Month: January 2023

Scotland and the Hebrides Wildlife Guide

For centuries, Scotland and the Hebrides have been known for their rugged coastline and breathtaking scenery, attracting travellers from all over the world. Now, more than ever before, it is also gaining recognition for the diverse range of wildlife species that call the Hebrides home.

With a wealth of ecosystems and wildlife habitats, there are species found nowhere else in the world, making this an extraordinary location for nature lovers. From majestic sea eagles soaring the skies to sea otters fishing for their dinner, the flora and fauna of the Hebrides is so unique that there’s no better way to experience it all than with a Scottish sailing holiday. 

This guide will take you through an introduction to the wonderful wildlife of Scotland and the Hebrides. Jump to:
On Land – Scotland & the Hebrides Wild Animal Guide
In the Water – Scotland & the Hebrides Marine Wildlife Guide
In the Sky – Scotland & the Hebrides Birdwatching Guide

On Land – Scotland Wild Animal Guide

Scotland is home to an astounding array of wildlife on land, perhaps unsurprising considering the diverse range of ecosystems and habitats present in this corner of the world. One of the many benefits of a sailing holiday in the Hebrides is the opportunity to spend time experiencing so many different areas and islands in one holiday, maximising your chances of spotting Scottish wildlife on land.

The Scottish Wildcat

Britain’s last remaining large predator and only wild feline. The wildcat has evolved and adapted to the Scottish landscape and pre-dates even early human existence! Unfortunately, the Scottish Wildcat is currently considered endangered, although there are a number of projects working to save the species.

Where to see the Scottish Wildcat: Found throughout the mainland of Scotland. Most typically seen between dusk and dawn in clearings in woodland or grassland. Look out for them on a voyage along the Caledonian Canal with tall ship the Flying Dutchman or ketch Steady.

The Red Deer

The Red Deer is Scotland’s largest and most magnificent deer species. Red Deer are perhaps most known for their large antlers, visible during the autumn mating season. At this time of year, males attempt to claim their territories and ‘rut’ one another, making a magnificent sight on your wildlife holiday in Scotland. 

Where to see Red Deer in Scotland: A common sight across the mainland and the Hebrides. Keep an eye out for these majestic creatures across the Outer Hebrides, and the Small Isles. Red Deer are frequently seen on our Small Isles sailing voyages, particularly on the Isle of Rum.

The Mountain Hare

Native to Scotland, but also found across Scandinavia, the Mountain Hare is one of the sweetest Scottish wildlife sightings. They can often be found sitting perfectly still whilst eating, or bounding across the moors, although their seasonal camouflage can make them a rather tricky spot! With a grey-brown coat in the summer that changes to an arctic white in the winter, they are most recognisable by the tips of their ears which remain dark brown year round.

Where to see Mountain Hares in the Hebrides: Mountain hares are a frequent sight in less populated areas of the Hebrides. They are common across the Outer Hebrides as well as Eigg in the Small Isles.

In the Water – Scotland Marine Wildlife Guide

From the mighty humpback whale to the humble grey seal, the marine life in the Hebrides is truly a wonder to behold. The best way to maximise your chances of seeing the most Scottish marine wildlife is undoubtedly on a sailing holiday, where you’ll have the chance to sail amongst these animals in their natural habitats.

Dolphins and Porpoises

A common sight on sailing adventures around the world, dolphins are no less special when spotted in Scotland. Marvel as they glide along the bow, swimming in the wake of the boat and playfully dancing in the water. Bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and porpoises all call the waters of West Scotland and the Hebrides their home. 

Where to see dolphins and Porpoises in the Hebrides: The waters between Oban, South Uist, North Uist, Eigg, and Skye are home to a wide array of dolphins, with bottlenose and common dolphins and porpoises a regular spot. To catch a glimpse of the more elusive Risso’s dolphin, head for the waters between Ullapool to Stornoway. All our Scottish voyages have a high likelihood of coming in to contact with dolphins. Head to the Inner Hebrides with Stravaigin for the best chances of seeing common and bottlenose dolphins. Or sail with Steady from Oban to Ullapool to spot the rare Risso’s Dolphin.


Whether it’s the star ‘West Coast Community’ pod of Orcas that call Scotland home, or the more commonly sighted Minke, whales have resided in Scotland for centuries. In fact, there were previously whaling stations across the Hebrides, although thankfully now the focus is on whale conservation. Our charity partners at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust have a wide range of useful information available, including a live whale tracker! 

Humpback Whales

Recent research has shown that humpback whales have made a comeback in Scotland, with more than 100 sightings now recorded. Humpback whales have a somewhat distinctive appearance with a predominantly black body and white patches on the underside. 

Where to see humpback whales in Scotland: Although a rare sight, Humpback whales pass through Scottish waters throughout the year. The best chance of spotting them is off the coast of the Hebrides during their migration seasons in autumn and spring as they travel between Africa and Norway.

Minke Whales

Best spotted in the sailing season between April and October, Minke whales are the smallest whale found in the UK. They are common sights on our Scottish wildlife adventures, and incredibly inquisitive creatures, regularly coming to investigate our boats! We operate a wildlife code of conduct at sea, turning our engines off and letting animals approach as they wish. 

Minke whales in the Hebrides

Where to see Minke Whales in the Hebrides: Minke whales are best seen in open waters surrounding the Hebrides. Minke whales are often seen on voyages to the outer Hebrides with tall ship Blue Clipper or historic ketch Bessie Ellen.


Scotland’s West coast is home to the UK’s only resident pod of orcas, the aptly named ‘West Coast Community’. This small pod consists of just 8 killer whales, a quarter of the size of a usual pod, and far more difficult to spot! Nonetheless, these resident whales are undoubtedly the pinnacle of Scottish wildlife spots. 

