Location: Little Bay, Montserrat

Today was spent exploring the beautiful volcanic island of Montserrat! We awoke to a delicious breakfast of French toast prepared by Chefs Josh and Tommy. Soon after breakfast and a brief marine biology lecture, we were hopping in dinghies bound for the Montserrat shipping wharf, which deals with one of the island’s two main exports: volcanic soil and the wonderful music of Arrow. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our tour guide, who drove us oh so skillfully up the narrow and, at some points treacherous, mountain roads. Our most eventful stops were all within the exclusion zone of the island, which is uninhabited due to the numerous volcanic eruptions throughout the 1990s. These stops included the abandoned recording studio, which at its height hosted numerous big names, including Elton John and Stevie Wonder. After, we stopped by the volcanic observation post that is still used by scientists today and watched a quick but informative video on the history of the volcanic eruptions. Then we were off into the outskirts of the volcanic ash-covered skeleton of Plymouth, the once capital of Montserrat. Exploring these outskirts, we stumbled upon and explored (under the supervision of our knowledgeable guide) the ruins of the once-glamorous “Hotel Montserrat.” Soon after, we were bound back to our floating home, making only a brief stop for ice cream and Wi-Fi. Clambering back over the side of Ocean Star, we were greeted by a delicious afternoon treat of tea and scones to kick off the celebration of Captain Smudge’s birthday. The evening festivities concluded with a cake adorned with gummy dinosaurs, and so ended another day exploring these beautiful islands!