Island Treasures: Mopion Islet, Grenadines
Mopion islet. I discovered it in 2004 after surfacing from a dive on the surrounding coral reefs, and snapped the photograph above that has become one of my all-time favorites. It was only after I returned from the Grenadines that I learned the islet had a name and that it had appeared on many magazine covers.
I returned to this beautiful area in the Caribbean in November 2016 to stay at Petit St. Vincent, a 115-acre private island resort located just a few swells away from Mopion. Before the trip, I planned to finally sink my toes into this small spit of white sand, only 100 feet around, but, alas, the days slipped away and I only managed to take a group of new photos.
Petit St. Vincent’s guests can arrange to enjoy a private picnic on Mopion, which has been described as “the quintessential deserted island” and as “a dollup of sand surrounded by a transparent sea” by Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. However, the islet isn’t owned by the resort, so anyone can stop by, and yachters often do. The islet’s single thatched umbrella was erected and is maintained by Petit St. Vincent resort.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a chain of 32 islands and cays in the southeastern part of the Lesser Antilles, reaching from St. Vincent to Grenada.