$150 per diver
Number Of Dives:
All 7-day charters aboard Viramar include 5 dives for certified divers. Additional dives can be added based upon itinerary and captain’s discretion.
This is a course for non-certified divers. This allows you to get your feet wet and enjoy the thrills of diving. The course includes a small classroom setting, some basic in-water skills training. Once you have mastered these skills, you will continue to a beautiful, shallow reef dive at a maximum depth of 40 feet. These dives can also count towards a Basic Open Water Scuba Certification but do not result in certification alone.
COURSES FOR CERTIFICATION
We recommend starting your course before you come by finding a local dive shop to complete your classroom and online learning along with your pool work. When you get to Viramar, we do your check-out dives for certification in the beautiful, crystal clear waters here.
Another option is for you to complete your basic certification course from start to finish with Tyler and Erika. Please contact crew directly for pricing and course requirements.
Advanced courses, technical ratings and continuing education courses offered by request.
See DIVING COSTS below
Number Of Divers:
***Five dives included in charter cost for certified divers. ***
Additional Dives*: $50/dive/diver
Try Scuba: $150/diver (2018-2019 season INCLUDED at no charge)
Basic Open Water Scuba Course: $500/diver (excludes book fee with online code)
*Additional dives are based upon itinerary and at Captain’s discretion. Seven dives maximum during the charter week.
**This course does not provide a certification upon completion
All dives, Try Scuba courses and continuing education courses include tank fills, all gear including weights and dive lights, briefings and a scuba instructor serving as a guide (excludes wetsuit).
Scuba On Board:
Indoor games: Spot It, LRC, Mexican Train Dominos, Tenzi
Exercise Equipment: 2 Yoga mats
TV in all queen cabins & surround sound
EC Soap shampoo, conditioner and shower gel
12' RIB center console
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks 2 Pax:
Water Skis Adult:
S/S off scoop steps
Water Skis Kids:
Fishing Gear Type:
Tyler and Erika love being on, in or under the water. Committed to exceptional guest service, this crew will make sure your vacation in the islands is one you will never forget.
Tyler and Erika meet in college where they worked at a dive shop and ran a dive club together. After college they set off to face the corporate world - Tyler as a production manager for Aramark Uniform Services and Erika as a logistics manager for Target. Hectic travel schedules and long days left them missing each other and the water. After years of climbing the ladder, they realized that there was no monetary amount or level of success that could match the time they were missing with each other. So they decided to get married and move to the islands where they could claim back the missing time and build their lives as newlyweds.
Island life suited them as they enjoyed sailing, diving and exploring the BVI and USVI. After being land-based in the BVI, working at a local dive shop, they decided move into chartering.
Tyler and Erika love living and working full-time on the water. For Tyler, it’s the perfect platform to share his passion for the water by helping guests enjoy snorkeling or diving, water sports, fishing and sailing. Erika loves being able to help craft custom itineraries while providing delicious dining experiences to accompany the perfect vacation.
Both Tyler and Erika are scuba instructors and instructors for first aid and CPR. Tyler is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard. Both of them have taught swim lessons as well. Their strong background in water safety makes them capable of providing an extra level of security to all of their guests.
They were voted “Best Crew in Show” in their category at the VI Professional Charter Association’s 2017 USVI Charter Yacht Show. Combined, their southern hospitality and love for fun will ensure your vacation here in the islands is full of unforgettable memories.
Captain Tyler: Tyler is always on the move and ready for an adventure, he is a man of many hobbies and easily relates to others. He grew up fishing, boating, wake-boarding and water-skiing. When he was ten he sailed for the first time and he quickly became hooked. In college he worked a wind surfing and scuba instructor. His passion for being on the water followed him to the East Coast where he owned his own fishing boat and served as a first mate/instructor on several dive boats.
Tyler has always been an out-doorsman whether it’s hunting or backpacking in the mountains of North Carolina, where he calls home, cave diving in North Florida or free diving in the Keys. He satisfies his land-based tendencies by hiking around on the islands and finding the best jumping spots to plunge into the ocean. On the water, he enjoys throwing out a line or diving for lobsters in the USVI. In the water, he is an avid free diver and exceptional at fish identification.
He is no stranger to hospitality. Tyler has years of experience in guest service management and is even a licensed bartender.
As your captain, Tyler will make sure you have a fun, safe time on Viramar. He is dedicated to helping his guests create unique memories. Tyler will work with you to make sure your trip is full of destinations and adventures that fulfill your island vacation bucket list.
