Grenadines Part 3: Tobago Cays and Union Island

If you’ve ever dreamed of swimming with sea turtles, the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines should be on your travel bucket list.

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The Tobago Cays are a truly magical place. We had been trying to make it there ever since we arrived in Bequia a few weeks earlier, but as always seems to be the case this season, we were waiting for the high winds to die down. Finally, after three straight weeks of winds never dropping below 15 knots, we said to heck with it. With only a month left before haulout, we couldn’t wait around for the weather to decide to cooperate. So we left Mayreau and sailed east for an hour to the Tobago Cays Marine Park.

Map of Mayreau and the Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays (which for the record have nothing to do with Trinidad and Tobago and are part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines) are best visited in calm conditions because the only thing separating the anchorage from the Atlantic Ocean is a large reef. It was so windy and the current so strong that we were sadly unable to snorkel the reef while we were there, but there was enough wildlife just around the boat to more than make up for it. For two glorious days, we were surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters, with turtles popping up literally all around us. Every day we went snorkeling and swam with fish, turtles and rays. One day, as David was about to jump in the water, we even saw a shark clear as day swim by under his feet. It was such an amazing experience to be right in the middle of all this marine life. And because the islands in the Cays are uninhabited, there is very little light pollution, so the number of stars in the night sky was absolutely incredible. This spot filled us with a deep sense of respect for Mother Earth and is truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited.

Turtles!!

Synchronized swimming
Managed to capture the “elusive” Mel underwater
Sundowners in Paradise
Special delivery to the boat – red snapper for dinner!
Tobago Cays panorama – we never wanted to leave

Union Island was the last of the magical islands we visited in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We spent 3 days in Clifton, the colourful main town packed with restaurants, shops, cafes and local produce vendors.

Map of Union Island

We then sailed to the western side of the island and anchored in tranquil Chatham Bay, surrounded by a long beach, tall hills and fishing boats. Here we spent a few days snorkeling, eating, drinking, chilling at beach bars, and hiking with the Marg and Tom from Belize Magique (Bowmanville, ON), Robin and Tad from Bisou and Jesse and Tina from Lionheart II (both from Australia). We also had a trio of spotted eagle rays who routinely swam around the boat. Swimming with these beautiful and graceful creatures was a truly awe-inspiring experience.

Panorama of Chatham Bay from Aqua
View of Carriacou in the distance during a hike
Beach at Sparrows Beach Bar
Air plants in the trees
Adorable stubby goats
The hiking crew
Chatham Bay sunset shot
This flying fish was found dessicated on our decks
Beach bar clique
Robin and Tad had the amazing foresight to bring marshmallows to the beach bbq!
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Local fishermen setting their nets right behind our boat

Where the wind takes us next: Carriacou

3 thoughts on “Grenadines Part 3: Tobago Cays and Union Island

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen turtles like these! Sting rays in Belize, yes (bit freaky when you realize they’re swimming right above your head!) but nothing like these beautiful animals. This part of the Caribbean looks amazing!

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