First of all, I passed my diving licence – YAAY! I was very happy about that and have already used the licence to check out some more diving sites around here. Also the people in my dive club in Anse à l’Ane did an amazing job. I can truly reccommend this club – the sites are not far away, the club itself is nicely equipped, the location is perfect, prices are very fair and the instructors are awesome (Corail Club Caraibe).
My last week in Martinique was characterized by heavy rains, winds and a 24-hour-lasting storm. For that reason I had to stay over in Fort de France twice that week and was lucky that another girl from my language school rented an apartment there, so that I could sleep over at her place. However, we also made use of the time in the capital and went partying in the middle of French – Creole – Caribbean night life including lots of local rum. I spent my last weekend in Anse d’Arlet, which is a beautiful region in the south-west of Martinique with some nice beach clubs, bars, restaurants and spots to just hang out. One of the highlights was a beach party in Ti Sable, which is a renowned local venue that often has live music in the evenings.
Despite everyone advising me against going by boat, I took the ferry to Guadeloupe. The sea was quite rough, but for some reason my sea sickness pills must have kicked in well and while half of the passengers were really seasick thirty minutes into the boat ride, I slept the entire cruise and almost missed the beautiful sunset over the Dominican bay. After five hours we arrived the ferry terminal of Point-à-Pitre, where I was picked up and brought to the hostel I booked for the week. The hostel is located in Saint Felix, a town next to Le Gosier in the south of Guadeloupe. As it is currently low-season in the Caribbean and there weren´t many guests at the hostel that week, I was given a room upgrade and didn´t have to sleep in the 20-bed dorm, but in a cozy double room. The hostel is pretty basic, but nicely furnished. There are several terraces with an amazing 180° view over the Point-à-Pitre bay and La Soufrière, Guadeloupes volcano. What I really loved about my time in Guadeloupe is the fact that nothing was planned, everything I did was kind of spontaneous, but for some reason I got to see all the most important spots of the island, such as La Soufrière, the Bologne rum distillery, the Malendure diving reef, the capital Point-à-Pitre as well as the most important beaches St. Anne, St. Francois and Le Gosier. On my last days two others and me went down to the beach near the hostel and spent the entire day in the hammocks we had brought. Afterwards we spontaneously decided to stay there and make a campfire on the beach. There was nobody there as the little bay is quite hidden from the main beach. So we bought some fish, vegetables, some bread and a few bottles of wine and had our own little bbq on the beach using the camp fire to grill our fish. It was honestly the best way to end this Caribbean adventure.