Dark View Falls
While our family had not originally intended to spend Christmas in St. Vincent, when the weather prevented us from heading off to St. Lucia, we made the most of it and set out to explore our tropical holiday home. St. Vincent is an island with pristine bays, dramatic peaks, tropical forestry and picturesque waterfalls. We ventured out to Dark View Falls, on the north end of the island, and were rewarded with a set of dual cascading waterfalls over 200 feet high. To reach the falls we had to first cross a river via a long bamboo bridge. We were advised to not all cross the bridge at the same time! The good news, that our guide shared with us, was that the water below was warm and not that deep in case anyone didn’t make it all the way across.
After crossing the bamboo bridge there was a short hike through lush rain forest like vegetation to reach the lower falls.
Just a short hike uphill past the lower falls we were rewarded with views of the second, larger waterfall.
Pirates of the Caribbean
In addition to its natural beauty, St. Vincent is also famous as the main filming location for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Much of the filiming took place in Wallilabou Bay where many set props and building structures remain on display. We enjoyed touring the set, viewing the artifacts and dining at the Wallilabou Anchorage Restaurant which is used in many of the scenes in the movie and is also dog friendly!
We enjoyed Wallilabou Bay so much that we decided to move Pilot’s Discretion from Blue Lagoon Marina, at the south end of the island, to Wallilabou Bay. We took advantage of our new position to explore the surrounding area and bays, including the stone archway, filmed in the opening scene of he Pirates of the Caribbean, and nearby Cumberland Bay.
Ronan was so entranced with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme that even on the water he immersed himself in his latest acquisition instructing how to build “The anti-Pirate Potato Cannon.”
When not building anti-pirate potato cannons, the boys busied themselves fishing off the dock with their friends from S/V Madhatter and S/V Shoe Shine. Since the next weather window has presented itself, our next post will be from St. Lucia. We are all very much looking forward to sharing our continuing adventures with everyone in the New Year!