Say Hello to Your Certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain & Crew
Making Your Luxury Excursion in the Virgin Islands an Experience to Remember for a Lifetime
Captain Dana Paradise – Certified U.S. Coast Guard Charter Boat Captain
Captain Dana holds a USCG Master 100 Ton Captains License and has a lifelong, family history of navigating and commanding vessels in the Caribbean seas. A U.S. Coast Guard Captains License is required for operating a passenger vessel carrying more than six passengers in U.S. territory waters.
Captain Dana and mates are certified in CPR, First Aid and other safety measures making guest well-being our number one priority including:
- CPR Certification by the American Red Cross
- First Aid Training
- STCW Training & Firefighting as per International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
- Crowd Control
- Crisis Management
- Leadership Training
Captain Dana - Expert, Local Guidance on What to Do & Where to Go in the Virgin Islands
Captain Dana was born and raised on Saint Thomas, USVI and knows everything there is to know about going to only the best “secret” places away from the cruise ship crowds. He can also answer questions about the culture and history of these eastern Caribbean islands and what it’s like living here.
Whether you want to relax and unwind, snorkel in crystal blue waters, explore your own deserted island or party the day away, Captain Dana and crew will make it happen as guests aboard one of their luxury yachts – Take It Easy and Take It Easy 2!
The crew of Take It Easy Custom Charters are among the best and most knowledgeable when it comes to upscale boat charters and destinations in the USVI and BVI. Our fun, easy-going team is highly trained in all aspects of hospitality and passenger motor yacht safety.
Best day of the vacation! Capt Alex and Carli were simply amazing. Their knowledge of the islands and places to go for snorkeling, fun in the water and lunch made for a spectacular day for all. The smiles and laughter from the kids and the adults were endless and we’re still talking about the trip days later. Alex and Carli were part of the family by the end of the trip. Cannot wait to go out with Take it Easy on our next trip.
Reviewed July 10, 2022
We had an amazing time on Take it Easy with Captain Dana and his first mate! I booked an excursion with another company months prior to our vacation and unfortunately the dates were mixed up. Captain Dana came to the rescue days before we arrived on St. Thomas. We visited several islands, went for a swim and had lunch on a private island.
Thanks again for memorable trip. Your vessel is top notch, your services were very professional and accommodating. I’m looking forward to our next day charter with you to the BVI!
Reviewed July 6, 2022
Best time with Alex and Dana. 11 of us took the boat for fun and to Lime Out! they took us to fabulous snorkeling places provided great snacks and a wonderful fun time. Great conversation and they wanted to know us! True professionals!
Reviewed November 2021
Captain Alex and Danielle were great. They made our trip enjoyable and relaxing. Extremely knowledgeable about the islands and sea life. I would highly recommend them and Captain Dana for your next boating experience.
Reviewed November 2021
We were looking forward to our private charter with Take It Easy all week and it did not not disappoint! The boat is spacious and comfortable with excellent speakers that you can connect to your phone to set the perfect mood.
Captain Dana and First Mate Caroline were knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. We learned about the history of the islands, identified fish and wildlife, heard what it's like during and after hurricanes, and got to gawk at celebrity mansions.
The fruit platter was as beautiful as it was delicious and Caroline's drinks were refreshing and effective. Our stop in St. John for lunch had a killer view and yummy mahi sandwiches.
The best parts of our day were spent snorkeling at 3 different spots where we saw sea turtles, rays, eels, and tropical fish of every spot and color. The last stop was an abandoned private beach that was once home to a luxury resort (see photo...that's really what it looks like!).
We could not recommend this excursion enough! Spend the money. Make the memories. And the next time you are sitting at your desk with a full inbox, close your eyes and go back to this moment. It's worth everything. Thank you Take It Easy and crew!
