This is a sample Antigua Sailing Itinerary. Note that it is a sample of what to expect on your charter to Antigua. The captain customizes each itinerary based on your preferences.
Your catamaran, “Talaria,” is docked at Jolly Harbour Marina on the South West coast of Antigua. Upon arrival, your crew will greet you with a refreshing cocktail and show you around the yacht and your cabins. Then sail out of Jolly Harbour to a nearby overnight anchorage to watch the sunset and enjoy dinner aboard.
Following breakfast, you set sail past Five Islands for Deep Bay. Once anchored in Deep Bay, you can relax on the beach. If you prefer, take a short hike up to historic Fort Barrington or snorkel the 1905 wreck of the “Andes”. This old wood and iron carrier caught fire after anchoring, en route from Trinidad to Peru. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch is on board before setting sail along the northern shores of Antigua. Stop at Long Island, home of the exclusive Jumby Bay Resort. We will spend the night at anchor in this idyllic bay. You can take a romantic starlit stroll along the shore after dinner. Or, simply relax on the trampoline or sun mattresses before retiring to your cabin.
After breakfast, you can take a short trip over to Red Head Reef where you’ll have lunch. Then, enjoy great snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing on board. In the afternoon sail to Great Bird Island, a wildlife sanctuary and home to the rare and endangered Antigua Racer Snake, a non-venomous snake unique to the island. There is a path that leads to the top of the island for a spectacular panoramic view of the bay. After sundown, the barbeque is lit, and you will be served another delicious dinner at this stunning location. Here, the light pollution from the islands is virtually non-existent. Enjoy a nightcap and some fantastic star gazing!
It’s time to make passage through the narrow reefs leading out to the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern side of Antigua. Travel to beautiful Green Island, where there is abundant birdlife, including red-billed tropicbirds, white-crowned pigeons, ospreys, night herons, and pelicans. On arrival, you will have lunch followed by some great snorkeling and a chance to go ashore. In the afternoon, it’s a lovely sail to English Harbour, home of Nelsons Dockyard and the English naval base in years gone by. You will have the opportunity to wander around this historic site, visit the old English Bar and do some shopping. Take a taxi up to Shirley Heights, enjoy a drink, and view picturesque English Harbour while the sun is setting, before returning to your yacht for dinner.
In the morning visit Galleon Beach, where divers and snorkelers can explore the Pillars of Hercules, which has several reef ledges and an abundance of small reef fish. Take a short trip over to Pigeon Beach for lunch. After a leisurely sail, we stop off at Carlisle Bay – a secluded calm bay. Here enjoy another sumptuous dinner.
After breakfast, one can enjoy the morning relaxing, snorkeling and beachcombing before heading over to Ffreys or Picarts Bay which are particularly attractive with their exceptionally long beaches.
In the morning, we take a sail to Cades Reef on the Western side of Antigua. Here, you can spend the rest of the morning exploring the inner reef – where you may even spot stingrays and harmless reef sharks. Enjoy another excellent lunch before heading over the pale blue waters of Jolly Beach. At Jolly Beach, one can enjoy the beaches and beach bars, buy last-minute souvenirs from the beach vendors, or even have your hair braided with colorful beads!
After breakfast you will slowly make your way back to the dock in Jolly Harbour, enjoying those last-minute views of crystal clear waters against the blue azure sky. Say goodbye to Antigua and vow to return soon!
“As the wind blows, so shall the sail.”
Whether deep-sea diving, snorkeling, or on-land sightseeing interests you the most, we will build an Antigua sailing itinerary that best suits your interests and desires. This is just a sample of what your yacht charter adventure in Antigua may look like. Furthermore, the weather – or other outside factors – may require your Captain to set an alternative course for the duration of your trip.