Chef/First Mate Erika: Erika has a love for entertaining which she demonstrates by pouring custom cocktails and whipping up creative eats. When Tyler and Erika decided to get into chartering, she went back to school to earn her professional chef certification through Roubex Cooking School. She is also a certified food safety manager by the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals and a licensed bartender.
She worked in event planning for three years and coordinated trips for groups as large as 40. She has helped plan pig picking, oyster roasts and even a couple weddings. She became the ultimate trip host – making sure her guests were not only organized, but also entertained and well-fed. Her background in logistics and experience in food prep helps her when it comes to planing meals for guests during their stay. She is comfortable working around dietary restrictions and flexible to meet your needs.
Erika is also a scuba instructor and loves to lead underwater excursions when she is not in the galley. She is easily excited by turtles and squids - you can often find her on dolphin patrol or chasing a stingray during a snorkel. Her favorite part of any island has to be the goats, which she will happily show you on island tour days. She enjoys fishing with Tyler and anything involving being outdoors. Erika also enjoys writing, taking photos, reading and playing guitar. She is always down for a good time, new adventure or anything involving wonderful food.
SCUBA DIVING WITH VIRAMAR:
Tyler is a NAUI Course Director, SSI and TDI Scuba Instructor. Erika is also a NAUI Scuba Instructor. They both are avid divers with a passion to grow the sport and share their love of the ocean. Whether you are already certified or just coming to try it out, scuba diving will enhance your vacation and maximize your in-water time.
The Virgin Islands are home to many beautiful reef dives and several interesting wreck dives. Tyler and Erika have extensive knowledge of the USVI and BVI dive sites including the spots not often frequented. Divers can expect warm waters year round with visibility often more than 60 feet. On Viramar, we dive directly from our boat and offer a large swim platform for easy access in and out of the water. Each dive, the crew will assemble your gear, guide your dive and help assist your entrance and exit from the water.
Committed to your safety, there is an Emergency Oxygen Kit onboard and both Tyler and Erika are trained in O2 Administration, First Aid and CPR procedures.
****BABY FRIENDLY, inquire for terms and rates*****
Best boat trip ever. Had a great time!
-Kyler T., age 8
I enjoyed going to the Baths, beaches, and snorkeling. Thanks so much!
-Kellan T., age 12
Thank you so much for the Adventures!
Had a blast scuba diving and on all of the fun activities. Thanks for the awesome week!!
Thank you so much, Tyler and Erika! Great memories, dives, food and friendships! Such an awesome week!! :)
Thanks so much for an amazing vacation Tyler and Erika - you made it special - your kindness, humor , and attention to details - every meal, every conversation - enjoyed it all. Still in awe of the shark rescue!! You guys are amazing - 14 dives in 6 days! Cliff jumping with backflip! Star gazing! Nertz! Bananagrams! Shark rescue! Night dives! Night sailing! Shotgunning! Running! Lobster hunting! Night swims! and sometimes relaxing :)
Thank you! We were looking forward to the week, but it so exceeded our expectations. Somehow managed to be both busy and relaxing. Loved the food, the diving, the games, the hospitality! You are fabulous people and a great couple.
Was so much fun! Thank you for the amazing experience!
Thank you for the treasured gifts you generously give. I am better for having spent five days with the two of you!
-Mary Lynne S.
Thank you for opening your life and boat to us on a trip we will cherish forever. There are some people in our lives that touch our hearts, T and Erika have that special place in our lives and hearts.
-Jason and Kimberly
A HUGE thank you! The BEST truly. See you soon.
-Tommy and Lee
Another wonderful week with Tyler and Erika! Fun and safe diving and sailing! Looking forward to next year!
-Jason and Anne B
What a wonderful week filled with food, painkillers, and great company.
-Mel and Ron
WOW! Such an incredible week. Tyler and Erika ROCK. From the food to the company and everything in between we had the best week ever. Thanks for getting my husband scuba certified. He's in heaven. PS. Best Painkillers and brownies! We miss you already XOXO
Couldn't be more relaxed and happy after a week with Tyler and Erika! Best tequila shots, best food, best diving - but most of all - best people. Keep up the great work! :)
-Jamie and Gus A.
ERIKA! and Tyler are the best. Thank you for being so warm, honest and engaging!
-Malin and Allison L.
You both helped create one of our favorite vacations of all time. We couldn't have dreamed up a better week in the BVI.Thanks for the perfect dose relaxation, activities, and partying. Cheers! (with tequila of course)
-Bancroft and Sabrina H.
Thank you for the best time!! See you soon!
