Koru doing what she does best!
Cruising Area of Koru
Koru comes equipped with every comfort needed for a world class sailing charter and boasts a huge amount of open space unrivaled by any cruising catamaran in its size range. Watch movies under the stars on the huge, cushioned foredeck, eat breakfast on the flybridge, lunch in the forward lounge and dinner as the sun sets in the spacious outdoor saloon. Three large queen sized staterooms each with separate dry heads and showers as well as walk around beds. Watch the kids wakeboard with your toes in the water sipping on cocktails on the integrated swim platform. Sail in style with a large square topped main, self-tacking jib and a 90 sqm Code 0 for light air conditions.
Toys and activities on board include:
- 2 x Navbow Sublue Underwater Scooters
- 2 x Inflatable SUP´s
- 2 person tube
- Bote inflatable dock
- Noodles and other assorted water toys
- 50lb Shimano 2-speed trolling reel and rod
- 30lb Shiman 2-speed trolling reel and rod
- Penn Spinmaster casting rod
- Assorted lures, jigs and tackle on board
- Lobster gear
Enquire about rendezvous kite boarding otherwise experienced kite boarders may kite from the boat
40´ 4K Smart TV - Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and more subscriptions
Beach shade and rugs
Assorted board games
UNO, Catan, Ticket to Ride, Monopoly DEAL, Yahtzee, Chess, Checkers, Jenga
Dice, Dominoes, Horse Racing, Cards etc
Heaps of other fun stuff, too much to list it all here
Diving with Cpt. Keith as a certified PADI Divemaster
All guests must be certified Open Water divers as a minimum and have dived within 12 months prior to charter. Otherwise, a refresher course is required before diving (can be completed on board).
Koru carries the following scuba gear:
8 x 80lb aluminium tanks
4 x ScubaPro Level BCD´s (2 Md, 1 Lrg, 1 Sml)
4 x Scubapro Mk2 Regulators
4 x Scubapro Genesis SPG Console (depth, pressure, compass)
60lb of soft weights
Masks and Fins
Koru does not carry wetsuits or dive torches. These, along with additional tanks, BCD´s, regulators, masks, fins etc can be rented at Client expense. Please liaise with your Captain to organise any rental gear required ahead of time Cpt will facilitate the rental and delivery of equipment to the boat prior to charter with a local dive shop. Alternately, guests can bring their own gear (so long as service history within 1 year provided).
Included on board at the below additional costs:
$60 per person per dive
$85 per person per night dive (torches and wetsuits not included)
No plastic water bottles, reusable soap dispensers, biodegradable soaps, reef safe locally made sunscreens, solar panels and custom ´Koru´ reusable drinking tumblers for each guest.
Koru Crew Profile
Cpt. Keith Allen
Keith has always had an adventurous spirit, inherited from an extremely nomadic family, mostly spread between Kenya, the U.K., U.S.A. and of course Australia, where he grew up. He has been fortunate enough to have been raised as a well travelled youth which enabled him to grow into someone who can build rapport and friendships with people from many different walks of life and cultures. A trait invaluable when considering the multicultural and close-knit conditions living and working aboard a yacht.
Keith has sailed around all of the windward isles, from St Maarten to Grenada; the Dutch Caribbean, Panama, the Andalusian coast of Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Croatia and the Greek Islands in the Saronic Gulf of the Mediterranean. He has also spent time working on a superyacht that sailed up the east coast of the United States from Fort Lauderdale to Rhode Island as well as around Nantucket and Martha´s Vineyard but realized his heart and true passion was in sailing and smaller boats. Keith´s favorite part about skippering on yachts is hunting for unique bays and the little hidden gems on the islands; from the best beach bars to reefs full of life that can only be reached by boat.
