Location: Dominica

Today the staff decided to wake us up with a fire drill at 7 in the morning. After we succeeded to get everyone together in 3 minutes, we broke up into our jobs to get breakfast ready. The chefs had it easy today with cereal in the morning and having lunch and dinner off. Around 7:45, we started dingy runs to shore to go on a tour of the island with our tour guide named SeaCat. After all 14 of us crammed into a van, we started our tour of the Island. Throughout our tour, we stopped along the road to collect numerous varieties of fruit. We started off with cocoa beans and sugar cane. It was extremely entertaining to see everyone’s reactions to these fruits as they ate them for the first time. As we moved forward with our tour, we saw firsthand the culture and the beautiful wildlife. We stopped at a few of our tour guides peers and were able to experience the making of popular foods. While watching a stingray being prepared to cook, we saw Breadfruit cooked the traditional way. The fruit is put into the fire and cooked until black. After you scrape the charcoal off, you cut the fruit into pieces and enjoy. For an exceptional treat after the breadfruit, we were offered passion fruit with sugar on top with fresh coca mixed with sugar as well. During the second half of our day, we hiked to two different waterfalls. When we arrived at the first waterfall, we noticed it was shaped like a small pool. Half of our group went swimming while the other half took pictures and enjoyed the scenery. At the second waterfall, we realized we were unable to complete the whole hike due to the increase in water levels this summer. We were still all able to enjoy the hot water of the spring while watching two beautiful waterfalls. We wrapped up the day by coming back to the boat with a couple of new fruits to enjoy during the mornings and started to get ready to go out to dinner. We are looking forward to having dinner onshore.