Reviewed September 2021
Dana and Brooke were awesome! It was soooo much fun! The kids snorkeled in two different locations, lunch, history, unlimited drinks and just relaxing! The boat is very nice and comfortable! Book now! I’m glad I went with them! ❤️
Reviewed April 2021
Our group had the best time on Take It Easy. Captain Alex and Crew Danielle created a perfect day on the water for us! They were very knowledgeable of the area and could not have been any nicer or considerate. Our stop for lunch was at Pizza Pi which was the perfect spot for the day given the wind and water conditions. The boat was immaculately cleaned and well appointed with everything needed for the day. Would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who wants to see the beauty of the USVI from the water.
Reviewed February 2021
We had an amazing day with Capt. Alex and first mate Danielle. They were extremely friendly and accommodating. They picked us up in Cruz Bay and we ended up circling the island of St. John while stopping to snorkel at various sites. The bar was fully stocked and Danielle was quick to fill our empty glasses. We went to the floating taco bar Lime Out and had a delicious lunch. I highly recommend a day charter on this boat and request Alex and Danielle!!
Reviewed February 2021
We have found that the best way to truly appreciate the Caribbean is from the water and on a private charter. Our family has done this before, yet we truly believe "take it easy" was an upgrade from our previous experiences. We were in the very capable hands of Dana (captain) and Brooke (first mate). Before setting out, we sat down with Dana and plotted out our day in order to customize our experience. Snorkeling at spy glass/indians/caves, lunch at Pirate's Bight on Norman Island, a trip over to Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke, back to Maho Bay off St. John for sea turtles. A truly awesome experience that I hope many take advantage of when visiting St. Thomas!
Reviewed February 2020
The captain and crew made the day fun and unforgetable. They took us to all the fun spots for snorkeling, swimming, siteseeing, and just relaxing. Do not book elsewhere this is the best team to have an adventure with.
Reviewed February 2020
What a fabulous full day on “Take it Easy II” Captain Dana and Danielle are top notch! Best day of our vacation! Fun in the ☀️!
Reviewed January 2020
We had the pleasure of a day trip with Capt Alex and Brooke.
We did a burial at sea for my cousins moms ashes, and although very emotional, the crew was accomodating in every way. We had the best time during a difficult time in our lives. I highly recommend these guys, for a fun day of snorkling, BVI, and total relaxation.
Thanks for being awesome, and compassionate to our needs.
Reviewed October 2019
Our party of 10 had a magnificent day on the water aboard Take It Easy 2. Captain Alex and Brooke were highly knowledgeable, very engaging, funny and easy going. We began the day with the boat picking us up on St. John. Alex offered some great ideas for what we could do for the day but also made it clear that it was "our boat" for the day and we could do what we wanted. After hitting some great snorkeling, Alex took us over to BVI where we had lunch on Norman Island and cruised around some more until finally hitting a "private" island where we explored some more. Both Alex and Brooke taught us so much of the rich history of the islands. The day was filled with good music, perfect weather, refreshing drinks, incredible snorkeling and breath taking views. I would highly recommend chartering Take it Easy if you are looking for a unique day of fun on the seas with a great crew. Make sure to ask Brooke to make you a Rum punch!
Reviewed July 2019
Take It Easy Boat Charters is the best! This was our second time using them while staying on St. Thomas. (The first being five years ago with Captain Dana.) Captain Dana set us up for the day with Alex and Brooke with our group of 6 (myself, husband, two daughters 21 & 23, one of their boyfriends, and my Dad, 82). Captain Dana greeted us as we were headed to our boat (he was taking another group out on another boat). Alex and Brooke really were amazing and made our day perfect! From start to finish, they both were professional, yet very easy going and eager to show us a good time. They asked us what we were interested in doing/seeing and made it happen. We chose to cruise around St. John and snorkel in a few spots, and we got to see a few sea turtles while doing doing so. We stopped at a taco boat called Lime Out with the most delicious tacos. Lime Out staff came right on our boat, took our order, and brought the food to us! We stopped at a couple of beaches to walk around and explore, and did more swimming and snorkeling. Brooke put out a nice morning and afternoon snack, and made the most delicious rum punch and poured it all day, whenever we wanted it. We loved chatting with Alex and Brooke the entire day, and doing and seeing things we loved, and just relaxing. Our family owns a boat, so we really appreciated that we could just sit back and relax while they took care of us! We really can’t say enough about Alex and Brooke, and Take It Easy boat charters. We recommend them to everyone. Thank you for a wonderful day!
