Want to know why Caribbean Buzz Helicopters is a MUST DO experience in the US Virgin Islands? Let me paint you a picture.
Imagine flying like a bird over the treetops of St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands with a rum punch in hand. You spot a postcard-perfect beach and from your unique vantage point 100ft above, you find an epic snorkeling spot. What do you do?
Well, you land the helicopter right on the beach, grab your snorkel gear and jump into the water.
Does that sound like something that can only happen in the movies? It’s not.
I thought scenarios like this were pure fantasy, created by big name directors in Hollywood. Turns out they happen all the time in the Virgin Islands with Caribbean Buzz.
Caribbean Buzz is the helicopter service that operates out of St. Thomas. They offer a wide range of packages, tours, and transfers that will let you see the USVI and BVI in a completely new way.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Maria and Charlotte, pilots and part of the family-owned Caribbean Buzz team. Listen to that conversation and learn more about flying above the Virgin Islands in this podcast episode.
1. It’s The Ultimate Taxi Service
Most people fly into St. Thomas when visiting the US or British Virgin Islands. If St. Thomas is not where you are staying, then you will need to jump into a crowded taxi and make your way to either the downtown or Red Hook ferry terminals. You’ll wait for the boat to arrive and depending on your final destination, you could spend another 20 minutes (St. John) or 2 hours (Virgin Gorda) on a ferry.
I get it, it’s all part of the travel game, but what if you could cut out the taxi and ferry by arriving at your final destination in minutes instead of hours. Wouldn’t that be something worth knowing about?
Caribbean Buzz can act as both your taxi and ferry, delivering you to your island destination, no matter where its at in the USVI or BVI. If it’s possible, they can even land at your villa or hotel. Now that’s making an entrance!
Transfers to start at $495 to St. John and go up depending on the distance to the island of your final destination.
If you’re a Caribbean Preferred Card member, you can get $50 off that price or use the discount on their other tour and adventure packages. You can get your Caribbean Preferred Card here.
So let’s do the math. You’ll save $50 with a Caribbean Preferred Card discount. Then you’ll save money on not having to use a taxi or ferry as well. Let’s say a taxi for two to Red Hook is $45, and two ferry tickets with bags are another $20. That’s $115 you’ll save. So now the $495 helicopter flight to St. John is really only $380.
Well worth it for an experience like that!
2. See More In Less Time
A lot of people visit the Virgin Islands via cruise ship. St. Thomas is one of the largest ports in the Caribbean, delivering thousands of eager sightseers to the islands.
Many that visit via cruise ship have grand ideas of seeing things like The Baths of Virgin Gorda or beach bar hopping on Jost Van Dyke. But due to the amount of time cruise ships are in port, most people only get 5-6 hours to explore. That’s not enough time for a charter boat to go back and forth to Virgin Gorda. (It might be possible but you’d only get like 30 minutes at The Baths, not worth it!)
It’s really not enough time for you to charter over to Jost either because you’ll need to check into customs and then go anchor in White Bay or Great Harbour. Sure, you’ll have maybe 3 hours on Jost, but let me tell you, that’s not nearly enough time.
Yeah, you’ll be able to say, “been there, done that, got the t-shirt,” but is that the type of Jost experience you want?
Caribbean Buzz can be your Jost Van Dyke excursion. They’ll get you to Jost in just minutes and even check you into customs. Just imagine, you’ll be sipping Painkillers at Soggy Dollar Bar while the other cruise ship passengers are just getting to their charter boats.
Hard to put a price on that!
3. Get The Grand Tour
Let’s say you just want to get up in the air and tour the Virgin Islands from the air, you can totally do that by booking a tour with Caribbean Buzz.
They make it super easy and it’s probably more affordable than you realize. If you are starting off from St. Thomas, they offer tours of 17 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, and an hour and half. Here are the tour prices which I thought were fantastic considering what you’ll be doing.
