We had been to the Grenadines before but thought as a treat to ourselves we would take this trip to see if anything had changed and also to experience going out under sail on a schooner (purported to have been used as an extra in Pirates of the Caribbean films).
This trip is sponsored by Sunsation Tours so our agent (Insight) booked it for us through them. We were sent some Customs & Immigration forms to fill in as you go out of & return to Grenada but had an incorrect quantity of one type & one missing one – after contacting our agent the mistake was rectified. The day before the trip it was cancelled due to the Fire Engine being out of commission at Union Island Airport but by midday before we were due to go it had been fixed and we were back on to go.
We were picked up promptly at 08:05 in the morning and after collecting some more guests we went to Grenada airport. We were met by a guide who took us through Passport Control & Customs; once though, he then left us in the lounge waiting for our flight to be called.
After a short wait we (seven of us), were called to our SVG flight which was in a little eight-seater twin prop plane. The journey was uneventful and lasted 25 minutes, unfortunately it wasn’t great clear weather so our views of Grenada fro the air were a little restricted by cloud.
We landed safely onto Union and went through their Immigration process (a little tiresome but just go with the flow it’s easier) and were eventually picked up in a Golf Cart outside and taken down to the yacht club for the quick ride out to “The Scaramouche”. We were greeted on board with a cold drink and a snack.
We were briefed and then away before 10am. The wind was up but not overly strong and the sea was full but not too rough. The schooner sailed well if a little creaky due to all the real rope rigging.
The first stop was Mayreau Island for 40minutes where we could swim, snorkel or walk the beach. Undersea life was there but not in great quantity and the sea had stirred up the sand so it wasn’t crystal clear.
We then went onto Tobago Cays – this is an area of five small islands in a protected area. The waters are stunningly clear and of many beautiful blues. We anchored in the middle and went out in a boat to swim/snorkel with the turtles. We were not disappointed and at any one time were within sight of at least four (adults and juveniles alike). Fabulous.
We went further out to the reef edge to do some more snorkeling but the tidal flow was a little strong so after a few minutes we packed up and started back. We were dropped off on one island to walk across it (only took a few minutes) to be picked up on the other side – this side was not too nice (weed and rough) and really couldn’t see the point in this although we did spot a couple of Iguana’s – it was a bit confusing as to whether this was the correct pick-up but eventually we were and then back to the boat for lunch.
Lunch was a Turkey thigh and rice with some tomato/corn/salad – huge quantities and extremely tasty – excellent food.
We ten sailed back towards Union but stopped off at Palm Island for a short stop. The crew had a problem with the outboard but the Palm Island crew brought us ashore. We had been to Palm before for a two week holiday and it was quite noticeable that the resort had been updated/refurbished in our absence. We didn’t get full island access but what we did see was well done.
Back onto the Scaramouche and across to the Union marina then to be transported over to the island/airport. Customs & emigration was much simplified and we were promptly picked up by the same pilot/aircraft for the return flight.
Back in Grenada we went through immigration and customs again (lots of stamps in passport for a day trip) and picked up outside by a taxi-van and returned to our hotel very hot & tired but extremely happy with our day out.
The weather throughout the day was a bit mixed on the side of poor but the sun was still strong and a bit of sun-burn was experienced by all attendees so be careful if you go on this trip and use plenty of sun-block (as you go out through Grenada airport on the way you do have time to quickly buy some lotion in the lounge to avoid the 100ml rule).
It wasn’t a cheap trip but felt it was a reasonable price to pay for the experience.
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