We transfer from our sailing cruise ship, the Wind Star, to the Sky Flirt, an 85-foot catamaran, to get over to the reefs that hold great fish sighting for us.
Transfer by small raft to the Sky Flirt
Sky Flirt waiting for us to come on board
Sky Flirt is operated by Wind and Sea, located in Bougainvilla on Union Island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Union Island is about 200 km (125 miles) west of Barbados and directly north of Grenada.
We sail around the island and anchor near the reef.
Coral reefs from above
In one stretch where the current is strong, the Sky Flirt drops us off on one side of the beach, we snorkel over, cross the beach, and snorkel the other side back to the Sky Flirt, which has moved.
The beach is quiet before we get there
Snorkeling back to the boat after crossing
As we all waddle across the beach in the mask, fins, snorkels, and yellow vests, some poor woman who previously had the beach to herself for topless sunbathing looks aghast as the minions waddle across and head back into the water on the other side.
And, as we get back on the Sky Flirt, we spot a turtle.
The crew then treats us to rum punch, while the captain raises the sails and takes around the islands, before heading back to our ship.
Serving rum punch while the Captain sails
Captain sails, crew checks email (modern times)
The islands in this area are beautiful, although most boats seem to anchor at the reef where we were snorkeling
Beautiful, uninhabited, islands and beaches
Boats at anchor near the Tobago Cays Marine Park and reef
We sail between more beautiful islands
But, now it is time to return to the mother ship and end another great day and a new adventure.
Coming back to the Wind Star