St. Thomas, USVI
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MEET YOUR CREW:
Captain: Heiko Franken
Chef: Rebecca Wu
Heiko, born and raised in Germany, is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. He left his job in IT management in 2014 to begin his dream to travel. Initially intending to be away for about a year, he soon realized that going back to an office-based job did not feel right for him anymore. Since then he has travelled throughout South and Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and Australia. During this time he visited 30+ countries, speed-hiked the Camino de Santiago, hiked up 5000m high mountains, learned to speak Spanish, went scuba and freediving around the world and had many more beautiful experiences above and below the water. He is a Freediving Instructor and PADI Divemaster. Heiko loves to be out in the blue of the ocean and enjoys sharing his passions as a guide by creating safe and unique experiences.
Rebecca was born and raised in New York City but has lived all around the world since 2004. After graduating from NYU in 2002 with B.A. in Economics & Psychology, Rebecca worked in the financial services industry in New York and Hong Kong. A trip to Australia in 2005 changed her life - she learned to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef and fell completely in love with scuba diving. Two years later, she left the concrete jungle and trading floor for real jungles and sea floors. She spent two months diving her way around the Philippines, three months on a marine conservation expedition in Madagascar and four months completing her Divemaster internship in Malaysia. Afterwards, life took an unexpected turn and she found herself living in Sweden for a year, where she discovered her love for sailing and life afloat. Still holding onto her dream to teach scuba and share the underwater world with others, she put her plans for sailing to the Caribbean on hold to become a PADI Instructor in 2009. She has worked in Thailand, Hawaii and Indonesia for more than a decade in nearly every facet of the scuba diving industry, from guiding and instructing to dive center and resort management to working on a liveaboard. She loves life in the tropics, surrounded by water, nature and wildlife and thrives on sharing her passions with her guests.
Heiko and Rebecca met in Utila, Honduras while they were doing their Master Freediver course in 2015. After several years of working in different countries and flying across oceans to see each other, they decided to create a life together in 2020. Their mutual love for the ocean, travel and exploration led them to obtain their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications together in Gibraltar in 2020, sailing thousands of miles along the coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, dodging the infamous orcas along the way. Shortly afterwards, they crewed their first yacht together in the USVI and have been flourishing as team ever since.
They are passionate about providing a highly professional level of service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while creating the most memorable experiences for their guests. They love getting to know you and tailoring each charter to your preferences and desires, allowing you to kick back, relax and enjoy. With a deep love and respect for the natural world, they maintain a strong focus on environmentally aware hospitality and best practices to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
The food is a big part of your experience on board and you can expect to be well taken care of by this food loving duo. Rebecca is a self-taught chef with a passion for gastronomy and the culinary arts. Her cuisine is primarily Mediterranean and Southeast Asian and is full of fresh ingredients and bright flavors. She draws a great deal of inspiration from her multi-cultural upbringing as well as nearly two decades spent living and traveling all around the world. You’ll also find Heiko in the galley baking authentic German-style bread or creating swoon-worthy desserts that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. They are happy to cater to a variety of dietary requirements and in particular, specialize in vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Heiko and Rebecca are back for their fourth charter season in the Virgin Islands after three successful seasons running a total of 47 charters. This dynamic couple is excited to be on Big Nauti for 2023/24 and look forward to welcoming you aboard, showing you the wonders of the Virgin Islands and creating memories to last a lifetime!
Could Not Have Had A Better 70th!
OMG! A trip of a lifetime. "It's My Birthday" Could not have had a better 70th!!!
You both made it so special - from balloons, excellent food, PAINKILLERS, and a fun crew to get to know. We will be talking about this forever. Best wishes to both of you on your future boating careers!
Service Was Flawless
The food was amazing - again thank you for being so accommodating to me. We made so many memories that you both were a part of. You thought of every little detail and are both so talented at what you do. You made us all feel so special and the service was flawless. Hope to do this again with you!
No Steps Were Missed Or Left Out
What a fabulous and fun-filled trip! No steps were missed or left out with these two. Wonderful hosts. The food was delicious, your kindness, accommodating everyone on each detail of the trip and the beauty and adventures were truly beyond expectations. We wish a beautiful life for you two loving people!
We are so incredibly blessed to call you our crew! Your attention to detail, all of your planning ahead, the incredible food that you pour your heart into making - especially your carefulness and creativity with the food allergies. Wow!!!
