Live the Caribbean dream on board Eye of the Wind as she sails from St Martin to Martinique exploring the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Your 13 day Caribbean holiday will begin on the island of St Martin, home to 37 palm-fringed white-sandy beaches, tranquil bays and turquoise coves. The perfect way to begin your sailing holiday.
Visit St Kitts & Nevis, a dual-island nation known for cloud-shrouded mountains and beautiful sandy beaches. Abandoned sugar plantations create atmospheric ruins, protected rainforests are covered in hiking trails and inhabited with green vervet monkeys. Quintessentially Caribbean in culture, you will find streets full of colourful timber houses, palms swaying in the trade wind breeze and friendly locals.
Onto Guadeloupe with its main island in the shape of a butterfly with the Salée River running in between. Home to beautiful long stretches of beach, sugarcane fields and the Parc National de la Guadeloupe encompassing the beautiful Carbet Falls and the volcano of La Grande Soufrière. Guadeloupe has smaller islands that include Marie-Galante and La Désirade. The island of Dominica is mountainous and covered in rainforest reserves teeming with wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities. The National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake, hot springs and the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls – don’t forget your swimsuit! Wander the pretty streets of the capital of Dominica, Roseau, visit the beautiful botanical gardens and immerse yourself in the relaxed Caribbean culture.
Your final destination will be the rugged and volcanic island of Martinique. Another overseas region of France, with its culture reflecting a lovely blend of French and West Indian influence. The north of the island is mountainous and home to Mont Pelée, an active volcano with an abundance of beautiful rainforest. The sand on the beaches in the north is a silvery grey as a result of the historic volcanic ash. The south of the island, however, is home to the iconic white sands with Fort-de-France its largest town, featuring steep hills and quaint narrow streets and the gardens of La Savane bordered by shops and cafes. Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1502, after a 21-day trade wind passage he christened the island as Martinica.
The beauty of being on a ship in these breathtaking islands is that we can take you to the unspoilt, authentic Caribbean, away from the busy resorts and beaches. Experience true Caribbean culture, from small fishing villages to lively, colourful carnivals. The crew will aim to give you time to explore the islands as you wish, finding harbours to berth at and secluded bays to anchor in. Feel the sand between your toes, soak up the wonderfully colourful culture, snorkel with the fantastic marine life or simply kick back and relax on the beach.
Wildlife in the Caribbean is a real treat. Spot graceful Green and Loggerhead Sea Turtles gliding effortlessly through the water and Bottlenose Dolphins swimming with the wake of the bow. Whales also frequent the Caribbean sea, with the warm water providing the perfect breeding grounds at this time of year for the humpback whale. Birdlife in the Caribbean is an incredibly beautiful sight. Keep your binoculars at the ready to spot these colourful delights. With species only native to the Caribbean, these are once in a lifetime encounters! Pink Flamingoes are also a common bird across the Caribbean islands; these sociable creatures inhabit the blue lagoons, mudflats and lakes, living in colonies that can contain thousands of individuals.
There is no fixed itinerary for your sailing holiday, Eye of the Wind will need to sail where the wind and weather take her. The Skipper will have a better idea of the holiday plan as you board and will give a briefing on your first evening. Rest assured where ever you sail in this beautiful part of the world you won’t be disappointed and the skipper is always happy to take guest wishes into consideration.
Wonderful nature and wildlife, sailing adventures, and the culture of the colourful Caribbean islands turn this trip into a unique holiday experience. Enjoy the azure ocean, palm beaches and the incomparable flair of the “Caribbean way of life”.
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Eye of the Wind
Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig
With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.
This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.
Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.
Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.
Deck planMore about Eye of the Wind
Are all meals included?
Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken on board?
English and German
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks.
How many bathrooms does she have?
Each cabin has its own ensuite.
Is there an age limit?
No! Please double check for under 8's.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.
Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes, 12V sockets are available
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
No, please bring your own.
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.
Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.
Is there air conditioning?
Yes, Eye of the Wind has air con in each cabin.
From: Marigot, Saint Martin
To: Le Marin, Martinique
The island of St. Martin has an international airport on the Dutch side and a regional airport on the French side:
Airlines flying from France
Almost all of the airlines listed below offer daily scheduled flights to St Martin from Paris
Charles de Gaulle or Orly. Flying time for direct flights is around 8 hours 45 minutes.
Air france – www.airfrance.fr Air France operates between 5 and 7 direct flight a week in low and high season
Air caraibes – www.aircaraibes.com The regional airline of the French Caribbean operates 3 direct flights a week on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from Paris Orly Sud.
Corsairfly – www.corsairfly.fr Daily flights from Paris Orly Sud via Pointe-à-Pitre (flight Pointe-à-Pitre/Saint Martin operated by Air Antilles Express).
Airlines flying from other European countries
KLM – www.klm.com Direct flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Amsterdam (Netherlands). High season (November to March) : 3 weekly flights on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Low season (April to October) : 2 weekly flights on Thursday and Saturday.
The recommended option is to fly from Fort-de-France Airport (Martinique) to London Heathrow with a changeover in Montreal, Canada.
Other options include taking a ferry from Martinique to the island of Dominica where you can a direct flight back to London Gatwick. Or fly direct to Paris and change for London.