Where to see Orcas in Scotland: You’ll be incredibly lucky to catch a glimpse of these rare creatures, but there is a chance to spot them in the Hebrides! The West Coast Community are most likely to be seen around the Small Isles and Skye, so could be potential spots on our Hebridean sailing holidays with pilot cutter Pellew and tall ship the Flying Dutchman.

In the Sky – Guide to Bird Watching in the Hebrides

People watching puffins in the Hebrides

The inner and outer Hebrides are home to an incredible variety of bird life, from charming puffin colonies to majestic golden eagles to nesting seabirds. No Scottish wildlife-watching holiday would be complete without a sighting of some incredible birdlife, and sailing holidays undoubtedly offer the best opportunity to see some of these creatures in their natural habitats. 


Arguably one of the most iconic species of bird in Scotland, Puffins are undoubtedly one of our favourite Hebridean wildlife spots. Puffins have a distinct charm and appeal, and it is fascinating to watch them communicate with their brightly coloured bills. A visit to a friendly puffin colony is a must when hopping ashore, they are incredibly inquisitive and always come to say hello! 

Where to see puffins in Scotland: Although they can be spotted across the inner and outer Hebrides, with large colonies on St Kilda, the most special place to visit them is the isle of Lunga in the Treshnish isles and the island of Staffa, where they can be found nesting during the breeding season between March and May. Head to the isle of Staffa with expedition yacht Zuza, or tall ship Bessie Ellen.

Golden Eagle

The golden eagle is truly a spectacular sight on a wildlife trip to the Hebrides. The eagle survives, and even thrives as a predator in the harsher environments in Scotland, being able to reach speeds of up to 200mph when diving for prey. Scotland is a stronghold for the Golden Eagle, with the highest population in Europe. 

Golden Eagle in flight

Where to see Golden Eagles in Scotland: The Outer Hebrides is home to the largest population of Golden Eagles in Scotland. The remote, untamed nature of these islands means that they reside surprisingly close to human settlements. Pay close attention on the Isle of Harris, where an eagle observatory is located.


Scotland is of high international importance for seabird colonies, and more than 5 million seabirds breed there each year. An incredible array of birds call the Hebrides home, from the closely related Shags and Cormorants to the Guillemots and Razorbills that nest on cliffs. Other common bird watching sights in the Hebrides include Osprey, Skua, Manx, Shearwater and Petrel birds. Most seabirds are common across the mainland of Scotland as well as the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and a sailing holiday means you’re never far away from some incredible spots.  

Where to see seabirds in Scotland: One of the best places to spot seabirds is on a voyage to St Kilda, an epic dual world heritage site that is uninhabited aside from the hundreds of seabirds that call the towering cliffs home. The outer Hebrides and Shiants are also home to an incredible array of seabirds, often spotted on voyages with yacht Zuza, tall ship Bessie Ellen, and ketch Steady.

A sailing holiday in Scotland and The Hebrides is an unforgettable experience that provides visitors with a unique opportunity to witness some of Europe’s most spectacular wildlife up close while exploring diverse landscapes and ecosystems. None of our voyages require sailing experience, and our range of fleet offers something for every traveller. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Scottish wildlife adventure today! 

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Why sailing in Indonesia should be on your holiday bucket list!

Indonesia Komodo islands anchorage

If you’re looking for an unforgettable sailing holiday, look no further than Indonesia. With its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, Indonesia is undoubtedly the perfect destination for a guided adventure holiday under sail.

From the stunning islands of Bali and Komodo to the vibrant archipelago of Raja Ampat, there’s something for everyone to discover both on land and from the water. Embark on traditional wooden Pinisi boats Katharina or Ombak Putih and make memories that will last a lifetime. Keep reading to discover why sailing in Indonesia should be at the top of your bucket list. 

A Sailing Paradise

With over 17,000 islands making up this tropical paradise, there are countless opportunities to explore some of the world’s most pristine waters under sail. Whether you want to spend your days exploring secluded lagoons, swimming with turtles or discovering Indonesian traditional boat techniques, Indonesia has it all. For those looking for a little more action, make use of the onboard water sports, with snorkelling, kayaking, and paddle-boarding all available too.

Cultural Delights

In addition to its breathtaking scenery, Indonesia is also home to many unique cultures and traditions. From vibrant local markets to ancient temples and mosques, Indonesia offers an abundance of cultural experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Our local guides on board Ombak Putih and Katharina have spent many years building connections with local communities, arranging for guests to explore traditional villages and experience the incredible local traditions. There’s always something new to discover no matter where you go. Visit fishing villages with wooden houses sitting above the water on stilts where locals live off the land and sea. Sample delicious local delicacies like spicy sambal, or just sit back and watch traditional cultural performances put on by locals along the shoreline.

A world of wonderful wildlife

When it comes to wildlife in Indonesia, you’ll be spoilt for choice. On land, visit Komodo National Park, where ancient dragons wander amongst over 3,000 species of plants and animals. These majestic creatures are fascinating to watch. Spend a day on the island of Borneo, travelling up river to marvel at the infamous Borneo orangutans that have attracted nature lovers for centuries.

Underwater wildlife is where the treasure really awaits though. Snorkel, dive and swim amongst the finest marine wildlife and pristine coral reefs in the world. Marvel as you drift crystal clear waters alongside whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles in their natural habitat. It’s easy to see why Indonesia is one of best places in the world for snorkelling attracting many the adventure traveller.

Sail on a traditional Pinisi Boat

Both Katharina and Ombak Putih are traditional Wooden Pinisi boats that have been around for centuries and are still used by locals to this day. They’re built on the beach from local hardwoods such as ironwood and teak, decorated with intricate carvings and launched with a traditional village ceremony.