-Brad and Ryan
Love you guys! This has been the best vaca!!
Thank you for the memories!
Thanks for everything, you guys are awesome! Couldn't have asked for a better 30th b-day!"
What a trip!! Scuba, fishing, paddle boarding and just chilling out with Tyler and Erika.
This was the trip of a lifetime made are memorable by y'all.
Thank you so much for everything. You guys are truly the best. From dealing with an emotional diver, drunk swimmer, blonde moments, picky eaters...you took everything in stride and made us feel so comfortable. Tyler - I'm not sure how you made everything possible in this trip, but you did. We rocked the BVI in basically 5 days. We will all miss map time and green tea shots! Erika - If we could take you home we would. The food was to die for. You accommodated everyone. The drinks were amazing; best Pina Coladas ever! Special thanks to Erika, for calming me down. You and Tyler stuck with me and that's the reason I'm certified. Thanks for everything. You are now our family. Love you!"
Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation! It was everything we hoped for and more! You two are amazing and we hope see you soon again! All of the best with your adventures!
I'm ready to come back!! This trip was everything as described and more! Most amazing meals, hospitality, and navigation. You guys made us feel at home and we wanted for nothing. Having traveled the world, I rank this is our top five experiences and I appreciate the captain's passion. Cigars and scotch to Tyler :)
I couldn't have asked for a better week! Amazing food, new places and sights (which is hard for us...15 years in the BVI). The diving was unexpected and tremendous...thank you for encouraging me. I hope we see you again for another charter. This will be a memory never forgotten.
This was my first sailing/chartering experience and I can definitely say that it won't be the last! Tyler and Erika made this the best vacation I've ever had. Being a foodie, Erika blew me away with her cooking skills, and never having dived before Tyler made me feel like a natural. If anyone is on the fence about diving, go for it! Between the colorful reefs, sharks, and beautiful ocean, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Tyler and Erika - thank you so much for your incredible hospitality, sharing your love for the water, and for an all around amazing week. I really enjoyed getting to know both of you! Until next time...
Tyler and Erika, thank you both so much for an incredible week. The sights, experience, weather, etc was all amazing but you two are what makes trips like this so fun. I will always remember this trip of a lifetime. I hope we see each other again. Thank you <3
Tyler and Erika, thank you for the best vacation we've ever had! From the fantastic scuba diving, the amazing sailing and food, I couldn't have asked for a better week! You have given us so many great memories, thank you so much for everything! I hope we get to sail with you again some time soon!
Tyler and Erika, thank you for welcoming us with open arms for this amazing vacation. This was a vacation of a lifetime. From Erika's amazing food to Tyler's heartfelt story time, there won't be a memory that is lost.
Viramar, the boat, was pristine, spacious, it had all the amenities that we could want and more.
Tyler, the captain, was exceptionally competent as a boat captain and a dive master. We sailed and motored the entire BVI. Sailing was a priority for us and he included all the guests in the process. The diving was outstanding, Two of us became certified as basic divers and 3 more did advanced training. He is clearly a skilled diver and instructor. Our favorite part was his storytelling, he is very knowledgeable about the history of diving and the BVI in general.
Erika, our chef, fed us beyond our expectation. Every meal was delicious, perfectly presented and varied. She modified the menu to suit my daughter who was not a seafood fan, but after trying Erikas meals she is a convert! Erika was attentive, always offering drinks and snacks, and still tidying the boat and assisting Tyler with boating and diving.
It was a spectacular week, there in nothing about our experience that we would change, and I would highly recommend Tyler, Erika, Viramar.
My husband Rich and I, along with a group of friends, just completed charter with Erika and Tyler. I really want to express to you how much fun we had and what an amazing crew you have hired! While the BVI is beautiful all in itself and your boat is also amazing, I'm 100% confident that our trip was made SO much better by having them guide us and be part of it with us. Tyler was so knowledgeable, Eriks'a cooking is amazing and they really added a fun factor. They both know how to read their guests very quickly, and consequently tailor each persons wants, needs and desires accordingly. That is an invaluable trait that can't be taught....hold on to these two!! The home that Erika has made on the boat is also beautiful, warm and welcoming from the minute you set foot on it.
We had requested 3 different theme nights, and man did they do a good job accommodating those and far exceeding our expectations! I've left public reviews everywhere I can, and will be happy to anywhere else you might like me to that I'm unaware of. I've also copied our broker on this email, because I want to be sure she knows how happy we were as well.
