All the natural delights of this gorgeous island at an easy pace
This is a leisurely holiday taking in some of the natural delights of this gorgeous island at an easy pace. This sample itinerary does include many tours, including some bird watching, but should you wish to be a little more active or adventurous, we can suggest additional tours for you. These might include sailing in the Grenadines, diving or hiking in the rainforest. Alternatively, a historic tour of the beautiful capital St Georges, can also be added.
Fly to Grenada and transfer to your chosen hotel for 7 nights.
Free day to relax; unwind on the beach or by the pool and to explore the beautiful surroundings.
9.00 am – 4.00 pm – A tour starting with a visit to Grenada’s rainforest and the wonderful Grand Etang Nature Centre. Here we will meet one of the forestry officers for an overview of the management of the rainforest and view the volcanic crater lake before hiking along the nature trail to two of St Margaret’s seven falls. This is a moderate to hard hike, which takes about 45 minutes. There will be a chance to have refreshing swim in two pools before continuing on to the Belmont Estate for a sumptuous Caribbean lunch and to see ‘dancing the cocoa’. After lunch there will be the opportunity to visit a chocolate factory and the River Antoine water-powered rum distillery.
Free day to enjoy your hotel and surroundings.
Today, you have the choice of two options:
Option 1: 9.00am – 1.30pm – An opportunity for whale and dolphin watching led by a knowledgeable guide. You will cruise aboard a catamaran along Grenada’s western fishing grounds.
Option 2: 8.00am – 10.30am – For those particularly interested in birds and the fauna of Grenada, the Mt Hartman Interpretive Centre, affords the visitor with an insight into the island’s endangered species, the Grenada Dove, the Hook billed Kite and the Tree Boa. There are also displays and information on insects, iguanas and other reptiles. You will also have the opportunity to walk through the dry forest with a forestry officer as your guide and stand a very good chance of hearing the unique call of the very shy Grenada Dove.
Bird watching enthusiasts will depart the hotel early and travel to the La Sagesse Nature Centre, on the Atlantic side of the island, one of the best birdwatching locales on the island. The less enthusiastic can leave a little later! Anthony Jeremiah, a local birdwatching guide and forestry expert will lead you on a nature walk of the beach and surrounding forest. After a delicious breakfast at La Sagesse, you can spend the rest of the morning here, exploring the gardens, relaxing on the beach or enjoying a dip in the ocean.
Depart your hotel after breakfast for the boat docks and the Osprey catamaran trip to the quaint island of Carriacou, which is part of Grenada, as well as the first island in the Grenadines chain of islands. The journey will take approximately 90 minutes, with the opportunity to enjoy the seascape of emerald islands in turquoise seas with possible sightings of flying fish, dolphins and numerous sea birds. Submerged volcanoes ‘Kick em Ginnie’ lies west of Diamond Rock and makes the crossing ‘interesting’ before landing in Carriacou. Located to the northeast of mainland Grenada, this tiny island offers visitors a glimpse of a more leisurely pace of life. With a mix of Scottish and African ancestry, the island boasts a wealth of historical attractions and cultural festivals. Local traditions reflect the mixed ancestry of the peoples, with African Big Drum Nation Dance and the European Quadrille.
The town of Hillsborough is the bustling heart of Carriacou, with banks, Government offices and the main police station. In the village of Windward, sailing boats are built using the traditional methods passed down by the Scottish settlers. Recent initiatives are encouraging younger persons to learn to art of boat building and to produce model boats. The annual Carriacou Regatta held in July seeks to rekindle this art.
Once in Carriacou, the group will have a tour of island and also have the opportunity to meet individuals from the Kido Foundation, who operate a turtle conservation program on the island. You will also see boat building in Windward and visit the tiny Carriacou museum. Lunch will be enjoyed in a local restaurant. At 3.30pm the Osprey high-speed catamaran will depart for a one hour and 15 minute return cruise back to St. George’s.
Either enjoy the day at your leisure before departing for UK or for a different island destination or simply stay on in Grenada for a few more days.