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Welcome To The 'Beautiful Life'. Sail The US/British Virgins On Bella Vita

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About the property

3 Queen staterooms, 3 private baths, with private showers, AC, internet and more

Bella Vita is a 2008 Leopard Catamaran with all of the amenities that you could ever want. Your crew, Alix and Mickey will take care of all of your needs while you relax on your private floating island. Set sail for fun and plunder as you transport back to the days of romance and adventure!

Bella Vita has 3 private bedrooms, each with a queen bed. 3 private bathrooms, with electric toilets and 'real' showers. She has a 17 foot 'dingy' with a 60 hp engine that is fantastic for exploring and water toy fun. The yacht has AC, internet, TV, fishing gear, snorkel gear and so much more. Each day, you set the itinerary, exploring private coves and fun beach bars. Trips are customized to fit your specific needs. We provide the yacht and 'captain only' if you want to cook for yourself and/or eat off the boat. And we provide all-inclusive trips for those who want to kick back and be taken care of.

All Inclusive Rates (all food, drinks, taxes, fuel and dockage included). Give me a call to discuss the details, check availability, and see if we are offering any discounts for particular weeks!

2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax

$9,200 $10,200 $11,200 $12,200 $13,200

Captain Only Rates: $8,400/ week – up to 6 guests. Rate does not include fuel, food/beverages, customs fees or dockage

4 night minimum required

This is what people are saying about us!

Captain & Chef/1st mate were excellent hosts and truly made the entire experience wonderful. Our kids could not stop raving about how great it was, "best trip everrrrr!"Amazing crewed yacht charters start with Bella Vita! | iYachtClub

Awesome sights

Relaxed and flexible sailing agenda

Captain caught fresh lobster, conch and red snapper for dinner

Fresh coconut

Our Chefl cooked awesome meals and made incredible island drinks ....The Pain Killer!

White sand beaches, great snorkeling, hiking and cliff jumping

Beautiful sunsets

Willy T's (my son jumped off naked-thinking it would get him a free drink!)

Unbelievable quality family time.

~The Hartman Family

Our Crew l Took The Trip To a Whole New Level!

This was our third time taking this trip - and this was by far the best. I did not think we could top our last two trips - but our crew took things to another level. They were both very professional but knew how to have a great time. The food was amazing - and she had to deal with a number of different food diets we had on board. We always look forward to eating at restaurants while we are down there but none of the restaurants lived up to what our chef made on the boat. There are many captains in the BVIs - but not many that know where to catch fresh lobster, conch and real in some fresh fish all in the same trip.

~The Hahn Family

The crew were a Perfect Match for Us

Had a blast with Captain Chefl! They are fantastic! Our Chef is an amazing chef. Steve coined her style as 'fancy family'... very creative and delicious! The Captains knowledge of the area and sailing is spectacular!! We've enjoyed their laid back and fun personalities. They were a perfect match for all of us and we love Bella Vita - Beautiful boat!

~The B's

Nicest Vacation Of Our Lives

Just came back from a week down in St. John and the BVI, and it was among the nicest vacations of our lives.

Another couple joined my wife and me for a week on Bella Vita, a 46 foot catamaran. We could not have had a better time! We had chartered a cat in Greece last year and had a wonderful time, but I have to say that our experience on the boat this year was even better.

After our flight from the states, Derek picked us up at Red Hook, where we hung out a little to watch Spain defeat Germany in the world cup. From the very beginning, he could not have done any more to make sure our time was relaxed, easy and fun. The boat itself is less than 2 years old and was perfect for us. We did a short sail to Mahoe Bay in St. John. Headed up the steps to watch the sunset at the restaurant serving the Mahoe Bay Campground. Lovely view, but make sure to bring bug spray. We ate the first of many great meals on the boat. This time steak with great sides.

On day 2 we kayaked and snorkeled and then headed out to Sopers Hole, finally stopping at Cane Garden Bay. We had the IPOD cranking an eclectic mix of tunes. We feasted on basil chicken and pineapple yams for dinner. Derek’s wife Brenda had to handle some things back in the states (they live in NC during the rainy season) so we were joined by his 23 year old daughter Lorrin on this trip. She also helps out sometimes when there are families with little children aboard. She’s a University of North Carolina graduate and an utterly delightful young woman.