We will definitely be booking again for years to come... probably here again, but we also look forward to the new locations that Viramar is thinking of going..Bahamas and Aruba! We will travel with Tyler and Erika to each new location they may decide to go!!
It's hard not to have an amazing trip when you have all the right elements: amazing views, delicious food, tropical breezes, a simply stunning boat and fun friends. But what makes this trip go from amazing to perfection is Tyler and Erika. They are endearing, charming, knowledgeable and welcoming. We feel like family on Viramar and know we have made life long friends as well as memories. Thank you and can't wait to come back!!
The interaction with Tyler and Erika made the trip. Amazing food, service and guide through the BVIs!!
Wow! What an amazing and life changing week this has been! Every minute of every day were fun and magical. The two of you are a dynamic duo and make the trip! Erika, the food was amazing and all your special touches never went unnoticed. Tyler all your stories as we sailed really show your knowledge. Love you guys and can't wait to return!!
What a great week - we certainly conquered the Virgin Islands - sailing almost all of it. Food was delicious and accommodations were great. We enjoyed sailing, swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing, dinghy adventures and even a dolphin sighting. We loved returning to our favorite VI spots and discovering new ones with you. Thank you for making this a fun filled and relaxing trip.
Tyler and Erika, Thank you so much for this amazing vacation! You guys really got to know what we wanted to do! From beach bars to quiet coves we loved it all. The food was to die for! And Erika you pulled of our theme nights beautifully! Tyler thank you for the amazing scuba experience and the rest of the fun you provided! 'I leave you for 5 min!!' [inside joke] Best of wishes to you both in all your future endeavors!
-Cory and Melanie F.
What a beautiful and amazing week in BVI. The two of you are truly delightful. We has so much fun...Such a memorable week. Thank you!
We had the most wonderful week on Viramar with Erika and Tyler! They are an amazing couple, knowledgeable and fun! We were thankful for Tyler's scuba expertise and taking us to the best places to scuba and snorkel. He took us to the most beautiful areas to hike and beaches to relax...took the kids tubing and paddle-boarding and Lilly-padding, and cliff jumping! Erika was an amazing chef! Every day new and delicious, imaginative food with local flair. She kept the boat spotless and was there for our every need. They even joined us for some card games and were very personable and fun to be around! They were amazing with our kids!! We loved every minute of our trip! Could not have been better! Viramar is a beautiful, clean, and accommodating vessel! We enjoyed every inch of that boat and our trip. Thank you Erika, Tyler, and Viramar...it was the perfect way to start off our year!
Erika and Tyler, what an honor to be the first official charter on Viramar! She’s a beautiful boat for sure, but the best part what’s spending the week with the two of you. No surprise that you were awarded best crew - you were superlative in every way! Attention to detail, hard working, talented and truly great to be with - THANK YOU for making this such a delicious, fun and totally memorable week. We hope to see you on a future adventure. In the meantime, lots of love and many, many thanks for all you did to make this week special for us. T, T, A + B
The charter was great. Everything worked out like a charm. No issues or complaints whatsoever. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Wind when we wanted it. None when we didn’t. Sunny and balmy every day. We did just about everything one could do on a 1-week BVI cruise. Erika and Tyler were an excellent choice for our group considering we had kids from ages 9-56 — they were highly enthusiastic and energetic and extremely professional...
We lucked out with the boat...Everything was effectively brand new due to their complete refit last year. The scuba equipment was top notch and literally had never been used. Cabin accommodations and all heads were contemporary, clean, and comfortable. Between the fore-deck, saloon, fly bridge, and “back patio”, there was ample room for 8 guests and all their stuff to spread out.
Tyler is a phenomenal and enthusiastic dive instructor/master. We felt very comfortable with his skipper skills. He’s a fun and educational captain, sharing local knowledge, experience, and stories while keeping us safe on and in the water.
Erika is a wonderful host. Every meal was perfectly tailored to our group’s tastes. Meals were delicious, healthy, satisfying, and beautifully presented. It’s a testament to her culinary skills that she could convince a 9-year old to devour fish poke or chicken coconut curry like they were lucky charms. She kept the boat spit-spot the entire time—a challenge with 4 adults and 4 kids. She did not skimp on anything and was ever ready to make another Painkiller, refill your water bottle, or pour another glass of wine.
In their precious few minutes of downtime, both Erika and Tyler joined in our fun, be it snorkeling, scuba diving, kite boarding, sundowners, or just playing a hand of nertz or bananagrams.
We’ve done a lot of charters in the Caribbean and had been to the BVI on 3 other occasions. This was by far our best experience and would highly recommend Viramar for either novice or experienced sailors.
