Our guide was a Carib Indian named Pros. He was very
dignified and proud of his heritage. He told us how the Caribs in Dominica
fought off multiple attempts at colonization until the Europeans gave up and
called them savages.
W stopped at this overlook, and Karen went into eh ladies
room. President Obama's weekly address was being broadcast in the bathrooms
over the local radio station. That is the first time Karen has ever heard
any presidential radio address.
This stadium was built just a few years ago.
The island is 298 square miles. About 20,000 people live
A hurricane in 2004 knocked over this tree and crushed
this bus. Luckily there was no one in it at the time.
These are parrots. the national bird of Dominica.
This tree was all aflutter with hummingbirds.
The fruits from this tree are not edible. When they ripen
and fall to the ground, then split open and stink.
Here is the Emerald Pool! Our
guide told us that if you took a dip, you would add 5 years to your life.
The trail down to
the pool was rocky and slippery, but we took our time and made it. It was
much cooler in the shade along the trail.
Here we are on a black volcanic sand beach. The sand was
really dark gray, but when we scooped some in our hands, we could see that
it was a mixture of black and white sand.
Another practically empty beach!
Sunset as we left Dominica
Emerald Pool &
Visit the famed Emerald Pool and then
spend time on a volcanic black-sand beach.
Board your air-conditioned transportation for the drive
through Roseau to Morne Bruce for a panoramic view of the
city and the ship. Continue to the Botanical Gardens to view
the national birds of Dominica, the sisserou and jacquot
parrots, in captivity and the many interesting plants and
trees. Travel through the Springfield Valley with its
beautiful greenery to the Emerald Pool located in the Morne
Trois Piton National Park. A 20-minute trek through an
exotic rainforest is required to reach the 50-foot cascading
waterfall and inviting pool in which you can take a
refreshing dip. Depart the Emerald Pool and travel through
the scenic Layou Valley to a beautiful volcanic black-sand
beach. Enjoy approximately two hours relaxing in the
sunshine or enjoying a swim in the warm Caribbean Sea prior
to your return to the ship. Complimentary refreshments are
served at the beach.
The rustic paths at the Emerald Pool are steep and may be
slippery. To reach the pool itself requires negotiating many
steep steps. This active excursion is suitable only for
passengers in good physical condition. Wear comfortable
clothes, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and a
swimsuit. Bring a towel and adequate sun protection. Beach
chairs are not included, but may be available for rent. Tour
sequence may vary.
***DUE TO OPERATIONAL REASONS, THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE ON