FAQs

Travel Planning

We strongly recommend purchasing dive accident and travel insurance for your trip. In order to maintain our reasonable cost and high level of service, we do not automatically insure your trip against the adverse effects of weather or other factors beyond our control. Your holiday represents a very large investment, and unforeseen circumstances such as named storms, injury or sickness, airline issues, and family emergencies can easily affect your ability to travel.

Diveassure: For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.

Divers Alert Network: For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.

Travelex: Travel protection for a single trip. You may choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and select the optional ADVENTURE SPORTS COVERAGE upgrade which waives the policy exclusions for extreme sports such as scuba diving.

The liveaboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crewmember’s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. A gratuity of 10-15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the captain of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Dive liveaboard cruising is an appealing alternative to conventional land-based dive vacations and larger cruise ships. We offer a richer travel experience – one that goes beyond the typical tourist sites. Aboard All Stars’ Cuan Law you’ll get to experience an itinerary of delicious meals and great diving along with optional included shore excursions, sailing and eco adventures.

The trip sets sail from Road Town, Tortola and spend the week diving and sailing the British Virgin Islands with island stops along the way to enjoy the local scenery. The Sir Frances Drake Passage is superb for sailing which gives us ample opportunity to hoist the sails and enjoy the ride from one site to the next. On a daily basis, up to 3 day dives and a 4th night dive for a total of 16 dives usually offered over the course of the 6-night trip. Water toys are available during the week as are shore excursions to various islands as you explore the country. The week ends with a beach BBQ at The Baths on Virgin Gorda where you can experience this BVI National Park.

The All Star Cuan Law boards at 12:00pm on Sunday and departs the dock in Road Town as soon as guests are all on board. The boat spends a very short amount of time at this public dock. Please be sure to contact Kim at 284.499.1999 if you encounter delays on Sunday.

All guests disembark by not later than 10:00am on Saturday.

Call or text Kim at 284.499.1999. We can arrange for you to join the vessel upon arrival since our area of travel is near the island.

We can recommend hotels in either St. Thomas or Tortola depending on your route of travel to the BVI. Click here for a list of convenient hotels.

All visitors are required to have a passport. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the appropriate consulate regarding visas. You will clear Customs & Immigration in Tortola if you fly into the BVI or if flying into St. Thomas in the USVI, you will clear into the British Virgin Islands as you depart St. Thomas on the ferry.

There are two ways to travel to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands:

1 – Fly to San Juan, PR (SJU airport code) and then catch a commuter flight to Terrance B. Lettsome Airport in Tortola, BVI (EIS airport code) on Beef Island. You will need to arrive the day before to make the noon boarding on Sunday. We will have our driver at the airport to meet you and take you to your hotel. You can pay the driver in cash, U.S. dollars accepted. This is much easier than a cab and more reliable. If you are staying at a hotel in Road Town, you will be picked up at 11:45am on Sunday (or another time will be assigned to you if necessary). Please list the name of your hotel on your Trip Application so we can confirm your pick up time.

2 – Fly to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, USVI (STT airport code ) and take a ferry to Road Town, Tortola, BVI. You will need to fly to St. Thomas on Saturday and spend the night there. Check the ferry schedule upon arrival (your hotel concierge can assist) to confirm the departure times for Sunday, the next day. You will clear into the BVI at the dock. Have your passport ready! Call or text Kim at 284.499.1999 upon departing the St. Thomas dock so she can send our driver to the ferry terminal in Road Town to pick you up. Let her know your name, number in your party and time the ferry departed. This is important so she can arrange for the driver to arrive on time and not have to wait in case your ferry is delayed. The boat boards at noon so the driver will take your luggage to the Cuan Law and arrange a time and place to pick you up for boarding if you are earlier. You can eat a late breakfast, shop and explore the area for a few hours. The cost is $10.00 for luggage delivery and transfer.

We do not recommend plans that involve catching the ferry to Tortola on Saturday because air travel can be tenuous and you may miss the last ferry! That would leave you stranded in St. Thomas with a hotel room in Tortola! Better to stay in St. Thomas and catch the early ferry. The cost of the transfer from the dock directly to Cuan Law is $7.00 per person.

The best time is anytime! Water temperatures average between 78F in winter and 82F in summer. The BVI offers sheltered dive sites throughout the year but they are more numerous in summer due to lighter trade winds and no Atlantic swells.

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Policies

Individuals – $750.00 per person. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, personal check, money order and wire transfers.

Families that wish to join us are welcome. It is recommended that children be divers or snorkelers to fully enjoy the activities on board. For individual bookings, the minimum age is 10 years of age. If you charter the full boat, there is no minimum age but keep in mind that water savvy children will most enjoy this type of vacation. Keep in mind, children under 15 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at ALL times. Our crew is most gracious and good with all ages however, the crew will not provide child care services or supervision at ANY time.

No refunds for cancellations unless space is resold and the trip departs full. A refund will be processed less a 5% administrative fee.

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Diving

If you are a certified diver, yes you can. Be sure to bring your certification care (c-card) with you we’ll need to see it. If not certified, you may take a full certification course (prior arrangement required) or a Discover Scuba Diving course. The minimum age is 10 years old for scuba courses. A Medical Form is required.

Divers will have the opportunity to log up to 16 dives over the course of the 6 night trip which is approximately 3 dives a day. Watersports, shore excursions and eco adventures fill the remainder of the time.

No, nitrox is not available.

The dives on board All Star Cuan Law are unescorted. There is a staff divemaster/instructor in the water and you are welcome to tag along.