Thank you for a fabulous vacay on "Big Nauti". We enjoyed every minute. We will be back as long as you are on the Big N!
Thank you for being the most amazing hosts, Captain, Chef, guides and bartenders!
You have given us the vacation of a lifetime on the Big Nauti - she is amazing too.
Much love and appreciation to you
Broker's Guest Review
BIG NAUTI is by far the best boat we have been on and this was our 6th catamaran trip to the BVI. We loved the front lounging area without the trampoline, just perfect. The Skydeck was amazing and comfortable. We absolutely loved the boat! Rooms were larger and beds comfortable. Seemed very spacious, we do want to do this again.
Everything was in working order, the condition of Big Nauti was wonderful. .
The crew prides themselves in keeping the boat clean throughout the week. They cleaned the bedrooms daily, my wife loved this just nothing to do..
Where did you find Walmar and Tamika, both are Excellent. This crew are superb.
The service that Tamika and Walmar provided was first class all the way. They were always willing to help and treated us well. Good cocktails were a wow morning noon and night..
Walmar and Tamika were interactive but not overbearing.
Walmar and Tamika are highly competent and we felt safe and well taken care of. It was a windy week and Walmar found us coves that were protected, we always had fun and a good nights sleep.
Best meals we have had! Great presentation and taste. Tamika worked hard to provide 3 excellent meals/day. It was like a 5 star restaurant.
Walmar and Tamika’s meals and service Exceeded our expectations. Very creative and delicious.
Our entire group would love to charter with BIG NAUTI ONCE AGAIN SOOOOON.
Everything Was Perfect!
Thank you both for an absolutely wonderful vacation. Everything was perfect....the stops/shore visits, the food (Tamika you are an exceptional chef), the boat and most especially your hospitality. You've helped us create lasting memories.
Thanks for a great trip! Everything was perfect and you are the best hosts we have ever had. The boat, the food, the companionship were all great! Another awesome chapter in our travel group's history
Warm and Gracious Hospitality
So many wonderful memories we will take with us. Mostly, the warm and gracious hospitality and your attention to detail. We hope you will call on us if you ever visit North Carolina. it would be a pleasure to have you as our guests. Needless to say the food was fabulous!!
Mush joy and happiness to you.
Our 6th BVI Trip
This is our 6th BVI trip and you all set the standard! It was WONDERFUL!
We appreciate your skillful boating, 5 star food and drinks, attention to detail, cleanliness and your friendship.
Tamika, you are so talented and impressed us at every meal, thank you. Walmar, you kept us safe and provided a great route, thank you.
Hopefully, the owners know they have the best crew in the BVI!
Can’t say enough good things about Walmar, Tamika and Big Nauti. Wow.
Boat was immaculate and they anticipated our every need.
Highly, Highly recommended!
Lots of Laughs!
Thank you for a wonderful week, Walmar and Tamika. It was such a treat having the two of you as our hosts. It made it a very special trip with lots of laughs. Thank you for everything.
Thanks for the incredible week :) You were exceptional and made our week funa and care free. Such a perfect week.
Amazing to Incredible!
Like a fine wine that gets better with time - our trip was amazing on day one and incredible by day 7. You both made this trip memorable and fun. there is nothing that could have been better! thank. you both for your attention to everything!
Laughs, wordle, crosswords, espresso chocolate martinis, delicious food, sun, sand sunsets....wonderful memories we will cherish forever.
Thank you! From being served tea first thing in the morning to a spectacular dessert at night, you made the trip on the Big Nauti fabulous! Your kindness, professionalism and talents far exceeded expectations! You're the best and we wish you much good fortune, fun, adventure, and love as you continue your journey together!
Attention To Detail!
What a beautiful trip! You Walmar and Tamika made every day special. Thank you for all your attention to every detail. We will long remember you and this week. Best of luck and a multitude of blessings in your future together.
Each Day Is An Adventure!
This was easily a trip of a lifetime! The boat, crew and islands made each day an adventure and one that we will never forget. It is going to be very tough going back home to the cold and not having every delicious meal prepared for us all. We can't thank you enough! Big Nauti, we will be back!
Words cannot express my gratitude for this trip. You took us on an adventure of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing the absolute beauty of the BVI. You both made our adventures so special. Can't wait for our next adventure with you!
Service, Laughs and Fun!