Experience traditional life on board these vessels as part of your adventure sailing holiday in Indonesia. From fishing villages to uninhabited islands, you’ll get to see parts of Indonesia far away from the iconic tourist hotspots. Best of all, you don’t need any prior experience or knowledge as everything is taken care of by experienced crew members and a local guide. 

Ready to start your adventures?

A sailing holiday in Indonesia is sure to provide an unforgettable experience like no other – one that will stay with you long after your voyage has ended. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, or both, sailing in Indonesia has something special waiting just around the corner. Read more about life on board Ombak Putih and Katharina.

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A Guide to Sailing in St Vincent & the Grenadines

View of Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau, Caribbean

For those looking for an unforgettable Caribbean sailing holiday, St Vincent and the Grenadines is the perfect destination, with a world of rich culture, vibrant flavours, and diverse wildlife. The Grenadines archipelago is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and consists of the main island of St Vincent as well as 32 smaller islands, including Bequia, Mustique, Union Island, and Tobago Cays to name just a few. Although closely connected to Grenada, it is a separate island nation.

A sailing holiday around St Vincent and the Grenadines is a dream come true for all travellers, with a unique blend of authentic Caribbean culture, spell-binding nature and adventure travel. We sail around this island chain with two different vessels; historic Brigantine Florette, and luxury yacht Chronos. So whether you’re looking for a peaceful paradise escape or an adventure-filled journey, a skippered sailing holiday in the Grenadines certainly won’t disappoint. Keep reading to discover some of the highlights you can look forward to as you enjoy a Caribbean sailing adventure of a lifetime.

‘The Mainland’ – the Island of St Vincent

The island of St Vincent is blessed with natural beauty, from its lush rainforest interior to its white sand beaches, set within an unbelievably stunning tropical volcanic landscape. A likely mooring on the island is Chateaubelair bay, home to some of the sets for the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Awake on your first day in St Vincent to incredible views of the bay and island. Volcanic hills layer the horizon covered in lush green, with the most vibrantly coloured houses nestled into the mountainsides. Misty rain rolls down from the mountain peaks giving it a wild and mysterious feel, highlighting the untamed beauty of the island.

The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

As you step off the boat and head ashore you’ll be spoilt for choice with a wide variety of natural wonders to absorb. Perhaps take a hike up the La Soufrirère Volcano, with spectacular views from the summit. The La Soufrière National Park is one of two UNESCO World Heritage sites in St Vincent, where you can take a leisurely stroll through lush rainforests filled with exotic plants and birdlife. Perhaps head to one of the most iconic beaches if the Caribbean – Wallilabou Bay. With black volcanic sand, stunning natural rock formations and crystal clear waters that are home to coral reefs (and even a pirate shipwreck!), you’ll soon see why it was another location for filming the Pirates of the Caribbean. If you choose a sailing holiday in St Vincent with historic tall ship Florette, you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time to really experience life as a pirate yourself (although with a touch more comfort!)

Cultural Delights Await

The island of St Vincent also offers a wonderful cultural experience as well as delicious local cuisine unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean! Anchor near historic sights such as a Young Island, where the historic remains of Fort Duvernette will rise above you, or head to Fort Charlotte to take in the sweeping vistas across the island. Foodie lovers will be in heaven here as you can wander through the local markets, bustling with an array of fresh produce.

Visit one of the many local Caribbean restaurants, serving mouth-watering meals and traditional dishes all made with locally sourced ingredients for an authentic taste of St Vincent. If you prefer to catch your own supper, for the more adventurous traveller there are plenty of fishing opportunities to be had straight off the boat – you could try your luck at catching marlin, tuna, or mahi-mahi and cooking it up on the beach!

The Grenadines

The Heart of the Grenadines – Union Island
View of the beach at Chatham Bay, Union Island

A volcanic island with scenery straight out of Jurassic Park, Union Island lies close to the neighbouring islands of Carriacou and Grenada and is the southernmost of the Grenadines. Full of culture and character, the island provides a truly unparalleled authentic Caribbean holiday experience.

You’ll soon be enveloped in this local island charm as you wander through the vibrant street market where locals sell fresh produce alongside bright paintings, handmade crafts and clothing. There are plenty of adventures to be had for the active traveler here to, including hikes through the volcanic landscape where you’ll be immersed in a thick green rainforest with large jagged mountains towering above. 

Paradise Found – Tobago Cays

One of the most talked about spots in all of the Caribbean is undoubtedly Tobago Cays Marine Park. Home to five uninhabited islands surrounded by shallow turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches and swaying coconut palms. The water here is so clear that even from the deck of the boat you can see the vividly coloured coral reefs below and the wildlife that calls them home.

Spend the day making use of the onboard snorkelling, kayaking, or paddle-boards with Chronos to explore these beautiful reefs. You’ll be dazzled by an array of friendly fish darting beneath the surface of the coral, perhaps even spotting a stingray or majestic sea turtle. After a busy day exploring the Cays, return to your vessel where a red snapper may be caught straight off the back of the boat for a BBQ on deck. After dinner enjoy an evening of star gazing – made all the more magical by the fact that there is absolutely no light pollution here!

The Unspoiled Caribbean – Mayreau
Aerial view of Mayreau Island, the Grenadines

This unspoiled island paradise offers a quiet escape from everyday life. Mayreau is home to crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling and swimming. The secluded beaches are for those looking for some peace and quiet away from it all, with Saline Bay and Salt Whistle Bay among the most picturesque spots.

