Fishing and Mustique with Dwight and Balliceaux Charters, Bequia

We knew we wanted to go on a fishing charter one day and when we spoke to Dwight from Balliceaux Charters, he offered up many different customizable options of how to spend the day.  The one we opted to do included fishing along the way to and from Mustique, some time ashore (lunch and shopping) and snorkeling.  Including Mustique was not something we had planned on doing, and it certainly added some cost, but we have no regrets and had an amazing day.  

Dwight worked with our schedule and our preferences without question.  He met us at the dock in town and off we went!  The fishing wasn't the greatest (one or two got away and we brought in one barracuda), but visiting Mustique and the snorkeling there made it worth it.  Dwight was accommodating and dropped us off on the beach right in front of the hotel, saving us time and cab fare.  

We readily recommend Balliceaux Charters for a day out on the water and/or island hopping!   

 

 

Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Bequia

On the same day we visited Firefly Plantation, we made a stop at Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary since they're both in the same general area (the other side of the island from where we were staying).  There was a large group of cruise ship-based tourists when we first arrived but eventually it thinned out.  

The facility is nothing fancy.  There is one big pool where the older turtles swim, another fairly large one for the babies and a number of smaller pools where other turtles are kept.  Visitors are allowed to touch the larger turtles as they swim by, but are instructed to keep hands away from the babies.    

We thought the best part was seeing the baby turtles -- they are so very tiny and cute!  Another highlight was seeing Old Hegg, the oldest turtle there.  We were told that Old Hegg has his own pool because he was getting a little nasty with the other turtles in the large pool.  I guess he's turning in to an ornery old turtle...  

There is a small admission fee/donation and there's really no official tour, but the owner of the sanctuary is there to tell you about the turtles and answer any questions you may have.    

There's also an opportunity to purchase t-shirts and the like.   

Friendship Rose, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

One of our days was spent aboard the Friendship Rose enjoying one of their scheduled trips to the Tobago Cays.  It was a lovely day of sailing, snorkeling, eating and relaxing.

Their website contains much of the needed information about scheduled trips, itineraries and rates.  The rates are very reasonable, especially for families as children are either free or half-price, depending on their ages.  

We went on their scheduled day trip to the Tobago Cays.  The food and service on board was better than we had imagined it would be (including the warm croissants oozing with chocolate, mmm....).  

When you arrive at the Tobago Cays, you'll have your choice of hanging out on the small beach, doing a mini-hike to find and feed the iguanas, snorkeling with the turtles or getting shuttled over to another snorkel site.  Whatever you choose to do first, you'll most likely have time to do all of the above before heading back to the boat for lunch and setting sail for the return trip.    

Overall, money and time well-spent!  We definitely recommend it!  

If you have questions or are looking for more specific info, send us an email.  We're more than happy to help!

What We Love

  • It's NOT a booze cruise
  • Swimming with turtles
  • Jumping off the side of the boat for an after-lunch swim
  • Delicious food and wonderful service

What To Know

  • It's a long, long day -- you will be exhausted when you return to Port Elizabeth
  • You will have to get up early, but breakfast will be waiting for you on board
  • Bring:  Dramamine, rash guard for snorkeling, hat to keep sun off your face, sunscreen for reapplications, lightweight long-sleeved shirt or cover-up, bananas to feed the iguanas, beach towel, camera, snorkel gear (if using your own), cash for tip