We decided to knock an hour or so off our trip next day down to Martinique by leaving Portsmouth and anchoring overnight in Batali Beach en-route. Neither our pilot book or chart plotter were incredibly helpful on the anchorage, but just as we had dropped anchor off the beach, a local man came down to signal to us to move to another area. He very kindly advised that we could pick up one of the white buoys for the night and we jumped at the chance. The bay is deep until quite close in to the beach and the required scope would have meant we were a little concerned about swinging too close to shore in the night, so the buoy was a great option for us. We are not sure how strong they are (there are 2 buoys) and it was too late in the day to swim over and check how the buoys are secured to the sea bed, but we decided to trust local knowledge and keep an eye out for problems (there were none).
We were the only yacht in the anchorage that night, which was a bit of a shame for the Sunset Beach Bar and Restaurant (we will be back !!), but did afford us the best view of the river flowing into the sea, the diving pelicans and leaping fish, and of course the sunset. Even the lights of the passing vehicles on the road didn't detract from the lovely surroundings. What a lovely find for the night.