We endured a spirited sail from Martinique to Dominica. In the past Dominica was not visited often by sailors due to crime but we saw nothing but positive, helpful and friendly people in Portsmouth harbour. Arriving we were met by Albert, a member of PAYS, who arranged any tours, laundry, any yacht services and told us of a beach BBQ that evening, sponsors by PAYS.

PAYS office in Portsmouth Bay

It was a fantastic evening of very good food, unlimited rum punch, great music and dancing. Albert’s son we now call “Caribbean John Travolta”. The atmosphere was friendly, fun and a highlight of our cruising.

We took the Indian river tour with Albert who is very knowledgable and has a lot of passion for the river’s history, wildlife and fauna.

Albert our tour guide is rowing us up the river. Pointing out all the animals he could spot.
Iris and Öyvind take a rest at the river bar.
What a fantastic tour we had! Thank you Albert.

We took a van tour of the northeast end of the island which was spectacular. The island is so lush with many waterfalls and mountains. Agriculture is big for the island’s prosperity, passing many banana fields. Iris and Öyvind took advantage of the Emerald pool and waterfall.

Our guide at Red Rock
Red Rock
The chocolate factory
Öyvind is examining to cocco beans
Emerald waterfalls
Iris and Öyvind takes a swim

Next day we took a hike up to Fort Shirley and much to our surprise they were shooting a music video so there was a lot of dancing and costumes. It is quite amazing how they can dance and perform on the long stilts. Fort Shirley overlooks the bay of Portsmouth.

We will certainly return to Dominica when it is time to sail south at the end of the season. There is much more to see and we like the overall feel of the people of Portsmouth and the beautiful island.

3 thoughts on “DOMINICA

  1. John Albertine

    I spent some time there first in the 1980. I even had a boat boy as temporary crew that I eventually transported to NYC. He taught me a lot about the culture and what life was like on Dominica.

  2. Nick

    Awesome Thanks Cuz. Weather is suppose to start warming up here on Thursday. Get above zero both day and night. I’m ready for it for sure. Safe sailing to Y’all.


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