We headed to White Bay on Jost for our third day, hitting the Soggy Dollar bar early.

What an awful place. Hammocks, chairs in the water for cooling down, mango painkillers….pretty much ruins you for life. When the line got too long at the bar, I headed next door to Gertrude’s and had a cool experience with her and some of the others hanging with her in the bar. I had asked for vodka with orange and cranberry juice, light on the latter. She responded by handing me the bottles and saying “help yourself- make it however you’d like.” Never happened before, and it was just perfect for the setting. We ate at Foxy’s which was ok but not nearly as good, frankly, as eating on the boat.

On day 3, we sailed to Monkey Point and had one of the best snorkeling experiences of our lives. The coral was unbelievable, and we swam with literally tens of thousands of small fish. We went over to the Bitter End Yacht club for drinks and sat on their beach chairs after the sun went down. On day 4, we had a real treat, heading to Anegada for the day. I know it’s off the beaten path just a bit, but that’s its charm. We hung out at the Cow Wreck bar with perhaps 7 or 8 other people, and a beach that felt like it was all ours. In fact, a 10 minute walk and it was all ours. We rented mopeds and tooled around the island, which was really fun. At night, we ate big lobsters at Potters by the Sea. Nice service, good food, best of the available restaurant options.

Derek would start each day laying out some options, but always with the refrain, “I’m here to help you create the experience you want. So it’s really about what you’d like to do.” And if what we wanted to do was not make any decisions, he handled that for us also. Everything was easy, and he and Lorrin couldn’t do enough for us. Perhaps because Derek owns the boat and because this is a lifestyle choice (he and his wife still own a business back in the states that others run), it was a very different feel from other times we’ve chartered.

It really felt as if he was another friend who we happened to bring on the trip, but who also cooked great (though he claims Brenda would have laughed at him), cleaned, sailed and took care of all the details. At night after dinner, we usually played cards or some dice games he taught us. One time we all danced on the cargo netting and used the spotlight to watch the nurse sharks chowing down on their dinner next to the boat.

On Day 5, we sailed to the Dogs, and snorkeled The Chimney.. Before the trip, when I found out that Derek was from North Carolina, I had mentioned it was too bad we couldn’t have some good Bar-B-Q. Low and behold at lunch, he served us exactly that- he had it sent from home from a restaurant frozen. Goes great with a BBC. After lunch, we went to Spanish Town and stayed in the harbor because we thought we’d go to the piano bar there (sorry, forget the name.) But we were so bushed we never made it in. Others say it, and the restaurant, are good choices.

On Day 6, we went to The Baths on Virgin Gorda to climb around and go snorkeling. It was fun to tool around on the rocks, and the formations were really interesting, though it was the most crowded place we visited. Had some great fish tacos for lunch and headed to Norman and the Willy T. Unfortunately it was pretty quiet around 6 on a Monday night. We did shots of red headed sluts and then my friend and I did the birthday suit plunge from the mast (not bad for 50, but not so great for anyone to look at either.) My wife wanted to jump (with suit) and when her friend chickened out, Derek’s daughter Lorrin volunteered to go with her. Exhilarating moments for all. Had dinner at Pirates which was pretty good before heading back to the boat. There was a nice area for kids to play if you have any with you.

On Day 7 we stopped at the Indians for a snorkel. The water was pretty rough and the shallow rocks on one side got tricky, though it is certainly worth doing on calmer days. We had crab cakes on the boat for lunch, fired up the blender, and headed to St. John. We wanted to stay in an idyllic setting and Derek parked us in Watermelon Cay for the night. Absolutely lovely, with big Turtles, sting rays, thousands of fish in several schools- the works. There were only 4 boats that night in the bay. We had both the sunset and early morning beauty we had hoped for.

~Rich Goldberg, NY

We all had so much fun on our recent trip

Just wanted to let you know how much fun we all had on our recent trip. You were wonderful and really made every aspect of our vacation so enjoyable. We loved our meals aboard- nothing can top Bella Vita’s shrimp and grits and the lobster BBQ on Anegada. Hudson experienced a unique 30th birthday he will never forget and we all enjoyed our week aboard the Bella Vita.

Hope we can do it again in the future,

Leslie Dolliver

A huge thank you for the vacation of a lifetime. Everything was amazing. The only bad thing…returning home to cold weather! Thank you again and we look forward to sailing with you again soon.

