Setting Up International Travel Arrangements for a Teen
We understand this endeavor can seem overwhelming, especially for our first year families. That’s why we require you to clear your travel itinerary and flight info with Capt. Monk BEFORE booking. We also recommend that all SeaTrekkers make their travel arrangements with Dede Thea of ProTravel at 800.466.4603 x 5657 or email Dede. She is familiar with our program and can ensure smooth and coordinated travel. ProTravel also has access to group rates, which are consistently the lowest fares.
BVI Main Program (Treks 1-5), Set Sail, and BVI Explorer voyages: If age 15 or older, flights should be booked in and out of Beef Island International Airport, Tortola (code EIS). If age 14 or younger, flights must be booked into and out of St. Thomas International Airport (code STT). This will also incur fees for a short taxi ride ($10), a ferry ride ($45) each way, a port fee ($10), and baggage fee ($3.00 per large bag). These fees are not included in the SeaTrek program fee. On arrival day, a SeaTrek staff member will be in San Juan (SJU) and St. Thomas (STT) to meet campers and escort them to/from the airport. NOTE: Students must arrive STT by 3:00pm and not depart before 1:00pm.
BVI FATHOMS Science voyages: Please plan to fly into St. Thomas International Airport (code STT) and out of Beef Island International Airport, Tortola (code EIS). NOTE: If possible, arrive after 1:00pm.
Bahamas Explorer voyages: Please plan to fly in and out of Nassau (code NAS), arriving by 3:00 pm and departing for home between 10:00am and 1:00pm if possible.
All Other Explorer voyages: Please contact Capt. Monk for instructions regarding flight reservations.
All Voyages: We recommend that you book the earliest flights possible to ensure that any flight delays can be re-booked on the same day. This applies to the flights home as well; book an early flight that day to avoid any overnight delays. You may use frequent flyer miles for your travel, but be sure to check if they are valid for international flights.
SeaTrekkers travel on the first and last day of their program. You should arrive on the first day of your program and will depart on the last day. For example, if your voyage dates are June 16th to July 6th, you will fly to the program on June 16th and fly home on July 6th.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). If you are not a U.S. citizen, contact ProTravel or our office for more information. Valid passports are required for U.S. citizens to enter the BVI and for re-entry into the U.S. Passport applications are available at the post office or online. Expect six to eight weeks for processing before you receive your passport. More information is available at the U.S. Department of State’s travel site.
Additional Costs: Please note that all students departing from the BVI either by plane or ferry will need to pay a $20 (cash or credit) BVI Departure Tax. Students flying into/out of St. Thomas (Code STT) will need to bring extra money to cover the cost of their ferry ride to/from Road Town, Tortola. One-way tickets can be purchased at the time of departure for approximately $45. Baggage fees (approx. $3.00 per large bag) and port fees (approx. $10) may also apply. A $10 taxi ride each way is also required. The cost of ferry tickets, taxis and the $20 BVI Departure Tax are not included in the SeaTrek program fee.