As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are some uncertainties surrounding our sailing holiday itineraries for the coming winter season. We are ready and willing to deliver our usual mix of stunning sailing, sunshine and Christmas cheer, however it’s not clear which islands will be open to us for our itinerary planning. At the moment it’s doubtful if we will be able to offer our usual multi-island trips as many islands are still closed or requiring quarantine and this makes it difficult to island hop between countries, however we are all hopeful that this situation will ease in the coming months so that we can offer some variation. We are currently limited to St Martin and St Barth’s, with the possibility of venturing down to Antigua and Barbuda, and to Guadeloupe, although both of these islands are more than a stone’s throw away.
We welcome you to reserve your space aboard with us for only $250 – this can be reassigned to any future trip if you decide to cancel for whatever reason – and we implore you to make sure that any flight reservations are changeable – it’s probably wisest to arrange flights into a major international airport in the Caribbean such as St Maarten (SXM) that is also a local and international flight hub in the event that you may need to re-route your inward or homeward journey. See the Travel tab for our recommendations.
During Our Trip
No-one comes on holiday to get ill, and more so during these times of global pandemic. Each of you will already have been tested prior to boarding a flight from your home country, and will have been required to take precautions during your travel. Our boats will have been sanitised prior to your arrival to eliminate any contamination from prior guests.
We believe that, in a small space such as a sailing vessel, should someone be carrying the virus when they arrive, it is highly likely that it will be transmitted to other passengers. We ask that you are extra careful during your travel time, and indeed we request that you self isolate from the moment that you take the test, which would need to be negative for you to be permitted on the flight… In this way we can minimise the risk of bringing the virus on board our vessel.
Unless we are mandated to by local government rules, we do not plan to insist that you wear a mask on board, however you should of course wear one if you feel more comfortable, and be prepared that masks are mandatory in most public places ashore.
If you have any concerns about our procedures or would like to recommend measures on board that would make you feel more comfortable, I would be grateful to receive them.
All About This SAILING Trip
Sailing the Caribbean – No Experience Necessary
Meet up with your shipmates and stow your gear for for the sunshine sailing trip of a lifetime, perfect trade wind sailing from island to island, snorkel spot to watering hole. The Leeward Islands are a sailing dream with short passages between the anchorages and bars & restaurants located at most night-time spots to cater to your every holiday whim. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the beauty of this area and your Skipper will soon having you pulling the ropes like a pro!
Have a Sailing Adventure
Our month long sailing holiday includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. New sailors and improvers are assured of a relaxed and unhurried learning experience and single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.
Our itinerary will take in all the island highlights, you’ll do plenty of sailing, whilst allowing time for relaxing and exploring.
Sunshine & Warm Seas
Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20’s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the best snorkelling in the Caribbean….prepare to be amazed.
- All Boat Running Costs
- Cruising Permits
- Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
- Half Board Meals
- Quality Linens
- Filtered Drinking Water
- Use of Boat Toys
- Use of Snorkelling Equipment
- Airport Transfers
- Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
- Excursions & Activities Ashore
- Meals Taken Ashore
- Personal Travel Insurance
Sailing With YOU
The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:
Come and join the crew!
The following 14 day itinerary will be followed and extended with longer stops to explore ashore, and the possibility of sailing further South to explore the Saintes and even Dominica… this is assuming the islands are open to foreign visiting yachts, and the itinerary is therefore subject to CoViD border restrictions, as well as changes due to weather forecasts and any group preferences.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Meet up at Marigot Bay, St Martin and settle onto the boat; time for a short sail to Grand Case for the evening.
Breakfast on board and sail to Tintamarre to the north of St Martin and then on to St Barth’s for the night for the night.
Sail to St Eustatius; explore the slaving history and museum.
Sail to St Kitts; time to visit the Unesco heritage Brimstone Hill Fort.
Sail to Nevis; lunch ashore at the stunning Golden Rock plantation.
Day sail to Montserrat.
Time ashore in Montserrat to explore the volcano.
Sail to Guadeloupe.
Day sailing in Guadeloupe to visit the Cousteau Underwater Park.
Sail to English Harbour on Antigua. Time ashore to explore Nelson’s Dockyard.
Coasthopping in Antigua to Jolly Harbour..
Sail to Barbuda. Possibility to explore the Bird nesting sites on the island.
Sail to St Barths. Time to explore ashore.
Sail to Marigot. Last chance to grab some souvenirs. Say our goodbyes.
Choosing a CABIN
We will be running Bleu Turquoise on this trip with 4 to 6 guests and 1 skipper. To find out more about Bleu Turquoise, please follow this link.
The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on the boat; please make your selection when Booking.
|Boat Name||Cabin Type||Price (USD)|
|Bleu Turquoise||Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (2 available)||$5,295|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available)||$6,795|
You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight! During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.
Expenses & CURRENCY
The currency on the French side of St Martin, Guadeloupe and in St Barth’s is the Euro, Anguilla and Dutch St Maarten and all of the other islands we will visit take US dollars; and in fact US dollars are accepted everywhere, including the French islands. Make sure you do have a small supply of cash; the ATM’s are not as frequent as you might think, particularly in Anguilla! Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.
We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time. You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are small supermarkets in Marigot where you can do this. Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.
You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. The restaurants serving in US dollars often add 10% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!! French restaurants operate a more European tipping system – add what you feel is justified. We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!
Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved. We don’t carry passengers! This will include:
- Preparing the boat for sailing
- Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
- Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
- Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
- Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal
This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂
Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.
Booking TERMS and Conditions
These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.
At this point in time, we recommend that you organise a flight in and out of SXM – Sint Maarten’s Princess Jiuliana Airport. If it becomes necessary to re-organise itineraries, SXM is a central hub with connections throughout the Caribbean and internationally.
If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights. From here, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find alternative routes that may work out cheaper.
Getting to the BOAT
Firm details will be notified nearer the time, however please note the following for arrival to St Martin.
The airport in St Maarten is around a 15 minute taxi ride from Marigot Bay, where our boat(s) will be anchored. Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes; we will try and hook you up with fellow crewmates who might be arriving at the same time so that you can share a taxi. Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible. Hard suitcases must not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!
ARRIVING and Departing
You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last. To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip. Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis. If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking. We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!
A short taxi ride away you will find Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case which is on the stunning beach at Grand Case.
Mary’s Boon Resort is right next to the airport, but also on the beach at Simpson Bay for those with little time to spare.