Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
Lying in the Dragon’s Mouth between Trinidad and Venezuela, there are five islands known as the Bocas Islands. They are Chacachacare, Monos, Gasparee, Huevos and Centipede Island. They are different to the six small islands situated west of Port-Of-Spain also referred to as Five Islands or Las Cotorras. These small Islands are Caledonia Island, Nelson Island, Pelican Island, Rock Island, Lanagan Island and Craig Island.
Monos Island is the second largest of the Bocas Island with an elevation of 287 metres at its highest point. The island is mainly mountainous with steep cliffs occurring on the northern side. The name Monos is a Spanished word that means monkeys and at one time red howler monkeys inhabited the island in large numbers. Its calm waters, peacefulness and scenic coastline make it a top destination for a vacation get-away.
There is a lot of history surrounding Monas. Spain ruled the region for three hundred years from 1498 to 1797 before handed it over to the British, who cultivated coconuts. Today sugar-apple is a popular crop grown on the Island. Whales At one time populated the Gulf of Paria, and at Monas there was a whaling station, but just like the monkeys they have all vanished. During World War 11 (1940 -1945), the region was least to the Americans who at strategic locations built ammunition bunkers and cannons for the defense against German attack. At that time, to visits there required a permit and recreational activities suspended. On August 25th, 2005, the island reputation tarnished as it became the scene for the country’s largest drug bust.
The expedition over the hill to South Seas Beach starts at Turtle/Grand Fond Bay where situated are the ruins of the Fatima Sea Scouts House. The trek to reach the top of the bay starts with a steep fifteen minutes climb. Placed within the bushes of the mountain’s crest, is a huge circular concrete structure where once housed a large World War 11 Gun. The journey continues for another ten minutes along the ridge then descends sharply towards the bay. The beach with its soothing waters is a lovely spot to spend the day bathing and relaxing in a quiet atmosphere.
On Sunday, 23rd November’14 Island Hikers explore the secret treasures of Monas Island .for more information contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421 or Jamal 761-1889.
Assembly: 7.00am KFC Carpark West Mall (depart to Island home 7.45am)
Cost $110.00 includes hike fee, boat fee to Monas,
Security for vehicles $20.00
Rating: 3 fair
Total Hiking time: 40 minutes (one-way hike return by boat)
Return time to vehicle 2 pm
For more information contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421 Jamal 761 1889 or islandhikers.com
Note: registration on the morning of the hike. If required transport from KFC provided.
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798