How does this work?
Much like a restaurant or banquet room in a hotel, you pick the time, date, number of guests, food, and beverage choices and we produce your entire event from start to finish. You just show up and have fun!
How much does it cost?
Can I do this a-la “Cheap”?
Yes and no. The cost of producing an event on a boat makes it difficult to make the charges as cheap as some “land” venues. However, we do allow options like “BYOF” or a cash bar (where guests purchase drinks at the bar), both of which keep the cost lower than what a full-service event might be. Also, as far as boats go, we believe we are the most reasonably priced company in Marina Del Rey and the only one that lets you bring your own food.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Unfortunately not, we are a licensed facility, and no outside drinks are allowed at all.
How do I book?
Booking is easy; you just give us some basic info like the time, date, estimated guest count, and food and beverage choices. We forward a proposal, our terms and conditions, and a link for you to pay a down payment via credit card. You must make a down payment to reserve the spot. We don’t hold them, it’s first come, first serve. Final payment is due 3 business days prior to your event after you’ve given us the final guest count.
How much is the down payment?
What if I decide to cancel?
Not a problem, as long as you do it 120 days prior to the event. We’ll refund the down payment less a 3.5% processing fee for the credit card fee incurred.
If you cancel within 120 days, you will forfeit the deposit. Canceling within 7 days of the event, you will be liable for the entire amount.
Please remember when you reserve one of our slots we cannot sell it to another party hence the cancellation policy.
What if when I reserve I’m not sure of my guest count yet?
Not a problem, we can go with a tentative count, when we finalize 7 days prior to the event, you can give us your most current count, and we will price accordingly. Do note, however, that if you have a prime time slot, you will still be liable to meet your contracted buyout, even if your guest count drops.
What does a minimum buyout mean?
It’s the premium amount you will need to spend to get a Friday night or Saturday time slot, as these are our most popular. Holiday times and dates may also apply.
Generally, these range between $3250 for Tiki Too and $3750 for TiKi Mermaid in the overall cost of your event.
Do you have 2 boats?
Yes, the maximum capacity of the Tiki Too is 49 guests, and the TiKi Mermaid is 62 guests. They are both very similar in our “Tiki” themed style, and both are very popular. Both have bars, lounges, dance floors, outdoor decks, and two restrooms each.
Generally, we place your event on the boat which is more size appropriate. Your placement may also depend on the minimum buyouts.
You are welcome to request a specific boat, and we will do our best to accommodate the request, but we do reserve the right to move your event if necessary since boats do break and unforeseen circumstances do occur.
Where do you cruise?
We cruise around the Marina Del Rey harbor and throughout all of the basins but we do not go out into the ocean.
What if my boat breaks during my event?
Although rarely, this does happen. In the event of very high winds, this can also prohibit your being able to sail, although also a very rare occurrence.
This will be very unfortunate but your party will go on and be really fun but dockside. Hence, it will be like a waterside restaurant tied to the dock. You’ll still have your food, drinks, dance floor, staff, lounge, and all the fun stuff we regularly provide.
We know this may be very disappointing, but any vessel is subject to break or subject to the elements which prohibit performance. You take this chance by booking a boat, car, bus, plane, etc.
Do you allow smoking on board?
Due to changes in California regulations, cigarette and cigar smoking is not allowed on the boats. Please note: marijuana smoking is strictly prohibited on board, even if you have a prescription.
We are regulated by the US Coast Guard which does not recognize its use as a legal substance. Any illegal substance found to be used on-board subjects your event to being closed down early as we risk losing our license to operate.
How does alcohol work onboard?
Much like a regular land bar, you must be 21 to drink alcohol. We serve until 2 am, and we serve very responsibly. Most events opt for an open unlimited bar where guests can help themselves to as many drinks as they’d like. However, we reserve the right to cut anyone off who is overly intoxicated at any time.
If you opt to not have an open bar, we can set up a cash bar where your guests can purchase drinks directly from the bar while on board.
Also, there are different bar prices depending on the quality of the liquor; all-inclusive non-alcoholic drinks as well as wine, champagne, and beer. Please see our menus for details of what is included in each type of alcohol bar.
What about food?
If you purchase from us, we serve buffet style and unlimited. Guests can help themselves to as much as they want. All our packages are “Party Platter” style hence designed to be bite-size but plentiful and available during an entire 3-hour event. Also, we do a very attractive and professional presentation.
If you opt to bring your own food, you will also need to provide basic and service utensils, plates, and platters. Everything needs to come plated and ready as we do not have a kitchen on board. If you need food warmers they must be rented from us at a small charge. We will give you and another person additional pre-party time to set up your food. You will also be incurring an additional fee for cleaning and a server to help clean during your event.
Can I decorate?
Yes! You can bring anything except confetti, streamers , or any other décor which causes an excessive or sticky mess. Also, no candy please, or candles. We provide votives on board. Balloons are not permitted as we strive to protect the wildlife of our local ocean waters. Our boats are highly decorated so you really don’t need very much. Most guests just bring a banner or some flower.
What about music?
We have an awesome stereo system, which you can connect to any device utilizing a Bluetooth connection. You only need to bring in the device charged.
We also offer a great DJ who can play any type of music you request at the rate of $225 per hour.
If you’d like to bring in your own entertainment, that’s fine too. They must provide ALL of their own equipment, including speakers, and will be charged as a guest. This also applies to outside vendors brought on – board.
What’s the deal with parking?
There will be pay stations around the lot. The parking rates are $2.00 for 2 hours; $4.00 for 4 hours; and $8.00 for all day. We recommend purchasing the $8.00 all day option, to avoid any penalties and time to enjoy the sites prior to and post-party.
Where would a bus park?
There are bus parking lanes on the street side of our parking lot next to the exit booth.
What landmark do I look for when trying to find your location?
Look for the restaurant El Torito or Whisky Reds in Fisherman’s Village and park anywhere in that parking lot.
I have a prescription for marijuana. Can I smoke it on board?
No illegal drugs of any kind are permitted onboard (including prescribed marijuana). If any is found the party will be terminated immediately and no refunds will be given.
Are your yachts handicap accessible?
While both docks are handicap accessible, the lounge area on the Tiki Mermaid is not accessible via wheelchair. The Tiki Too, however, does have ample seating on the lower deck.
What type of events do you throw?
- Birthday party
- Milestone 80/70/60/50/40th
- Dirty 30
- 21st birthday
- Sweet 16
- Bat/Bar Mitzvah
- Holiday Events
- St. Patricks Day
- New Years/Eve
- Cinco De Mayo
- Family Reunion
- Wedding reception
- Bridal Shower
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
- Engagement Party
- Divorce Party
- Mother/Father’s Day
- Baby Shower
- Kids Party
- Surprise Party
- Dance Party
- Costume Party
- Welcome/Farewell Party
- Fundraising/Non Profit
- Photo/Film Shoot
- Fashion Shoot
- Pre/After Party
- Just because
- College Party
- Team B
Got any more questions? Don’t hesitate to send them to us!