Location
  • British Virgin Islands
Length
2 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Boat
Language
English

Pricing

What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 08, 2021

About Program

Participants to the ActionQuest Summer Adventure Program in British Virgin Islands will have the opportunity to live aboard a sailing yacht in a small group of 12 of similar age to learn life-changing lessons, build connections and experience the confidence of succeeding as an individual and as a team. In addition, by learning introductory marine biology, water skiing, seamanship, navigation, wake boarding, windsurfing, participants also have the opportunity to earn internationally recognized certifications in sailing and scuba diving.

Program Reviews

9.97 Rating
based on 32 reviews
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  • Growth 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.7
  • Safety 9.8
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 9.8
  • Value 10
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Nina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic!

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Anzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Experience

Action Quest has been one of, if not the best, opportunities of my life and I wish that everyone could have the opportunity to experience it, because everything is truly amazing. Everything. But seriously, the diving, sailing, marine biology, etc are great but you can’t beat the people. The people you meet are what really make the program special. I have been lucky enough to participate in Action Quest’s programs for two summers now, and they have both been great. Some of my best memories are of the times we shared on the boat, making dinner, playing cards, studying for our certifications, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets! I can’t wait for next summer!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I think my most nerve-recking moment was traveling overseas by myself for the first time, however the staff were extremely inviting and caring from the moment we landed. Everyone was so kind and I quickly lost all worries. This later helped me grow and become more independent and made the bond between staff and students stronger.
1 person found this review helpful.
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sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Action Quest Neptune

It was the best three weeks of my life! the food exceeded standards for food that was served on a boat. Some of our groups most meaningful conversations came out of life works. I loved all of them. The environment is incredible. I got to spend everyday scuba diving and spending time in paradise while hanging out with all these incredible people. Even though some things were out of my comfort zone it pushed me to grow so much as a person, and made some of the most valuable friendships. I really hope to return for an internship next summer!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Deep diving- we got to dive down to 95 feet which was insane, as well as leading a night dive!
1 person found this review helpful.
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Zara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Most AMAZING Experience of My Entire Life

100% the best experience of my life and I will tell you exactly why:

The vulnerability that was shared on this trip is truly something I will never forget and never get over. I went into the trip thinking that it would only be centered around marine biology, but I was proved wrong in the best possible way. By having reflective conversations with my crew, feeling safe enough to cry when talking about difficult things in my life, and having the support throughout it all, is such a gift and I am forever grateful to ActionQuest for providing me with that experience. I have recommended it to everyone I know, all my parent’s friends, and everyone can see the joy I have after being there. I have not been that happy in a really long time so once again thank you to everyone who made those three weeks possible, and the best three weeks of my entire life. The food was great for being on a boat for three weeks. There were rarely any meals that I had a serious dislike for.

Everything was more than I could ever dream of.
Please understand that it is not one thing that makes ActionQuest so amazing. Everything about it, the people, the crew, and the activities made this experience the most amazing three weeks of my life. I couldn’t pick just one. Thank you so much for letting me have the opportunity to come out. This trip has made me want to come back time and time again, even as a counselor one day. I am forever grateful. This is just the beginning of my adventure, and I couldn’t have asked for a better start than ActionQuest.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would do it exactly the same, it was truly that perfect. I cannot thank the staff enough for creating the most incredible experience of my life, I will never forget how this trip helped to change my life and set me on a course for a brighter future!
3 people found this review helpful.
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2019 experience

Our daughter had an incredible time on this trip! I liked this program of course for this reason, but also because she learned several new skills and the updates that we were given routinely made it easy for us to visualize her daily experiences. I like the level of the responsibilities that the teens had for helping with meals and taking care of the boat and also the lack of time they had with their phones. (no social media for several days at a time is so healthy) I would definitely recommend this to any par4ent that wants their teens. oday, for many teens, there are so many pressures on them to conform to what our culture believes makes a successful adolescent (sports, ACT prep, good grades....). Not to mention all of the other pressures that come from just being a teenager in an age of social media. This is a great outlet that allows and encourages young people to do something different, to come together with kids from different areas with different backgrounds, to learn new skills and learn how to respect and care for our oceans, and also to learn to independently and confidently experience something new. This is not just a fun camp experience for your teenager. They are learning valuable skills. They are expected to be particpating member of the team and everyone is encouraged to take on leadership roles at one point or another. I highly recommend this program.

12 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phenomenal!

This is a quote from my 14 year old son who was on the Vega trip June 2019:

It was completely and utterly fantastic and it was one of the best 3 weeks of my life.

It was such a pleasure to send our son on a trip in which he had experiences we could never give him, and learned things we could never teach him. He made new friends, enjoyed his counselors, and loved the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun. It was a dream of a trip - I wish we adults could do it too!

This site wants us to write quite a long review, so I will just add one more quote: One afternoon while speaking to our son I asked him if he was sleeping well at night. He replied, "Well, I go to bed in my hammock on deck and wake up in the morning next to big yachts. So yes, I'm sleeping well!"

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was very well organized and well supervised. Keep up the good work!
10 people found this review helpful.
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Amelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Teen Scuba adventure!

Signing up was a breeze, when I called all the people I talked to knew what they were talking about. The travel agent, Leah was especially helpful. Loved the smiley faces on portal for what needed to be done. Our son came back more confident and mature. With having to do things out of his usual box, he learned new skills, made new friends and had a great time. Great diving, our son did the Neptune and received his Advanced Open Water Padi and 5 other specialty diving certifications. So at 16 he is well on his way to being a Master Diver. He really enjoyed the crew, meeting new friends, and trying new food. He really didn't want to come home and is looking forward in the future to go back and do the Rescue Diver course. I just wish they did a program for adults!

What would you improve about this program?
Absolutely nothing. From meeting the teens at the airport and getting them onboard, to excellent crew, everything was very well organized.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Charles
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AQ "SEAS THE DAY"

Our 17 yr old son came back to us a changed young man. He matured in many ways, from his diet, to his speech, and how he spoke to others. He has commented many times on how must fun he had and that it has helped him be better prepared for college. He has gained more confidence in himself and what he expects out of himself. From the moment he returned, we noticed a significant difference in his mannerisms and interactions. To this day, he has not stopped talking about his time spent with AQ in the BVI. From his flight out to his time spent on the boat, to his return, we felt completely comfortable with AQ's system. Excellent communication, action pictures and updates were very helpful to us. We could see it in his smile and his eyes, how much fun he was having. As parents, we highly recommend AQ.

What would you improve about this program?
Good question. I would say.
Don't stop doing what you do.
10 people found this review helpful.

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