Julie Rodemich

Thanks for being a fabulous host this past week! We enjoyed every minute! Beautiful boat, great food, relaxing days mixed with awesome snorkeling……lots of good memories! We miss you already

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Brenda Hunsinger
Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Brenda Hunsinger

After running a small business in North Carolina for 14 years, we decided to do what we love. We love sailing. And, we enjoy entertaining and helping people discover these amazing islands and the people who live here. We wish to share the 'beautiful life' with your family and friends and to help create a lifetime of memories.

Married for almost 30 years, we have four amazing children and 3 grand babies (and counting). We both hold US Coast Guard licenses and are both experienced chefs. We are open water dive certified and CPR/AED/First Aid certified. We hope you love this experience as much as we do! Welcome.

Currently Brenda and I are on land in St. Thomas, taking care of several boats. We have amazing friends/crew who are taking care of the boat and making amazing people from all of the world even happier than we did!!

Bella Vita, along with some of our other amazing yachts, are featured on the Caribbean's ultimate source for great yacht vacations,

Brenda Hunsinger purchased this boat in 2008

Why Brenda Hunsinger chose Red Hook

The Leopard 46 is truly the perfect charter boat. It is easily big enough for six guests, with high ceilings and an open floor plan. It has modern bathrooms and everything you will need for the perfect vacation. The Virgin Islands are truly the perfect cruising ground. The islands are close together and well protected. Seasickness is never an issue and the sails each day are short and easy. There are over 100 different islands that can be explored and the snorkeling and beaches are some of the best in the world.

What makes this boat unique

Prices shown are based on captain only trips, which includes the boat, boat toys, and Captain and Chef to keep you safe. It does not include fuel or food and beverages. We have different pricing for all- inclusive and half-boards trips to work with your budgets. Please inquire for all-inclusive and half-board pricing and for Holidays and potential Specials. All Inclusive trips - sit back , relax and we have you covered - including the shopping and cooking and bartending.We take care of everything...all you have to decided is what you want to do that day.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday boat rental in Red Hook, Virgin Islands

Property Type:
  • boat
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Ensuite electric heads and separate shower stalls
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Ensuite electric heads and separate shower stalls
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Ensuite electric heads and separate shower stalls
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Queen beds with Cooling Tempurpedic Mattres Toppers
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Queen bed with Cooling Tempurpedic Mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Queen with Colling Tempurpedic Mattress
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Morrison CO USA

Beyond Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a week aboard Bella Vita and can't say enough about how Captain Derek goes way beyond his job description! Whether you wanted to dive, sit back on the beach, bar hop or just relax on the boat Derek was willing to assist you any way possible. His boat, Bella Vita, is gorgeous and roomy and we never felt crowded with 3 couples. There's nothing like waking up each morning to look out the bedroom window and see ANOTHER spectacular beach calling your name. This should be on everyone's bucket list!

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trip of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5

We traveled with close friends and celebrated a couple of anniversaries. The trip was everything we imagined and more. Traveling to many islands allowed us to enjoy so many more things than staying at a resort could have. Great captain and amazing food. The Bella Vita is a beautiful boat and provided a lot more space than I expected. Watching the Superbowl while anchored in the Caribbean was a special treat. We truly enjoyed this adventure.

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
St. Thomas STT
Car: not necessary

Come and visit us in Paradise - white sand beaches, reefs,verdant hills, national parks, swim with turtles, visit famous bays like Magens Bay, Cinnamon Bay (of Kenny Chesney fame) and more. Join us in Pub Crawl (by boat) Soggy Dollar, Willie T., BeeLine, Cow Wreck, Bitter End and more. Visit with history - ..Blackbeards Castle, the Annaberg Ruins, Rams Head. Wonder at the natural wonders - The Indians, The Bath,

The Caves, The Dogs... snorkel and swim to your hearts delight.

With more than 90 islands to explore... - your day will be filled with fun in the sun, exploring several new spots, and sleeping on the water under the stars.

Please note: Trips are customized to fit your specific needs.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday boat in Red Hook, Virgin Islands

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1 night minimum stay

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Prices shown are "captain only". All inclusive rates, half board rates, Holidays, Specials and custom meal plans are also available at different rates. Captain only rates do NOT include food, taxes & customs, fuel, docks or moorings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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