From the main International airport here in Antigua, you’ll take a taxi and 25 minutes later you’ll be in the heart of Jolly Harbour amidst bars, restaurants, one of the largest supermarkets in the Caribbean and arts and craft shops. You can stock-up and prepare for your Dominica Itinerary right here.
Following a one to one boat and chart briefing your first sail will be to Deep Bay to the north of Antigua. Drop the anchor and then snorkel on the wreck of The Andes. This is an old merchant ship which sank back in 1908; you can just about make out the top of the masts out of the water – the ideal perch for a curious seagull.
From Deep Bay, set sail along the west coast of Antigua to beautiful Carlisle Bay. Our guests tend to see turtles and the occasional dolphin here. The best snorkeling is found on the south side of the bay at the bottom of the rocks.
From Carlisle Bay, take a short sail around to English Harbour. Book yourself a guide and take a tour of historic Nelson’s Dockyard in famous English Harbour. This is a fully restored working Dockyard complete with hard-working sail-makers, restaurants converted out of the original buildings in Nelson’s day and an interesting museum to brush up on your history.
Take a hike up the hill or a short taxi ride up to Shirley Heights “jump up”. Takes place very Thursday and Sunday in the traditional high season. Enjoy traditional rum punches, BBQ chicken, a 20 piece steel band and later, a reggae band to take you into the night.
Once you have cleared customs in English Harbour, you will set sail to Guadeloupe. Your first stop is the pretty fishing village of Deshaises. Explore ashore and enjoy the French atmosphere of this bustling harbor village. Good provisioning awaits you and a very helpful lady in a dinghy who will bring you ice and pastries!
Next day sail to your next anchorage and enjoy an underwater national park – brilliant for diving and snorkeling. There are many dive shops to choose from. Enjoy a French creole dinner ashore as you watch the sun set.
The following day, lift anchor and sail to the small cluster of islands called Iles des Saintes. If you like your islands just a short sail away and within line of sight, then you will enjoy sailing Iles des Saintes and exploring the mountainous scenery.
A perfect way to explore Terre de Haut is by scooter or rent a little green electric car to get you around the small isalnd. Explore the interesting town of Le Bourg and spend some time in the Fort Napoleon Museum. If you enjoy French food, wine and cheese, you will be in gourmet heaven!
From Iles Des Saintes, make your final sail of your Dominica Itinerary to Portsmouth on the island of Dominica. From here, organize guided tours of the boiling lake, hiking through rainforests and enjoying the amazing nature island of Dominica.