Getting to Nevis from St Kitts
Most travelers to Nevis come by way of the airport in St Kitts. From there, travelers need to cross the channel of narrows between the two sister islands to arrive in Nevis. And that is precisely where the adventure begins!
Cockleshell Bay to Oualie Beach
Water taxis – motor boats that cross the narrows in 10 minutes – are operated by over half a dozen private companies on Nevis. Water taxis depart St. Kitts from Reggae Beach Pier at Cockleshell Bay and arrive on the north coast of Nevis at Oualie Beach. These water taxi services are more expensive than ferries, but faster and more flexible and the trip is very enjoyable. You can sit back and relax with a Ting (grapefruit soda) or local Carib beer as the taxi skips over the waves and you see Nevis Peak growing closer. You’ll want to call in advance and arrange to leave at a time that suits your schedule. Your hotel front desk or concierge can help you make these arrangements.
Taking the Ferry: Basseterre to Charlestown
Five ferries – the Caribe Queen, Mark Twain, Caribe Breeze, Caribe Surf, and Sea Hustler – carry cars and passengers from the ferry terminal in Bassaterre, the capital of St. Kitts, to Charlestown, the capital of Nevis. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes. These ferries run 10 times a day between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Thursdays, with an additional 9 p.m. departure on Fridays, and additional 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ferries on Saturdays. Sunday service is limited, with two morning departures and three in the afternoon. You may purchase tickets from a kiosk at the dock, and pay a small port tax separately at another window. Round-trip tickets require you to pick a specific departure time for the return trip, so if you'd prefer to leave your return time flexible, opt for two singles instead.