What an amazing experience!! Thank you for the service, laughs and fun. We could not have had a better time and we will cherish these memories forever. We can't wait to tell everyone about Big Nauti and we will definitely be back!!!
You Two Rock!
Thank you for making our 50th birthday trip an event we will remember for a lifetime! Your attention, care and hospitality was outstanding.We especially enjoyed.....
Finding a superb snorkel spot
50th Birthday Hawaiian night
Support in making our fishing turn into catching
Fabulous food - morning, noon and night!
Keeping us safe during rough waters organizing our gear and keeping the boat pristinely clean.
Excellent provisioning...we did not have any needs or wants!
You two Rock!
Thank you for an amazing trip! Everything was absolutely perfect. We had so much fun with the two of you! thank you for the great food, all the laughs and the adventures
Thank you so much for a fabulous trip! You two are a perfect team and made everything so enjoyable. The food was awesome and the sailing spectacular! Best wishes to you as you go through this next phase of your lives together! xxx
We Will Be Back
We enjoyed yet another week at sea - especially loved Anegada. We can't thank you enough for the hours spent taking Finn and Jett tubing, fishing and more. We will be back with new additions!
We Will Be Back
We enjoyed yet another week at sea - especially loved Anegada. We can't thank you enough for the hours spent taking Finn and Jett tubing, fishing and more. We will be back with new additions!
Our every wish was granted!
Thank you so much for a wonderful time! We had a great experience, the food was absolutely delicious and you are very gracious hosts. Our every wish was granted by you!
I had a great time scuba diving and getting in the water was so fun! It was so fun to sail on the open water and the weather was perfect. Thank you again!
Sailing was spectacular!
Thank you so much for a fabulous trip! You two are a perfect team and made everything so enjoyable. The food was awesome and the sailing spectacular!
Best wishes to you as you go though this next phase of your lives together!
Thank you for the amazing experience!
Thank you for this trip! I also would like to thank you for teaching me the water sports! It was amazing trying then for the first time! Can’t wait to go back to the states and try them all!
Thank you for the amazing experience. I finally enjoy tubing it was amazing and it hurt at the same time, but I loved it. Seeing al the different island and seeing all the amazing sea was so cool.
Thank you so much!
Thank you! From being served tea first thing in the morning to the spectacular dessert as night, you made this trip on Big Nauti fabulous! Your kindness, professionalism, and talents far exceeded expectations! You’re the best and we wish you much good fortune, fun, adventure and love as you continue your journey together!
What a beautiful trip!
What a beautiful trip! You both made everyday special! Thank you for all your attention to every detail. We will long remember you and this week! Best of luck and a multitude of blessings in your future together.
Thank you so much for a magical week. You exceeded every expectation and truly gifted us with memories of a lifetime. We cannot wait to see you again and set off on new adventures. Your kindness and patience with Teddy and Bella was incredible.
See you again!
Our first sail in the BVI was 32 years ago and we have done 8 more s ince then. By far this trip has been the very best, simply because of the two of you INCREDIBLE HOSTS, delicious meals, fun sails and your kindness and patience with Teddy and Bella was unexpected.
We will see you again
Thank you for the amazing adventure. I am not fond of boating or sailing but this experience has been like no other. Hopping from island to island was such a fun way to spend my Christmas break. Leaving this vacation is is such a disappointment. I’m going to miss the amazing food, memories, fish and scenery.
Thank you again for making this experience so magical!
Most memorable adventure!
Thank you for everything! You both truly helped make this a memorable adventure our family will always remember, our kids even tried different foods and loved it! Everywhere we visited was amazing! Thank you!
10 x Better
Such an amazing time sailing the islands with y'all. You made the experience 10x better than I could have imagined. The food was beyond spectacular and beautiful. Thank you for everything. Absolutely a trip I will not forget.
First off you are incredible hosts! Every part of this trip ws perfect. From the sights to the amazing meals prepared so generously. This has been our best trip to date, the memories will last a lifetime. We wish you great success in your future adventures!
Most incredible experience of our lives!
We all thank you for the most incredible experience of our lives!
You both are the most kind and generous couple who made our trip even more special.
We all wish you the best of everything always. You are both loving and caring and we will never forget these memories.
What an absolutely incredible week that exceeded all expectations!
Walmar and Tamika were amazing and made every day, meal and activity extra special. They even had a cake for us to celebrate a birthday! The entire week was filled with so many experiences we will never forget. Thank you both for being the BEST and sharing your hearts with us.
