Apr 13, 2023 - Things to Do

You can now ride tiki cruises on the James River

People standing and drinking on a boat with a tiki hut

Image: Courtesy of Sea Suite Cruises

There's a new boat cruise in town: Tiki Club RVA, the Polynesian brother of Paddle Club RVA, which made its Richmond debut last summer.

Driving the news: Tiki Club RVA launches this month under the Sea Suite Cruises umbrella, the 5-year-old D.C.-based boat ride company that now offers two types of boat cruises in D.C., Richmond and Maryland.

Unlike the pedal-powered paddle boat, this one fully runs on an engine and comes equipped with bamboo trim, a thatched roof, tiki bar and bathroom.

How it works: Cruisers can rent a spot aboard the 30-passenger boat for an hour-and-45-minute cruise up and down the James River, leaving from Rocketts Landing. Full boat buyouts are also available.

  • Pricing is based on day of the week, at $40–$55 per person or $1,120–$1,540 for a buyout.
  • Like its Paddle Club sibling, all cruises are BYOB — wine or beer, cans only and no liquor. BYO food and snacks are also welcome.

Tiki reservations will launch in the coming weeks and Paddle Club reservations are now live.

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