Dominica

Oh what a beautiful green island!

Leeward coast line

Leeward coast line

Mango trees everywhere!

Mangos Mangos everywhere

Mangos Mangos everywhere

The wind was blowing 30 knots coming into the harbour. Thank goodness for the Dominican boat boy, Alexis who greeted us, as soon as we neared the bay.

Our favourite boat guy!

Alexis, Our favourite boat guy!

We said we wanted a mooring ball and he said he’d meet us in farther. He obviously had other boats to greet coming in behind us. We spotted a mooring ball, Randy steered Moorahme gently toward it so I could hand Alexis our bridle.  Easy peasy – in 30 knot winds – securely fastened.

Raising the Dominican flag

Raising the Dominican flag

It was still so windy that we didn’t want to take the dinghy down and try to attach the motor. So, our boat guy came back to get us and took us to customs and immigration. It appeared to be in the fellows home – fridge, stove,  couch and a couple of rooms. We went to The Purple Turtle for dinner. There was a cultural group dancing.

Traditional Dominican dance and culture

Traditional Dominican dance and culture

And a truck full of music went down the street. We knew right away we were going to like Dominica!

Sandy Feet arrived the following day. It was great to see them. Andy helped cut down on the invasive Lion fish population.

Beautiful dangerous invasive Lion Fish.

Beautiful dangerous invasive Lion Fish.

It takes some talent to spear fish. Thanks Andy, it was delicious.

We went on a tour of the island with the Sandy Feet crew and another Canadian couple. I think we covered the whole island but not all of the sights. Our first stop was a typical little village where our tour guide had grown up.

Church in a little village

Church in a little village

Then on to the rum factor. The factory has had to stop production because a large area of sugar cane was washed away in the last hurricane. The sugar cane press was in need of repair. Randy was checking it out and we could practically see the wheels turning as he inspected what might need fixing.

Rum Factory -6 broken press

Rum Factory -broken press

The old building provided a bit of shade while we listened to how rum is made.

Rum Factory

Rum Factory

Then we got to sample the rum. 75% – 150 proof was knock you on your…… The 65% was much more palatable .

Rum Factory tasting room

Rum Factory tasting room

Next stop – snorkelling one of the many reefs and a stop for lunch.

Lunch after our snorkel on the reef

Lunch after our snorkel on the reef

Most of the islands have goats roaming all over.

Goats do roam

Goats do roam

Randy and I went on a cruise years ago where one of timagehe stops was Dominica. We went on a tour that took us to the same waterfalls that we stopped at on this tour. We tried to recreate the picture we took back then.

Falls

Falls

We also found a hot springs. And I mean hot – literally boiling out of the rock. You definitely didn’t want to put your feet in!

hot springs - and I mean boiling!!

hot springs – and I mean boiling!!

There was so much more to see and do but the calander was running down to our June 1 bossy insurance deadline. So off we go.

 

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