The island known locally as ‘The mainland’ is the largest of the islands in the chain called St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It has a population of approximately 120,000 people and is over 10 miles wide and nearly 20 miles long. Unlike the other islands in this chain St. Vincent’s beaches have black sand, this is because the island is volcanic and dominated by ‘La Soufriere’ a 4000ft active volcano. A trek to the summit is a must as it provides amazing views of the island, the surrounding sea and also a couple of the nearby Caribbean islands. St. Vincent itself consists of lush forests and mountains, with many nature trails ideal for those looking to add some land based adventure to their sailing vacation. Bicycle hire is readily available and is perfect method of transport for reaching some of the islands beautiful gorges, rivers and cascading waterfalls. However if you prefer to stay close to the shore there are excellent snorkel areas and scuba dive sites throughout the coastline. ‘Blue lagoon’ which is located to the South East of the islands offers great anchorages for yachts and catamarans and has a pleasant beach surrounded by palm trees. With reefs and pristine corals to discover the warm clear seas of St. Vincent prove a fantastic location to enjoy scuba diving.