Union Island: The Heart of the Grenadines

Union Isaland Yacht Charter Tour.jpgUnion Island is an island which sits north of Grenada, and Carriacou, in the Grenadines as part of the Caribbean arc. The island is home to around 3,000 residents.

At just 3 miles long and 1-mile-wide Union Island is small however due to its hills, the highest being Mount Taboi at 304m, it can appear much larger.

Union Island provides a popular anchorage for those looking to enjoy a sailing holiday in the Grenadine islands and it boasts one of the most ideal locations in the Caribbean with easy access to Tobago Cays and other stunning islands such as Petit St Vincent and Palm Island.

What Is Union Island Like?

The main town and port of Clifton is small, but is home to a bustling harbour and the regional airstrip for those not wishing to travel by yacht.

You won't find 7 star resorts here however with its unsophisticated and laid-back vibe Union Island is TRULY a paradise for sailing enthusiasts, scuba divers and hikers looking to explore a charming destination and to experience the true natural beauty of the region. 

Union Island does not have the rainforest found in Grenada’s northern coastal areas. This is because the hills are not high enough to produce enough rainfall. In fact, in the dry season the island must rely on water reserves collected during the rainy season. You can watch a beautiful sunset from Fort Hill and enjoy a rum cocktail in one of the local bars.

A full tour of the island by car will take a few hours with a number of scenic stops along the way. Besides The beautiful scenery you will most likely run into some of the local wildlife including tortoises and common opossums. 

What to Do

Depending on when you visit Union Island you may see the Easterval Regatta which occurs during Easter weekend and includes a range of activities such as boat races and the Big Drum Dance. If your trip doesn't fall in Easter there is still lots to see and do. Make sure to visit the harbour in the early evening as the ferry comes in and you will see the village come to life.

You can also try:

Kitesurfing & Watersports

Union Island become a world renowned Kitesurfing spot and is home to one of the best kitesurfing schools in the world, the JT Pro Center. Other watersports you can try on Union Island include snorkelling and scuba diving where you can explore the reefs and lagoons.


Union Island also offers a range of hiking trails although none are marked. If you enjoy hiking you can puck up an Ordnance Survey map of the island from the Land & Surveys office in Kingstown (St. Vincent). Union Island locals will happily help if you should get lost. Oh and you should keep an eye out for a new species of lizard thought to be endemic to the island, discovered in just 2005.

Relax in the Sun

If watersports or hiking isn’t your thing you can instead relax on the beach, sipping a cocktail and basking in the sun.

Visiting Union Island

If you wish to stay on the island itself there are a number of inns and hotels scattered along the shoreline and inland however a great alternative is to hire a sleep-aboard yacht charter which can take you from island to island. 

With Kalimba Caribbean Tours you can hire our sailing yacht charter, Kalimba, for a base price of (GB Pounds) £600 per day (US $900 per day) which includes skipper and boat. The boat will accommodate up to 6 guests sleeping on board. For a more fast-paced trip why not hire our powerboat and island hop around the Grenadines?

For more information or to find out if Kalimba Caribbean Tours is the right fit for you get in touch today: 0203 026 0890 or send your enquiry to info@kalimbacaribbeantours.com