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Archive for May, 2007


OK, beach fans, back to the south we go this week, for a review of Scott’s Head beach. In fact, this beach is the southernmost in Dominica. As you can see in the photograph, taken from Scott’s Head itself looking back toward the village of Scott’s Head, the Atlantic Ocean is on the right and on the left a boatload of tourist SCUBA divers and snorkelers is departing Scott’s Head Bay,which opens to the Caribbean Sea.

On the narrow isthmus connecting Scott’s Head to the village of the same name, one can stand in the bay and easily throw a stone from the Caribbean to the Atlantic. The next landfall to the south is Martinique, about 35 miles away, and only faintly visible with binoculars in perfect conditions from the Head or the village’s highlands. To the north, only about 4 miles, is Roseau and one can easily see the city, the harbor, and visiting cruise ships.

 photo of scottshead beach in the south of Dominica island

Snorkeling in one of the main reasons to visit this beach, because the beach itself is small. To reach the beach, simply follow the main road. You can drive over the isthmus and park where the hill begins, then walk along the bay to the beach at the rock cliff face. It is a small sandy beach. The bottom straight out is also sandy. There’s a natural arch at the left end of the beach (photo below) that a snorkeler can easily pass through.

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There’s always a small school of 3-inch-long shiny silver “hatchet fish” below the arch that make a pretty sight. Snorkel out from the beach (into the Bay; I’d beware of the Gulf Stream’s Martinique Channel current out toward the ocean) and you will see spires of coral and many beautiful tropical fish species. At the village’s rocky beach the snorkeler will be likely to spot beautiful multicolor eels, no two alike. You never know what will be in the Bay; we once saw a humpback whale enter the bay and stay and play for a day.

If you’re adventurous and have the time, inquire at the waterfront and you should find a boatman who, for a reasonable fee, will take you to a beach reachable only by boat (or daredevil cliff climbers) a short distance to the north. Be sure to bring some water and possible a snack with you; you’ll have nothing else until the boat returns.

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Two more great things about Scott’s Head Beach are the wonderful place to eat, Roger’s, and to stay, Ocean View. You simply can’t get a better dinner anywhere in Dominica than at Roger’s and the bill won’t pinch your wallet. The Ocean View is clean and airy, and has outstanding gardens. It also has a lookout over the Martinique Channel. One evening we saw hundreds of spinner dolphins leaping as they traversed the channel just before sundown. By the way, a climb up Scott’s Head is fun. This is one of the few places in Dominica from which you can see both the sunrise and sunset from and into the sea.

I hesitate to conclude on a negative note, but Chris told me not to pull any punches in my reviews, so I’ll say this: The amount of litter at the beach is upsetting to me. I realize that Dominica has scant budget and resources for cleanup, and that cultural changes come about slowly, but I certainly hope that cleanup comes and with it ecological awareness – because Scott’s Head is a treasure of the Nature Island, and must be safeguarded and cherished. Also, if you drive to Scott’s Head, be aware that in places the main shore road is only one lane wide, and the road has several deep rain runoff dips in villages that must be crossed only at very low speed.

BTW-There is a spot on the main road on your way where, if you look carefully, you can see where a suspension bridge was built for the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest” film, and also the “Cannibal” village. It may be possible to ascent up the steps to the filming site.

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Just got an email from fellow blogger Dan Tanner, he gave me the head-ups that Dominica made the “10 Great Place to Catch A Whale Of A Sighting” in USA-Today travel destination segment.

“The deep waters off the west coast of this Caribbean island attract the blunt-headed sperm whales year-round. “Winter, though, is the best time to see these sperm whales, along with humpback whales that come to Dominica’s bays to breed and reward visitors with acrobatic displays,” Day says.

The readers of USA-Today will be disappointed 🙁 to know that Dominica is A Pro-Whaling Nation and has chosen to support Japan in commercial whaling around the world. Unlike our government leaders, US Today knows a great thing when they see it.

Tell Japan We’ll Keep The Ban

Video Source:CaribbeanWhaleFriend via Youtube.

Whaling has been banned in Japan for 20 years, however the governments of Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent & Grenadines have voted with Japan to overturn the ban.

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Just like most countries which recognize African Liberation Day and the Pan-African movement, which reflect the growth and development of Pan-Africanism. Dominica celebrated African Liberation Day with a street parade through the street of Roseau, an exhibition which showcased African cooking, books, and clothing. There were also open-mic speeches and discussions by the attendees, but merely from the Rastafarian movement. Here are some Photos from the celebration.

Open Thread

I must say that the level of ignorance in Dominican society and the Caribbean as a region in very high. African Liberation Day is not a “Rasta” thing. African Liberation pertains to every African descendant. Some people might say “I’m not from African or I was not born in African” While that might be true, but as a black person you must be aware and uphold your history. It’s because of this history you’re standing here today. There is this saying “out off darkness cameth light”.

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Did you know that there are still Newspapers published in Ethiopia about Rastafarism. Below is an example.

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The History of African Liberation Day

On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra Ghana, African leaders and political activists gathered at the first Conference of Independent African States. It was attended by representatives of the governments of Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, The United Arab Republic (which was the federation of Egypt and Syria) and representatives of the National Liberation Front of Algeria and the Union of Cameroonian Peoples. This conference was significant in that it represented the first Pan-African Conference held on African soil. It was also significant in that it represented the collective expression of African People’s disgust with the system of colonialism and imperialism, which brought so much suffering to African People. Further, it represented the collective will to see the system of colonialism permanently done away with.

After 500 years of the most brutal suffering known to humanity, the rape of Africa and the subsequent slave trade, which cost Africa in excess of 100,000,000 of her children, the masses of African People singularly, separately, individually, in small disconnected groupings for centuries had said, “enough”! But in 1958, at the Accra Conference, it was being said in ways that emphasized joint, coordinated and unified action.

This conference gave sharp clarity and definition to Pan-Africanism, the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism. The conference as well laid the foundation and the strategy for the further intensification and coordination of the next stage of the African Revolution, for the liberation of the rest of Africa, and eventual and complete unification.

The Conference called for the founding of African Freedom Day, a day to, “mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.”

Five years later after the First Conference of Independent African States in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia another historical meeting occurred. On May 25, 1963, leaders of thirty-two independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two thirds of the continent had achieved independence from colonial rule. At this historic meeting the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15th to May 25th and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th in every corner of the world since.

Visited thetalkingdrum.com for more information about African Liberation Day, African teachings and life. Educated yourself!

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