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Sail with a Scientist

I am thrilled to announce our immersive, discovery expedition “Sail with a Scientist”! Experience Caribbean wildlife first hand and ignite a passion for the wonder of science and nature guided by a marine biologist on your very own private yacht. Explore science thru sailing. At the surface, we sail between lush islands, anchoring in remote bays where we plunge in to discover life on the reef and the action down below.

Dive in and discover the wild water world with marine biologist, Nicolas Winkler and Captain, Monique Mills as we take you on a journey thru the Windward Islands. Imagine making memories of a lifetime!

No experience necessary just bring your curiosity.

Welcome aboard your choice of yachts. 7-10 days. Recommended itinerary below.

We look forward to sharing our perspective and passion for the ocean.

Activities Overview
  • Dip into the sea for a guided snorkel safari sighting the Caribbean’s reef residents like turtles, rays, giant conch and colourful fish.
  • Unravel the mysteries of seas with your on board expert, scientist Nicolas Winkler
  • Learn about the marine ecosystem
  • Hike amid iguanas and unique island flora
  • Enjoy the majestic seas on your own private yacht where you are welcome to learn a few salty skills or simply relax and enjoy the cruise
  • Become a Citizen Scientist by assisting in observations and experiments for scientists around the world.
  • Collection, Protection: Participate in collecting data for conservation initiatives.
  • Learn about reef health and what we are looking for when we monitor the reefs
  • Witness and reap the benefits of a lionfish hunt as we work to control this invasive species harming the indigenous ecosystem. During our snorkel safaris we hope to capture a few lion fish and serve them up on a platter for you to taste this delicious fish.
  • We are active in fleet science providing data supporting the University of Amsterdam. http://www.sailinggiventime.com/
  • Download your favorite star gazing app and enjoy a heavenly night relaxing into the awe of our galaxy.
Itinerary

Day 1 – 1800

Good Evening and welcome to the adventure of a lifetime “Sail with a Scientist”. We greet you at Port Louis Marina, St George’s, Grenada.
This evening relax by the pool and enjoy great food at either Yolo sushi restaurant or casual dining and at Victory bar and grill restaurant. At your leisure, settle into your cabins and gather for our boat briefing and safety talk.

Day 2 – 0800 – Clear out of immigration and customs. Let’s set sail!

0900 – St George’s, Grenada – Sandy Island, Carriacou
Set sail bright n early! We begin by sailing north along the west coast of Grenada towards the tiny uninhabited Sandy Island. This is our longest day of sailing, as you can expect 5-7 hours, depending on winds. We pick up a mooring ball adjacent to the island in the Carriacou Marine Park to enjoy the beautiful beach and excellent snorkeling. With a gentle breeze and rum punch in hand, you can bliss out in a lingering sunset!

Day 3 – Sandy Island to Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Early morning snorkel safari getting to know your new fishy friends, then breakfast, and we sail off to another country! Welcome to St Vincent & the Grenadines. A lovely 2-3 hour sail lands us in the secluded, private Chatham Bay, of Union Island. Slip into the water and experience some great snorkeling! I have witnessed some wonderful things here – eagle ray, schools of squid and diving bombing cormorants! Later that evening we take the dingy to shore for some epic fun with Seki and Vanessa for a decadent and authentic Caribbean beach BBQ. Your captain will manage your immigration into the country.

Day 4 – Union Island to Tobago Cays

Enter postcard perfect paradise. Tobago Cay National Park is the pristine set of tiny islands with perfect reefs set in turquoise waters. Your dream come true. Anchor inside the horseshoe reef, which nearly encircles the four main cays. This area is a marine park and turtle sanctuary. Snorkel amount the turtles and gentle Caribbean rays, or hike the tiny island to discover iguanas. Tonight we will be enjoying sunset and dinner aboard the yacht. Slip into slumber as the boat rocks you to sleep.

Tobago Cays hosts several tiny islands surrounded by reefs:

  • Catholic Rock Bird Sanctuary: Sea bird nesting and roosting colonies. Observe from the boat
  • Horse Shoe Reef: Excellent Coral Reef site with an abundance of fish and coral (inshore side snorkelers; ocean side SCUBA)
  • Baradal Turtle Sanctuary: Protected area where green and hawksbill turtles, and Caribbean rays can be observed foraging freely
  • Petit Tabac: Isolated beach and the filming location for the desert island scene in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl”.
  • Petit Bateau, James Bay, Petit Rameau: boast hiking trails where you could observe our abundance of tropical flora and fauna including iguanas and birds. They also provide excellent panoramic views of the Grenadines.

