Activities in Bequia
Visit Admiralty Bay, one of the most protected natural harbors in Bequia. It lies right off the important Port Elizabeth. There is a very active yachting community and plenty marine services available at your disposal. The Bequia Marina is also in Admiralty Bay. After here, visit La Pompe, where the Maritime Museum is. It features exhibits on the country’s whaling history. Here whaling is celebrated and is important to the people as it is a source of protein for the people. Visit the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary that is in the northern region of the island. It is run by Orton “Brother” King a native Bequian whose passion is to save the hawksbill sea turtle from extinction. Their status is critically endangered on the IUCN Red List and the current population is decreasing. He keeps the turtles until they are 3 years old and then, he releases them into the ocean with a better chance of survival than the normal odds. Your yacht charter in Bequia allows you the opportunity to hike through the steep green mountains straight from Port Elizabeth. You will become one with nature on this small inviting island!
Small island tour
Departing from Admiralty Bay, you will notice the Moonhole structures. These are not the pirate hideouts they seem to be but unfinished home structures by Tom and Gladys Johnson. Although they are only able to be seen by boat these architecturally enticing yet scary homes are not what one would expect them to be partially because you are unsure of who or what will come out of the doors. Built just on the coast of the island into its very cliffs, these homes are a testament to the idea of peaceful living on Bequia. Continuing south on your yacht charter in Bequia, heading to the Tobago Cays you will pass by the small island of Mustique. This A-Lister’s hideaway has seen the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bowie to Princess Margaret and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Taking a stop here to enjoy the beautiful beaches and snorkeling in a shark cave is a more than a great idea, but ideal because it’s on route to the final destination. The next island you will pass by on your journey to the Tobago Cays is Canouan. Canouan means “Island of Tortoises” and it’s meaning will be fully understood once you roam the island The island’s tagline “where the billionaires go to escape the millionaires” is understood as soon as you anchor on the island. From the expansive marina being built to the 18-hole championship golf course, the island has more than beautiful beaches. Mount Royal, which is the highest point, is only a 45-minute hike. The Scenic view of Mayreau, Union Island and Petit St. Vincent are worth the time it takes to get to the top. This is the common stop for all boats on their way to Tobago Cays. After leaving Canouan, you will know when you have arrived as you notice the dark blue waters shift to an idyllic turquoise blue. The Tobago Cays are composed of five smaller cays or islands. These uninhabited islands interest all travelers in the Caribbean because of their extraordinarily rare flora and fauna that makeup its marine park run by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government. The national park itself encompasses the five islands and the inhibited island of Mayreau, along with the 50 sq. km sand-bottom lagoon they reside in and the 4km Horseshoe Reef. By chartering a yacht in Bequia you will be able to view the Catholic Rock Bird Sanctuary, this is a sea bird nesting place and it has roosting colonies. The most important part of the marine park is the Horse Shoe Reef. This reef site is ideal for oceanside scuba or inshore side snorkelers where you may get a glimpse of large fish such as Barracuda and Jacks. On Baradal Island, there is another turtle sanctuary, where there are green and hawksbill turtles roaming freely. Dive or snorkel to view the Purunia Wreck, which is a wreck of a 140-foot WWI British gunship on the coast of Mayreau that took place in 1918. The next captivating snorkel experience is at the Mayreau Gardens, here there is a wonderful coral reef site excellent for snorkeling or diving among brightly colored fish. Idyllic yachting anchorages along with the fact that the islands were the filming location for several scenes of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean”, this is a mandatory stop on your yacht charter in Bequia!
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