Location: Roseau, Dominica
The day got off to an early start, with us getting up at 6:30. We ate breakfast fairly quickly because we had to get ready for a morning of diving and snorkeling with Dive Dominica. After a short boat ride, we arrived at our first dive site, Witch’s Point. It was such an awesome snorkel! I saw countless varieties of coral and reef fish. It was fun when everybody came to the surface and started sharing what they saw. We then went off to our next dive site called Champagne due to the bubbles that rise to the surface from vents due to geothermal activity. I was amazed to find even more coral, sponges, and fish. However, what I found most exciting were the bubbles flowing up to the surface, because it made it look like you were actually swimming through champagne.
By the time we made it back to Ocean Star, we were all starving, so thankfully, a mac and cheese lunch was waiting for us. We all cleaned our bowls out so well that we almost could have skipped washing dished. After lunch, we had marine biology, during which we learned about intertidal ecology. This was followed by some welcomed study/free time.
At around 3:00 to 3:30 pm, the rain, thunder, and lightning came out. It was funny watching everyone try to time his or her showers either in accordance with the rain for a freshwater shower or without the rain to avoid being cold. All of us got cold and wet, no matter the option we chose. Everyone was looking forward to a dinner out at Dive Dominica, and not even the rain could dampen our excitement. It was almost like a fashion show, watching everyone pile into the dinghies in their rain jackets or full foul weather gear (rain jackets and pants). The dinner was delicious. We had a choice of either jerk chicken, pork, or fish with sides of plantain mash, Caribbean potatoes with cheese, a vegetable mix, and curry. Dessert was pineapple upside-down cake, which was also fantastic. It was nice to be able to go to sleep after a busy day with full stomachs.