Let me tell you about this amazing adventure to Spice Mas! (Photos coming soon) With a shortage of flights on both Liat and CAL to Grenada from Barbados and Trinidad; desperate times called for desperate measures. Liat and CAL.. y’all can keep your flights because I have found my way! I left my resort in Barbados after having an epic Kadooment Day parade with Krave The Band. TCD Luxe masqueraders not being biased but you all looked the best on the road. Upon arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport, I checked-in with Mystique Airways.This was effortless as there were only 9 passengers departing Barbados on this flight. Sitting in the waiting area I proceeded to charge my phone because you all know we have to document this trip via snapchat – go follow us on Snapchat (carnivaldiary) to see the action before it disappears. At 12:45pm it was now time to board and I was absolutely ready and excited for what this journey had to offer. The counter attendant told us there were two stops!! We didn’t know what to expect from this plane, all we knew it was going to be small. An ATR is luxurious compared to this aircraft. There are no flight attendants just you, the other passengers and the two pilots. You see the cockpit and the mechanics of how to fly a plane via a pilots point of view. Imagine sitting in a red band maxi leaving City Gate to Arima. When this “mini-plane” finally took flight it was shockingly smooth sailing. We stopped off at Bequia, Canouan and our final destination via Mystique Airways, Union Island. If you’ve never been to the Grenadines before this view will blow your minds. The scenery, the blue waters, the islands. It was perfect! Paradise from a birds eye view! There were no regrets! At Union Island we took a speed boat to Carriacou, the sister island of Grenada. Seeing the islands from air and at sea was quite refreshing. This took our island hoping experience level from beginner to expert. In just 20 minutes we got to Carriacou. You know there isn’t a Carnival without a Bacchanal! We arrived 10 minutes before the ferry left from Carriacou to Grenada. In panic mode we cleared immigration, which was a bit slow, I must admit. Once you get here be prepared to pay EC$2.00 for an immigration form. But I never! The ferry was full to capacity by the time we got to boarding. The captain was not allowing any more passengers on board for health and safety reasons. There were a lot of Nancy stories being shared in order to get on board this vessel. In all of this excitement, we almost witnessed the birth of a carnival baby. A very pregnant passenger evident in labour was about to pop out her pickney any second; luckily she was the first additional passenger to get on board the boat. At this time we were planning with our wonderful hosts here at Grenada for alternatives as all hopes of getting on the ferry seemed futile. For whatever reason the captain had a change of heart and eventually let all passengers on board.
Bon voyage Carriacou, we’re off to Grenada! In approximately 2 ½ hours we were on the spice isle. Scenic views, blue waters and the view of the Grenada made this all worthwhile. We must admit this trip is not cheap since you have to take so many modes of transportation to get to the Grenada from Barbados.
Only true carnival chasers will endure this journey and spend their hard earned coins to wine and jam in a carnival.