Caribbean Buzz Tour Prices:
- 17 Minute Tour = Starting at $330
- 30 Minute Tour = Starting at $550
- Hour Tour = Starting at $1100
- 1.5 Hour Tour = Starting at $1650
You might be thinking, how much can you see in 17 a minute tour? I know, I had the same question in the podcast. But because you are flying through the air and quickly you really do get to see a lot.
In the 17 minute tour, you’ll take off from the St. Thomas airport and right over the beautiful Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Then you’ll venture over Christmas Cove and the infamous Little St. James Island, or otherwise known as Epstein Island. After that you’ll fly to St. John, over charming Cruz Bay and into the National Park. You’ll get a birds eye view of the famous north shore beaches of St. John like Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Denis Bay, and the picturesque Trunk Bay Beach.
You’ll turn around at Trunk Bay Beach and head over the stunning blue waters of Congo Cay, Lovango Cay, Mingo Cay, Grass Cay and Great Thatch Cay. From there you’ll climb back over the top of St. Thomas and return to the airport.
See, you really do get to see some pretty spectacular island scenery in that 17 minute tour. Now, just imagine how much you’d see in the longer tours! That’s when you’ll get to explore the different spots in the British Virgin Islands.
4. Caribbean Buzz Heli-Adventures
This is my favorite part of what Caribbean Buzz can make happen. They’ve put together several super-cool adventure packages that let you experience the islands in a completely unique way.
Remember in the beginning when I mentioned that “only in the movies” scenario about landing on a beach to snorkel, this is what the Caribbean Buzz Heli-Adventures are all about.
Want to fly to deserted beaches on Anegada to fish for Bonefish?
Want to go paddle boarding at The Baths (Virgin Gorda), Cane Garden Bay (Tortola), and White Bay (Jost Van Dyke) all in one day?
Want to go beach bar hopping from Jost Van Dyke, to Tortola, to Anegada, to Virgin Gorda?
Want to land on deserted beaches and snorkel pristine reefs all day?
Caribbean Buzz can make all this happen!
This blows me away. I can’t imagine being able to hit multiple islands, visiting epic beach bars, or snorkeling untouched reefs all in one day. A helicopter is the only way you can make these multiple stop adventures happen.
If you would like to see all the different adventure packages they have, you can click here. They can also customize an adventure to fit your unique interests.
5. A Special Occasion
I’m a big believer in if you’re going to do something, “Go Big, or Go Home.”
The Virgin Islands are a magical place and many people choose them as a place to get married or pop the question. You can’t beat a tropical paradise as the backdrop for a big moment. But if you’re really looking to go big, then throw a helicopter into the mix.
Imagine taking a Caribbean Buzz tour with your special someone and you decide to land on a deserted beach for a little wine and cheese picnic. Then, BOOM! One person gets down on a knee and proposes. Now that’s a proposal story you’ll get to tell for the rest of your life, and one that’s pretty hard to beat.
Another special occasion is the actual wedding ceremony. Picture the two of you being whisked away in a helicopter to a special beach or island where it’s just the two of you, a couple friends, and the wedding officiant. Simply incredible.
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Our job as Caribbean travel bloggers is to show you the best the Caribbean has to offer. That means getting outside your resort or villa and exploring the island as a traveler, not a tourist. Step outside your comfort zone and see things from a different perspective.
And it’s hard to beat the unique perspective a helicopter can give you.
I hope you found the information about Caribbean Buzz useful and maybe it gave you some new ideas about exploring the islands. I know that Crystal and I are already talking about using them in the future.
After all, life is short and you only live once. Why not jump in a helicopter and see the Virgin Islands like only a bird can.
Best St. Thomas Hotels & Villa Recommendations
If you are looking for a place to stay on St. Thomas, here is a list of a few hotels and villas that we recommend.
- Bolongo Bay Resort
- The Mafolie Hotel
- Secret Harbour Resort
- Chateau Nightwind
- Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove
- Limetree Beach Resort
- Villa Nautilus
- Sapphire Beach Resort
Cheers and never stop exploring – #JustGo!
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