Cays are a group of small, uninhabited islands protected from
the sea by Horseshoe Reef. The water and reef colors are a
kaleidoscope of gold, brown, blue, turquoise, and green. Small
beaches of white sand blend into luminous clear water. On
cloudless nights, the stars are cast across the sky like wedding
confetti thrown in an excessive gesture of bonhomie. Even
squalls can be dramatically beautiful as they approach from
afar. The anchorage is, however, open to the full force of the
ocean winds, which are sometimes strong.
The best approach is between Mayreau
and Baleine Rocks, staying south of One Fathom Bank.
Black-and-white day markers help you get the approach right.
Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau look like one island for most of
the approach. Don't cut corners, lest you land on a coral head.
You can anchor just west of Petit
Rameau, in the cut between Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau, to the
north or south of Baradel, or between Baradel and the other
islands. Shallow-draft yachts can anchor to the east of Baradel.
Moorings are available in the Cays for $45 EC a night, but are
neither compulsory nor always reliable, so check. They mainly
surround the turtle-watching area. Do not anchor between the
moorings and the turtle-watching area.
There are strong currents in the cut
anchorage, so using a mooring is good.
Local boat vendors ply the Cays
during the season, selling everything from ice, bread, and
lobsters to jewelry. They are a friendly bunch and very obliging
if you need them to bring you ice or bread the next day. If you
want to be left alone, they will do that, too. They offer great
beach barbecues and water taxis to places like Baradel.
Rasta Richard Phillips on Jah Live and Larston Browne of Lordag
Velocity 2 are among the good barbecuers and they are helpful
and have been highly recommended.
Rondel Weeks on Mr. Quality is the only authorized vendor
selling the Carriacou Fidel Productions art t-shirts. Each one
is a painting by a local artist reproduced on a shirt.
Felix-Turtle design by Carriacou artist Felix is the most
popular, so popular that one vendor has copied the shirts and
pretends to be the artist.
Willie, in Free Willie, is among the good and helpful vendors.
Jude has a good water taxi, Bitterz.
If you want to go diving call Genadines Dive.
since august 05
Tobago Cays National Park
Compass on the Cays