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9 05, 2019

Sailing Vacation Itinerary: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

By |2019-05-30T13:02:36+06:00May 9th, 2019|Once You're Here, Sailing Vacation Itineraries|Comments Off on Sailing Vacation Itinerary: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Flying into St. Vincent and cruising through the Grenadines down to Union Island is one of our most popular itineraries. Flying into Union Island and cruising down to Grenada is another.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Five small, uninhabited islands that make up The Tobago Cays are a must-see for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts

After flying into St Vincent, you’ll take a quick taxi to Young Island Cut, where you’ll meet up with your chartered yacht and begin your sailing voyage. From Bequia to Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and the Tobago Cays to Palm Island and Union Island, this is one island-hopping adventure you’ll never forget!

Bequia – an hour’s sail from St Vincent

The largest of the Grenadines, this lovely island is a haven for natural exploration, maritime buffs, shopping, and mingling with local sailors. Drop anchor in Bequia and explore one of the 28 dive sites. Catch a glimpse at ghostly shipwrecks and exotic fish; visit the whaling museum and learn about the island’s maritime history; or take a trip to the turtle refuge farm and fall in love with some of nature’s slowest charmers.

Mustique – around two hour’s sail from Bequia

Celebrity spotters take note: this privately-owned island is the playground of the rich and famous. With such noted visitors, you never know who you might run into. With no traffic lights, beach vendors, or power lines, sail to Mustique for quiet relaxation on gorgeous beaches, tennis in paradise, and upscale parties—the island is tailor-made for the discerning traveler.

Canouan – about a three hour sail from Mustique

Home to one of the longest barrier reefs, and three major resorts, laid-back Canouan is a great place to snorkel, hike, hit the casino, or just soak up rays on the white sand beaches. Anchor your yacht in one of Canouan’s two beautiful bays, take in the views, and get in a round of golf at one of the best golf courses in the world.

Mayreau – approximately one hour’s sail from Canouan

The smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, this wee outpost is home to around 300 people and spans just 1.5 miles. You won’t find much hustle and bustle here—just incredible beaches, an abundance of fishermen, and a charming hilltop stone church that offers stunning views of neighboring islands. Visit the salt pond or dock your yacht in Saline Bay, where you can snorkel or dive the wreck of a World War 1 gunboat.

The Tobago Cays – half an hour’s sail from Mayreau

The five small, uninhabited islands that make up The Tobago Cays are a must-see for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Much of the Tobago Cays Marine Park is encompassed here and you’ll soon know why if you sail into The Tobago Cays. Sea turtle nesting sites, pristine coral reefs, lobsters, and iguanas are just some of the wonders you’ll see. Hike the trails of James Bay, Petit Bateau and Petit Rameau for amazing views and close encounters with birds and iguanas.  Trek to Petit Trabac to see where they filmed “Pirates of the Caribbean The Black Pearl.”

Palm Island and Union Island

Tiny Palm Island is a great place to dock your yacht for a few hours. Enjoy waterfront dining at one of the resort’s two open-air restaurants, stop in for a massage, or go for a stroll along the island’s five lovely beaches.

Just a quick sail away is the much larger Union Island, a hot-spot for culture and nightlife.  With no shortage of great bars and Caribbean restaurants. It seems like there’s always something happening on Union Island.  Visitors who arrive during Easter Holy Week, late May’s Maroon celebration or during one of two major sailing regattas are sure to be treated to a taste of Caribbean culture. But don’t worry—if you sail into Union Island any other time, there’s still an abundance of fun to be had. From turtle watching to shopping, dancing, and diving, Union Island is a gem.

20 03, 2019

Featuring Amazing Meals Catered by Crews

By |2019-05-30T13:02:57+06:00March 20th, 2019|Once You're Here, Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on Featuring Amazing Meals Catered by Crews

Kelea meals

Kelea meals

Featuring Some of the Amazing Meals Prepared on Crewed Charter Yachts for Guests.

Chef Alli, 0nboard the Crewed Charter Yacht Kelea described one of their featured dinners this week onboard Kelea.  They had locally caught Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna over Coconut Rice /Edamame Slaw with Wasabi Aioli and Fresh Mango Puree.

 

Altessa Surprise Party

Altessa Surprise Party

 

Onboard Crewed Yacht Altessa a surprise party was thrown for three 18 year old girls who were celebrating their high school graduation.  The surprise party included cupcakes and pink bubbles !!!  Great time was had by all..

 

 

 

17 02, 2019

New Water Taxi Service

By |2019-05-30T13:03:12+06:00February 17th, 2019|Once You're Here, Yacht Charter News|Comments Off on New Water Taxi Service

island time taxi

Island Time Water Taxi

There is a new water taxi service based in Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI. Its called Island Time and is an excellent choice for visitors arriving in St Thomas as you do not need to worry about ferry schedules if your plane arrives late.

Island Time Water taxi can pick up in the USVI and take you to your final destination in the BVI. They are based in Nanny Cay but can take you to any other point of meeting eg Road Town, Peter Island or Jost Van Dyke.

Some of the USVI water taxis can only take you to the port of entry and drop you there.  Thus leaving you to find another mode of transportation to continue to your desination. Island Time is a BVI registered vessel and can continue to take you past the port of entry to your final drop off point.

Island Time’s boats are in full compliance with BVI Shipping Registry’s and USCG’s safety requirements, as well as being registered and insured in the British Virgin Islands.
https://vi-bvi-water-taxi.com/water-taxi-service

7 03, 2012

Sailing Vacation Itinerary: Union Island to Grenada

By |2019-05-30T13:04:27+06:00March 7th, 2012|Once You're Here, Sailing Vacation Itineraries|0 Comments

Picking your boat is one thing,  picking your destination is quite another. Luckily, there’s little chance you’ll go wrong with two of our most popular itineraries.

