Day 1: Arrive 8 am. (guests can stay onboard the night before at no extra cost), allocation of berths and watches, familiarization, briefing on itinerary. Sail to Carriacou, possible lunch stop at Isle de Ronde, dinner ashore.
Day 2: Clear customs, sail to Union island for lunch and clear customs. Afternoon and evening in Tobago Cays. Swimming with turtles (almost) guaranteed.
Days 3, 4 and 5: Sailing the southern Grenadines, the jewel in the Caribbean. Mayreau, Canouan, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, etc.
Day 6: Sail to Union Island, clear customs then overnight in Chatham Bay. Great night ashore at local beach bars, good food and entertainment.
Day 7: Return sail to St. George’s Grenada, clear customs then guests can disembark or stay on board (no extra charge) for celebration party with the crew.
St. George's, Grenada
An attractive colonial-era town spilling down a hillside above the Carenage, with its horseshoe-shaped harbor, Grenada's capital of ST GEORGE'S received the full brunt of Hurricane Ivan's high winds, and the bevy of new terracotta-coloured roofs stand in testament to the power of the wind.
St George's won't take more than a day to explore, and it's worth taking time away from the beach to do so. Though the market is at its liveliest on Saturday morning, most shops close on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays, making the town a quiet place during those times – except when a cruise ship moors at the spanking new docks, in which case the town explodes into a frenzy of activity, market stalls spring up on shore, restaurants and bars fill up, street vendors and local guides come out in force.
Peaceful and removed describes this patch of paradise. Green rolling hills descend to sandy white beaches (typical of the Grenadines.) At Tyrrel Bay, under the shade of palms at the edge of the sea, you can watch local men building schooners by hand. Still unspoiled by mass tourism, this is the perfect spot for getting away-from-it-all.
Union Island, , Grenadines
The most southerly island of the Grenadines, Union Island is a mere three miles by one mile, garnished with two dramatic peaks and a population of 2000. Once you land on shore, you won’t want to leave. Union Island is a sailor’s delight offering pretty anchorages, a couple of rowdy bars and some good restaurants. There is mile after mile of undisturbed sand and wild mangoes for the taking.
Tobago Cays (St. Vincent & Grenadines)
The five small islands of the Tobago Cays are an archipelago with extensive coral reefs located in the Southern Grenadines, and make up the Tobago Cays Marine Park. These uninhabited cays offer heavenly lagoons with green turtles, colorful fishes and crystal clear waters.
Mayreau, Grenadine Islands
The island of Mayreau is a true break from reality, with only one road, virtually no development, and farm animals outnumbering the inhabitants. One of the Grenadines, in the larger chain of Windward Islands, it has beautiful beaches, and plenty of solitude. View it as your own private island.
Canouan Island, Grenadines
Canouan is a tiny island, one of the Grenadines Islands belonging to St Vincent. Its capital village is Charlestown. A barrier reef runs along the Atlantic side of the dry island. It is outlined with rounded hills beneath the “Maho”, a 900-foot tall Mount Mahoult, the highest point on the island. Two bays, Glossy and Friendship, separate the southern side of the island.
Canouan's history goes back more than 200 years before Christ, when a cultivated tribe called the Arawaks arrived on the island. These new residents brought fire-burners, plants and animals, basic farming and fishing skills with them. They lived in peace for 1500 years until a tribe of fierce fighters called the Caribs, invaded and killed the Arawak men and took off with their woman.
More than 200 years after Columbus, Europeans established a kind of permanent settlement. The island's mountainous and heavily forested geography allowed the Caribs to defend against European settlement here longer than on almost any other island in the Caribbean. After the Caribs were defeated on other islands they joined slaves who had escaped repression on Barbados, as well as those who had survived shipwrecks near St. Vincent and Bequia, by following the current and trade winds westward to St. Vincent.
The mixed descendants of the island warriors and the freed Africans (who became known as the Black Caribs), with their common distrust and disgust for the Europeans, proved to be a fearsome foe. The Caribs feared complete domination so they allowed the French to construct a settlement on the island in 1719. The French brought slaves to work their plantations.
St. Vincent is the only Caribbean country where whale hunting is allowed. A small group of hunters carries on the tradition off the small island of Bequia.
St. George's, Grenada (return)
Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Bordered by stunning beaches, and dotted with picturesque towns, this verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa. The seductive fragrance drifts through the colorful Saturday markets and Grenada's dense forests. In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rain forests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable. The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the loveliest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped harbor is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.