Keith is a third season veteran of the Virgin Islands, a certified PADI divemaster and free diver who loves hunting for fresh spiny lobster to serve, butterflied and grilled in his signature style paired with one of his craft cocktails. Whether it´s chauffeuring guests to dinner by tender, or towing them with tube or wakeboard, you are in safe and capable hands with Keith at the helm.
Jessa was born in Colorado and raised in Texas, and her love for the great outdoors began at a young age. Growing up, her family took vacations to the beach every year. It wasn´t until 2017 that she decided she wanted to live and work in the tropics full time. She quit her desk job and traded in the cubicle for the galley. Jessa began her career as a yacht chef in May 2017, and she loved the yachting lifestyle so much that she spent the next three seasons working on sailing yachts in Croatia. Since then, she has traveled to four different continents, including Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and explored many of the Caribbean islands.
The USVI and BVI quickly became one of her favorite places after sailing and working here at the end of 2018, and she knew instantly that she wanted to further her career here. In 2019 she began her life in the Caribbean and has been loving every day since. She enjoys sailing, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and being able to spend every day on the water!
In addition to the adventurous lifestyle Jessa lives, she loves creating beautiful and delicious meals in the galley. She grew up helping her dad in the kitchen and on the grill, always working to perfect new tex mex meals and southern comfort foods. Her family was constantly making homestyle meals and this is when her passion for cooking began. She believes that cooking is all about sharing, and being able to share unique and tasty dishes with the guests is so important to her!
One of her favorite parts about traveling is being able to experience new cultures and cuisines, and incorporating these cuisines into her own menu. Seafood is a personal favorite of Jessas, to cook and to eat! Jessa finds it very special to be able to use the local seafood for her dishes. On board Felix, Jessa will ensure that your vacation is filled with wholesome, fresh, and local meals. She has experience working with all dietary restrictions and food allergies, and will work with you and your group to create the perfect menu for your week.
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Koru Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Jul 10, 2022||Nov 09, 2022||Unavailable: St Thomas USVI to St Thomas USVI|
|Nov 10, 2022||Nov 15, 2022||Boat Show: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Dec 03, 2022||Dec 10, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Dec 27, 2022||Jan 03, 2023||Booked: Saint Thomas, USVI* to Saint Thomas, USVI*|
|Feb 18, 2023||Feb 25, 2023||Booked: Saint Thomas, USVI* to Saint Thomas, USVI*|
|Mar 11, 2023||Mar 18, 2023||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Apr 05, 2023||Apr 12, 2023||Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*|
|Apr 15, 2023||Apr 22, 2023||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Jun 03, 2023||Jun 10, 2023||Hold: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
Koru Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $20,000
High price: $25,000
|Season||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax|
Yacht terms: All Inclusive*
*Cruising Permits, Fees, and Taxes to be paid by the Charterer upon entry to Cruising Grounds or Ports for all locations. Please inquire about rates and customary fees.
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for Koru.
Koru Guest Reviews
A Whale Of A Time
Cpt Keith and Jessa,
Thank you for sailing with the Jacobs family! We loved seeing St John and St Thomas in a new way! We had epic sea life. Whales! Sharks, turtles, an ell, spotted eagle rays and all the fish. Highs scuba dive the ship wreck, unexpected whales, urtles, playing cards, fancy presentation of chick fil a sauce, fishing, remora poop :|, amazing food and surprise desserts. Lows: National Parks (oliver) [he just wanted to fish!!], sunburn and having to leave and return to the US :(.
Thank you both for an amazing week - best trip ever!
Sam, Amanda, Henry, Oliver and Brian´
We Will Cherish The Memories From This Week Always!
´Dear Keith and Jessa
Thank you for a wonderful adventure this week. We were rookies to the boating/sailing/yachting world and all of our expectations were wildly exceeded. Travelling with 4 young children is always unpredictable and you both went well out of your way to accommodate and engage each one of the kids in their own special way. As much as all the sails, scenery and activities were amazing and breathtaking, the deep talks, laughs and conversations were equally enjoyable. We never once went hungry and meals and snacks (both for kids & adults) were delicious and seemed to be catered specifically for us always!
