Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Guadeloupe

Sail around Guadeloupe, the butterfly-shaped island with a French Creole flavour or visit neighbouring Antigua.

Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, this charming butterfly-shaped island is now a French overseas departement. The French influence is unmistakable and the smell of fresh croissants and pastries mixes everywhere with the spicy aromas of West Indian cooking in restaurants and charming bistros

The two halves of the island, Grand Terre in the east and Basse Terre in the west are separated by a narrow sea channel, "La Riviere Salee". The island is covered in tropical forests, cleared in places for banana, pineapple and sugar plantations.  

Guadeloupe itself has many harbours and secluded anchorages all around the coast and you'll find gorgeous bays on the islands to the south, all less than 3 hours sailing away, Les Saintes, La Desirade, Petite Terre, Marie Galante. The snorkelling and diving is superb in the whole area.

Sailing conditions

Temperatures in Guadeloupe remain around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers. Steady trade winds blow from the north-east at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months December to June. 

Sailing area

Around Guadeloupe you’ll find exceptional sailing and unspoilt anchorages. Visit the Jacque Cousteau Reserve and experience exceptional snorkelling and diving at nearby Pigeon Island. The islands of Marie Galante and the picturesque Iles des Saintes lie just 20nm off the south, and the mysterious island of Dominica is within easy reach to the south. For a more challenging sailing itinerary plot a course to Antigua, 40nm to the north.

Charter yachts

Yachts are based at Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe a Pitre, the capital of Guadeloupe. Charters start and finish any day, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.  

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets we work closely with in Guadeloupe so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in Guadeloupe.

Travel arrangements

Air France have flights to Guadeloupe from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Bas du Fort Marina 20 minutes.

DAY 1 : Embark at Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe-a-Pitre
DAY 2 : Enjoy a short sail across to Ilet a Gosier (3 miles), a tiny wooded island suffounded by reefs and white sandy beaches.
DAY 3 : Marie-Galante (19 miles). the anchorages are all along the west coast, the nicest being Saint Louis. Ashore you' find an authentic Caribbean life style, white sandy beaches and lagoons protected by coral reefs. Visit the Grande Anse refinery and taste the world's best rum.
DAY 4 : Portsmouth, Dominica (25 miles). Discover this magical, unspoilt island. Tour the Indian River.
DAY 5 : Sail to Les Saintes (18 miles). Terre de Haut lies in a beautiful bay. Explore the island and visit Fort Napoleon. 
DAY 6 : Choose one of the many anchorages on Basse Terre: Anse à la Barque, Rivière Sens, Trois Rivières, Goyave... or visit the Cousteau Marine Park.
DAY 7 : Return to Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe-a-Pitre.

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Gorgeous Guadeloupe

Gorgeous Guadeloupe

Book any yacht or catamaran from Guadeloupe more than 6 months in advance and get
5% OFF 1 week+ extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

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20% OFF in Guadeloupe

20% OFF in Guadeloupe

Charter any available Dream yacht or catamaran 13-27 December and get 20% OFF!

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Summer Special Guadeloupe

Summer Special Guadeloupe

Charter any yacht or catamaran from Guadeloupe between 9 May & 14 Nov and get
10 nights for the price of 8 or
14 nights for the price of 11

NOT cumulative with any other discounts

Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO GUADELOUPE:
Air France have flights to Guadeloupe from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Bas du Fort Marina 20 minutes.

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. Experience Level 1 are suitable for less experienced crews and Experience Level 3 are more suited for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Antigua, St Martin, St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St Vincent, Belize

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Cuba. One way itineraries, eg Antigua to St Martin, St Lucia to Grenadines

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO GUADELOUPE:
Air France have flights to Guadeloupe from the UK via Paris. Transfer time to Bas du Fort Marina 20 minutes.

 

Les Saintes is a chain of little islands just 6nm south of Guadeloupe. Terre-de-Haut is renowned for its gorgeous bay with clear, turquoise waters, its spectacular sugarloaf mountain, its charming village with quiet roads lined with cute cottages. Visit the Napoleon Fort with its museum and exotic garden. The island’s restaurants are stocked with fresh produce on a daily basis and offer tasty tropical cuisine. Terre-de-Bas has a beautiful beach at Grande-Anse and a tiny village at Petite-Anse.

The three distilleries on Marie Galante produce some of the best rum in the world. Learn how sugar cane is made into the Caribbean's favourite drink at the Bellevue Distillery. The visit ends with a chance to sample some of the rum. Everywhere in Guadeloupe you will taste delicious rum cocktails, including the local favourite, “Ti-punch” 

The Guadeloupe islands are outstanding for diving. Nearly every kind of coral fish can be found here, around many well-known spots. On Basse-Terre, Bouillante is the dive capital and the nearby the Cousteau nature reserve should not be missed. Les Saintes and Marie-Galante also have excellent dive sites. 

"Have used Nautilus now for many years and have always been well pleased with the performance. This year we had the privilege of a brand new yacht! The base managers were spot on with briefing and advice and the technician on the dock was excellent with the practical yacht systems brief. Very efficient and no time wasted."
Antigua 2014 - M.A.

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