Seeing Green at the Emerald Pool

On our final day at Rosalie Bay we wanted to take one last tour with our guide, Zahir. We jumped in the car and drove about 15 minutes back into the rainforest and took a right down a rocky unpaved road to a place called The Emerald Pool. It is a part of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Dominica is often called “The Land of waterfalls” as when you travel the roads you see little rivliets of water springing from the earth everywhere. Many of the largest falls are only accessible after hiking steep, slippery,and rocky trails. Fortunately for us our destination was one of the easier hikes.
One of my favorite flowers, known as Lobster Claw Heliconias are seen growing wild everywhere!

Fortunately for us the parking lot was nearly empty as the large crowds of cruise ship passengers had yet to return to Dominica in numbers since covid restrictions had started to relax.

After paying our admission fee we started down a wide but steep paved path to the pool area.
A beautiful overlook provided a stop about halfway down the mountainside. We observed several people at the bottom of the path swimming in the large pool below (see above photo)

There was a large sign showing us the birds frequently seen there.
Meanwhile a Sisserou parrot,Dominica’s national bird,flew by in the distance. The Waitubukuli National Trail-the longest long distance hiking trail in the Caribbean met us as we neared the entrance to the pool’s viewing area

As we neared the falls we could hear the roar of water as we walked over a small bridge to the swimming area. The Emerald Pool is fed by a large 40 foot waterfall that has carved out a basin at its base. As we reached the pool there were about a half dozen people who had just finished swimming and were drying off. I tested the ice cold water and decided it was too cold for me. The beautiful falls loomed above me surrounded by the greenery of the rain forest which reflected into the pool, giving it it’s name.

What a handsome fellow this River Crab was!

After enjoying the serenity of the place we hiked back up to the parking lot. There were booths with ladies selling souvenirs. I fell in love with a handmade wooden jewelry box that the vendor called a “Dominican Queen”. She looked more like a vixen to me and became my favorite souvenir of the trip (after my photos).

We returned to Rosalie Bay for our final dinner at the hotel–they were celebrating Mother’s Day with a special dinner of Caribbean Lobster. Yum!

Our visit continues to Roseau in my next blog.


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