Wildlife watching in Mayreau is also rewarded with regular sightings of flamingoes, iguanas and pelicans diving bombing the water. With the surrounding ocean also providing an abundance of marine life to spot, a sailing holiday in the Grenadines is certainly the best way to see it all.

A Royal Retreat – Mustique

Known for its luxury resorts and stunning beaches, this private island was famously owned by Lord Glennconner and has since become one of the most exclusive and slightly mysterious retreats in the Caribbean. The epitome of luxurious Caribbean holidays, you’ll feel right at home on board luxury classic yacht Chronos. One of their favourite places on the island is the world-famous Basil’s Bar, one of the hottest night spots in the Caribbean. Or, if you’re looking for adventure, Mustique has beautiful hiking trails, waterfalls and horseback riding along the beach. The secluded coves of the island are also great for making use of onboard water sports – such as kayaks and paddle-boards.

Charming Bequia Island

Sail from Mustique to Bequia island with numerous flying fish in your wake, looking across to the verdant landscape that awaits you. You may even be joined by some sperm whales as you make the crossing from one island to the next!

As you reach Bequia, you’ll be welcomed by the sights of quintessentially Caribbean villages, lush green hillsides and picturesque harbours. The island is packed with colourful buildings and cobblestone streets, making it perfect for meandering strolls through the town. There are also several cafes, shops, and restaurants worth a visit. The highlight of these is perhaps Jack’s Beach Bar, a relaxed spot with incredible views over Princess Margaret Beach, and a menu of local dishes and specialties sure to whet the appetite.

Ready to set sail?

A skippered sailing holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines offers a unique opportunity to explore some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands and secret spots. From snorkelling through Tobago Cays, relaxing on a private beach in Mustique, or exploring volcanic islands, there’s certainly something for everyone.

All of our Caribbean sailing holidays include a full crew and skipper with individual cabins bookable. Many of our voyages in the Caribbean cover both Grenada and the Grenadines, for more information on sailing in Grenada, read our previous adventure log here.

Whether you sail with historic brigantine Florette, or luxury classic yacht Chronos, your sailing holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines will be one of stunning natural beauty, luxurious amenities and an incredible assortment of activities on shore. So what are you waiting for?! Let us help make your next sailing holiday an experience that will stay with you forever!

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A Guide to a Sailing in Grenada

St George's Harbour, Grenada, Caribbean

A small Caribbean island nation notable for breathtaking beaches, pristine white sand, and dazzling turquoise waters, harbouring some of the world’s best underwater marine life. A sailing holiday is undoubtedly the best way to experience Grenada, spending each day visiting new anchorages and discovering new delights. 

Grenada is often the starting point of our sailing voyages in the Windward Islands and is made up of three islands. The main island being Grenada, and the two smaller islands of Petit Martinique and Carriacou. Whether you choose to sail in luxury on board yacht Chronos, or explore with historic Brigantine Florette, join us to uncover the very best of a sailing holiday in Grenada.

A New Adventure Begins – St George’s Bay, Grenada.

St George's Harbour, Grenada, Caribbean

A naturally formed, horseshoe-shaped harbour, St George’s Bay has been named the Caribbean’s most picturesque anchorage, and as you arrive here to begin your skippered sailing holiday, it’s easy to see why. Spend your first night in the Caribbean at anchor here, awaking at sunrise to views of crystal clear waters surrounded by lush green vistas, punctuated by dashes of bright colour where villages nestle into the mountainsides. It provides the perfect starting point for your voyage with easy transport links, and is an excellent location to begin island exploration.

Explorations ashore – the island of Grenada.

Swim in waterfalls, wander around crater lakes, visit cocoa and spice plantations, and indulge in Grenada’s very own spiced rum. With so much to see and do on the island, having an experienced skipper and crew makes all the difference. Many of them have been sailing in the Caribbean for years and with endless local recommendations, they’ll certainly show you all the best places to visit in Grenada.

‘Spice island

Stepping ashore, you’ll quickly discover how it received this infamous moniker. A fertile landscape awaits, with a tropical climate that fosters some of the best-growing conditions for an array of sweet smelling spices. There are plenty of botanical spice gardens on the island, with Laura Spice & Herb Garden being the most notable. Our crews can help arrange a tour of any of these botanical delights to suit you.

Waterfalls Await

Another activity sure to create lifelong Caribbean memories, is a dip in a local waterfall. Grenada is famous for its waterfalls, and there are simply too many to list here! Our current favourite is Seven Sisters waterfall, located in the centre of the island. Hike through luscious jungle, dominated by bamboo forests that harbour hidden delights at every turn. You’ll soon be rewarded with an incredible sight, where natural pools and rivers congregate, forming the Seven Sisters waterfall. Dive straight in, washing your troubles away, and you’ll leave with an invigorated feeling, ready to continue your Caribbean sailing adventure.

Deserted Island Paradise – Hog Island, Grenada

Perhaps you’ll spend a day anchored at Woburn Bay, where you can hop off the boat to visit the nearby Hog Island. Uninhabited, the stretches of white sand beaches will envelop you, making it feel as if you’ve stepped straight into a dream. The perfect place to make use of the onboard water sports available on Chronos. Kayak and paddle-board around the many inlets to explore the coastline at your own pace, in harmony with nature and tranquillity.

However, if you’re lucky enough to visit the island on a Sunday evening, watch it spring to life. The Barefoot Beach Bar is a thriving hotspot for those in the know. Here you can join in the authentic Caribbean way of life, drinking, dancing and simply enjoying the local culture.

Underwater Delights – Molinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada

Grenada is home to some of the best snorkelling opportunities in the Caribbean, thanks to a unique underwater ecosystem. The marine life around the island is so rich it’s hard to know where to begin, with over 550 species of marine life and over 100 species of coral alone. Although there are opportunities for experiencing this in many locations around the island, our guests consistently return to tell us that the Underwater Scultpure Park in Grenada is an absolute highlight and must-see on a sailing holiday in Grenada. 

