Exploring the Grenadines on Binti – Tobago Cays

Exploring the Grenadines will take you to the Tobago Cays. Baradol Island Sanctuary is home to the turtles.Exploring the Grenadines on Binti – Tobago Cays

An essential part of exploring the Grenadines is anchoring in the Tobago Cays, an archipelago of five breathtaking islands – Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradol, Petit Tobac and Jamesby.  In April 1999 the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines acquired these five islands and made them the Tobago Cay’s Marine Park.  The park’s mission is to protect, conserve and improve the natural resources of the Tobago Cays.  Only accessible by boat, the Tobago Cays are an ideal place to experience perfectly uninhabited Caribbean islands.  Nowhere else on earth can you snorkel with green turtles, explore a shipwrecked 140 foot WWI British gunship which sunk in 1918, observe sea birds nesting and roosting colonies and go hiking on trails that boast an abundance of tropical flora and fauna including iguanas and birds along with excellent panoramic views of the Grenadines all in one day.  And when you’re body says it’s done, you won’t have to worry about getting back to your resort because chartering Binti means your resort travels with you.

For snorkelers and divers exploring the Grenadines, the Tobago Cays are a dream come true.  A great Horseshoe Reef protects much of the Tobago Cay’s water with much of the cays’ water depths averaging five to twelve feet.  This Horseshoe Reef is two miles in diameter and its white sand bottom lagoons with crystal clear waters are ideal for observing corals, green turtles and nearly every kind of tropical fish.  If you’re fascinated with turtles, you’ve come the right place.  The Baradal Turtle Sanctuary is the best place to watch green and hawksbill turtles foraging freely.  While the turtles may seem friendly, they are easily frightened if you chase them or try to touch them and it’s recommended visitors keep their distance.  Approach turtles slowly and no closer than 6 feet.  Do not attempt to ride on the backs of two sea turtles as Captain Jack Sparrow supposedly did when he escaped from Petit Tabac!

But there is one scene Pirates of the Caribbean fans can recreate.  Exploring the Grenadines with Binti lets you sail to the same isolated beach where the desert island scene was filmed in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl movie, for your very own private picnic.  You can also take part in some of the beach barbecues offered by boat vendors in the evenings.  This is a great opportunity for meeting people from all over the world.

Exploring the Grenadines with Binti also gives you the opportunity to experience splendid panoramic views along hiking trails on Petit Bateau, James Bay and Petit Rameau.  Binti’s Captain Joseph can show you the tropical flora and fauna including tropical birds and iguanas that inhabit the Tobago Cays.  Or, for the more adventurous, the Tobago Cays offer some of the best ocean kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing in the world.  In fact, kite surfing enthusiasts frequently launch from Petit Rameau before sailing upwind to the inner edge of Horseshoe Reef with more adventurous kite surfers sailing beyond the reef to World’s End.

From snorkeling to swimming and hiking to observing sea bird nesting and roosting and green turtles, the Tobago Cays has something for everyone exploring the Grenadines.  With so many beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes you’ll want to make sure your memory card is empty and your camera’s battery is fully charged. Satellite view of the Tobago Cays.

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