St Vincent & northern Grenandines

After saying goodbye to guests Derek and Teresa and with our next guests 3 weeks away we decided to head south to vist St Vincent & Grenadines. I’d heard that there is lots of boat crime here so was ultra cautious, but it turned out to be the best couple of weeks so far. Quiet anchorages, beautiful scenario, great diving, good sights ashore and respectful boat boys.

We checked out and left Rodney Bay on a sunny Tuesday morning and overnighted in Soufriere before leaving for St Vincent the following morning. 4 hours later we arrived at Chateaubelair. The decrepit jetty needed a little scrambling to get ashore and I was escorted by Mitch, a drunk old boy, to visit Chantelles house. Chantelle is the customs agent for the area and we completed the forms in her front room. EC$35 per person entry fee, some good tourist leaflets and a sunny smile and then off to the police station for immigration.

With formalities completed we moved 2 miles south to overnight in Wallabalou. Stern too anchoring in front of the restaurent was completed with help from the boat boys but we had 4 of them all trying to sell us the same bead necklaces, one after the next. They really should try some other merchandise. We ate out at the Wallabalou restaurent, I had creole Chicken which was marginally OK. Troys Seafood Creole wasn’t good.

A hours sail the next day got us to a cracking mooring immediately behind Young Island. We were right next to Duvenette Island where there is excellent diving approx 300m from the mooring. We each did this dive twice but roungh breaking waves and high winds rushing around the corner made it difficult for the top man to keep track.

At Admiralty Bay, Bequia we had 3 nights on another mooring. This is a lovely place to stop. A very nice walk through town with lots of interesting shops. The chandelry had rope so I grabbed 50m to make a new anchor/mooring bridle.

Next stop was Mustique to mix with the rich and famous. We’d planned for 3 nights here but the anchorage was so rolly we only stayed 2. More diving at Montezumas Shoal where we found the wreck. A good dive but only a small variety of corals.

We headed back to Admiralty Bay for an overnight stop. I scored a hole in one by setting course for a gap between 2 islands 8 miles ahead and making it through without touching the autopilot. Early start next morning saw us on the way back to St Vincent. On the way down we’d spotted a beautiful anchorage at Petit Byahaut and we arrived there just as the previous nights occupants left so had it all to ourselves for a while. There’s only swinging room for one boat here but being Sunday we were joined by 4 other day charter boats. Fortunately they left early the next day and we had it to ourselves again. Wonderful diving again around the headland where a cliff face drops down 25m and is covered in coral, fans and big schools of fish. Troy found 4 lobster so we fired up the bbq and had a feast of lobster and pork ribs.

Back for a short stop to check out at Chateaubelair, then a wild overnight sail in 30kt winds and big seas got us back to Rodney Bay.