Our crew will welcome you on board in the port of Pointe-à-Pitre. Embarkation takes place at 19:00 hours. Afterwards, there will be dinner together in the comfortable lounge, where you will quickly feel at home on the Eye of the Wind's deck and soon get to know your fellow sailors.
The butterfly-shaped island of Guadeloupe is influenced largely by
French, African, as well as East and West Indian cultures. This
mixture is especially evident in the architecture, which ranges from
the French colonial style to the Hindu temple. Be enchanted by a
fascinating blend of exotic smells. The cuisine of the Antilles is
characterised by fruits, spices, coconuts and seafood of all kinds.
For nature lovers, Guadeloupe – or the "Emerald Island" – is a green paradise where you can discover the largest national park in the Caribbean with the highest waterfalls of the Antilles, a treetop path,
mysterious mangrove forests, and lush plant and animal life.
Our sailing waters: The Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea
We will set course for Guadeloupe's southern neighboring islands. You will get to know the Eye of the Wind as a seaworthy and reliable ship that has proven itself in all weather conditions. You can help actively with the sailing manoeuvres or just relax and watch. The setting and trimming of the
sails during the days at sea will become an ever more fascinating spectacle from a long-gone seafaring era.
Eye of the Wind is not a ship that likes to lie idle in the harbour, so it's time to cast off the lines the next day. After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing by the ship's crew, you will
soon be able to take part in sailing yourself – no previous knowledge is required.
There will be some stopovers during the cruise, either at a port or in a
sheltered bay. Where we go ashore depends on the wind and weather
conditions, and is decided at short notice by the captain, who will take
your wishes into account whenever possible. This ensures that your
sailing trip is a pleasant mixture of adventure, relaxation, active
participation and pure enjoyment. Possible stops en route are
Îles des Saintes, The archipelago south of Guadeloupe, a colourful scenic panorama. In the village of Terre-de-Haut, it is well worth going for a stroll along the main street with its countless shops, cafés and restaurants. If you want to shop "Caribbean", this is the place to go! With a rented scooter, you can drive up to the Fort Napoléon further north, which is surrounded by a huge cactus park with big iguanas. From up here, you
can enjoy spectacular views of the bay.
For water-sports enthusiasts, a variety of activities from diving to kite
surfing is on offer. A ride with the Eye of the Wind's dinghy from the
natural harbour at Terre-de-Haut to the exceptionally beautiful,
uninhabited neighbouring island of Îlet à Cabrit gives you a real
adventurous feeling from the time of the explorers and the Buccaneers.
When snorkelling in the shallow and crystal clear water, the underwater
rocks reveal a variety of tropical fish and maritime vegetation.
The island of Dominica is the botanical garden of the Caribbean.
It bears the unofficial nickname "Nature Island" due to its lush and
diverse flora and fauna. Turquoise water, green palm forests and white
beaches make up the charm of this region. Our tip: In the morning
hours, go for a two-hour guided rowing boat ride up the Indian River
and through mangrove forests. The boat tour can also be combined
with a tour of the island and a visit to the reserve of the Caribe Indians.
The island capital, Roseau, is a typical Caribbean town that invites you to
stroll and do some shopping.
Our journey ends in Fort de France port on Martinique. The French overseas département also bears the name "Flower Island" and reflects the tropical side of France – 14 degrees north of the equator and over 4,000 miles from Paris. Do not miss renting a car in Martinique to explore the north of the island right up to the green rainforest wilderness of Morne Rouge on the Route de la Trace, a route created by the Jesuits. The church square
of the Sacre Coeur de Balata offers a stunning view of the mountainous tropical island. After a few minutes' drive, you will reach the Botanical Garden, which charms its visitors with a stunning variety of
tropical flowers and plants.
The port city of Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre, is located on the Grande-Terre side of the butterfly-shaped island of Guadeloupe. It's narrow streets are filled during the day with colorful crowds. Along the waterfront are cafes where you may sit to enjoy the passing scene. Or enjoy the outdoor market in the early morning. Take in the shopping at your leisure.
Iles des Saintes
The Saints are an archipelago of 8 volcanic islets, tropical hideaways scalloped by white sandy beaches and sheltered coves. The 17th century Fort Napoleon is impressive, with fine views over the islands and surrounding seas. A charming and seductive atmosphere pervades Iles de Saints. It's enough to make you want to buy your dream villa and leave the world behind.
People say that the 'Nature Island' is the only Caribbean island that Columbus would recognize today. Virgin rainforests stand proud and tall. Waterfalls cascade from glorious heights where birds fill the forest with color and song. Dominica is a dream-like island, full of surprises. The steep mountainsides and lush jungle-like beauty might remind you of a Rousseau landscape. Glide through a steamy orchid-festooned rainforest in a fascinating boat ride up the winding Layrou River. Or, hike to breathtaking Trafalgar Falls and a bubbling lake.
Martinique is directly north of St. Lucia, northwest of Barbados and south of Dominica. Land mass is 420 square miles of which 15 square miles is water. The island is volcanic in origin. The population is estimated at approximately 390,000. Martinique owes its name to Christopher Columbus who sited the island in 1493 and later to return in 1502 naming the island Martinica.
Historically, Martinique's economy relied on sugar cane farming which has since dwindled. Today tourism is the main source of income as well as the export of bananas to France.
The island has quirky historical sites which compliment European flair and Caribbean beauty. It is fashionable and elegant with an abundance of flora. A leading destination for European vacationers, it offers gorgeous beaches, great food and a variety of accommodations. Tourism is an important economic base yet, so are banana farming, cane raising and rum to a lesser degree.