We will cherish the memories from this week always and will cherish the new friendships we have fostered with the both of you. We wish you nothing but sunny days, smooth sailing and all the successes in the world. Until we meet again...
Love, the Mackinnon family, Tom, Danielle, Neil, Maddie, Emma & Olivia´
I Can´t Think Of A Single Place I´d Rather Be
Being newbies to the whole sailing deal, we really had no idea what to expect. To say we were pleasantly surprised would be a huge understatement. You two made this an experience we will never forget. The way you two handled things for my family was remarkable. On day one I thought ´no big deal - we´re on a boat´ on day 7, I can´t think of a single place I´d rather be. We hope you guys have a great week next week. Thank you for giving my family a trip they´ll never forget. Tom Karolynn, Jordan, JT & Ellen Biegler
New Year´s on Koru! Octopus, Eagle Rays and secluded bays...
Dear Keith and Jessa,
Thank you so much for opening up your home to us over the past week. You both have inspired a little spark inside me to explore this as a possible career path in the future. Your relentless work never went unnoticed, all the meals, stories, and snorkels. I will never forget seeing the octopuses and turtles - really the experience of a lifetime (or hopefully, twice in a lifetime... or more) . Thank you for the laughs, music, and fun. Hope we can all explore a new place together in the future - Sophia Millay
Thank you so much for welcoming us with such gracious hospitality to the Koru this past week. Keith, you are an incredible dive master. I remain amazed with your knowledge of the area and expertise leading dives. I also enjoyed listening to your stories and delicious cocktails. Jessa, you never failed to create a delicious and filling meal. The food was exceptional and your knowledge of the area provided countless useful insights. Thank you both for such a great trip! - Chris MIllay
Thank you so much for an awesome vacation this past week. Before this, I had no idea what to expect in the Virgin Islands. I honestly thought we were going to the Bahamas until we landed. You two are a special crew, and have made this trip very memorable. I loved zooming around on the sooters and seeing my first octopus outside of an aquarium. Maybe on our next trip Keith will be able to throw me off the tube. Thanks for everything! Hope to see you again soon! - Sam Millay
As you can tell from what our children have written above, this has been a very special week for our family. Amy and I are so grateful to have spent a blissful week with you and our adult children. Thank you for your wonderful personas. I will particularly saver the memory of the night dives and watching the stars from the top deck. You made this an unforgettable experience for us. Cheers!! - Todd
We are incredibly grateful for all of your warm hospitality over the past week. Each meal was unique and Jessa, your special sauces were the best! Keith, thank you for your wonderful stories and for providing us with lifelong memories. We will always remember our octopus sightings, fresh lobster dinner, hidden coves and sunset cocktails. Best wishes for healthy and safe charters in 2022. You both make the Koru an unforgettable getaway! - Amy MIllay
Hard to express the Koru Magic - Christmas in the Virgin Islands with the Mellinger Family
It´s hard to express in words the ´Koru Magic´. From your warm hospitality to the fabulous meals (every single one) to the magical coves and reefs, your kindness and professionalism is an absolute 10! For us, this was a gift to be with our children for a week - time that is rare at any age, but particularly hard in their 20´s and 30´s. We LOVED getting to know the two of you and sharing in your Christmas. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We feel so blessed after a week away with you. Always, Doug & Elissa p.s. Thank you for keeping Andrew GF all week! Not an easy task!´
´It was absolutely incredible having the opportunity to get to know you this past week. The lifestyle you two have built for yourselves is remarkable and we are so lucky to have had a slice of it. Wishing you the very, very best for a lifetime of delicious Jessa meals, Keith´s surprisingly strong cocktails, and adventures in the mountains or on the water! Please come enjoy our RV whenever you are off charter! Much Love, Rebecca and Andrew´
