Dominica was the greenest island we went to by far. It was very dense rainforest, and extreemley mountainous which made it difficut to build on, and therefore deforestation hadn't occurred as drastically as on the other islands.
As was usual, as soon as we got off the boat, there was on onslaught of taxi drivers offering us extortionate fees to take us around the island and denying there were any local buses. This time was much worse than before, and some even chased us down the street for ages. We did eventually find a bus that went to Trafalga Falls where we wanted to go, and it happened to be carrying all the tour guides that were on their way there to guide to cruise excursion people around the falls.
The falls were amazing... and we swam in the massive rock pools and bathed in the near by sulphur springs, which were heated by the volcano. Luckily we got there ealry enough to have the place to ourselves for an hour before the hoeard of tourists got there, after which we left. We had a quick bite to eat of local fried chicken, which we later found out was probably local giant mountain frog, which apparently tastes just like chicken!
We then decided to take a short walk to Loudat Gorge, we thought it would probably take an hour at the most, but it ended up being a four hour exhausting hike up hill along a very long and widing road! It was so hot, I think all three of us lost the will to live a some point on the journey, unlike Simon who was so full of energy, he kept running on ahead and back again to see where we were! We finally got there, but by then we were so late we had about 15 mins before we had to start heading back to try and catch a bus back to the boat.
The gorge itself was massive split in a rock with a waterfall running through it. To see the gorge and waterfall, we had to swim against a very strong current through the rock, without anything to hold onto. After our exhausting hike we were in no position to manage this and eventually gave up about halfway there. We could sort of see the edge of the waterfall, but were too tired to carry on. After our massive hilke, we were probably at the gorge for all of about 10 mins!
We headed back a little ways to a local village where there was a bus stop. We waited with some very friendly locals for what seemed like ages, and no buses came. But then a pick up truck pulled and a everyone stared piling in and onto the back. Simon asked if we could get a lift to town, and they said it was just a local guy that gave lifts and we were welcome to join them! So we all crammed in... I think there were about 3 people and 4 kids in the front cab, and 6 of us in the back holding on for dear life, except Simon who stood up the whole way and looked like he was the king of the world! During the journey, two of the guys in the back with us invited us to come back anytime and stay with them and their families for free, and they gave us their contact details... such lovely people!
We got back to the dock with enough time to have a drink at a nearby reggae bar! The best day so far!
Next stop: St Lucia