Day 5 – Tobago Cays

Wake up in paradise – again! Play all day – swim, snorkel, hang out or explore some more of the tiny islands! And end the day with a festive beach BBQ on one of the tiny islands hosted by locals

Day 6 – Tobago Cays to Petit St Vincent

Departing after your morning swim and breakfast, we buzz over to Petit St Vincent and drop anchor in the gin-clear waters. It is an exclusive resort on a private island is open to yachties for dinner at one of two fabulous restaurants – some nights feature a live band so you can dance the night away on the beach.

While visiting Petit St Vincent, we will also discover the teeny, tiny tiny island, Mopion, It is protected by the surrounding coral reefs, with a single structure on it – a palm leaf umbrella. We will anchor just outside the reefs and take our dingy onto the island for some fabulous snorkelling in the protected, shallow waters.

Day 7 – PSV to Grenada

Early morning departure we begin our return to Grenada. Port St Louis. On return to Grenada we will make a quick stop to enjoy some amazing snorkeling at Moliniere Point. This is the site of Grenada’s famous underwater sculpture park! The sculptures have been placed here for your entertainment and as artificial reefs. The coral attaches to the structures, attracting fish of plenty! Underwater camera a must here! We will anchor just outside of St Georges for one more sunset and sleep!

Day 8 – Grenada

At 10:00 AM we say our goodbyes in Port St Louis with fabulous memories and ocean sized smiles!

Our Crew
Monique Mills
Founder, Making Waves Sailing, Captain, Explorer
RYA Yachtmaster, PADI Diver 300+ dives
Ambassador, The 5 Gyres Institute

My goal is to inspire a deeper appreciation of our water world by connecting people to the ocean. It’s my hope that by offering others an opportunity to further explore our oceans, they will join me in my quest to both learn about, and safeguard our oceans. We make waves in your life by inviting you to explore and learn new things. We love to inspire others to play, think and act in unison with the world we all share. We sail and live by our values, minimizing the impact we have on the environment we love. We strive to protect the places where we play – that’s why we give special attention to science-based conservation. When we are not delighting our guests, we participate in gathering data for scientists to advance knowledge and participate in conservation activities in the Windward Islands. Ambassador to The 5 Gyres Institution.

Nicolas Winkler
Masters of Marine Management Marine Biologist, Competitive Freediver

Leading the expedition is Grenadian Nicolas Winkler. Nicolas is an adventurer and explorer at heart. Trained as a marine biologist, he is a passionate ocean advocate with a background in marine conservation and social science research. Nicolas grew up in Grenada and has been diving and freediving around the island for over 20 years. As a scientist and diver he offers a unique, firsthand knowledge of this ecosystem. He is a certified PADI SCUBA and Freediver Instructor as well as a Mixed Gas CCR Rebreather diver with extensive experience diving in the challenging current swept islands off Grenada’s north coast.

Included
  • Your choice of private yacht, dingy with and outboard, emergency life raft, personal flotation jackets, emergency gear
  • Fully qualified RYA yachtmaster captain and one crew member
  • Linens, towels
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and evening meals – except 3 dinners on shore
  • Fuel, boat water and drinking water
  • Daily sunset rum cocktail
  • Snorkel and mask (not fins)
  • Meals will be prepared by crew unless you would like to hire a cook $150/day
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol: we recommend special ordering in advance if you are particular about wines.
  • Medication – please ensure you have all medication and especially sea sickness medication
  • Land excursions and transportation
  • Meals onshore: enjoy the local cuisine: simple beach BBQs to five star resort chefs.
  • Customs and immigration fees
  • Marine park fees and mooring fees
  • Gratuity: discretionary 10-15%
Want More?! We can tailor a trip to you!

Chartering your own private yacht means spontaneous adventure and maximum flexibility. Book us for extra days and open up a “free time” option where you can linger longer in one place, or go further to navigate more islands like St Lucia and Bequia, or perhaps stop and scuba dive.

Our itinerary is flexible to your preferences which we can discuss along the way to cater to preferences. All itineraries are subject to change in consideration of conditions. All our sailing is determined by weather and the Captain will have the final judgement to determine safe passage.

The Fine Print
  • Please let us know if advance of special dietary needs, and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • We discourage drinking alcoholic beverages while under sail for safety reasons and your personal comfort.
  • If you are a connoisseur of fine wines, we can stock the wines in advance with your preferences.
  • Listed prices may vary according to availability. Book early to confirm!
  • Non Refundable deposit will confirm your booking: 30%
  • Balance is due 90 prior departure.
  • Cancellations prior to 90 days 70% refund
  • NB: We ALWAYS advise travel insurance.
  • We reserve the right to charge a fee up to $1000USD if the boat has been excessively soiled or misuse of the head (aka: toilet).
  • Drugs will not be tolerated. Marijuana is NOT legal. No excuses, no exceptions, no refund.