Exotic Dominica mesmerizes once again!

As Marie Galante and France retreated from our view one morning in early February, 15 knots of wind on our beam greeted us. The beautiful conditions allowed us to fly our screecher head sail and full main and make an average of 8 knots. Perfect Mira conditions! Prince Rupert Bay and Portsmouth on the north end of Dominica appeared all too quickly, and a mass of sailboats welcomed us.  But, an even better site for us were the lush green mountainsides that barely looked touched by Maria’s viciousness just barely 17 months before. Mother Nature was rapidly repairing her own destruction. Closer look showed that the treetops are still sheared of like with a weed-whacker, but vines and greenery are climbing all over the forest and jungle of Dominica. So happy to see!

On our two previous visits to Dominica, we explored the southern end of Dominica extensively – Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Titou Gorge, and the Indian River. This trip we ventured into the waters above and below Dominica and into the north and east coast. Glenn had one of his best dives ever in the beautiful Dominican waters this trip!

On our day trip down the east coast, villagers greeted us at every turn.

After winding our way on switchback roads through tiny villages along the northeast coast, we stopped for an hour long hike up and down steep, rocky hills to the Chaudiere Pool. It felt awesome to wade into the cool water after our sweaty hike.

Red Rocks near Calibishie are made of compacted mud that has been etched into strange gullies and shapes. It looked and felt like Mars, as we wound our way – in and among the rocky cliffs.

Our mesmerizing guide for Red Rocks and a walk through “his” jungle proved to be the most interesting part of our day.

Dominica has the most beautiful and fascinating flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. Most of the residents of Dominica grow and consume their own food.

Virginie and Remi from Cabrits Dive Center took Glenn on one of the best dives in his life through the Toucari Canyons and Tunnel in the Cabrits Marine Park. The colors of coral and sponges and the variety of marine life took his breath away.

A lobster barely visible in his hidey hole.
Spotted trunkfish floating around the colorful coral and rocks

Spotted eel snake comes out to greet Glenn.

We can’t wait to return to this amazing island paradise!

 

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