Called the 14th wonder of the natural world, slip on your snorkel fins and discover this underwater paradise. The artist Jason deCaires Taylor created the sculpture park, designing life-size sculptures depicting members of Grenadian society, including fishermen, farmers, musicians, and artists. Formed out of concrete before being placed at the bottom of the sea bed, after more than 20 years the sculptures have come to life. Bright corals in every colour imaginable have grown upon the sculptures, and thousands of fish now call the park home. An otherworldly feel will soon overcome you as you dive down beneath the surface, with an initially eerie feeling giving way to a sense of wonder and amazement as the man-made world and mother nature collaborate. A truly magical visit.

The Heart of Grenada – Carriacou

The small island of Carriacou is a must-visit on a sailing holiday in Grenada. We often anchor in the picturesque bay of Tyrell bay to start our explorations ashore. The tranquil climate and fertile soil lends itself to the production of a variety of crops such as citrus fruits and cocoa, leading to its name of ‘The heart of Grenada’. Although famous for its annual Carnival held in March, the real star of the show is the nearby Sandy Island, a favourite anchorage of all our vessels.

A Caribbean Postcard Comes to Life – Sandy Island

Anchor close to shore and step onto uninhabited Sandy island, a true Caribbean postcard experience. A long, thin island, where palm trees wave gently in the breeze sitting on bone-white strips of sand, contrasted by the deep blue Caribbean sea. Unwind as the waves gently wash ashore, bringing with them an incredible array of shells and corals that sprinkle across the beach giving it a pink hue. While away the hours here, simply unwinding on the powdery soft sand. Or snorkel just off the shore, drifting with the waves and immersing yourself amongst schools of fish and tiny corals.

Spend the evening watching the sunset paint the sky shades of the most vivid pinks and purples before an inky black sky takes over and the stars light up. With some of the lowest light pollution in the world you’ll feel as though you’re on the edge of space itself.

The Authentic, Chilled, Caribbean – Petite Martinique

After some time spent in the secluded islands of Grenada, head to Petite Martinique, where you’ll soon discover the epitome of unspoiled, authentic Caribbean island life. With a population of around 900, this is a place to wander around and chat with locals who will welcome you with open arms. A more “off-grid” island, its chill and unassuming nature will leave you forgetting the world you came from, immersing yourself in an authentic Caribbean way of life away from tourist hotspots.

Palm Beach Restaurant is a favourite of ours on the island as it has a mooring, making it easily accessible on your sailing holiday in Grenada. Unwind with tropical cocktails, and enjoy local specialties, with freshly caught fish, fried plantains, and an endless variety of local produce all being whipped up in the kitchen each day. If you relish the chance to get your hiking boots out, take a meandering hike to Piton, the highest point on the island providing incredible vistas across Petite Martinique, Carriacou, and the nearby Grenadine islands which may be next on your adventures.

Ready to set sail?

If you’re ready to start your journey to a Caribbean island paradise, continue the next leg of your adventure in our journal about St Vincent and the Grenadines. To view our full itinerary of voyages to Grenada with luxury yacht Chronos, or historic Brigantine Florette, head to our Caribbean schedule.  

*Please note that all our voyages travel with the power of the wind, therefore although certain locations and anchorages mentioned have previously been visited by our vessels, there is never a guarantee or set itinerary for any of our voyages*

10 of our favourite Caribbean anchorages, beaches and bays

St Lucia Caribbean Marigot bay unsplash

One of the many joys of a Caribbean sailing holiday is the opportunity to visit unspoiled, authentic destinations away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Our voyages to the Caribbean aim to visit new anchorages nearly every day, providing fantastic opportunities to experience the islands like never before. Where you anchor can make all the difference to your holiday, and our experienced skippers and crew know the best secret Caribbean anchorages, ensuring you the most enjoyment both from the boat and ashore. 

Discover deserted islands lined with rainforests, sail through volcanic bays in the wake of pirates, and dive right off the boat into pristine waters filled with magnificent coral reefs. Although sailing with the wind means no anchorage can ever be guaranteed, we’ve compiled our top ten Caribbean anchorages, beaches, and bays below.

Les Saintes Bay, Guadeloupe

Les Saintes Bay, named by UNESCO as one of the world’s most beautiful bays, is located in the volcanic island chain of Îles des Saintes, in Guadeloupe. Flanked by 18th century forts, this Caribbean anchorage provides a blend of old world historical charm with quintessential tropical scenes, where coconut trees and white sands abound. The area is renowned for its historical usage by pirates and buccaneers. This is easy to imagine when aboard the traditional windjammer Eye of the Wind, who often finds herself at this picture perfect Caribbean anchorage.

Loubiere, Dominica

A small bay on the island of Dominica, Loubiere offers easy access to all the main attractions of the island. Anchor close to the shore, where the sounds of Dominican music and singing in the streets will drift across to the boat, tempting you to shore. The bay is a short distance to the main port city of Roseau. Here you can immerse yourself in the colourful local culture, and experience the delights of the local markets.

Another highlight of Dominica is the renowned Champagne Reef, a natural wonder sure to leave you speechless. As you snorkel through beautifully coloured coral and fish, bubbling waters erupt from volcanic thermal springs on the ocean floor. When the bright Caribbean sun hits the microscopic bubbles, they crackle and explode in the water like tiny diamonds, hence the name Champagne reef. If you’re looking for a Caribbean anchorage with easy access to snorkelling, local markets, and culture, Loubiere is sure to delight.

