Tobago Cays Travel Blog

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Loving the white sand on Palm Island!!

I waited around at Anchorage Yacht Club and eventually we looked set to depart.  There was only 3 of us - me and Brian and Estacia from the UK - I thought they were going to cancel the trip, but they went ahead anyway with just us!!  There were 4 crew, so more crew than customers!!  It made it great for us as we got a whole catamarran to ourselves and pretty much personal service!!!

The crew were fantastic the whole day, keeping us informed of where we were, allowing us to do what we wanted, waiting on us with unlimited drinks (including beers!) and food the whole day - exceptional and I would have to recommend Captain Yannis tours to anyone going to the area.

We set off frm Union Island and headed over to Palm Island which was just across the channel.

Blue sea, white sand, hot sun, cold beer = paradise!!
  It was a little overcast, but that didn't stop us seeing what a beautiful place Palm Island was - its a private island resort (which costs upward of US$500 a night apparently!) with only 99 guests at a time.  It has got the most pristine beaches, its just untrue.  The people staying there are very lucky indeed! We weren't allowed to look round the resort as its just for hotel guests, but we got to spend some time on the beach which was cool.  Jerry and his crew then took us over to Mayreau using the sails which was brilliant - it was a perfect day for sailing, plenty of wind, which meant we didn't need the engine too much.  Mayreau is inhabited (sparsely) and we moored up in Saltwhistle Bay, which had a lovely view in a bay with palms and yet more white sand and turquoise water - we all said we would be happy to be left here to live!!

Before lunchtime (with another beer in hand), we headed out to the Tobago Cays.

View of a boat just off Petit Bateau
  They're a national park of 5 uninhabited islands which have just the most beautiful setting, its hard to believe.  We moored at Petit Bateau, one of the larger ones, so that we could have some lunch - the chef had been working hard and brought a lovely buffet with fish, chicken, mixed rice, potato salad, coleslaw etc - it was divine!  To be sitting there with great food looking out over pure clear water was just amazing.  After lunch we got the snorkels out to see exactly how clear the water was - I don't think I've snorkelled or dived in clearer water than this, it was like a swimming pool (actually it was warmer than a swimming pool!) - you see for metres and metres, and lucikly we got to snorkel with giant turtles - I think I saw about 10 or 11, which was brilliant!!  Brian was a little scared about going too far so he didn't get to see them!

We slowly made our way back to Union, although I could've easly stayed out there for ever.  I have some great things still to see on this trip and if they come anywhere near this, then I will be very happy indeed!

(see review below for details of Yannis tours)

bernard69 says:
thanks for sharing this tour:)
Posted on: Jul 31, 2009
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Loving the white sand on Palm Isla…
Loving the white sand on Palm Isl…
Blue sea, white sand, hot sun, col…
Blue sea, white sand, hot sun, co…
View of a boat just off Petit Bate…
View of a boat just off Petit Bat…
Jerrys crew with me, Estacia and …
Jerry's crew with me, Estacia and…
Palm Island beach
Palm Island beach
Our yacht just off the beach
Our yacht just off the beach
Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau
Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau
Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau...stunnin…
Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau...stunni…
Thats how clear the water was!!
That's how clear the water was!!
Lunch onboard Captain Yannis yacht…
Lunch onboard Captain Yannis yach…
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