From breathtaking beaches and gorgeous coral reefs to shopping, golfing, and nightlife sailing  the Caribbean on a chartered yacht is the best way to travel!

Flying into Union Island and cruising down to Grenada is one of our most popular itineraries. Flying into St. Vincent and cruising through the Grenadines down to Union Island is another. To read the St. Vincent to the Grenadines itinerary, click here.

Union Island, St. Vincent, Carriacou and Grenada

Union Island

After flying into Union Island, enjoy a few days of local culture and nightlife, with no shortage of great bars and Caribbean restaurants. Time your visit to coincide with Easter Holy Week, late May’s Maroon celebration or one of two major sailing regattas to get a taste of Caribbean culture (but book your hotel early—those dates fill up fast. )

If you fly into Union Island any other time, there’s still an abundance of fun to be had. Climb on board your yacht and let the real adventure begin!

Sail to a beautiful island and swim ashore

Petit St. Vincent (“PSV”) – an hour’s sail  from Union Island

A beautiful sail from Union Island, Petit St. Vincent is a private island with a 113-acre resort and just 22 cottages. Secluded and quiet, stop here for a trip to the hillside spa, practice yoga in a pavilion overlooking Conch Bay, or fish and swim in the crystal waters.

Hikers can trek to the top of Marni Hill for great views. And hungry travelers can take in the charms of the hillside restaurant or happy hour with other yachters at the beach bar.

Carriacou- a 2 hour’s sail from Petit St Vincent

Sail into one of the many harbors of Carrriacou Island, and prepare yourself for all this lovely island has to offer.  Less developed than some of the islands, Carriacou isn’t home to any major resorts or 5-star hotels—just 16 miles of rolling hills, white sand beaches, and authentic island living.

There are no shortage of walks to interesting historical sights, and the snorkeling is top notch. Immerse yourself in local culture and enjoy the many festivals offered throughout the year.

Grenada- a 2 hour’s sail from Carriacou

This island country and Commonwealth realm is home to an exciting blend of eco-tourism sites, industry, and upscale resorts.  Culturally-rich and inviting, Grenada features beautiful beaches and waterfall-dotted, hilly terrain. Frequently called “The Spice Island,” Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, citrus peels, and wild coffee.

Sail into Grenada and explore its National Parks; tour an old plantation; imagine battles from your perch in a fort; or spend the day at a rum distillery, swim in one of the waterfalls—there’s something for everything on this island!

7 03, 2012

Two of the Most Popular Itineraries Outside the BVI

By |2019-05-30T13:04:46+06:00March 7th, 2012|Once You're Here, Sailing Vacation Itineraries|0 Comments

Picking your boat is one thing; picking your destination is quite another. Luckily, there’s little chance you’ll go wrong with these two itineraries. From breathtaking beaches and gorgeous coral reefs to shopping, golfing, and nightlife—sailing the Caribbean on a chartered yacht is the best way to travel!

Sailing Vacation Itinerary One: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

After flying into St Vincent, you’ll take a quick taxi to Young Island Cut, where you’ll meet up with your chartered yacht and begin your sailing voyage. From Bequia to Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, and the Tobago Cays to Palm Island and Union Island, this is one island-hopping adventure you’ll never forget!

Click here to read the full St. Vincent – the Grenadines BVI Sailing Vacation itinerary.

Sailing Vacation Itinerary Two: Union Island, Petit St. Vincent, Carriacou, and Grenada

Click here to read the full Union Island – Grenada BVI Sailing Vacation itinerary.

7 03, 2012

Best Known Scuba Diving Spots in the British Virgin Islands

By |2019-05-30T13:05:00+06:00March 7th, 2012|British Virgin Island Yacht Charters, Once You're Here|0 Comments

Ready for the Scuba Diving Vacation of Your Life? Charter a Yacht in the BVI

Ready for the Scuba Diving Vacation of Your Life? Charter a Yacht in the BVI

One of the most popular kinds of crewed charter sailing vacations in the British Virgin Islands is the Scuba Charter.   Crewed Sailing or Power Boat vacations that take you to great scuba diving spots and show you wonderful diving.

Here are examples of the best known scuba dives in the British Virgin Islands:

For the novice diver: The Indian, Depth:10-55 feet (3-16m)

The area around the four jagged rocks that make up “The Indians” is packed with large mushroom coral heads and lush, soft coral gardens. Marine life abounds in the coral folds—schools of Creole Wrasse and Blue Tangs scurry by while lobsters, Spotted Drums and Fairy Basslets hang out under the corals head. The gap between the four Indians and a fifth, hidden Indian forms a mini canyon, and the vertical walls of the rocks themselves are encrusted with hard and soft corals and sponges. On the eastern side, a shallow “fish bowl” (ideal for snorkelers) conceals a narrow tunnel and a small cave filled with Glassy Eyed Sweepers. Reef sharks are seen here from time to time.

For intermediate to advanced divers: Anchor of the RMS Rhone, Depth: 50-65 feet (15-20m)

The RMS Rhone was anchored here in the mouth of Great Harbour, Peter Island in October of 1867 while she took on fuel, supplies, and passengers for the journey back to England. When a hurricane blew in, the massive anchor and its 300 feet of chain were lost at this spot where they remain to this day, coral-encrusted and half-buried by sand. Dive down to this historical jewel and see the ship in all its ghostly glory, along with the wildly-diverse marine life that has made the boat their home.