We just got off the boat from our one week cruise. We could not be happier. Our first sailing trip to the Grenadines after many to the BVI as well as the Bahamas and Greece. I wish we had come sooner.
Above all the crew was fantastic with tremendous stretches of sailing with dolphins following and flying fish everywhere followed by meals that left us amazed at what was possible in a sailboat galley (fresh baked bread with dinner, really?)
Five star recommendation. We plan to come back.
Visiting the Tobago Cays, and surrounding Grenadine islands, is an incredible experience. Sailing these green gems, with vivid blue waters and sparkling white sands, is a dream. We were so fortunate to have lived this dream with Shawn and Ally aboard Imagination.
We sailed Jan 1-5, from Union Island to Bequia. We had always hoped to sail these waters, and our trip was fast tracked due to the devastation in the Virgin Islands. Magically, Shawn and Ally had our dates available and the adventure became the centerpiece of a 17 day excursion of bliss in SVG.
It was important to us to choose a charter with a very experienced captain and first mate. We also wanted to dive FROM the boat, not engage in rendezvous diving. Shawn is an expert dive master and instructor and therefore it was a very easy choice to charter Imagination. Our live aboard time on Imagination not only allowed us to explore the beautiful Cays, it afforded the opportunity to giant stride right off the cat into the beautiful waters of Chatham Bay and reefs off Canouan. We snorkeled in the marine park of the Cays, with turtles, stingrays and eagle rays. Is there anything better for divers? Pure magic!
Shawn is a master sailor and was eager to share and impart his knowledge. The boat is a wonderful example of green technology, with solar panels and a wind generator, and every effort is made to sail, and not motor, between destinations. Being green means no AC and manual marine toilets, but the lovely breezes kept us cool (even needing a blanket) in our stateroom at night. The boat is comfortable and impeccably clean. We spent most of our awake hours on deck (or under the water!), enjoying the sailing and views.
Ally is great in the galley and our meals were imaginative and tasty. Shawn had great recommendations for our meals ashore; he arranged a fantastic dinner under the stars in the Tobago Cays for us with his good friend Mandy Man. The after diving Hairouns were cold and the evening cocktails refreshing. We found the trip to be an excellent value. We fell in love with the region, the islands, the waters and sailing. A highly recommended trip.
Shawn and Ally were the best hosts and knew so much about the area. Grenada was absolutely beautiful and we took full advantage of the snorkeling, fishing, island hopping, and feeling like locals. I highly recommend Imagination and hope to get an opportunity to sail together again!
It would difficult at best to fully describe how awesome this trip was. Out of all the trips I have ever taken, this was the first time that I felt I was actually able to decompress from all the stresses in life. Every single day was a new adventure with a unique and different experience. Visiting new islands, scuba diving, snorkeling, meeting locals, amazing food etc... There were so many fun activities to choose from. You can truly customize your trip to whatever experience you are looking for. Shawn and Ally are amazing people and so much fun. I would recommend this trip to anyone because it's guaranteed to be phenomenal.
OK! First off - Wowzers, boys and girls!! I cannot recommend the Imagination enough! Such an incredible week!!! Alright, let me catch my breath... Shawn and Ally were nothing short of uber-amazing. Both are patient, kind, informative and always up for a laugh. They have years of experience down there and know all the best spots and the perfect times to visit them. Our crew went snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, hiking and visited some wonderful local bars and restaurants on a couple different islands. Every three course meal Ally made was unique and delicious and the beer was always cold and ready. Every evening Shawn would fix us a different cocktail which was always a tasty treat. They have an awesome sound system on the boat which we could hook our tunes up too - super fun. The snorkeling was the best I have ever experienced - hands down - and I'm from Florida dude! The water was clear, the perfect temperature and there were so many fish and sea turtles! The Imagination itself is a sight to behold. It is massive, beautiful and has plenty of room to stretch out and relax. I would recommend sleeping on the hammock under the stars listening to the ocean beneath you - pure heaven. Oh and remember that little island Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly were stranded on in the second Pirates of the Caribbean? The one (spoilers) where she burned all the rum? Yeah - we went there, and it was awesome. We had the whole island to ourselves people! OURSELVES!!! Easily one of the best trips of my life. Don't miss this one, kiddies! Two thumbs up!
We flew into Grenada and ferried up to Caricou where Shawn and Ally picked us up for the charter. We spent the next seven days doing everything from lobster cookouts on the beach to scuba diving, to fishing and even snorkeling with sea turtles and manta rays. Ally provides 3 delicious meals each day while Shawn is in charge of the 5 oclock cocktails. Such a great experience and an even better way to travel the Caribbean. Shawn and Ally could not be any more accommodating or better at what they do. I will 1000% book this trip again.
I've taken friends sailing on Imagination twice. Both times have been fantastic! Shawn & Ally go the extra mile in every way. It truly is a wonderful experience. I highly recommend to anyone.