Another day, another Dominican adventure.
How could one possibly experience all the natural wonders that an island as vast as Dominica has to offer, especially when you only have a few short weeks to explore? The honest answer is you can’t but in spite of that truth, we’re doing our best to at least see a good chunk of it.
Yesterday’s adventure saw us traveling to Chaudiere Pool, a 25 minute or so bus ride away near the east-coast village of Bense. Yes, we could have taken a taxi or an organized tour as many others do, but we prefer the frugal and more interesting approach of taking public transport or hitchhiking.
After being sent on our way by our friendly bus driver Ronald, we walked the remaining distance to the trailhead. The pool is a popular tourist destination, no doubt due in part to the short hike required to get to it. Although it wasn’t far, hiking down the steep trail in the morning sun made our initial dip into the crystal-clear freshwater pool all the more wonderful.
I freely admit to being the last of our group to jump off the steep cliff face into the deep water. Heights and I are not the best of friends! I did do it though and can attest that after making that first leap, further jumps are not quite so scary.
In addition to the cliffs which the adventuresome can jump from, the pool also features a bit of a natural rock waterside. The interesting details on Rebecca’s trip down it will be shared in a future post!
After hanging out for some time and enjoying what is obviously the predominant tourist features of the area, the Type-A people in our group set off on a hike upstream from the pool. We were told by one of the locals that you could hike for days up that river and given more time, we would have loved to do just that. Unfortunately, the four of us had to settle for a hour or so’s worth of boulder hopping before turning around and making our way back to catch the return bus to Portsmouth.
Dominica visitors, don’t pass up a trip to the Chaudiere Pool. We found it to be an incredibly beautiful place to spend the day.