South beach Peiti Bateau Tobago Cays

South beach Peiti Bateau Tobago Cays

To me the real beauty of sailing onboard Star Clippers ships is that the vessels are smaller than conventional cruise ships, they can call into ports untouched by larger craft. This was certainly true of our trip on Royal Clipper around The Windward Islands where we dropped anchor in tiny inlets to spend time snorkelling or landing on the empty beaches of isolated islands such as the Tobago Cays in St Vincent and The Grenadines.

Royal Clipper Tobago Cays

Royal Clipper Tobago Cays

The Tobago Cays Marine Park is made up of five small uninhabited islands and a beautiful sand bottomed lagoon with an extensive coral reef system.  It was amazing exploring this beautiful place discovering iguanas, lovely birds and sone of our party encountered turtles when they went snorkelling.

Igauna on the Tobago Cays

Igauna on the Tobago Cays

We landed on the North beach of Petit Bateau, It’s the only point where vendors are allowed to sell their tourist wares and we quickly walked through the forest to the south side of the island. This really is a wonderful place and if you get the chance do explore it thoroughly.

Royal Clipper at anchor off The Tobago Cays

Royal Clipper at anchor off The Tobago Cays

It didn’t come as a surprise when I discovered that some of the scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed here. We finished off our visit with the a barbecue before heading back to the ship to avoid the late morning rush of tourists.

Tender landing on Petit Bateau

Tender landing on Petit Bateau

So, if you feel you would like to try something different and something so individual the memory will stay with you for ever then why not give this type of cruising withStar Clippers a try. It may not be your cup of tea, but I would be surprised if you didn’t want to come back for more.

Steve Newman was a guest of Star Clippers.

www.starclippers.co.uk

http://www.tobagocays.org/park-information/