Exploring: Pigeon Island

So whilst in Saint Lucia I decided to head over to Pigeon Island to take some pictures to make into this post. I visited Pigeon Island at a similar time last year and came away with some great pictures but I wanted some updated ones to make into a post. My style and eye for images has changed slightly over the past year as well so I wanted to use pictures that show my current style instead of old, outside ones.

Myself, mum, CP and Nena set out from the Ripples II, in the dinghy, at about 2pm to head over to Pigeon Island. In the marina there is a speed limit to all vessels of 4knots (4.6mph) so we can’t go anywhere fast just yet. On our way out with need to manoeuvre around some others boats that are moving around. We whisk past one turning catamaran before entering the channel to the bay then cut behind a monohull as we exit into the bay. As soon as we’re out the channel I twist the throttle wide open, get us up on the plane and aim us on a direct course to Pigeon Island. We rocket across the bay, gliding across the water with the swell barely affecting us. It takes us a matter of minutes to get to the dinghy dock at the other side of the bay where we tie up and start our adventure.

Palm Lined Path - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

Palm Lined Path - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

From the dinghy dock we are directed to the park entrance to pay our entrance fee, Pigeon Island is a National Park and has an entrance fee of EC$18.90 per person. From there we wander north and around the preparations for the Jazz and Arts Festival that is happening at the weekend. The path around the base of the island is lined with palm trees that hang over and provide excellent shade to the full width of the path. As we leave the shade of the palms mum and myself divert off to have a look at some of the patterned rocks where the small waves are breaking. Lots, if not all, of the rocks have been worn down over time by the water and all have a unique pattern to them.

Weathered Rock 2 - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

Weathered Rock 2 - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

From here we circle round to the other side of the island to make our way towards the fort. The path that takes us up has a gentle gradient but the dust and small rocks can make it slippery, especially if you’re wearing flip-flops like myself and mum, but we don’t slip or come into any trouble as we ascend. Before we reach the fort we get to the saddle of the 2 peaks of Pigeon Island, the path splits left and right, we take the path to the left towards the fort. From here the path steepens and twists its way up before turning into steps for the final section. When atop the fort the views are panoramic over Rodney Bay (on a clear day you can see Martinique which is 36miles away) and Gros Inlet, the nearby town. There are cannons, as you would expect, just like everywhere else in the Caribbean and a small room, the former power store, you can clamber into. You have to get down on hands and knees and crawl backwards to reach the ladder that takes you down. The room is dark with only 3 sources of light. I manage to get a couple of useable pictures so it’s not a wasted effort.

Cannon 2 - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

Cannon 2 - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

I spend some time atop the fort, admiring the views and snapping away pictures of the cannons that lie scattered around. After some time I make my way back down to the saddle stopping at the lower viewing platform to get some pictures from that perspective. I meet mum at the saddle and we make our way up the higher peak. After scrambling up the rough path we reach the peak and are disappointed as there is noting up there to look at other than the view. We head straight back down and meet CP and Nena at the bar for a quick refreshment before heading back to the dinghy dock.

Looking Out 2 - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

Looking Out 2 - Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia 29/04/2016

After finishing our refreshment we head back to the dinghy dock to make our way back to Ripples II. I climb in first, mum follows then Nena drops her glasses into the water! Being the only one in swimming gear I jump in to retrieve them. Luckily there isn’t enough of a swell to take them anywhere, the water is crystal clear and shallow so I have no trouble finding them. After retrieving the glasses and everyone, and everything, is in the dinghy we shove off, hit the throttle and skim our way back towards the marina. The journey is a little rougher on our way back due to us heading slightly into the waves. As we get to the channel we kill our speed back down to 4knots and follow a cattlemaran (a cattlemaran is a day trip boat that tourist get on and are herded round the island in the blistering sun to go snorkelling in some of the bays around the island) in. When we reach the end of the channel we dive away from behind them and back round to where Ripples II is tied up.

Our adventure ends hear with a beer back on board. I do recommend visiting Pigeon Island if you visit Saint Lucia, there’s lots of history in such a small area and it’s just a generally nice place to spend the afternoon.

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Rob