Scheduled Date: Monday 17th July, 2017
Island Hikers annual Paria Bay Campout (see details)
During the long summer vacation, one of the best destinations for a family campout is at Paria Bay and waterfall. It is a place to unwind where one can forget about their busy schedule and enjoy nature to the fullest. The sandy coastline along with the cool Caribbean breeze provides the perfect ambiance for relaxing and rejuvenating the mind, body, and spirit. Everlasting is a childhood memory of camping in the wilderness, sleeping in a tent and admiring the twinkling stars. These unforgettable experiences are memorable and can last a lifetime. It is a joy to sit on the sand, unconcern about time and taken away by the picturesque seascape. It makes one wonder what the real meaning of life and how perfect the world we live in is.
Paria Bay has a little of everything, and apart from its magnificent beach and wonderful waterfall, there is the river mouth with its calm waters. The giant leatherback turtles who come ashore nightly to nest is another attraction and care needed not to shine torch-lights at them. During the months of July and August, it is a spectacle to see the hatchling emerge from the sand. However many of them don’t make it to the safety of the water since the vultures wait in the treetops to prey on them. On the western end of the beach, sea erosion formed a magnificently carved arch, which has a protruding fragment in its middle. Its grand appearance gives it the name Cathedral Rock, and because of its elegant grandeur, it is a lovely spot to take pictures. A nearby stream provides clean water for cooking and local fishermen supply freshly caught fish to campers.
It is the duty of campers to preserve the environment and to protect wildlife by leaving nothing but footprints. Campsites should be set up in areas as not to affect nesting turtles and their hatchlings. Garbage must be taken out and not left on the beach.
A boat provides transportation of personal items and camping equipment to Paria Bay. To get to the beach campers have to walk the two-hour journey from the Blanchisseuse, Spring Bridge. Along the way, a place of interest is Turtle Rock where one can enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery.
Suggested Items for the camp-out: are a tent, sleeping bag, life jacket, medication, repellent, flashlight, extra change of clothing and footwear, cup, plate, knife, fork, garbage bag and a pen knife.
Note: Items for boat transportation should be labeled and put in waterproof garbage bags.
Suggested food items to bring along are Vienna sausages, sandwiches, tuna, sardines, baked potato, trail snacks, fruit juices, peanut butter, biscuits, boiled eggs, cooked chicken, milk, coffee or tea bags, drinking water.
Please note: dinner and breakfast supplied, however, campers required to bring personal food items and eating utensils (cup, plate, knife, and fork not supplied)
Island Hikers family camp-out at Paria Bay from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2017. (Note: the Friday is optional)
Assembly: 8 am on at Sam’s Bar Maracas Bay. Boat begins loading at 9 am at the Blanchisseuse Fishing Depot contact Mario 749-2956.
All Campers allowed two bags: A tent and personal backpack, Campers must bring their belongings to the boat jetty for loading.
Assembly 11 am on : boat departs at 12 am (meals not provided on Friday so bring your own contact Jamal 761-1889.
The Cost to camp adults $200 and kids 11years & under $100 (includes dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday along with the transportation of 2 bags)
For those not wishing to hike, the boat is available at an extra cost of $75.00 per trip
Secure overnight parking available at Marianne Beach Resort
For further information contact Mario 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889, Dennis 678-2768 Marcia, 490-2421 or islandhikers.com.
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