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Share Your Vacation Preferences With Us

In order to make your stay onboard SV Katlo (Sailing Vessel Katlo) as comfortable as possible, download the Katlo Caribbean Vacation Preference Form using the button below to collect and send your group’s preferences to us.

 

Completing this document and sending it back in to us gives you the opportunity to let us know any specific preferences, likes, dislikes and needs in accordance with your individual tastes and daily habits.  This allows us time to plan and cater to your preferences and needs.

Please contact all members of your party, if possible before completing this form. We like to ensure that everyone’s favorites and preferences are taken into account.

Please bear in mind, we will always try our best to have your preferred items onboard but sometimes we are limited as to what is available in the islands. Also please remember foreign country brands may vary as well.

What to bring and what to know about your Katlo private yacht charter

Most of us overpack when we travel, and with a vacation as unique as this one, it may be tempting to pack for just about any scenario you can envision. While Katlo is spacious, there are limited storage areas aboard any boat, so we encourage you to pack lightly and bring soft-sided luggage that can be folded and tucked away.

Below is what we recommend for your vacation aboard Katlo

  • Passport
  • ATM cards, credit cards, and cash
  • Swim suits
  • Sandals for on shore
  • Shoes for the boat (any with non-marking soles, NO BLACK SOLES)
  • Cover-ups
  • Lightweight shorts and t-shirts
  • Lightweight long pants or dresses (for nights out ashore)
  • Lightweight UV shirt (great for in the water, too)
  • A dressy shirt or blouse (for nights out ashore)
  • Lightweight long-sleeve t-shirts
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses (an extra pair is always a good idea)
  • Breathable lightweight raincoat
  • Anything special you require (medications, pillows, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Waterproof sunscreen (no spray sunscreen please)
  • Insect repellent and bite relief stick
  • Camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Any internet-ready devices like smartphones, tablets, and e-Readers, as well as their chargers (Katlo has complimentary WiFi for internet access while onboard)
  • Any pleasure reading

Please mark all luggage with your appropriate contact information, as well as with Katlo Charters name. If your bags are delayed, they can be delivered directly to our boat. It’s also a good idea to pack a spare change of clothes and all medications in your carry-on.

What Not to Pack

We want you to have the best vacation possible, so please only bring over-the-counter medications and those you have prescriptions for. The BVIs have a very strict zero-tolerance policy on drugs with steep consequences, so avoiding this helps ensure that your vacation experience will be wonderful.

Other Things to Note

Notify your credit and debit card banks or companies that you will be vacationing out of the country so that transactions in the BVIs aren’t labeled fraudulent and your credit cards frozen. Often automated fraud prevention will block transactions anyway so be sure to bring phone numbers and website addresses so you may quickly contact the bank to remove the block.

While swimsuit attire is perfectly acceptable on the beaches and on Katlo, if you’re journeying anywhere else on the island, it’s encouraged to dress casually, but covered.

The island locals customarily greet each other and visitors as they enter their shops or conversations with “good morning”, “good afternoon” or “good night” depending on the time of day. These pleasantries reflect one of the warm and friendly traditions of the islands. Aside from it helping with all your experiences here, you may also make a new friend.

Tipping in the Islands

Tipping at restaurants in the islands is similar to that in the U.S. in that 15% is typically customary for good service. In the islands, however, it is often automatically included in your bill, so always check when paying. It’s considerate to leave a little extra for your wait staff, as at some establishments they don’t see any of the tip that is included in the bill.

With taxis and at bars, tipping is generally 10-15% and is not included in your bill.

If you had a great experience on Katlo, it’s kind to leave your crew a tip. A standard tip is 15% of the charter price, though it is not unusual to give a tip of 20% or more for exceptional service. Any tips are divided equally among the crew.