Recommended for: action-sports people, scuba divers, families, young charterers.
Highlights: diving the Chikuzen wreck. Jumping off the rock in Virgin Gorda. The last day on Cooper Island Beach Club. Every meal.
Amazing and magnificent...
It's hard to find words that accurately describe my experience which don't sound like generic exclamations or empty superlatives. Amazing. Magnificent. Splendid. Awesome. These are all passable and yet, somehow only hint at what I felt during our week-long journey in the BVIs.
Tyler and Erika are very special. Both are smart, experienced, funny, skillful, caring, knowledgeable, and charming. Extremely capable apart, yet a fantastic team together. I will forever measure other boat crews against them - my litmus test for how it should be.
Erika just knocked it out of the park when it came to food. Not only was her menu selection spot-on with our tastes, her execution was among the very best - especially considering it all came from a tiny kitchen rocking to and fro! She is also a very competent first mate - always at the ready to moor the boat, furl a sail, help a diver out of the water, batten down the hatches, or drop the anchor.
The always affable Tyler was a diligent and discerning captain as well as divemaster. He excelled at making decisions to maximize both our enjoyment and our safety. With a diverse group on board - some divers, some snorkelers, some landlubbers, etc - it was no small task for him to select pleasure stops, land excursions, and overnight anchors/moors that suited everyone, but did so with aplomb. Plus, he makes the *best* painkillers ;)
This was my first trip to the BVIs. I wasn't sure what to expect in the aftermath of hurricane Irma but let me be the one to tell you that the spirit of the people that work these waters and live on these islands, is indomitable. It may not be the same as it was a year ago, but those changes did nothing to attenuate our joy of being there.
In closing, let me not try to wrest more-nuanced adjectives from the English language and just simply say what really matters. We had so much fun. We were happy. We laughed. We marveled. We dove and ate and sailed and soaked up the sun. And we made new friends. This trip was perfect.-Peter B.
Where to begin...
Where to begin... This trip with Tyler and Erika was more than I ever could have imagined. The food that Erika whipped up was not only amazing tasting, but healthy (our request) and beautiful! Tyler was always there with an amazing story and a good laugh, in addition to being knowledgeable, a fantastic dive master and an outstanding captain. Throughout the trip we played tons of games they had on board, did 7 dives, learned the basics of sailing, had great shore excursions and had plenty of time to relax and take in the atmosphere. Usually my husband, Peter, and I try to never go to the same place/vacation twice, but we are already talking about how to fit this into our 2019 plans. Tyler and Erika, See you Soon! (and tell the Flamingo Hi for us)" -Jill B.
Memorable Caribbean holiday...
The absolute highlight of our trip to America - thank you Erika and Tyler for a memorable Caribbean holiday! Erika created the most amazing meals for us - we never went hungry and she was so obliging for the fussy little members of the family - she was creative and never ceased to amaze us with what she was able to produce in the little kitchen! Tyler made an excellent captain, involving the kids in sailing between the islands and being very informative. He found us good snorkeling spots and Thomas and I so enjoyed our dives with him. The kids have confirmed it to be the best part of our holiday and we thank both Erika and Tyler for their patience and time they spent with the kids, the games of Uno, knot tying lessons, etc. It was a REAL holiday and we have returned home with many happy memories. Thank you for everything! -Cathy M.
Dream come true vacation...
Dream come true vacation to the BVI and USVI! We sailed with the talented and very knowledgeable Tyler and Erika Boruff! They made our trip just perfect for us! We explored the sea, the land and several unique parts of Norman Island, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and St. John. It is tough to capture it all in pictures, but it will be memories that we treasure for a lifetime! Sadly we saw the devestation that the hurricanes brought and are happy that we could support the essential tourism of this area as they rebuild. We will be back!" -Stephanie Y.
Best trip ever....
Best trip ever...thanks to our Captain Tyler Boruff and Chef Erika Boruff! Literally crying that we had to leave! Fantastic food, tons of fun stops and and managed to get all required dives in for Boe and Nic's diver certification." -Jennifer R.
In all our charters, Tyler was absolutely the best hands down...especially for the divers. He's a real gem. Erika went beyond perfect! Just an amazing young lady. They were flexible, but we mostly stuck to the itinerary we started with because it was best anyway. First time to paddle board and Tyler was the perfect teacher! Even my 82 year old hubby did it! Yay!!
Beyond amazing! Erika bent over backwards to find everything we asked for and more. We've sailed half a dozen times, including bareboat, and this was by far the best. -Patty S.