Reviewed July 2019
We have chartered with Dana and Take It Easy many times. We chartered last week and had Capt. Alex and Mate Danielle and has a FANTASTIC day!! They were knowledgeable and easy going and very fun! Can not recommend them highly enough!! It was a magical day!
Reviewed July 2019
My friends and I came down to St Thomas to explore and relax for a week. It was recommended that we utilize the Take It Easy for a sunset cruise and we were not disappointed. The captain and crew were amazing and knowledgeable about the islands. The ship was top notch and the views we saw were breathtaking to say the least. This trip was worth every penny and I’ll for sure be back the next time I’m here.
Reviewed April 24, 2019
After doing a lot of research, we decided to charter with Take It Easy to take a bachelorette party of 11 girls to the BVI for a day trip, and we were not disappointed! We went all the way to the Baths and then back to Jost Van Dyke, all the while traveling in style. Kevin was our wonderful captain and helped us plan a great trip. And Brooke, our incredible first mate, was the star of the day! She always made sure we had her awesome rum punch in our hands, obliged our excessive picture requests, and even joined us for lunch at Hendo’s. We could not have had a more perfect trip — I could not recommend Take It Easy enough!
Reviewed April 1, 2019
“Experience the Virgin Island beauty...”
Experience the Virgin Island beauty you can only see from the water aboard the Take It Easy. Our travel group of 12 adults has spent 3 different vacation days aboard this vessel and they are some of our favorite days while staying on St John. We spent one day with Dana two years ago and loved it so much we opted for two days this year which we spent with with Alex and Brooke. ALL are first class captains, crew and hosts. We love the history and facts they share about the scenery as you weave in and out of the USVI and BVI’s. Whether going to snorkel around St John, bar hoping to Jost Van Dyke or Pirates Bight, having lunch at Willy T or taking in the natural beauty at the Virgin Gorda Baths you will have a day to remember. Don’t forget your passport if going to the BVI’s! You won’t regret your decision to spend your day aboard the Take It Easy.
February 24, 2019
The captain and first mate (Dana and Brooke) of Take It Easy are amazing and took excellent care of us for my 40th birthday celebration. We toured the islands, snorkeled, explored caverns, and grabbed a drink at the Soggy Dollar. The boat was beautiful. They had everything we needed for a magical day. I can't wait to do it again!
Reviewed February 12, 2019
"Great Day in the BVI"
The best day of our vacation -- Dana is a great captain. Brooke is a very attentive first mate. Together we planned a great day of snorkeling at the Indians, lunch at the Bight, and, of course, painkillers at The Soggy Dollar. Take It Easy is fast, comfortable, clean and well provisioned for fun day. It's great for a few couples or a family. We highly recommend spending a day with Dana and Take It Easy during your Caribbean holiday.
Reviewed November 12, 2018
"First time to "Take it easy " in St.Thomas"
Thank you for such a great day experiencing so many things we couldn't have with staying on the island. We had options and never felt rushed. Great Captain and Alesha was the best! Thanks for a great day on the "Take it easy" private tour.
March 17, 2017
We went our for a day on 12/23 and covered as much ground as we could with a 3, 5 and 7 year old. The boat is extremely well taken care of and Dana created a great day for us that was suitable for the kids. We had a fantastic time and will definitely go out with Dana again when we visit St Thomas next.
January 3, 2017
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Your Virgin Islands Cruise Begins Minutes Away from the St. Thomas Ship Docks
Take It Easy Custom Charters is moored at Saga Haven Marina, 6117 Estate Frydenhoj, St Thomas USVI (map). You’re just a quick taxi ride away from the most beautiful powerboat tour of the US Virgin Islands or British Virgin Islands.
Take It Easy Custom Charters is an independent, family-owned charter cruise company that provides an unmatched customer experience. Call or text us at (340) 677-1320 and we’ll help you get picked up quickly to begin your St. Thomas island cruise.