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Ferry service is a great way to get from the sister island of St. Kitts over to Nevis. This is particularly true because a number of international flights terminate in St. Kitts. Also some people like to use the ferries for a day trip over to St. Kitts from Nevis. The two islands are quite close together: at their closest point they are only 2 miles apart, across a channel known as "the Narrows". And yet the two islands have quite different atmospheres.
There is a choice of two different ferry services; both of the ferry services are reliable, pleasant, safe, and not expensive. The trip from one island to the other is in both cases a picturesque and scenic ride.
Two of the ferry boats at port in Charlestown, Nevis
The original ferry services (using the ferry boats Carib Surf, Carib Breeze, Carib Queen, Geronimo, Mark Twain and Sea Hustler) run between the capital cities of these two Caribbean islands, from the harbor in Basseterre in St. Kitts (not far from the St. Kitts airport), all the way over to the dock at Charlestown in Nevis. Most of these ferries take about 30 or 45 minutes and, except for Sea Hustler, they are passenger ferries which do not take cars. They run primarily during the busiest times of the morning and afternoon, when the service is hourly. However from 10 am to 3 pm, during the middle of the day, the service is every two hours. The cost is only US$12 each way, the views are superb, but note that the ferry schedule is variable and a bit unpredictable, so ask at the port, or phone them about times. It is sensible at the very least to consult the supposed schedule for that particular day: http://www.sknvibes.com/FerrySchedule... . Note that this on-line schedule also includes the "Sea Bridge" ferries, which service a different route.
The "Sea Bridge" ferry is a car ferry which also takes pedestrians. It runs a much shorter route across " The Narrows" from Majors Bay near the tip of the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts, to Cades Bay on the northwestern end of the island of Nevis, and also from Cades Bay over to Majors Bay. This ferry uses two boats, and it can be used to get from the St. Kitts "Bradshaw" airport to Nevis, if you hire a taxi to take you on the picturesque and hilly 20-minute drive from the airport to the ferry slip in Majors Bay. Majors Bay on St. Kitts currently has no businesses, no homes, or any other kind of development, and no bus service. The ferry slip at Cades Bay on Nevis currently has no businesses right at the landing point, so if you are not in a car, you may either want to call and arrange for a taxi in advance, or consider walking 100 yards up to the main road and taking a bus into town, if that is where you want to be.
The "Sea Bridge" ferry trip takes only about 20 minutes. It costs Eastern Caribbean dollars 75 ( US$28) for a car and driver one way, EC$125 ( US$46) for a car and driver round trip, and EC$15 ( US$5.50) for any other passengers, whether they are on foot or in a car. The "Sea Bridge" runs all day from 8 am to 7 pm, every two hours, except on Wednesdays, when it runs afternoons only. See this website for the schedule and more information.
There is no regular ferry service to other islands in the general area, such as Statia (aka Sint Eustatius), Antigua, or Montserrat, but several times a year the largest ferry boat, the "Sea Hustler" offers a special day trip to one of those islands, usually on a public holiday, and so it is worth asking at the ticket booths to see if anything like that might be available while you are on Nevis. These day trips are certainly not a luxury cruise, far from it, but each one is a curious and interesting adventure.
A beautiful sunset over the Narrows