Caribbean: Suggested Itinerary
Fun in da Sun wit lots'a Rum!
Day 1: Arrive at Grenada airport and settle down before heading out for the first activity - Caribbean Scuba Diving. Ease yourself into boat life and set sail round Grenada to Flamingo Bay where you can begin your diving just off the back of the boat onto Flamingo Bay reef. You can then relax and soak up the sun and enjoy some snacks. Just after sunset, take part in a night dive for the more adventurous on the same reef and you can be amazed at how different it will look by night.
Day 2: In the morning head round to Moliniere Reef in the dingy and will look round the underwater sculpture park and visit the wreck of the Buccaneer which is a 12 metre yacht lying in 25 metres of water. Upon your return from diving, set sail for Rond Island which is a beautiful undeveloped island next to an underwater volcano with only a few fishermen as residents. Relax for the evening and enjoy a drink and dinner in the peaceful surroundings.
Day 3: After breakfast move out to the ‘Big Blue’ dive site next to the Twin Sisters where you can dive down to a depth of 40m along a pristine wall inhabited by nurse sharks, turtles and barracudas. In the afternoon, sail up to Carriacou, which is known as the ‘island of reefs’. As you pass by the Sisters Rocks, you will drop in and do your second dive of the day. After this, anchor up at Sandy Island (which is a small uninhabited island made up purely of sand with a few palm trees for shelter). You can then explore the reef with a snorkel from the back of the yacht as the sun goes down.
Day 4: Complete a dive on a reef off Mabouya Island in the morning. Chill out on the trampoline, read, listen to music and relax before sailing on to Clifton Harbour, Union Island where you can anchor up for the night. In the evening there’s plenty of opportunities to try out the local restaurants and bars on this island.
Day 5: After breakfast, head off to the Tobago Cays, which is the most beautiful part of the Caribbean. Here you can snorkel the amazing reef and stare at the turquoise waters while soaking up the Caribbean sun. In the afternoon you can head to Petit Tabac island (which is uninhabited and surrounded by white sandy beaches).
Day 6: In the morning before breakfast, take the dingy out to the reef and snorkel around, where you can usually see some nurse sharks and other marine life. Then sail up to Isle De Quatre and do one of the many dives on this small island before heading round to Admiralty Bay, Bequia to stop for the night. Bequia is a small island, but has plenty of life to it. You can go ashore here for a delicious meal or just to walk round and soak up the Caribbean atmosphere.
Day 7: Head out to Moonhole dive site, which is just as fascinating above water as it is below. It is next to a ‘troglodyte village’ which is built into the rocks. Below the water is a pristine sloping reef with many colourful corals and fish life in abundance.
In the afternoon grab a taxi and go and visit the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and see how the turtles are cared for before being released back into the sea.
Day 8: After breakfast, set sail for Mustique which is the home of the rich and famous. Home to stars like David Bowie and Mick Jagger, both of which have houses on the island, owned by a private company. You can go ashore to see this little island paradise and watch the tortoises crossing the road and have a drink in the world famous ‘Basils Bar’.
Day 9: Set sail heading for Saline Bay, Mayreau and stop off on the way on one of the small islands to either do some diving or snorkelling on the pristine reefs.
When you get to Mayreau, anchor for the evening where you can enjoy a traditional rum punch as the sun goes down.
Day 10: After breakfast sail out to the wreck of the Puruni which is a 42 metre gunboat dating back to the First World War. You can still see the majority of the structure and the propellers are still intact and visible. In the afternoon you can go ashore onto Mayreau and walk to the top of the island to get a picturesque view of the Tobago Keys passing through the only town on the island. In the afternoon sail round to Union Island and rest for the evening.
Day 11: Set sail for Carriacou and stop briefly to go ashore and see the town before setting sail again down to Frigate Island where you can dive just before lunch straight off the back of the boat. In the afternoon set sail for the short distance to Isle De Ronde where you can rest for the evening.
Day 12: In the morning you can either do a dive off Diamond Island or Les Tantes Rocks where you can drift along with the gentle current and watch the sharks, green morays, lobsters, turtles, schools of Jacks and many colourful corals. After diving, set sail for Prickly Bay in Grenada and you should arrive before sunset.
Day 13: Breakfast at your leisure before sailing off to Saint Georges Harbour where you will dive down to see the Wreck of the Shailem - a 42 metre concrete ship from Trinidad and Tobago which is sitting upright at a depth of 30 metres. Then head round to Glover Island and complete the final dive of your holiday – Shark Reef! Here you are likely to see many sharks going about their business as well as turtles, lobsters, parrotfish and many other varieties of fish. In the evening head back to Prickly Bay and settle down for the night to a meal on board or head out to one of the nearby restaurants to sample some local dishes.
Day 14: This gives you a perfect opportunity to explore the interior of Grenada. There are many tours and excursions on offer which you can go on. A recommended trip is up to the ‘Severn Sisters waterfalls’ where you will hike through agricultural and pristine rainforest scenery, spot bird life and occasionally monkeys on the way. Once you reach the falls you can take a bathe in the crystal clear water or for the more adventurous, you can climb to the top of the falls and then jump down each one until you reach the bottom.