a new experience even if you dove it before. The visibility is usually sixty to one hundred feet and the water temp is always 78 to 84. Not bad for their first experience.
March 2010 Surfers: Ben Bourgeois, Alex Gray, Alek Parker, Cheyne Magnusson
Wakeboarders: Collin Harrington, Parks Bonifay, JD Webb
In March of 2010 for the production of the "Fuel TV" show "Mission Caribbean" which aired May 3, 2010, four pro-surfers, three pro-wakeboarders, one Fuel TV producer, two water photographers and the crew of the Tiki XIV, Captain Stormy, Captain Drex and Bev Harrington, spent ten days cruising through the Caribbean surfing, wakeboarding and diving for the adventure of a lifetime.
While onboard the Tiki, Frank, Kasey, Mitchell and Eric caught epic surf with overhead waves the entire time. It seemed that as the week went on, the waves just got bigger and no one was disappointed. When not surfing, Stormy instructed the four surfers with the Resort Dive course. This was a new experience for most of them and one they won't soon forget. When diving in the Caribbean you see reefs, caves, wrecks and sea life you would only expect to see in an aquarium setting. The visibility is always a comfortable sixty to one hundred feet plus, with the water temperature ranging from seventy eight to eighty four degrees. A perfect setting for the ultimate Caribbean vacation.
Nina, Nick, Grandma Stacey, Ryan, Rose, Ian & Annie spent Christmas week onboard the Tiki. The surf was head high, the diving incredible and the cruising was perfect. The 82 degree temperature couldn't have made for a more perfect Caribbean vacation. The Weigners had returned for their third Tiki Adventure finding new coves to anchor, more islands to explore, new reefs to dive and epic waves to surf.
Some of their highlights are being able to catch their own lobster, fish and conch for the evening meals.
Returning to the Baths in Virgin Gorda is just as exciting the second and even the third time. You never get tired of the breathtaking view from the "Top of the Baths" or enjoying one of the Islands favorite tropical drinks at the Tiki bar. At Willey T's there's never a dull moment and the music doesn't stop until the last dancer can dance no more.
After having the Weigners onboard for three Charters in as many years they have become more like Tiki family.
Thank you all for letting us share with you another incredible "Tiki Adventure".