Sailing Itinerary for Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
Here is sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation on a shared charter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Weather or other outside factors may mean that your Captain sets an alternative course.
Embarkation normally takes place in the afternoon but the exact time is arranged accoring to the particular vessel you will be sailing on and your arrival time. If your catamaran is docked at the Blue Lagoon Marina, Blue Lagoon, St Vincent, you will be greeted by our management team who will go through the check-in procedure with you. At the pre-arranged time, you will be greeted by your crew and taken onboard with a refreshing welcome cocktail to meet your fellow sailors. At approximately 5.30, as the sun is setting, your yacht will set sail for the short hop to our overnight mooring at Young Island. Take your cocktail and find a comfy spot on the bow of the boat, catch the cool evening breeze on your face, and watch the glorious colours of the tropical sunset as the sun sinks into the ocean. Your holiday adventure has begun.
On arrival, your Captain will show you to your cabin and orient you with your new home for the week, then stow away any empty bags. Sit back, enjoy a drink, and get to know your new shipmates as your Hostess prepares the first of your sumptuous Caribbean dinners. Good wine and good company will melt away the travel blues, and a comfy bed will leave you ready for a glorious week.
Cruising Day 1
Breakfast is served, followed by a safety briefing and a first look at the proposed itinerary for the week. Our first dive or snorkel of the week takes place right here under the boat. The volcanic plug of rock is known as Critter Corner, and for good reason. Sea grass, coral, fans and every sea creature you can imagine live here, and have to be seen to be believed. If you prefer you can take a short dinghy ride to the pier and climb the 255 steps up to Fort Duvernette, complete with ancient cannons. Don’t forget your camera as the view from here is quite stunning. You will then set sail for the windward island of Mustique, a unique privately owned island, developed for the rich and famous, including British Royalty. If you want to participate in the handling of the yacht and sails, you can do so but, if you prefer, just sit back and relax. It is all up to you.
When you arrive in Britannia Bay, Mustique, jump into the crystal clear turquoise waters for some reef exploration before lunch is served. After lunch, a trip around the island by taxi tour is highly recommended. The windward beaches are stunning; make sure you do not miss Macaroni Beach! Enjoy a cocktail at the famous Basils Bar before heading back to your yacht for another wonderful Caribbean dinner.
Cruising Day 2
Following a scrumptious breakfast, we sail downwind past the beautiful windward side of Canouan to the Tobago Cays, arguably the most beautiful area of the Caribbean. The sheer beauty of this place will make you never want to leave. The whole island group is a Marine National Park, and is completely protected by World's End reef and Horseshoe reef. For the novice, SCUBA trial dives can be arranged here through the local dive operator. You will spend the whole day in the Cays with excursions to several different islets, ending with another wonderful sunset followed by dinner onboard. In this location there is virtually no light pollution whatsoever, and your captain may invite all guests up on deck for a night-cap and an evening of the most amazing stargazing. Views of the Milky Way and shooting stars are highly likely.
Cruising Day 3
Before breakfast, the incredible turquoise waters (as the sun rises) invite you for a swim with the turtles in their own feeding sanctuary, where eagle rays also play here to delight you, before drifting back to the boat to find your breakfast awaits you. Afterwards we make another short hop to Jamesby Island, and if conditions allow, your Captain may be able to take you to “Johnny Depp” island, as it has become known, where the burning of the rum from Pirates of the Caribbean took place. Eventually we will head off to Clifton Harbour, on the southern tip of Union Island. Your yacht will dock at this little Caribbean village where a superb opportunity presents itself to step ashore and discover the quaint little market, art gallery and other delightful sights. Later we set sail for the stunning private island of Petit St Vincent, the most southerly point of the Grenadines. On arrival, whilst the Captain nips ashore to book the best tables for your evening dinner, take a cooling swim, snorkel through one of the many reefs, or explore further afield in the kayak - the choice is yours.
As the sun sets, enjoy a cocktail before stepping ashore to the beautiful setting of the PSV beach resort and your evening ashore together. Catch of the day, a glass of wine, the perfect end to another day in paradise.
Cruising Day 4
Before breakfast we move the boat yet again to Mopion, the smallest island in the Grenadines, which has just one thatched umbrella ashore, is surrounded by the PSV reef, and is a must for your photo album. After breakfast, swim to the shore, explore the reef or go for a dive before we set sail for the beautiful Saline Bay on Mayreau. On the way we pass by Palm Island, founded by John Caldwell of Pagan’s Pacific Adventure fame. In this bay you will find underwater caves with myriads of reef fish and we often see electric rays deep on the sandy bottom. The wreck of the 1st world war gun ship "Purina" lies upright in only 40 feet of water, so here you can enjoy further great diving if you wish.
After lunch, a trip ashore and a walk up the hill to the only village, will enable you to see the oldest church in the Caribbean, and marvel at the views across the Marine Park behind, visit the one-room school house and say hello to the children of Mayreau. Visit the home and Bob Marley shrine set up by one of the islands most colourful characters, Righteous Robert. Walk back down the hill on the other side to Saltwhistle Bay, a picture perfect beach and palm tree fringed bay which is the favourite of many of our repeat guests, to find your yacht has been moved to its new spot by your Captain. Take a stroll along the beach and visit one of the many souvenir kiosks before returning aboard and hoisting the sails for a sunset cruise to the island of Canouan. On arrival its Captains cocktails and another culinary delight.
Cruising Day 5
Following breakfast, we set sail for Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia. This is one of the favourite yachting ports of the Caribbean. You sail in from West Cay where you will be lucy enough to catch a glimpse of the fascinating architectural project called "Moonhole", where the houses are literally carved from the rocks lining the shore. (Please note that Moonhole is completely private & may only be viewed from the sea). We sail on, and drop anchor at Princess Margaret Beach, aptly named after the Princess herself, as she came in here on her honeymoon on the Royal Yacht Britannia many years ago. Some of the best dive and snorkel sites in the Grenadines await you here, as well as an abundance of history to browse ashore, and a picture perfect dream beach where you can relax before evening cocktails and dinner aboard.
After dinner your Captain will take you to "Jump Up Party"; a night out that is well known in the Caribbean and in the yachting community since the 1970's. Take your "dancing shoes" (Caribbean style, is just bare feet in soft sand!) or sit back and try to guess the well known songs that sound so different with the magical rhythm of the steel drums.
Cruising Day 6
Open your eyes ever so gently, outside your 'porthole' is the most amazing view. Bequia in the morning is such a special place to be. Up in the yachts cockpit the aroma of fresh brewed coffee is calling you for another scrumptious breakfast. Aaah, what to do now? So many choices and options, perhaps, go for a scuba dive or go ashore and explore Bequia, maybe go for a good run in any direction. At some point we wave a fond "so long" and set sail for Orca Point, just west of Kingstown on St Vincent, where we drop anchor in the bay for lunch, after which you get to dive or snorkel on another of the Pirates of the Caribbean film sets.
Soon it will be time to set sail once more as we make our way back to our home at the Blue Lagoon. There to welcome you back, your base crew will have a guests beach cocktail party organised, with local singer songwriter Socony, on hand to entertain you. Evening dinner will be taken upstairs in the Black Pearl restaurant where you can sway to the beat of a local reggae band, and join in with the singing.
After a last tasty breakfast onboard, it is time to gather your belongings, as well as your wonderful memories of a week in this most beautiful environment. Before exchanging fond farewells, your crew will arrange transport to the airport. You will already be planning your next cruise with Alizes Charters.