Posted November 29th, 2013, 11:43 AM
Monday, 11/18/13, Dominica
– As with St Kitts and Mr. Grey, we had toured with Levi Baron of Bumpiing Tours when we visited Dominica on our Victory cruise. So far, it’s my favorite excursion of any I’d done. I was up by 7 and found the omelette station on the starboard side as you’re walking from the pool area to the main Lido buffet. It was yummy.
Levi always has a big crowd, and several drivers, so after checking in, reminding him that I’d toured with him before, we sat around and waited for a bit. Eventually, we headed off and, again, was lucky enough to have Levi himself as driver. The tour itinerary was slightly different from last time. Then, Champagne Reef was optional at the end (we didn’t go). This time, it was the first stop and it was very crowded. The surf was very rough, and since I’m not a swimmer, and with my back issues, I wimped out. I tried to sit on a rock and just enjoy the view but it was painful, so I climbed back up to the top of the hill and sat at a picnic table and waited. The hordes just kept coming.
I’d warned folks that if they thought the roads in St Kitts were rough, they were in for a real treat. But it seems they’ve done a lot of work since I was there last and the road was 100% improved. There were still some rough areas, but it wasn’t just a pothole-filled dirt road now up to Titou Gorge. But when we arrived, it was very busy. Last time, it was just Levi’s three vans. He wanted to wait until the crowd thinned as there isn’t much room inside, but just as one group would come out, another would arrive, so we finally just started in.
Yes, the water is cold. Quite cold. Just get in and get wet. You’ll get used to it quickly. Besides me, there was another woman who was a non-swimmer and Levi just had us hold on to the ring and he hauled us in. Now, Levi is not a big guy, but he is wiry and obviously stronger than he looks, but I’m rather a beached whale these days. And the current coming out of the gorge is strong. Anyway, he hauled us in and we gathered over to the side before heading in to the area with the waterfall.
Now, where we were standing on the ledge is exactly where Orlando Bloom and the others are standing in the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
. The scene is with the round bone cage and they go running down the hill and fall into a crevice and down into the water, then swim over to the side. Levi went ahead with the rope attached to the ring and people followed it along into the section with the waterfall. Us non-swimmers were last as we were again hauled in against the current. It was cramped in there and we were hanging onto the ledge to keep from being carried back out. Several guys climbed up and jumped from the waterfall back into the cavern. We made our way back out to the entrance. By then, the water didn’t feel cold at all! There’s also a little stream from a hot springs coming out of the rocks which feels like a nice, warm shower after the cold water.
I'm afraid I don't have any pics. I know there were people from our Roll Call that had underwater cameras with them in the gorge and I've asked there and on our FB page if they had any they could share, but haven't received any response yet.
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