were planning on going to Petite Martinique so we could dive off the reef,
however – my (Susie’s) ears are not behaving so instead we decided we would
sail over to Union Island which is at the southern end of the St Vincent
6 miles over to Union straight to wind so we motored over to Clifton Harbour
where you have to clear immigration and customs since St Vincent is a
different country to Grenada.
Getting into Clifton Harbour wasn’t the most fun – it is surrounded by
a reef, with another reef in the middle – there are some markers but not
many. It would have been easier
if it was a sunny day so you could actually see the reef but it wasn’t sunny
when we came in so you cannot see where the shallows are.
is the reef today with the sun out . . . . view is out in front of us.
Mayreau and Tobago cays in the distance.
anchored and the anchor has held fine but took us a while to settle down – I
was initially planning on going ashore only to clear into customs and then
head off to a more relaxing anchorage, but we quite liked it ashore and the
boat didn’t move. Our initial
concerns weren’t helped when a
charter yacht with a british couple on it managed to run aground about 100
metres behind us. The rescue
squad descended. . there are
about 10 guys in boats with outboards who zoom around the anchorage offering
to take the rubbish away, deliver bread or whatever. The charter yacht was descended upon
by about 5 ‘helper’ boats who all tied lines to different bits of the boat and
hauled them off. I am not sure
how much they ended up paying for this – they were then towed to a suitable
anchoring place and deposited. At
least it was only sand they hit and not rock or reef so they probably could
have reversed off themselves.
Still – charter boats eh? Sniff.
Here's the anchorage from the top of the hill we walked up.
We are in the big pile of boats! Petite Martinique in the
small airstrip is just at the bottom of the
images of the Grenadines being all plush expensive hotels but I think there are only really a
few islands with this and they
are not built up. There are no
big hotels on Union – it is very Caribbean, quaint and pretty friendly, it has
a small airstrip, a few restaurants, some good fruit stalls and some guest
houses. . . . and a fair quota of
goats. The island is very pretty
– it’s only tiny (about 3 miles by 2) but steep hills and rugged. I am not sure where they get income
from – a fair few boats stop by, and this is most of the tourism, other than that I suppose just
Clifton village is very colourful though
have had a walk up to the top of the hill above the harbor today and from
there you can see all the islands in the Grenadines chain right up to St
Vincent in the distance.
at the top of the hill. . .
And here's a spider we saw on
our walk - these were all over the place in the grass....about 2 inches
some snorkeling but have to really stay out of the water for a couple of days
to let my ears sort themselves out.