Trip of a lifetime!
Dreams do come true! Walmar and Tamika created a warm, relaxing, easy place for us on Big Nauti. The food was exceptional. Never have we had more delicious food! There was a super special Thanksgiving dinner we will never forget. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Exceeded Already High Expectations
This trip has exceeded the already high expectations! We were spoiled for the entire week. Tamika and Walmar, you two have been incredible hosts. I am grateful to have shared this incredible experience with you. We wish you the best and please keep in touch.
Can not even explain how incredible this trip was due to your amazing personalities, cooking, suggestions and the experiences you created. We loved everything about the boat, food and the fun!
This was the trip of a lifetime! Thank you for everything. Forever grateful. With so much appreciation
Thank you for everything!
Wal and Tamika, What an amazing trip!
From the start you guys have been very attentive to every detail. On top of that, you guys are a stellar team and work so well together. You both have brought excellence and peace to this memorable vacation!
We love you!
Thank you for your positive attitudes and smiling faces everyday!
You made the birthday boy feel so special!
A birthday he will never forget.
What a fantastic trip!
Wal and Tamika are without a doubt the BEST! They truly made our family vacation aboard Big Nauti unforgettable- quite possibly the best vacation we have had as a family. We will miss you guys!
Couldn't have been this amazing without you guys.
You are such a sweet peaceful couple . Your willingness to play with the kids and make them feel special will always stay with us!
This boat was even better than expected. This week was made special by the two of you.
Food and sailing was incredible, you made us feel welcome and even as family. I feel as though we have new found distant friends!
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for everything. The boat was awesome but mostly because of the Dillion & Amanda!
Your amazing food, great personalities, excellent sailing and taking us to beautiful beaches was just fantastic! This was a bucket list trip!
Better than any picture!!
Thank you, Dillion and Amanda, for your fun personalities, great food and smooth sailing. We wish you too the best and plan to see you again!
A Beautiful Memory!
The happiest memory we all shared was seeing Big Nauti pull onto the dock in St. John. It only got better as the days unfolded. The Big Nauti, Amanda and Dillion have been a beautiful memory- filled with sights of ocean and mountains as Dillon took on his course- filled with delicious delicacies Amanda prepared.
We were blessed to have had this joinery together.
Every day was more beautiful than the last!
What a great week!
The views, food and hospitality were all incredible!
You both made this trip even more enjoyable.
It will be a voyage I'll never forget!
Definitely a trip I won't forget!
Such a wonderful week!
You two took care of every detail!
Such a great team!
You are both so talented!
You put the "Nauti" in Big Nauti and I couldn't be more appreciative!
At the end of the day, this boat is a mere vessel, its this amazing team that made this the best adventure!
A week of amazing fun, adventure and food!
Phenomenal At What You Do!
Thank you so much for a wonderful week on the water! A vacation I will always remember. You are both exceptional humans and phenomenal at what you do.
Dillon, thanks for teaching me how to wakeboard (my new favorite hobby). Amanda, thanks for cooking us all the exquisite meals and introducing me to chocolate caramel coffee creamer - I'm addicted :)
Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!
Every day brought a new adventure - from the beaches, to the amazing meals, to the many details that were not missed, you guys made this week better than we could have imagined.
And now we have two great friends.
Best Captain/Crew EVER!
Such a great week with great friends, old and new!
You both made each day new and fun for us!
I'm not sure when you sleep because you were always on from before we woke up until after we went to bed!
Best Captain/Crew ever, without a doubt!
Hope to see you soon!
Best Weeks Of My Life!
One of the best weeks of my life! Captain Dillon and Amanda are gems and made it all possible. Snorkeling, swimming, sunsets, sailing, wakeboarding, cocktail hour - I will remember it all.
Dillon, thanks for taking us all over the islands and letting me sail. Amanda, every meal was a pagent - you are a supremely gifted chef - haven't eaten that well in years.
It was wonderful getting to know you both and sending time together.
Most Fantastic Hosts!
Captain Dillon and Chef Amanda were the most fantastic hosts! Incredibly focused on making sure each member of our family had a great time. Wonderful meals thanks to Amanda. Always positive, engaging and smiling.
We had an incredible time
Captain Dillon and Chef Amanda truly were the BEST! they made out rrip exceptional and unforgettable.
