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Dominica hike

April 12, 2016

Shortly after we arrived at the Roseau Anchorage we met two experienced Caribbean sailors, Darryl and Sarah from Northumberland, UK. They convinced us that we MUST make a hike, preferably with the SeaCat guides. The island of Dominica has large areas declared as Nature Reserves, with about 500 km, well maintained trails across areas of rain forest. So, 9 am next morning we joined the group of in total 9 people, led by our guide Octavius. First hike went to Middleham Falls, a nice 30 meter water fall, about 1 hour from the where we left our minibus. The trails are very well maintained. You wonder how much work there must be behind.

Octavius is a fantastic entertainer. Besides knowing every part of the island, he knows everyone around, while driving he suddenly stops, jumps out, grabs a fruit or some leaves and passes them on to the group. Examples include coffee, cacao, lemon grass,bay-leaves, star fruit, lime leaves, nutmeg. After reaching the water fall including a refreshing swim in the pool below, we returned to base. Next hike goes to Freshwater Lake, passing a slightly scary ridge. After these in total 5 hour hikes, we enjoy a bit of “cruise ship” adventure, meaning a couple of hundred meters walk to Titon Gorge, a fresh water pool which we could swim in to through a narrow 30 meter deep and partly only 2 meter wide passage. This place was a scene in the Pirate of the Carribean 3. Finally we get to Trafalgar Falls. Dominica was badly hit by Tropical Storm Erika August 2015 with more than 30 people killed. Plenty of the devastating flooding can still be seen and several roads are still blocked by huge boulders. The final climb was apparently made easier by some rocks washed away by the 400 mm rain/ 6 h that hit the island. All in all, we had a fantastic day hiking, with great company and with a super guide SeaCat who we can warmly recommend. Not a dull moment all day long and lot of laughs (and some blisters).

In the Roseau anchorage we also met our friends and the crew of S/Y Swede Dreams, Lola, Carlos, Luna and Paco. They looked to be in good shape and were actively looking to buy a bit of rain forest land, potentially for settling down as a family in this tropical paradise. We wish them all luck, maybe, once we have explored a bit more of this planet, we will do likewise and become landowners in some remote paradise…

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6 Comments
  1. Örjan Nordlund permalink

    Always fun to read about your adventures. No snakes or other scary animals?

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  2. Hakan & Anna-Karin permalink

    En fin hike är den som går till Boiling Lake, den kan vi rekommendera. En annan går upp till Morne Diablotin och är också bra. Men vår favorit är nog segment 13 på Waitikubuli. Går fint att med lokal buss åka till Penville. Sedan tar det ca 4 timmar att vandra till Capucin där man tar en bus tillbaka till Portsmouth.

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    • Hej

      Tack för tipset. Vi kommer definitivt att lägga tid på denna underbara ö. Har just varit på en 8 timmars hike. Trötta men överväldigade av upplevelsen…

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  3. Lovely post and nice photos too. We were there with a cruise ship and took an excursion to Middleham Falls and totally loved the hike and a swim under the falls. Have written about it on the blog so have a look. Cheers

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