John and Carole Borden met in college where they both earned their Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.s/v ASOLARE

Carole went on to work in Radio and Television, while John went sailing.  The two kept in touch as John was hired to run everything from Yawls to Brigs and was based everywhere from the Florida Keys to Australia.

Carole and John were married and purchased their first charter sailing yacht which they operated for 5 years in the Eastern Caribbean.  Ultimately they returned to the Carolinas to start a family and their Charleston based charter company, AquaSafaris, Inc.

The two possess an an unparalleled knowledge of their industry as charter yacht owners, operators, managers, agents and builders.  They travel regularly to the Caribbean and Mediterranean to inspect a growing number of quality sail, power and fishing vessels for their clients.  Carole was even elected by her peers to serve as secretary for the international Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA).

Both John and Carole will tell you that there is no better accolade than being able to make a living by doing what you love most, and sharing it with others!


As owners and operators, we continue to play an active role in daily operations.  At the heart of AquaSafaris is our desire to share the world with others, whether the journey is an afternoon charter in Charleston, an island-hopping odyssey through the Caribbean, or an exploration of exotic ports in the Mediterranean or Greek Isles.

We work with professional Captains guaranteed to have proper certification – including Coast Guard certification for those operating in US waters. Captains and crews are not only skilled, but they also enjoy what they do!  Likewise, our office staff has extensive experience in the hospitality and resort industries, and are always ready to serve your charter needs.

Looking forward to handling your charter needs-

John & Carole Borden