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Titou Gorge, with hot and cold water spring. But nobody had a courage to jump in.

 

 

 

 

 

Scott's Head drop off, a giant wall that drops as far as 40m covered with sponges, corals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Pancho" the smiley and cheeky Dominican man. Will sort out trips, take your rubbish, mooring and lots more.

 email: panchoservices@yahoo.com

 

Dominica

 9th January 2007

Dominica has a bad reputation amongst the yachties as deemed unsafe. Most of them avoid the island altogether largely because of the aggressive boat boys.  Our experience has been very different so far. We have been made welcome even by strangers in the street. And the boat boys presented no hassle. The way to get around them is to choose one boat boy then the others leave you alone. Yes, we have seen arguments breaking out between them but we were left out of it.  Our boat boy is Pancho, a very business minded person, with fingers stuck in many other local businesses.

Roseau, the capital is vibrant and full of character. Music echoes around town, mainly reggae. Some buildings are rickety with mixed style and painted in different colours.  

Pancho organized a day trip around the island for us and another American boat. Since there are no road signs or public transport, these is the best way to visit the Island.   Jones, our driver and guide drove us to Emerald Pool. From the car it was a 15 min walk in the jungle to get to the pool formed by a little water fall. Then we visited Titou Gorge, followed by a lunch in a tiny restaurant overlooking Trafalgar Valley.  After lunch, the last attraction was  Trafalgar Falls and a boiling pool. 

Dominica is also famous for its diving sites, with huge sponges and colourful corals. We could not miss it. Although expensive it was one of our finest dives ever!

 

11th February 2007

 

We sailed from Guadeloupe back to Dominica. Carnival was the reason to come back, not forgetting the friendliness of the locals and the unspoiled atmosphere. Again Pancho was very welcoming, always smiling. So much that he presented us with a lobster and explained how to cook it. Larry, the lobster was temporarily placed in a bucket inside the cockpit. Later it was dropped in boiling water, it was delicious.

The parade day for the Carnival was held on Monday. The streets were full with people in traditions customs waiting for the procession of the Queen and the Princess of the Carnival. The jump-up was held on Tuesday and we were looking forward for it. The narrow streets of Roseau filled up with huge lorries mounted with speakers. Some of these lorries were higher than the electricity cables which were being lifted by hand to allow for the procession.  The typical Carnival song here is Zouke, a very fast beat tribal reggae. The street stalls were selling barbecued chicken and plantain. Even the passengers from the cruise liner joined in the party.  

The Dominicans put up a show with their enthusiasm, energy and their heavy costumes in the unbearable heat. Kyrie also joined us for the carnival.

After a  few months we met again with our friends from New Zealand. Natalie even dressed in a bunny rabbit fancy outfit for the Carnival. You go girl!!!