What could be more romantic than sailing away on the stunning 41-foot sloop Feisty, then anchoring up for a spot of snorkelling with a professional dive master and marine biologist, and ending the day by admiring the sunset from on board the luxuriously equipped vessel with a glass or three of champagne?
Miles Denne of Nevis Yacht Charters (www.nevisyachtcharters.com) is the skipper, has the qualifications, and an infectious enthusiasm for showing family groups or just lone honeymoon couples the very best of offshore Nevis. “Snorkelling with hawksbill turtles is one of those experiences visitors never forget,” he reckons. Yellowtail snapper, parrot fish and spotted eagle rays are some of the other species Miles regularly shows his guests off the coral reefs that surround the island.
The waters between St. Kitts and Nevis are spectacular for recreational sailing. Many hotels organise group outings but a personalised private charter is the way to go for guests wanting the best out of the experience. Nevis Yacht Charters and a couple of other outfits will facilitate half and full-day trips, or even longer voyages over to St. Barths or Montserrat.
“No flippers in your face, just a perfect day’s sailing in your own chartered yacht with up to eight of your family or friends,” promises Miles.
Staying on the water, Herbert’s Beach, just a few hundred yards round the headland from Nisbet Plantation, provides the perfect environment for kiteboarding. “The coral reef gives us protection from the heavy waves,” says Jeff Andrade, one-time tournament pro, “while the winds here are pretty steady.”
Jet skiing, paddle boarding, surfing and water skiing are just some of the water-sports practiced off Pinney’s Beach, with Hobie Cats also available for those who know how to handle them. Jeff is actually based over the Narrows at St Kitts Water Sports (www.stkittswatersports.com) but he and his team regularly head to Herbert’s Beach both to strut their stuff and teach beginners the ‘Floaty’ jump, the Grab and other tricks.
All of which might be a tad demanding for some, so those who prefer the comfort of an armchair while hunting the ‘big five’ pelagic fish, namely marlin, tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi and wahoo, should head to Oualie Beach where the best Nevis sport fishermen are based. The ‘drop-off’, as it’s called, where 500lb blue marlin have been caught, is then only 15 minutes away.
On the way out, it isn’t only the fishing that makes the experience memorable. Whales are frequently seen, as well as an amazing variety of sea birds – it’s just a great day out.
Charters skippered by experts such as champion fisherman Clivin Christmas – (869) 663 3301 – can be booked by the full- or half-day, with up to six guests accommodated on a typical fishing boat. The Four Seasons will even arrange the whole trip, then take the catch back and prepare it for dinner at their romantic ocean-side Mango restaurant. Now, that’s a real taste of the Caribbean.