Frequently Asked Questions About Kalimba Yacht Charters
We understand that a sailing holiday is a bit different from a typical holiday. This may answer some of your questions:
Q: How much should I pack?
A: Don’t Pack too much: Everybody does! This is a very laid back and informal holiday. You only need:
- Reef shoes or flip flops, no enclosed shoes, heels etc. On board the boats is bare feet.
- T shirts, shorts
- Beach towel or sarong
- Wash bag
- Sun cream
- Mosquito repellent.
If you insist on playing dress up, there may be one or two occasions: such as a meal at Petit St Vincent Resort… however even there the floor is sand!
Q: What bag or suitcase should I bring?
A: Don't bring a hard suitcase: Neither boat has anywhere to stow a hard suitcase, pack in a soft bag or backpack. Preferably one that can be folded away and stowed (otherwise, on the sailboat, you will be sleeping with it!)
Q: Will my bag get wet?
A: No! Both boats have dry cabins to store your gear in.
Q: Will I get wet?
A: Probably: You are unlikely to get splashed on the sail boat. It might rain though. Similarly the powerboat is relatively dry at speed. Splashes are possible. Both boats have some shelter from the rain. But rain in the Caribbean comes in short heavy, squalls, the best plan is be prepared to get wet, wear a swimming costume, when the rain passes you will soon dry off.
Q: Will I be seasick?
A: Possibly: if you are prone to it. Stugeron is a very effective seasick tablet. Generally we find people who are susceptible to seasickness get their sea legs on the yacht within a day. Seasickness is less likely on the powerboat. If being sick, throw up on the leeward side of the boat (the side without the wind blowing on to it). Then get over it and have a rum punch.
Q: Will I get sunburn?
A: If you are not careful, Yes: On both boats you will be outside in the sun and wind. The sun does not feel so hot due to the wind. But it will burn you. Wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a hat, preferably one that won’t get blown off, making us turn the boat around to go back and get it… (we call that man overboard drill)
Q: Are there mosquitoes?
A: Yes: At certain times of the year there are mosquitoes and some people get bitten. It is unusual if any get on the sail boat when anchored off the beach. They are mostly around on land, in early evening. If you are susceptible to bites bring repellent. Most seem to hang out at Robert Righteous Bar on Mayreau.
Q: How rough does it get?
A: It varies: Mostly we sail or motor on the sheltered side of the Islands. In the open water between the Islands the swell can sometimes be large (over 2m). The sailing yacht handles this easily and on the powerboat we may moderate speed accordingly. In extreme conditions we may not put to sea.
Q: Must I be super fit?
A: Not super fit, but… As the powerboat can get bumpy we don’t recommend it for people with back problems, pregnancies, delicate dispositions, young children etc. Both boats require a reasonable degree of fitness for getting around, climbing on and off, getting into the dinghy etc. We wont expect you to climb the mast
You can expect the powerboat to take off occasionally and the yacht will lean over. The boats, islands, beaches and guesthouses are, unfortunately, not wheelchair friendly
Q: Will there be much music?
A: Yes, Some Reggae, some more reggae followed by a lot more reggae.
Q: Can I bring my children?
A: Not if they are very young. We prefer over 12 years old for both boats. And they should be able to swim.
Q: I look like an adult, but behave like a child, can I come?
A: Yes. But we might leave you somewhere...
Q: I can’t swim can I come?
A: This probably isn’t the holiday for you: To get the most out of this holiday you should be able to swim, there are a lot of amazing beaches to visit and plenty of snorkeling opportunities on coral reefs, teeming with fish.
Q: I only stay in ritzy five star hotels anything less and I complain a lot and try to get my money back. Can I come?
A: No: The hotels are locally owned guest houses, not resorts or part of any international chain. They have their own peculiarities and character. They are not luxurious, but we inspect regularly to make sure they are clean. Mostly they are near local restaurants and bars. We prefer them to resorts and modern luxury hotels and hope you do too.
Q: What about Insurance?
A: Both our boats are insured by Fastnet Allianz Insurance for skippered charter use. You should, however, take out normal holiday travel insurance and check that it covers you for boating holidays. Boating can be hazardous and while we will take the utmost care, we do not accept liability in the event you fall or injure yourself. Please take care and have the appropriate insurances in place.
Q: Do I need a Visa?
A: It depends where you are from: Visas are not required for Grenada or St Vincent and the Grenadines for UK, US, Australian citizens. Citizens of other countries should check the current requirements. If your itinerary takes in two or more nations (Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia etc) then there will be check in and check out customs and immigration formalities. Your Captain will take care of this but there are associated fees to pay.
Q: Can I drink the water?
A: If you must: We suggest you drink the rum, lots of it.
Q: Do I need to get any special injections?
A: No. Nothing special.
Q: Do I need to bring any money? How much?
A: Yes, bring some. Other than food and drink, there’s not much to spend it on. Food and drink prices vary wildly depending on the establishment, but there is no need to pay anything more than you would pay at home. Resorts have the highest prices for drinks. Our yacht is self catering. We can help you with provisioning before your holiday.
Q: Are flights included?
A: No, but we’ll help you find suitable flights. From UK check Expedia, BA and Virgin websites, if coming from US, check Expedia, AA , Caribbean and Delta. Grenada has daily flights from the UK, Miami, New York and some other US cities. St Vincent has a new international airport, but still limited international flights. Access St Vincent via Barbados or Trinidad first.
Q: Are there medical facilities close by?
A: Yes. We hope there is no need, but in the event of an emergency Grenada has a good hospital and excellent medical facilities (it has a large Medical University) and in the Grenadine Islands , Union Island has a good medical facility.
Q: How do I book?
Q: How do I ask questions?
A: Contact us: In the first instance, please email any questions you have in the email section of the contact us page. If you would like to talk to us directly please fill out your phone number and preferred time for a call back and we will ring you.
Q: Is my deposit safe? How do I know you are not going to do a runner with my money?
A: Yes it is safe and protected: We will keep your deposit and final payment in a separate account untouched by us until after your holiday. In the event we have to cancel your holiday for any reason (boat operational problems etc), your money will be refunded in full. For additional security you may like to pay us via Paypal (additional fee applies).
Q: What if I cancel? Is my deposit refundable?
A: Up to a point. We require a deposit of 30% of the value of the holiday to reserve the boat for you. You can cancel (in writing) any time up to 3 months before the holiday for a full refund. After that the deposit is usually not refundable. However, if we manage to take a booking filling your place we will refund the money. Full payment (the balance 70%) is due 30 days before your holiday. If you cancel after this date we will refund the 70% paid but not the 30% deposit unless we manage to take a booking filling your place then we will refund the money.
Q: I can only get a week off work. Can I come?
A: Yes: But a little longer than a week on the sailing boat is a good idea if you want to see plenty of islands at a stress free pace.
Q: Do you run day trips?
A: Yes, when a boat is available we run a selection of exciting day tours.
Q: I can’t make a decision. Should I come on this holiday?
A: Yes, or on the other hand, maybe no.
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