Adventure Yacht Charter

Antigua to Martinique

This is an example of a 9-night crewed charter around from Antigua to Martinique, taking in the fabulous islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica.

A wonderful sailing adventure for those wanting to get some real hands-on coastal sailing experience whilst getting pampered by your crew in the beautiful Caribbean. Changes may take place due to your requests and weather conditions.

This trip itinerary is approximately 200 nautical miles and ideally suited to those of you with a little bit of sailing experience as on some days we sail up to 6-8 hours a day.

If this itinerary is of interest, then please get in contact. We are happy to mix things up to make sure you have an unforgettable holiday.

Please click the ‘Island Details’ button above, to see some of the pictures we have taken on previous charters.

DaySample Itinerary
1

Meet your crew, Sam and Neil in Jolly Harbour Marina and get settled on board Nemo. Jolly Harbour is approximately 30 minutes taxi ride from the airport. Once you are settled into your private cabin we will head out to anchor for your first delicious dinner on board Nemo with the stunning Five Islands as our backdrop.

2

After the morning guest briefing, we will set sail to the historic English Harbour, home to Nelson’s Dockyard. This will give you an opportunity for some time on the helm and practice tacking and gybing. Once we arrive, there is time to head ashore and visit the fully restored 18th-century working dockyard. Nelson kept his fleet here and there is a museum dedicated to his memory that has some fascinating exhibits. We will also have dinner ashore giving you a chance to taste the local cuisine.

3

Today is our first all-day open water sail to Deshaies in Guadeloupe. Deshaies is the set for British TV Series ‘Death in Paradise’. Once we get there, we can dinghy ashore in Dorey to look around, have a sundowner and then a delicious dinner is back on board Nemo.

4

Another all-day sail to the beautiful archipelago of Îles de Saintes today, where we will anchor in Terre-de-Haut. This will be a fun day of coastal sailing. Time permitting we will stop at Pigeon Island for lunch, and a chance to snorkel at the famous Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve. We will arrive in time for sundowners and dinner ashore this extremely picturesque town.

5

This morning we will have time to explore The Saintes. Choose one of the amazing beaches such as Pompierre, or perhaps Fort Napoleon for a little bit of history. After lunch, we will make our way to Dominica and Prince Rupert Bay. By now you will be comfortable helming Nemo and will be able to enjoy the stunningly green and lush island that is Dominica as we sail down her coast. We will have dinner on board once we are anchored.

6

Having done two inter-island sails already, we will take the time to relax today. Read a book in the hammock, soak up some sunshine or have a go on the kayak or paddle-board, it is entirely up to you. Then after lunch we highly recommend you take an afternoon tour up the mystical Indian River, it is a real treat. After the tour, we will head back to Nemo for dinner on board.

7

After breakfast, we will set sail for Mero. Here we will have lunch and for anyone who likes snorkelling, we suggest a trip to the Champagne Reef for some snorkelling in the bubbles. After lunch, we will sail to Roseau. We will have time for a quick wander around the town before heading back to Nemo and a yummy BBQ dinner on board.

8

From Roseau, we will have our final inter-island sail to St. Pierre, the former economic capital of Martinique, which was destroyed by the Montagne Pelée eruption in 1902. This is a spectacular anchorage with Mt Pelée in the background. Ashore you will find a lovely town with a market and some ruins to explore. We will anchor here for the night and have dinner on board.

9

In the morning we have an opportunity to relax on board, head to one of the many Rum factories for a tour or go snorkelling, kayaking or paddle boarding. In the afternoon we will sail just south of Fort du France to the Les Anses D’Artlet, a stunning little village, where we will have dinner ashore.

10

A relaxing last morning swimming and snorkelling and then we will sail into Fort du France for departures to the airport. The airport is approximately 15 minutes in a taxi.

This is an example of our adventure sailing trip itinerary in Google Maps, including photos of each of the anchorages. Please note that itinerary changes may take place due to guest requests and weather conditions.

Antigua

Antigua & Barbuda is a country made up of the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and several smaller islands. It is well known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Antigua’s Jolly Harbour, Falmouth and English Harbours are yachting hubs, and English Harbour includes the site of historic Nelson’s Dockyard, now part of a UNESCO world heritage site.

Antigua is famous for turquoise waters and having hundreds of white sandy beaches – there are supposedly 365, one for every day of the year. So, if you are looking for an unspoilt paradise, you will find it here. A cluster of tiny offshore islands including Great Bird Island are perfect snorkelling and bird watching spots. Green Island to the east is great for kayaking and paddle-boarding.

SY Nemo docked in Jolly Harbour

SY Nemo anchored in Jolly Harbour Bay

One of the stunning beaches on Antigua that we sail past

Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe, part of the French West Indies, has it all: rain forests, waterfalls, sandy beaches and charming villages. The picturesque islands bask in the sun: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante, five islands which perfectly encompass all the diversity and natural beauty to be found in the Caribbean.

Trade winds keep the temperature about the same year-round and make the three offshore islands super sailing destinations. On the more rural Terre-de-Haut, part of the Îles des Saintes, you will find a truly picturesque town, historical forts, pristine beaches and families descended from Breton sailors.

The sea life is also awe-inspiring. Look below the sparkling clear water and you will find picture-perfect corals and tropical fish at the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Park. This is one of our regular stops when we sail here, as the corals are spectacular.

SY Nemo at anchor in Deshaise

SY Nemo coming into anchor in Guadeloupe

Ti' Punch in Iles de Saintes, Guadeloupe

A rustic house front on Iles des Saintes

Dominica

Dominica sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. The island is sparsely populated with around 70,000 people inhabiting its 289 square miles. The island is one of only a couple in the Caribbean still with populations of the pre-Columbian Carib Indians.

It is an unspoilt nature lover’s paradise. Tropical forests coat two-thirds of the island, which nourishes 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls are everywhere, fed by the island’s high annual rainfall. The Indian River that feeds into Prince Rupert Bay, is a particularly beautiful river and also another set of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It is well worth a trip up the river with one of the local guides.

The offshore marine environment is equally fascinating, as healthy reefs, extraordinary formations, and 100-foot visibility draw water lovers. We head to Champagne Reef to snorkel, where warm water seeps from underwater volcanic vents and colourful fish swirl on streams of tiny bubbles.

Sailing up to Dominica from Guadeloupe on SY Nemo

A stunning bay on Dominica

Up the Indian River

The lush green hills of Dominica

Martinique

With croissants and palm trees, all perched near a live volcano, Martinique is the definition of a refined French-Caribbean island – fashionable and elegant, with an abundance of flora. Filled with ruins and monuments, Martinique has been French, with a few interruptions, since 1635. And as an overseas department of France, it revels in French history and savoir-faire. It offers gorgeous beaches, lots of rum and great food.

Tourism is important, but so are banana farming, cane, and the rum business. Its many small museums focus on curiosities such as banana farming and ancient island civilisations.  The capital, Fort-de-France, displays colonial charm along with its yacht-filled harbour and offers lots to see in its narrow galleried streets. Busy fish and produce markets give rich local flavour, and we enjoy visiting the market in St Pierre.

Le Marin with a local boat on the beach

Beautiful St Pierre

Some of the ruins in St Pierre

The Church and pier at Petit Anse D’Arlets Anchorage in Martinique