The diving is great for both beginners and experienced divers! We offer a variety of dives at depths up to 90 feet. We’ll spend a day exploring the wreck of the Rhone, a historic site worth every minute of your bottom time. The volcanic rock bottom is home to many marine animals and corals. There are also other wrecks we can visit including the Chikuzen, weather permitting.

We have 63, 80 and 100 CF tanks for guests to use. There is no additional charge for the use of the larger 100 tank however, we have a limited number of these on board so note this request on your Trip Application.

Side mount gear does not fit in the tank holders so we are unable to accommodate this type of BC.

We do not have the ability to accommodate rebreathers.

Our tanks are fitted with yoke valves, however if you dive with a DIN regulator, let us know and we can have an adaptor added to your tank.

Yes, you can complete your open water checkout dives with our instructor. (Prior arrangements are desirable.) The cost is $200.00. Be sure to bring your referral.

Yes, our instructors are available to teach these courses and prior arrangements are recommended. Instructional materials not included. A Medical Form is required. The advanced course is $150.00.

By all means, yes. There will always be a diving buddy for you. Many of our passengers come aboard as singles and it’s a great way to meet other likeminded adventure travelers who love to dive!

Solo dive certification is required for those divers who wish to dive alone. Otherwise you will be buddied up with another diver.

Certified scuba divers need snorkel, fins, mask, and regulator with pressure gauge, buoyancy compensator (BC), u/w watch, and depth gauge. For night dives, a dive light and cyalume stick (or substitute) is required. We provide tanks, weights and weight belts.

 

Yes, we offer buoyancy compensators (BC’s) and regulator sets for rent.

Rental Rates:

Regulator        $50 per week

BC                    $40 per week

With warm water temps that average 78F – 82F year round, you may find that a little extra layer may be helpful when diving for multiple days.

Month Water Temperature (F/C) Air Temperature (F/C)
January 79 / 26 77 / 25
February 79 / 26 77 / 25
March 79 / 26 77 / 25
April 79 / 26 79 / 26
May 81 / 27 79 / 26
June 82 / 28 81 / 27
July 82 / 28 81 / 27
August 82 / 28 82 / 28
September 84 / 29 82 / 28
October 84 / 29 81 / 27
November 82 / 28 79 / 26
December 81 / 27 77 / 25

Yes, as often as you like and we have snorkel gear on board free of charge.

For a fee of $145.00, a dive instructor will teach you the skills to safely enjoy shallow scuba dives and then do a dive with an instructor. A Medical Form is required.

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On Board

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are pretty easy to work with as well as allergies so let us know upon booking if you require special meals. Please remember that you are participating in an adventure travel vacation that is occurring in a remote part of the world. Many of the modern conveniences, brands and pre-packaged goods we use at home are not available in remote destinations. As such, many special requests that are very specific may be difficult to accommodate.

Finally, if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special life event, please let us know. Our crew stands ready to assist you in making your special day something to remember.

Motion sickness medication should be brought along in the event that we encounter rough seas. We want you to be comfortable. The boat will spend the night in calm anchorages and normally scuba diving will be done on the lee side of the islands. The best thing about a liveaboard diving vacation is that we can flex our schedule to go where the weather and conditions are best!

Our chefs are extremely talented culinary masters and offer a wide variety of cuisines for our guests to enjoy. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style with multiple entrée choices. Fresh fruit and vegetables in season are offered as well as tasty desserts! Dinner is served sit down and wine is offered. The culinary experience on the Cuan Law is one of the highlights of the trip!

Yes, all hot and cold drinks including a well-stocked full alcohol bar and wine with dinner is included. If you have a special request or preferred brand – please note it on your trip application and we will try to accommodate your request. There may be an upcharge for exclusive requests.

The All Star Cuan Law has magnificent sails that we raise as often as the wind allows. Currently, she is awaiting a new mast and will be sailing again in October of 2018. Until then, we are motoring.

Connectivity on board is minimal thru our Wi-Fi. Because our travels keep us close to islands, your cell will work. Be sure to activate your international calling plan prior to arrival.

The All Star Cuan Law has stand up paddleboards, Hobie Cats and water toys on board for your enjoyment. The BVI offer many opportunities to go ashore to experience the islands, from rum and tiki bars, to salt ponds, snorkel caves and the Baths, there are a wide variety of options!

We highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures. Flip flops are not always suitable. We suggest water shoes or TEVA type sandals. Sneakers are fine but they will get wet!

The dress code is very casual – bathing suits, cover ups, shorts, and t-shirts. We do request that shirts or cover ups be worn at meals. Bring shoes for shore excursions, you won’t need them on board but are needed for trips ashore. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

We have 10 fully en-suite cabins that can be configured as either 1 queen or 2 twin beds. Each has a full bath, climate controls and plenty of storage.

We have standard U.S. 110-volt power throughout All Star Cuan Law. You can charge everything as usual. If you need to blow dryer your hair, bring one. Otherwise, the breeze should do the job!

Smoking is permitted on the aft deck only. Please be sure to dispose of cigarette butts in the designated receptacles.

You will need spending money if you decide to go ashore and explore some of the islands, resorts, the local bars or shopping for souvenirs. If you have U.S. dollars it is not necessary to exchange currency. You can charge your specialty classes, boutique purchases, and crew gratuity to your cabin account. All Star Cuan Law accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover. U.S. dollars are accepted in the BVI so there is no need to exchange currency.

Yes, bring your music and we can hook it into our system.

If someone needs to get in contact with you because of a true emergency, they may contact our U.S. Reservations Office and we will relay the message. Cell coverage in the BVI can be spotty but if we are near a tower, you can use your phone. Be sure to turn on international plan prior to travel to avoid roaming fees.

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Miscellaneous

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