|Guest cabin configuration:|
|3 Double cabins (two bathrooms, no AC)|
|Children Min. Age||none|
|Home port||Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands|
Mimbaw is a Lagoon 410 dive catamaran that can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed and its own shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed and a shared shower and toilet.
Cruising the Caribbean in style Mimbaw is equipped with tanks and dive gear, including Nitrox, for up to 4 dives a day. In addition, the powerful dinghy allows guests to enjoy the thrill of wakeboarding, skiing and tubing. Perfect for thrill seekers, Mimbaw is a haven also for those wishing to relax on the large deck space in the sun while enjoying a cool cocktail. Or would that drink be preferred at the floating bar?
The experienced Captain and Chef crew ensure guests find what they are looking for on their special vacation. The Divemaster captain is very knowledgeable of the islands, the best dive spots and secluded anchorages.
The Chef is the perfect hostess, creating a unique Mimbaw atmosphere for guests in which to savor great food. Leave behind the "hostel style" live-aboard dive vessels and enter into a luxury all-inclusive catamaran. Your private Chef/Hostess will create culinary delights while you enjoy lounging on the trampoline, or on the jumbo beanbags between dives.
We sail and dive the St. Maarten/St. Barth/Saba/Statia/Anguilla area and the British Virgin Islands. You decide where we sail! Mimbaw's experienced captain and dive instructor is available to guide you to the most pristine dive sites in the area.
Mimbaw is one of only a handful of dive yachts and the only one of its size and price range offering NITROX diving. Many toys including a fast dinghy for water sports like water-skiing, tubing, and wake boarding are available for your pleasure at no extra charge. A floating bar and beach lounge barbecue set will add to your unforgettable sailing and diving experience aboard Mimbaw.
Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
Watermaker produces 6 gallons per hour Mimbaw endeavors to operate with a reduced-carbon footprint and charters in a fashion that is supportive and respectful of the local environment. A large solar array and the good use of windscoops negate the need for a diesel powered generator. The solar array runs all electrical systems on board including the dredges and freezers, water and ice makers.
Mimbaw uses a copper coat to protect hued undersides for 10 years rather than an annual covering of toxic anti-foul paint. Elbow grease and green cleaning products are used where possible. Constant effort is made to source organic, fresh food and that with the least amount of air-miles. The intent and desire of the Mimbaw crew is to continuously find ways to improve Mimbaw's green credentials.
Mimbaw is the perfect choice for active guests. We have diving for beginners wanting to try the sport - referral certification for Padi, up to experienced divers who want only the captains input on the most pristine sites available. Three kayaks for 2 people each allow eco exploring of pristine beaches including the in island salt lakes of Anagada to view the Flamingos, a tender able to take all guests and still wake board and water ski. Relax on the trampoline between adventures. Join us for snorkeling with the floating bar and fun crew of Mimbaw.
Stand up paddle board
Bastiaan & Christina
Bastiaan is one of a few yacht captains who can claim an authentic lifelong passion for sailing. Bastiaan was born on a houseboat in the Dutch river De Vecht. At age 4, he was given his own sailing dinghy and fondly remembers the feeling of independence as he held the rudder in his hand. To complement his love of water, Bastiaan received his PADI open water scuba certification in Curacao 15 years ago. He has since dived in sites all around the world, and has qualified as a PADI dive master and scuba instructor.
Bastiaan is thrilled to be able to entertain guests aboard Mimbaw. He is easy-going, energetic, caring and sociable and gets along well with people from all walks of life. He looks forward to showing you around his favorite nooks in the Caribbean.
Captain - PADI Dive instructor - Emergency First Response (CPR, first aid) instructor - STCW 95
Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish and a little bit of Chinese, Korean and Italian
Hobbies & Interests
Traveling, Sailing, Diving, Windsurfing, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Alpine skiing, Mountain biking, Inline skating, Ice skating, Flying sports planes, Rugby, Nature, Kayaking, Horseback riding, Singing, Dancing, Socializing and being your captain
Bastiaan is joined by a professional chef/mate.See reviews
Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.
Hours required between charters: 48 hours
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Mimbaw!