We relaxed, did some sight-seeing, the food was amazing and the experience wa sa special one that's for sure.
we love everything about this boat and crew who truly became part of our family.
thanks for everything.
An Exquisite Experience.
Thank you both for an exquisite experience.
The food presentation was only out done by the variety of fresh flavors. The details from table settings, to bedrooms and bath set up, to the flowers were on point.
Most appreciated are the stories shared, the experiences you created and the memories you will both always be part of. You two crew an awesome catamaran but it would simply be a boat without your skills, talents, humour and the love that oozes from you two towards your guests and boat.
Hope To Be Back ASAP
I don't want to leave this fabulous catamaran.
What a week - Dillon and Amanda were the best. They made us feel very special and the food was spectacular. The service was even BETTER!!
Love them both! Hope to back on this boat ASAP!!
Beyond Our Dreams
You have made our dream trip exceed BEYOND our dreams - absolutely incredible.
We've used all the words in our vocabulary to express our gratitude and awe.
We will never never ever forget this experience - you are truly the best crew in the Caribbean!
Thank you so much for providing such a memorable experience on the Big Nauti.
Your attention to detail, planning and hospitality are so appreciated.
The Big Nauti is a fabulous vessel. The amenities were top notch. Loved the yeti cups and great towels and linens. These things truly set you apart.
And the meals!! Exquisite! Such creativity and truly appreciate the healthy menu with flavor to spare.
...'Til we meet again
Enjoyed Every Stop We Made.
Thank you so much for an amazing experience!
Everything exceeded our expectations. Amanda and Dillon, we are so grateful we had you two as our crew. Amanda your food was absolutely delicious! You both were so accommodating. Dillon, we enjoyed every sailing experience and every stop we made. We will never forget the memories made. Y'all are the best.
Thanks For Going Above & Beyond
What an amazing experience you provided our friends! Thank you for going above and beyond to meet our needs. We look forward to seeing you in the future.
Mermaid Memories For Life!
Couldn't be more thankful for Dillon and Amanda! Y'all are the best crew ever and made the experience! Thank you for allowing us to create memories that we will forever cherish.
Thankful that y'all knew the perfect spots to take us and the right things to suggest for our crew.
Amanda your food and service was amazing and Dillon perfect sailing. Y'all are top notch and the absolute best! Mermaid memories for life.
Doesn't Begin To Cover It!
"Thank You" doesn't begin to cover it! We will always be forever grateful for everything you did to make our week filled with unforgettable memories, laughs and delish food and drinks! And this is just the beginning
A Highlight Of Our Family's Adventures
Dillon and Amanda, thank you both for not only taking care of our tribe but for treating us as part of your "boat family" We've traveled across the world, but this past week will forever be a highlight of the Frank's family adventures. Here's to hoping this isn't the last time we see you both!
Thank you for the most amazing trip across the US Virgin Islands! You definitely met all our needs! So kind, and you have the gift of service for sure.
Amanda, your cooking was unbelievable. you are a great chef. You are also the best first mate dillon could ask for!
A Real Treat.
A real treat as we had never sailed here.
The crew were always ready to serve with a smile and a calm presence! Thank you for the great trip. We will be sure to tell all about "Big Nauti" and its wonderful crew.
A Beautiful Yacht and Fantastic Crew!
What a beautiful cruise in a beautiful yacht and FANTASTIC crew. Amanda and dillon were the perfect crew - helpful and offered history of the USVI's and great at finding the best moorings in St. John to allow us the escape to Paradise.
Great meals that were thoughtfully and nuturingly planned - great surprise with a lobster dinner, ceviche and horderves that could have been dinner!
Dillon's capable sailing and guide to the Best of the Best in the USVI's
Expectations were exceeded!
The yacht was brand new and in great shape. The rooms had plenty of space, the beds were comfortable and the A/C was very effective. Byron, Michelle and Scott were very pleasant and spent significant time with us after hours as well as going snorkeling and attending several meals off boat. They kept our drinks full at all times. We had a very good time. Byron was very familiar with all the best overnight spots and kept us in calm ports – which was not easy with three days of 20+ knot winds. Additionally, the crew accommodated us by picking us up in St. Johns which saved us time and money. Michelle is a true chef – the meals were excellent and filling. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all great. She even went above and beyond by making me a delicious 50th birthday cake. Our expectations were exceeded with the quality of the boat and the crew .