´Thank you for creating the best vacation we have ever been on! I am so grateful we got to spend this past week getting to know and learn from you. You make each and every day unique from the amazing food to the adventurous excursions. I loved every moment of it and can´t wait for our next adventure together! You´re always welcome in LA and I hope our paths cross again in the near future. Thanks again x1000 - Lauren Mellinger and thankyou for the bday party!´
´This was truly a special experience. Best snorkeling, food, conversations and games! You were a part of the family this trip. See you again soon! - Grant´
What a Great Way to Rejoice Every Day
´What a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable trip! Loved the food, loved the sailing, loved the sites, loved the cocktails and loved the company! You all are awesome! Thank you for everything - if you guys are ever in San Antonio, please give us a call. You are always welcome in our home. Thank you for the eperience. Good luck to you both in your future ventures. Please keep in touch with us. Merry Christmas and a very happy 2022! Donna´
´Dear Captain Keith and Wonderful Chef Jessa,
Thank you for such a wonderful trip in paradise! You guided us to some great sites, anchors and coves. Quiet and beautiful. And, Jessa your cooking and delicacies were to die for. And your DESSERTS - oh boy! Thanks much, Randy´
´A week on the Koru with you guys proves you don´t have to be young to enjoy your sailing, anchoring and doing nothing. What a great way to rejoice in every day. The two of you made a perfect week for me. Cooking great, sailing great, company great - and fabulous drinks. All in all a joyous week. San Antonio has its charm so hope you will visit one day soon - loved meeting and sharing the week with you - Irene´
´This week with you have put many treasures in my memory bank. The Koru will always be my favorite sail boat. Thank you for the fabulous experiences, the food, your hospitality and patience. My love sails with you into your future. - Margie´
We will treasure the memories we made during our stay on Koru forever
´Dear Keith & Jessa,
Thank you both so much for all the positive energy and hard work that helped make this trip so incredible for us all. From the delicious meals, to the water adventures and everything in between, it was all just lovely. We will treasure the memories we made during our stay on Koru forever. Se hope you will consider visiting us in Philadelphia if you are ever in the area. We promise to try our best to return the favour of great hospitality. Wishing you both continued success. - Deborah and Michael
Thank you for everything! The food was awesome and the tubing and snorkelling was so much fun! Thank you guys for helping us enjoy this trip to the fullest! - Liam
Thank you for all of the hard work you guys did to let us relax and I loved the snorkeling and tubing. I had so much fun with you guys and the food was amazing! - Aiden´
We have dreamed of a trip like this for 10 years...
´Captain Keith & Chef Extraordinaire Jessa,
We have dreamed of a trip like this for 10 years. Shame on us for waiting sooo long. It has truly been a trip of a lifetime. The islands and all the bays were beautiful, but you two made it special!! Thank you so much! Each meal was amazing! Your planned route was well thought out and perfect for us. We wish you all the best and cannot thank you enough! - Louis and Sarah Cox
Thank you for making our Virgin Islands sailing trip so memorable. You satisfied all our requests perfectly. Jessa, your food was amazing and we cannot wait to try some of your recipes at home. (I will send you a picture of Chuck´s belly tattoo soon). Thanks for the birthday key lime pie! Keith, you were the ultimate captain. So calm and reassuring with great recommendations on spots to see and places to eat. Thanks for the smooth sailing! The trip exceeded all expectations... i wish you guys all the best! If you are in NC please call us and come see us at Topsail beach! - Chuck and Deb
What an incredible week! We can´t thank you enough for your amazing hospitality, service and professionalism. You were two or three steps ahead of us all week long and we truly appreciate the extra effort you invested in making this such a relaxing and unforgettable trip for us. Every meal was outstanding and so well-planned with an excellent and healthy menu. Just what you would expect to find in any five star restaurant! We are huge Koru fans and you are what made it all happen. Thank you so much for making this one of the best vacation experiences ever! - Jeff & Lynette