Dominica is a potential Caribbean anchorage for luxury classic yachts Rhea and Chronos on their voyages surrounding the islands of Antigua, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, Grenada

Tyrell Bay lies on the small island of Carriacou, forming part of the country of Grenada. Named the ‘Gateway to the Grenadines’, it’s a popular Caribbean anchorage for our voyages with historic brigantine Florette. Set off from the boat and make use of the onboard kayaks to explore inlets filled with mangrove trees, with oysters living in the dense protective branches. If island exploration is on the cards for the day, hop ashore to journey around the island of Carriacou, perhaps stopping off in some of the infamous local rum bars!

St George’s Harbour, Grenada

Grenada is home to so many of our favourite Caribbean anchorages that we simply couldn’t resist adding it to the list twice!

Located on the southern end of the island, many consider St George’s Harbour to be the most picturesque Caribbean anchorage and it’s easy to see why. Awaken at sunrise to take in the scenery surrounding the boat, with the island’s rolling green hills dotted with splashes of brightly coloured villages and settlements. Spend the day exploring the island further, swimming in waterfalls, trekking around crater lakes and sampling the local rum. St George’s Bay is a frequent starting point for our Caribbean voyages, and we truly believe there’s no better place to start your sailing adventure in Grenada!

Pitons Bay, St Lucia

sailing classics caribbean

One of the most iconic anchorages in the Caribbean, and a favourite of luxury yachts Chronos and Rhea on their Caribbean sailing holidays. Anchor beneath the ancient volcanic wonders known as the pitons, which dominate the island’s skyline. The bay is part of a protected region that has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As a result, the area is teeming with vibrant marine life, from parrotfish and angelfish to some of the rarest turtles in the world. Soufrière, a laidback, idyllic town with authentic Caribbean charm and appeal, is easily accessible from the mooring.

English Harbour, Antigua

Caribbean Antigua anchorage

A natural harbour, with a long naval history as a strategic port, English Harbour lies on the southernmost tip of Antigua. Along with a thriving international boating community, the area is also home to a wide variety of local cafes and restaurants, ready and waiting to tempt you to shore. If relaxation is on the agenda for the day, the plentiful beaches surrounding the harbour make for a great visit. Unwind on the soft white sand as turquoise water laps at your feet, looking out over the lush green mountains that dominate the landscape. Falmouth Harbour is within walking distance and often a starting point for Caribbean voyages with luxury yachts Rhea and Chronos.

Colombier, St Barthélemy

Only accessible by boat or on foot, the secluded and coveted beach of Colombier is a popular anchorage on our voyages around the island of St Barths. Utter bliss and calm, rugged beauty reigns supreme in this quiet corner of the island. Although there aren’t as many amenities as other anchorages, this simply highlights the varied nature of sailing in the Caribbean. From one day to the next you could be celebrating in busy beachside bars, or unwinding on a seemingly private beach with nothing but the waves crashing at the shore. Due to the island’s volcanic origins, there is an abundance of unique wildlife, as well as many shallow reefs ideal for snorkelling.

Road Town, Tortola, BVI

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Road Town, a bustling harbour and the main hub of the island of Tortola, is a frequent Caribbean anchorage for traditional tall ship Eye of the Wind and historic brigantine Florette. Views of the luxuriantly green surroundings will greet you as you anchor here, and the streets are lined with vibrant restaurants and shops. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the beach during the day, perhaps taking part in some of the water sports available on shore such as snorkeling and scuba diving. As night falls, head to the neighbourhood bars and restaurants, where locals congregate for live music and dancing.

Cumberland Bay, St Vincent

One of the lesser-known bays in the Caribbean, Cumberland Bay is a popular anchorage for luxury yachts Chronos and Rhea. Situated on the verdant island of St Vincent, this anchorage showcases the very best of the island. A tranquil bay, surrounded by a luscious forest of coconut palms, it is the ideal location to decompress and enjoy the water sports available on Chronos and Rhea. A wonderful spot for swimming in protected waters after jumping off the bowsprit!

Anse Noire, Martinique

If you’ve seen enough crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, head to Anse Noire on the island of Martinique for a change of scenery. Jade green waters and black volcanic sand make for an anchorage straight out of a dream.  A small, secluded cove lined with palm trees, it is a place of reflection and tranquility. Head underwater to get up close with the local marine life, including sea turtles that often visit to rest on the seagrass that lines the bay. A possible stop off the boat for many of our Caribbean voyages, Anse Noir is a must see if the winds allow!

Find out more about sailing in the Caribbean

If any of theses anchorages have tempted you, find out more about sailing holiday charters in the Caribbean with our extensive fleet. Whether it’s luxury classic yachts Chronos and Rhea, windjammer Eye of the Wind or historic Florette, there’s a Caribbean adventure to suit all!

Our Top 5 Destinations for a Sailing Holiday in Germany

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Excellent coastal sailing, sweet Scandinavian villages and an immersive maritime culture. Just a few of the highlights to discover on a sailing holiday in Germany! Whilst Germany may not be the first place to spring to mind when booking a sailing holiday in Europe, the North coast of the country borders the Baltic Sea and provides some fantastic coastal sailing. Departing in Germany also offers the opportunity to sail across the Baltic Sea to Denmark and Sweden. Here you’ll find Scandinavian harbour villages with wooden cabins, fairy-tale castle ruins and exhilarating Baltic Sea sailing.

Our voyages take place in the summer months, when the winds are stable across the Baltic. With perfect conditions for a full set of sails, it is an ideal destination for a fully skippered traditional sailing holiday! To help you get started, we’ve rounded up our top 5 destinations to visit on your sailing holiday in Germany.

