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.
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!
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.
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.