Beautiful beaches, lovely people, crystal clear water and fantastic snorkeling. Finding just one of these things is good. Finding all of these things in a single place is amazing!
We have found all of these things throughout The Grenadines and we now appreciate everyone’s praise for this area of the Caribbean. To put it simply; it’s amazing!
We have spent only about 2 weeks in The Grenadines so far and we are already feeling at home. The boat boys, whom we heard stories of aggression, have been some of the most helpful people we’ve met and the snorkeling has us in all sorts of strife from Kir and Xav’s school teachers. Apparently they’re supposed to be doing about 3-4 hours of school plus an hour of homework a day – all whilst living in paradise.
After our last post, where we left you in Mayreau, we have done quite a bit. We walked from one side to the other of Mayreau, seeing their little town (we’re talking like 2 shops and some bars) and school, which was nice. We had a massive superyacht (tens of millions of dollars worth of boat) come and anchor in the bay with us which is a strange feeling. Here we are, in our little 44 foot boat, with our small little dinghy, limited water and eating frozen veges and tinned tuna. Whilst they’re a few hundred metres away in their air conditioned floating mansion, eating whatever they ask the chef to make them, and being dropped at the beach in their massive $50,000 tender. Despite the differences, we are probably having as much fun, if not more, with our good friends, Randy and Michelle, as we go off snorkeling and paddle boarding. Although, we were all a bit jealous when we saw them watching movies on their monstrous TV one night.
The next day, we left Mayreau and headed back to the Tobago Cays for a day and anchored between a reef and the island of Petit Tabac in about 2.5m of crystal clear water. So clear, in fact, that Mum and I were sure that the depth sounder was wrong and we were going to run aground any second! We anchored and had our friends, Adonis, anchored about 20m away. The island is uninhabited so we had it all to ourselves and it was absolutely covered in hermit crabs, so, we all had a good laugh trying to race hermit crabs. That evening we went back and anchored in the protection of Saline Bay.
Next morning, we left for Union Island which, would turn out to be a very nice and comfortable 1 hour sail. The decision to go to Union Island was only recently made thanks to the reputation of the boat boys there. Almost everyone we asked had told us that they’d heard about the Union Island boat boys being aggressive to cruisers so we were hesitant at first, but considering our great experiences with boat boys until now, we went for it. We went straight to Clifton Harbor, with Adonis in tow, and once again, didn’t have a problem with the boat boys at all! We went into town and got some supplies then continued around the corner to Frigate Bay which was lovely. We had a whole massive anchorage between two boats, Adonis and us for most of the time. That afternoon some friends we met way back in St. Maarten aboard they’re cat, No Rehearsal, joined us in the anchorage and we had drinks on our boat which was nice. It’s amazing how we keep bumping into people despite having travelled hundreds of miles without seeing them.
The next day we moved further south to the tiny island of Petit St. Vincent. This island is actually private and is solely dedicated to a resort – the most exclusive resort in the Caribbean apparently. We stayed there with Adonis again and had a great time.
On our first night, we went into the bar (one of the few places us cruisers are allowed to go on the island) and had some drinks and pizza which was a much needed treat! Whilst we were in Petit St. Vincent, the massive superyacht that was anchored near us in Mayreau turned up which confirmed our theory that they are following us around. In fact, we’re convinced that we’ll soon be invited on board for dinner.
After spending a few nights in Petit St. Vincent, we headed off to Petit Martinique, which was literally 1km away, and filled up our water and fuel tanks before we travelled further south to Carriacou. Whilst we were refueling, one of the worker’s friends asked if she could have a lift to Carriacou so we gladly obliged to take her there considering we were on our way. A short 1 hour motor had us arriving in Carriacou where we dropped anchor then headed into town. We visited a local restaurant, supermarket, bakery van and a shoe repair shop. Once we were all stocked up on bread and food again, we headed back to the boat, set up our internet and were bombarded by emails and facebook messages. One of our friends in Grenada had kindly sent us an email warning us of a storm coming our way. Straight away we checked the national hurricane centre’s website and sure enough, there was a named storm, Chantal, which had a <50% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone, heading our way. The forecast predicted that it would pass just north of us last night and thankfully, for the first time, the forecast was right!
So, now here we are in Tyrrel Bay, in Carriacou, with almost 100 other boats, all of whom are thankful the storm has missed us. We have Adonis right next to us and a cat with Xav’s friend, Christian, on board who we met in Bequia. We’ll be here for another few nights before finally heading down to Grenada where we’ll start to settle in for our massive 3-4 month stay.