The crew was fantastic. Bastiaan is extremely sociable, knowledgeable, and overall just fun to be with. Christina is great too. She was a bit quiet to start, but after a couple days was talkative and less reserved. They were both always attentive and were good listeners – about asking what we’d like to see, do, eat and drink. There was never a request that wasn’t met, and with joy!
The dives and snorkeling were great fun. In particular, I appreciated that Bastiaan wanted to make sure we had a good experience. For example, at one dive site we were planning, we snorkeled over it first and after consulting with Bastiaan, we decided it wasn’t worth it and held off for a different spot. That was indicative of the trip - Bastiaan and Christina really wanted us to enjoy ourselves and maximize the week, not just a “check this box” approach to filling our time.
Mimbaw is a good yacht. It’s comfortable and well-laid out. This was our second trip on Mimbaw (different crew the first time), and it felt good to be back “home” for the week.
The food was very good. Breakfast was fairly standard, by request – bread, fruit, coffee, etc. One morning we were in the mood for eggs and bacon, which were provided no problem. Another morning, Bastiaan headed out on the dingy early in the morning and returned with some fresh pastries from the local French bakery. Each lunch and dinner was a good meal – hearty and eclectic. The risotto inside pineapple was especially memorable, as was the grilled lobster. And Bastiaan hooked us up with a local who provided fresh conch that we took back to the boat for lunch. That was a nice surprise after a long day of hiking.
Sailing around St. Maarten-St. Barths is a little different from the Bahamas or BVI. There is actually a lot of sailing to be done! On that level, this trip was different from others we’ve gone on. The plus side is sailing is relaxing and enjoyable. The downside – a couple long stretches of rough seas! But this was a good place to be in part because it offers such a different experience.
John at Sailing Directions is fantastic. He makes chartering easy, from matching up with boat/crew, to taking care of all the business details. And he answers emails with hours (if not sooner), no matter how big/little the question. I’m not sure when he sleeps! We’ve done three with Sailing Directions already, and expect #4 once we know our schedule for 2017.
Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the Caribbean Leeward Islands
What a wonderful, stress-less trip. The crew was great, the interaction couldn't have been better. Mimbaw was all it claimed to be. The food was wonderful, chef Marie is one of a kind, what a nice person. The sailing itinerary was spot on. Sailing Directions is first class, communication was very good and will recommend to our friends. Our group is already discussing about doing this charter again next year. A real trip of a life time.
Mark R, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the British Virgin Islands
In the words of my 23 year old son, "the trip was awesome".
Captain Bastiaan makes the Dos Equos guy look like a minor leaguer. Bastiaan is quite possibly the world's most interesting man. He is always on his game whether it be planning the route, fishing, navigating the boat, grilling, diving, hiking, etc. He does it all and does it all very well.
Chef Amsa was a pleasure. Very kind and accommodating. She was attentive to our requests and did a fabulous job in the galley. She prepared a nice variety of dishes and presented us with some delicious meals.
We were concerned with the lack of air conditioning. No problem. Plenty of ventilation kept us comfortable at night. Mimbaw offered plenty of room for our family of 6.
The best part of the trip was seeing and doing. We presented Bastiaan with a very ambitious agenda. He managed to get all the places we requested, including Christmas on Anegada.
If you like to do things and see places and have a bit of adventure in you, a crewed yacht charter is a great way to vacation.
Michael W, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the British Virgin Islands
The crew were fantastic - friendly, fun, and engaging, but all very professional. They knew the waters well and were expert at handling the boat at all times. They were also very flexible with the planning, offering good suggestions every day.
The boat was perfect for us. It was roomy enough for us (2 guests, each with our own room) and there was plenty of space on the boat to be together or apart.
The food was really good. Every meal was tasty. Kim asked about favorite kinds of dishes and ingredients. When I happened to mention that I love cilantro, lo and behold, our next dinner had plenty of it, along with a salad the next day!
Every day was a perfect mixture of excitement and rest. We did some snorkeling, diving, hiking, wakeboarding, etc. Even tried surfing when we spotted some breaking water.
Sailing Directions continues to be a great brokerage to work with - always quick, helpful replies; always help finding the boat and type of crew/experience we're looking for.
Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the Virgin Islands