St. Vincent and the Grenadines

I have never been to St Vincent and the Grenadines, but I chose it for this final exploratory trip because of the shells I've seen from there. I had a friend who lived aboard a sailboat and traveled first the Pacific coast then the Caribbean, diving alone at night to collect shells to sell to dealers. He asked me for identifications on some shells and left me many of them. Some have been recently named (notably, turrids).

He dove mainly off Young Island, on the southwest shore, where he probably anchored his boat. Most of the depths were in the 30 ft range, and almost all at night. I don't know if those shells are available in snorkeling depths, but I'm going to try to find some of them.

Darrylia peggywilliamsae

Here is a shell from the Grenadines named for me, Darrylia peggywilliamsae. Unfortunately, there was only one of them found, so it is the holotype, in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I'd love to find one for my own collection!

We will also go to Bequia, the island just south of St Vincent and most populous of The Grenadines.


Date: April 28-May 4, 2017 For: Snorkelers, some beachcombing Cost: about $1900 Includes:
  • Airfare from Miami
  • Accommodations
  • Land transportation
  • guide.
  • Not included: Meals, bar, boat if we want it. Deposit:
  • $800 with reservation
  • balance due 6 weeks before trip.
  • Passport required.
  • Reservation Form

    Ready to go? Fill out the reservation form and send a deposit. I will send a list of items to bring about 6 weeks before the trip.