Day 5 |
Oct 13, 2011

 Roseau, Dominica

By Claudia Holgate, Climatologist

Co-ordinates: 14º53’N, 61º23’W
Weather: Clear to partly cloudy
Air Temperature: 28.3C
Wind speed: 53km/h North westerly
Pressure: 1009 hPa

What a magnificent day!!!! We docked at the commercial port in Roseau, the largest city and capital of Dominica early this morning and were ready at 8am for our adventures on the island. After boarding three buses we headed off into the island where our first stop was at the Morne Trois Pitons, a rainforest reserve, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we took a walk through the cool primary rainforest, with its magnificent tree ferns and orchids. There was a beautiful lookout not far into the forest overlooking what is known as the “Emerald Pool” where we were to have a short stop a little later. Our path took us down quite a distance on a well-kept trail down to the beautiful green pool with a spectacular waterfall pummeling down.

After enjoying the pool we had to head back up the hill to the buses where we headed off to our next destination, which was the church in the Salybia village. It is a small church made with hollow bricks to allow the air to flow through it. One of the bus guides explained the significance of the murals in the church and introduced us to the artist who was at the church. This was a short stop before we carried on up the winding roads with its hairpin bends, passing the most spectacular scenery as we made our way up to a Carib village for a cultural treat.

We entered the Carib village to the smell of menthol smoke from medicines being prepared in the traditional Carib way. Our guide took us around the village where our first stop was to see some traditional dancing, which was great with the drums and flutes playing traditional music. Reluctantly we moved on to the living areas, with thatched buildings housing the kitchen area and the lean-to, which would provide some shelter. There were good examples of the dugout canoes and various implements used by the traditional Carib Indians. Our tour came to an end with some snacks and refreshments to keep us going until lunch a bit later on the ship.

Slowly, we headed back to the buses and started making our way back to the ship. Along the way we stopped to look at some traditional basketry and crafts being sold along the road and had a few places where we could look out over the Atlantic at the stunning vistas that the island has to offer.

Shortly after 2pm we reached the Silver Explorer, where everyone headed straight to The Restaurant for a delicious lunch, which is certainly my favourite meal of the day. The afternoon was at leisure, with a shuttle bus going to the city centre giving guests the chance to do some independent exploring.

6pm was Recap & Briefing time, and there were a wide variety of topics tonight, from plants and birds of the Caribbean to the history of the area. This was followed by pre-dinner drinks and another fabulous meal served in The Restaurant to round off a superb day.