Do you often imagine yourself waking up on an Island of the Gods and setting sail out to blue lagoons? If so, step aboard your luxury yacht on the island of Raiatea, treat yourself to a fresh fish lunch and take your first glance at marine life as your skipper navigates you around the south shore of Taha’a. Share your delight with the colourful array of coral fish, barracudas and blacktip reef sharks – who will be just as relaxed as you so don’t worry – when snorkelling or paddleboarding. God-like status will be reached as you gaze out at the lush green forests of Bora Bora, toes dangling in the crystal clear waters of the island’s majestic coral reef.
Let the only blues in your life be the skies and water of this volcanic archipelago and rid yourself of any pangs with a legendary Painkiller cocktail on the island of Jost Van Dyke. Find your sea legs with inspiration from the pink flamingos of Anegada and achieve that fine balance of luxury and wholesomeness with a lobster dinner on the deck after soaking up the sun on Loblolly Bay. You’ll really come out of your shell by looking out for sea turtles at Monkey Point – and know you’ve really hit the jackpot when snorkelling around the sea caves of Treasure Point.
If you’ve ever dreamt of being the senior commander of a fleet, take one step closer by kayaking your way through Admiralty Bay, in Bequia, after a breakfast of fresh fruits and blazing sunshine. Spend your mornings on board your vessel with views of the swaying palms of St Vincent, before showcasing your maritime credentials by crossing a bamboo bridge to arrive at the Dark View Falls. No trip to the Grenadines would be complete without a dip in the natural rock pools – once back on land, collect reserves of fresh fruit and veg from the markets of Port Elizabeth and explore the different cafes and shops dotted alongside Prince Margaret beach.
In need of a swimming partner? A bale of Hawksbill sea turtles, off the coast of Cocos Island, are also on the lookout. Acquaint yourself with the Seychelles by spending day two of this eight-day trip with your new friends and, if you’re lucky, they may introduce you to some Bottlenose dolphins, too. Once you’ve had your fill of swimming, settle down in isolation on the white-sands of Grande Soeur – a private island of deserted beaches and barbecue lunches. Having filled your quota of remoteness, you’ll be more than happy to be surrounded by the song of Cousin Island’s bird haven. Get to know the locals such as the Seychelles warbler, magpie Robin and sunbird before setting sail to the ancient palm forests of the Unesco-listed Vallée de Mai.