Kiel – A Maritime Lovers Delight

A starting point for a number of our voyages sailing in Germany, the city of Kiel is one of the world’s best known maritime hubs. Immerse yourself in this magical maritime atmosphere, with hundreds of years of sailing history and fabled sea stories. The Kiel Week regatta, an international sailing festival, cements the city as a top destination to visit for maritime lovers. Of course it would be impossible to talk about Kiel without mentioning the canal, the world’s busiest, bustling with shipping routes and sailors. Get a true taste of authentic German sailing with our traditional tall ship Eye of the Wind as she sails through the canal on a taster sailing voyage – perfect for a short break in Germany! 

Aside from being a maritime hub, Kiel is home to a vibrant cultural scene, making it a great place for a short break in Germany before boarding your vessel. Eight of the local museums here have formed a collective titled ‘Museen am Meer’, museums by the sea. Here you can take in some marvellous collections of ancient art, oceanic research, fine art and local crafts. A visit to the street of Dänische Strasse will have you stepping back in time. Meander through the streets, lined with traditional 19th century buildings full of the local charm and heritage. 

Rostock – A 13th Century Masterpiece

Rostock is a top German holiday destination for exploring the many coastlines and islands of the surrounding Baltic sea. Many of our voyages sailing in Germany depart from Rostock as it’s an easy transport hub with direct flights from around Europe. The city was the original home port of traditional tall ship Eye of the Wind when originally built in 1911. Although Eye of the Wind has since circumnavigated the world, she still fits in well at her home port! 

Dominated by Gothic brick buildings from the Hanseatic era, Rostock undoubtedly had its heyday in the 13th century. With some of the best preserved historical sites of this period lying within the city bounds, there’s so much to uncover on your adventure holiday in Germany. From the remnants of the city wall and fortification towers to the town hall and monastery that hides hidden garden delights within its walls, Gothic architecture is waiting at every turn. Another must see is the St Marien Church, a prime example of the city’s 13th century splendour. The church houses an incredible astronomical clock, still functioning today nearly 500 years on. For some (slightly!) more modern history, visit the Warnemunde Lighthouse, built in 1897 and still in use today. The lighthouse also provides an incredible view of your sailing area in the Baltic sea.

Eckernförde – Home of Natural Relaxation

Whilst originally a traditional fishing town, Eckernförde is now best known as an Ostseebad, a spa resort. This means it’s a local German holiday destination hotspot for relaxation and spending time on the beach. Enjoy three miles of stunning beaches, backed by a beautiful promenade brimming with local boutiques. 

Visiting Eckernförde on your German sailing holiday offers the chance to immerse yourself in the natural world and truly connect with nature. The area has an incredibly diverse landscape. Coastal seaside trails, shady forests teeming with wildlife and blossoming meadows with an abundance of native flora, all of which can be explored by bike or on foot. After working up an appetite with a day of sailing and exploring, enjoy some traditional cuisine. Perhaps indulge in the freshly caught local fish that Eckernförde is known for, or sample other local delicacies in the town’s charming restaurants. The town is the perfect blend of Danish and German cultures, shown in the local architecture with traditional rust red cottages and narrow cobblestone streets.

Stralsund – unesco world heritage site

The oldest city in Pomerania dating back to the 13th century, Stralsund tops the list for history lovers sailing in Germany. The old town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to its outstanding brick gothic buildings that survived the world wars. There is even a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage exhibition for those who want to learn more. The town has an abundance of historic churches to visit, with St Mary’s Church, built in 1383, once standing as the world’s tallest structure. Step inside the incredible octagonal tower for panoramic views across Stralsund, the Baltic Sea and Rugen Island. Rugen Island, well known for its striking white chalk cliffs, lies just off the coast of Stralsund, and could potentially be a stop off the boat on your travels sailing the Baltic Sea.

Another spot that is well worth a visit is the German Oceanographic Museum, Germany’s largest aquarium and oceanographic collection. The fascinating exhibits provide an in-depth understanding of the native flora and fauna found in the depths of the Baltic Sea. You’ll soon be an expert on the natural world beneath the waters on your journey sailing in Germany!

Flensburg – Artisanal delights Await

A port at the head of the Flensburg Fjord, Flensburg is a popular destination for local shopping and sampling of artisanal goods. As a starting point for some of our voyages, why not spend an extra day here soaking in the blend of German and Danish cultures and enjoying some of the local events during the busy summer months. The historic lanes and traditional merchants courtyards in the town have transformed into modern cultural delights. The small restaurants and boutiques, artisan workshops, cafes and galleries, are perfect for soaking up the unique local culture.

If learning more about maritime heritage is top of your list when sailing in Germany, spend an afternoon exploring the historic port’s collection of boats from all periods of history. The next stop surely has to be the museum shipyard, containing boats recreated from the 18th and 19th centuries. The historic nature of this part of Flensburg means that traditional windjammer Eye of the Wind fits in rather well!

Join us for a sailing holiday in Germany

With all this to discover and more, if you’re feeling ready to start your adventure holiday sailing in Germany, find out more about sailing here with windjammer Eye of the Wind.

Your guide to a Sailing Holiday in the Aeolian Islands

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White washed harbour towns, ancient UNESCO sites and volcanic wonders abound in the Aeolian islands. If you’re looking for an authentic Mediterranean travel experience, a sailing holiday in the Aeolian islands certainly ticks a lot of boxes! The crowded hotspots of Italy’s Amalfi coast or even Sicily seem a world away in this idyllic archipelago. Delight in the natural wonders of this UNESCO world heritage site, hike to your hearts content and indulge in the local Italian cuisine. Keep reading to discover our guide to the very best of the Aeolian islands.

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Why Choose a Sailing Holiday in the Aeolian islands?

