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CRUISING GUIDE I33aboardhDive the seabed museum -six marine parksand nine dive wrecks, AnguillahJump in to the coral grottoes at Sandy PointReef, St Kitts hSwim with leatherback, hawksbill and greenturtles in Maunday's Bay, Anguilla hDive the underwater volcanic fissures andcanyons surrounding St Eustatius hWindsurf around Barnes Bay, Anguilla hDiscover 17 miles of pink coral beaches onBarbuda hAnchor off Half Moon Bay -Antigua's best beachhPeople watch on the cosmopolitan beach ofSt Jean, St Barths don't misshFor reggae, steel pans and lots of lively danc-ing, make time to head to the Shirley-Heights'jump-up' every Sunday on Antigua ashorehSavour sophisticated cuisine with Caribbeanflair at Blanchard's, AnguillahDine at St Barth's chic On-the-Rocks restauranthSample Maya's ever-changing menu, St Barths hTender ashore for an afternoon of celebrationat Nikki Beach, St Barths hDeck yourself out in Hermes, Prada, Miu Miuand Valentino in Gustavia, St BarthshDine by candlelight at The Terrace, Nevis hVisit the historic Nelson's Dockyard, AntiguahHike on the verdant islands of Saba and Nevis hExplore the heavily wooded interior abounding with wildlife on Barbuda

Day 1Martinique to St Lucia(45 nautical miles)Day 2St Lucia Day 3St Lucia to St Vincent(40 nautical miles)Day 4St Vincent to Bequia(15 nautical miles)Day 5Bequia to Mustique(8 nautical miles)Day 6Mustique to Tobago Cays(15 nautical miles)Day 7Tobago Cays to Mayreau(2 nautical miles)Day 8Mayreau to Petit St Vincent(6 nautical miles)Day 9Petit St Vincent to Carriacou(12 nautical miles)Day 10Carriacou to Grenada(40 nautical miles)34IICHARTER COLLECTION 2012aboardhEnjoy a cocktail at the floating Coconut Barlying off Young Island hDive the reefs around Canouan or snorkel atRameau BayhSpend the day snorkelling the famousHorseshoe Reef lying off Tobago Cays hAnchor beneath the Pitons on St Lucia hSwim at Sandy Island -a flawless sandy spitconnected to Carriacou hMarconi Beach is one of Martinique's mostpopular beaches (great for snorkelling) hDive the wreck of Nahoon, a three-mastlighthouse boat off the coast of Martinique hThe waters around Grenada are perfect for fishingdon't misshGrenada's Aquarium restaurant on Sunday'safternoons when it serves up a barbecueaccompanied by live reggae and calypsoashorehDiscover a lush green enclave leading to thesummit of Mount Pleasant, Bequia hAnchor off Mustique's Britannia Bay andenjoy some Caribbean revelry at Basil's BarhExplore the French and English ruins of BelairNational Park, Carriacou hCatch the live bands and Sunday night beachparties at Le Zanzibar on Martinique hDrink with the yachting crowd at Discovery'sHurricane Hole in St Lucia's Marigot Bay hHike across St Lucia's mountainous spine hStep ashore on St Vincent and discover thespectacular waterfalls of Baleine windward islandMade up of lush rainforests, dramaticmountains and sheltered bays fringed withwhite sandy beaches, the Windward Islandsare strewn down the eastern Caribbean stretching fromMartinique and St Lucia to the Grenadines and Grenada. St Lucia and Martinique in the north have an interestingmix of French and English heritage. Further down theisland chain, the Grenadines are a haven for thewaterborne as 32 islands and cays are strung out overthe strikingly blue sea, each one a short hop from thenext. Southernmost of the Windward Islands andaffectionately named the Spice Island, Grenada is oneof the more sleepy Caribbean islands, whilst Barbados,the most easterly of them all, has a quaint British air.