You anchor in rocks and sand, and the holding isn’t great. On top of that, you are very exposed and swells can hit you from both sides. The water is crystal clear though and you’ll most likely have the anchorage all to yourself which does make it feel more adventurous. Be careful swimming or snorkeling here as the current can be very strong.
We decided not to stay here overnight because we felt too exposed in moderate winds. You anchor on the northern side of the west coast. It doesn’t offer the best shelter though and can get quite swelly and rolly at times.
Holding is ok in sand, but look out for a sandy patch as some parts are quite rocky. There are no lights here so it gets very dark at night and cell phone reception is spotty at best.
Snorkeling around the boat isn’t amazing because there is hardly any coral, but you might see turtles and a stingray if you are lucky. Take the dinghy around the headland in good weather to check out better snorkeling, or beach your dinghy to explore inland.
I read that the 2 sisters, the rocks you can see just southwest of Isle de Ronde, is a good place for snorkeling and you can just take your dinghy there. That would be a long, very exposed dinghy ride though! And if your engine would fail I’m not sure if you’d make it back. So unless the weather is dead calm I wouldn’t recommend this.
Note: this anchorage puts you very close to the active volcano Kick ’em Jenny (12.18°N, 61.38°W).
There is a 1.5 km exclusion zone around the volcano at all times, which is increased to 5km when the volcano is more active. The anchorages is just about outside of the 5km zone, but you might not want to be anywhere near there during an eruption.
Unfortunately no source seems to give regular updates on the status of the volcano. But, NowGrenada.com will surely post an article as soon as the volcano starts to rumble.
In good weather Sauteurs is a really nice anchorage on the north side of Grenada. Most people skip this Grenada anchorage though and consequently there is very little information about it online.
Therefore I wrote a separate, more detailed article about anchoring at Sauteurs. In it I explain why this anchorage is worth it but also when it’s best to skip it.
It looks so green and lush here. The natural harbor is surrounded by impressive hills and somehow it reminded me a little bit of the setting of Jurrasic Park… But then we anchored, the wind shifted and the smoke from the burning garbage dump ruined most of our fun.
The harbor, which was once a rubbish dump, has been cleaned up, but there is still a rubbish dump in the hills and unfortunately during our visit it was on fire.
So, while I was initially going to recommend anchoring inside Halifax harbour, I now won’t. The water doesn’t look all that clean either, and the smoke and flies can get really bad here.
You are better off anchoring just north of Calypso Island, where the water is clear, the snorkeling is nice, and the smoke won’t bother you as much, if at all.
If you do decide to anchor in the bay, watch out for the high tension cables on the south side. Navigation aids say they are at 60 feet (18 meters) but of course I haven’t measured that so I can’t guarantee that is still accurate. Plus, when we anchored here one of the wires had snapped and was hanging in the water.
I would therefore recommend anchoring on the northern end of the harbor, or as I said, better to just anchor north of Calypso Island.
Still though, despite the smoke, the high tension cables and the less than perfect water, Halifax Harbour is a stunning little bay, worth at least having a look at.
They are working on moving the rubbish dump further inland so hopefully, by the time you get here, the smoke won’t be such an issue anymore. Note: the restaurant on Calypso Island is used for private events and not normally accessible.