A sailing holiday in the Aeolian islands is the best way to explore and admire the breathtaking natural beauty of each individual island, waking up to a new view each day. For the active traveller, find adventure and hands on sailing on traditional brigantine Florette. Or, for some classic Mediterranean relaxation, unwind in luxury on yacht Chronos and schooner Kairós.

Our Guide to the Aeolian Islands

Seven islands make up the Aeolian archipelago: Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano. The archipelago derives its name from Greek mythology, as the god of the wind, Aeolus, once lived here, making it the perfect destination for a sailing holiday powered by the wind! These fascinating islands are distinguished by their distinctive volcanic landscape. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Sicily, they are sometimes also referred to as the Sicilian islands.


Dreaming of a picture perfect Italian summer? There’s nowhere better than Lipari. Although it may be the largest of the Aeolian islands, Lipari still retains its authentic Sicilian character. Often called the best Aeolian island, once you’ve arrived into port you’ll soon discover why! Start your exploration with a stroll through the old town. The main street of Corso Vittorio Emmanuele is home to an abundance of colourful shops and cafes, waiting to tempt you with fresh gelato and espresso.

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It’s not just the picture perfect scenery that’s to love in Lipari. Culture lovers will be in paradise with the opportunities to discover ancient history up close. Explore the fortified headland and the former citadel where the heart of the town used to lay. Strolling through the castle walls, you’ll soon find yourself immersed in life from centuries past. Whilst passing through an excavated area of the citadel you’ll get a first hand view of the history of our civilisation, with remnants of neolithic times and the Greek and Roman civilisations that once inhabited this island. Unsurprisingly, Lipari is home to one of Europe’s best archaeological museums, well worth a visit on your Mediterranean adventure. 


The active volcano of Stromboli is a fascinating sight to see while on holiday in the Aeolian islands – a true natural spectacle. With regular “minor” volcanic eruptions, the island holds the nickname ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’. The sparks of glowing lava mean Stromboli has been an orientation point for seafarers at night since ancient times, although our fleet now uses slightly more sophisticated orientation methods. Still, it’s a marvel to sit on deck, watching in wonder as the volcano sparks and spews lava, illuminating the sky with a fiery glow, just as sailors have done for centuries before you. 

Before you’ve even arrived at the dock of Stromboli you may sail past the small islet of Strombolicchio. ‘Small Stromboli’, is home to the remains of the original ancient volcano that has since collapsed into the sea. Arriving into the port, you’ll get an incredible view of the volcano that awaits your exploration. If you’re in need of some old fashioned relaxation, visit one of the best hidden beaches in the Aeolian islands, Grotta di Eolo. Notable for its secret cave formed by the volcanic landscape of Stromboli, with fine black sand, the beach is a favourite of the locals.


Known as the Green island, Salina has become a hub of agriculture, with an amazing array of local Italian produce. It also makes the cut in the debate over which is the best Aeolian island, having won the title of most beautiful island in Italy. Olive groves and vineyards stretch for miles, making it any gourmet lover’s dream destination. Indulge in the famous local dessert wine, ‘Malvasia delle Lipari’, for a true Italian taste for the senses, and sample some local nibbles, including the region’s world famous capers. 

You do not need to be a culinary connoisseur to enjoy all that the island of Salina has to offer. A holiday in the Aeolian islands is a top choice for all active travellers wanting to get their hiking boots out. Salina is home to the highest peak in the entire archipelago. Take a meandering hike immersed in the pine and chestnut forests, and before long you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over the entire island chain, perhaps even spotting your own boat anchored in the bay.


Although it is home to an active volcano, wellness takes centre stage in Vulcano. The island is best known for it’s sulphur deposits, lauded for their healing powers for centuries. Wallow in purifying mud and enjoy a healing sulphur bath, leaving with glowing skin and an inner sense of calm. 

If a mud bath doesn’t quite entice you on your holiday in the Aeolian islands, why not try a relaxing bathe in the sea close to shore? Here, fumaroles, sulphurous gases that rise from the sea bed, create nature’s very own version of a hot tub with added healing properties!


The smallest of the seven islands, don’t discount Panarea as a contender for the best Aeolian island. Elegant and chic, it provides a lovely balance to the wild and untamed nature found on other Aeolian islands. As one of the most expensive destinations to visit in the Mediterranean, a sailing holiday is the best way to stay in close proximity without breaking the bank. Admire the views from the boat and hop ashore to explore. 

Step off the boat at the port of San Pietro, where you can find the iconic Mediterranean picture perfect architecture. The labyrinth of streets are lined with white washed houses with dazzling blue roofs, enveloped in sweet smelling bougainvillaea plants. Whilst exploring Panarea, make sure to pay a visit to the church of San Pietro. Dedicated to the patron saint of the island and fishermen, the church has a fascinating history and an incredible view of the sea where your vessel will be docked.

Ready for a sailing holiday in the Aeolian Islands?

If you’re ready to experience a picture perfect Italian getaway, jump on board a sailing holiday in the Aeolian Islands with us. Anchor in secluded bays, explore quintessential Italian harbour towns, hike volcanic trails and wonder at the many UNESCO hotspots.

With breakfast freshly prepared for you on all our voyages (and included in the price!), spend each morning relaxing on deck whilst planning your adventure for the day. All our sailing holidays in the Aeolian islands have on-board water toys, allowing you to swim, snorkel or paddle-board in the crystal clear waters whilst admiring the dark beaches made of fine, black lava sand. Choose from hands-on traditional sailing with historic brigantine Florette, or 5* luxury sailing with classic yachts Kairos and Chronos. No matter which you choose, a sailing holiday in the Aeolian islands is guaranteed to be a magical adventure you won’t soon forget!