Cool Running Boat trip, Barbados

In my opinion, the Cool Runnings boat tour is the only catamaran trip worth considering in Barbados. Immaculately planned with a hilariously enthusiastic crew on board, it is a fun-filled five hours that you’ll remember long after you fly home.

Setting off at 9:30 (ish) from Bridgetown Harbour, the trip includes three stops;

1.     Swimming with giant turtles

2.     Snorkelling on the reef

3.     Beautiful beach for lunch and a casual swim.

The rest of the time was spent drinking from the complimentary onboard bar, sunbathing and joking around with the crew.

Terrified of swimming with fish, I soon had several nicknames on board, and was eventually responding to “Oi, scaredy-cat!” Despite my fear, the constant goading persuaded me and I swam with (and patted) the giant turtles and managed to get a few photos. The snorkelling was a bit ambitious for me but looked like fun, the other guests seemed delighted with the shoals of tropical fish they spotted.

Lunch was typically Caribbean and very good and I found I was starving when mealtime came around.

The sail back to shore was almost the best part of the trip. The sun was shining, we were given delicious carrot cake and coffee, and all encouraged to get up and dance with the bootilicious and most flamboyant crew member, Ryan.

Massive thanks to captain Eddie and his team for an absolutely awesome boat trip – it was the highlight of our Barbados visit.

tel 001 -246- 436 0911 to book your lunch cruise

Trip to Carriacou, Grenada, Caribbean

Few know that the country of Grenada is actually made up of three islands: the largest and most populated is Grenada itself, followed by Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Both planes and ferries are available from Grenada to Carriacou, though Petite Martinique can only be reached by water transport. We were lucky enough to visit Carriacou for the day though I’d recommend staying a night or two as accommodation is cheap (US$25-85 a night) and the island is beautiful.

The list below is not exhaustive but rather a few suggested highlights that the Grenada Board of Tourism organised for me:

1.     Island tour with Robert – a local man with an extensive knowledge of Carriacou. He took us to see:

a.     Hillsborough Town

b.     Belle Vue (a beautiful view as in the title)

c.      The ancient French Windmill

d.     Windward boat building

e.     Paradise Beach

2.     Have lunch at Kayak Kafe and Juice Bar – fresh juices, smoothies and delicious homemade wraps.

3.     Have a beer and fresh lobster at Off the Hook on Paradise Beach.

4.     Take a water taxi over to Sandy Island… an idyllic strip of beach in the middle of the sea.

I knew little of Carriacou before I arrived in Grenada but I urge you to schedule it into your trip. A visit to Grenada is not complete without it.

I travelled to Carriacou by Osprey Express (express is only in the name, not in the service). It leaves from Carenage in St George’s, Grenada and arrives in Hillsborough, Carriacou.

A return ticket cost US$60 per person (EC$160).

With thanks to the Grenada Board of Tourism.