Chasing Waterfalls, Again!

There are some islands that are worth visiting, and then there are islands that are worth visiting over and over again. On our way south this year, we could not skip Guadeloupe and Dominica. These two gems of nature take our breath away every time we are there. For this blog, I will let the pictures do the talking.

Flying drone over Terre-de-Haut, GuadeloupeFlying drone over Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe
Bay in Terre-De-Haut, GuadeloupeBay in Terre-De-Haut, Guadeloupe
Anchored right under Fort NapoleonAnchored right under Fort Napoleon
Our back yard in Îles des SaintesOur back yard in Îles des Saintes
Caught dinner on the wayCaught dinner on the way

Beach all to ourselves in Terre-de-HautBeach all to ourselves in Terre-de-Haut
Snorkeling a sunken tugSnorkeling a sunken tug
The wreck is right in the anchorageThe wreck is right in the anchorage
We got our bikes out to tour Îles des SaintesWe got our bikes out to tour Îles des Saintes
Lady selling the local specialty: Torment d'AmourLady selling the local specialty: Torment d'Amour
Catching our breath from biking uphillCatching our breath from biking uphill
Torment d'Amour pastries come in coconut, guava, banana, pineapple, or mixedTorment d'Amour pastries come in coconut, guava, banana, pineapple, or mixed
A night of fun aboard with friends from s/v Sea Frog and s/v The KrakenA night of fun aboard with friends from s/v Sea Frog and s/v The Kraken
Boat maintenance never ends: I serviced the windlassBoat maintenance never ends: I serviced the windlass
It was not all fun: Kimberly scrubbing the bottom of LagniappeIt was not all fun: Kimberly scrubbing the bottom of Lagniappe
Leaving Guadeloupe with s/v The Kraken and s/v Carpe Ventum in pursuitLeaving Guadeloupe with s/v The Kraken and s/v Carpe Ventum in pursuit
s/v Carpe Ventum passing us at the last minute entering Portsmouth, Dominicas/v Carpe Ventum passing us at the last minute entering Portsmouth, Dominica
Two huge waterfalls at Trafalgar in DominicaTwo huge waterfalls at Trafalgar in Dominica
Can you spot Kimberly hiking to the top?Can you spot Kimberly hiking to the top?
The smaller "Mamma" waterfallThe smaller "Mamma" waterfall
Made it to the hot pools at the top plateau of the falls (Photo credit: s/v Carpe Ventum)Made it to the hot pools at the top plateau of the falls (Photo credit: s/v Carpe Ventum)
Inside Titou GorgeInside Titou Gorge
Waterfall at the end of Titou Gorge (Photo credit s/v Kraken)Waterfall at the end of Titou Gorge (Photo credit s/v Kraken)
That's us way down in the gorgeThat's us way down in the gorge
All smiles in the chilly water (Photo credit s/v Kraken)All smiles in the chilly water (Photo credit s/v Kraken)
Crew of s/v Carpe Ventum exploring a steam craterCrew of s/v Carpe Ventum exploring a steam crater
Colorful rock formationsColorful rock formations
Our guide said "It's very hot! Don't touch it!"...I got a blisterOur guide said "It's very hot! Don't touch it!"...I got a blister
Steam crater up closeSteam crater up close

Roseau, the capital of DominicaRoseau, the capital of Dominica
Market lady in PortsmouthMarket lady in Portsmouth
Strange rock formations Strange rock formations
This huge water pipe is made of woodThis huge water pipe is made of wood
Touring the Indian River with our guide, AlexisTouring the Indian River with our guide, Alexis
Remarkable rootsRemarkable roots
Beautiful despite the hurricane damage last yearBeautiful despite the hurricane damage last year
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Mr. Toast (s/v The Kraken) went on river tour with usMr. Toast (s/v The Kraken) went on river tour with us
Cheryl (s/v The Kraken) starts a traditionCheryl (s/v The Kraken) starts a tradition
Alexis making reed hummingbirds for the ladiesAlexis making reed hummingbirds for the ladies
They were well receivedThey were well received
The Indian River tour groupThe Indian River tour group

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