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Salybia Basins

Scheduled Date: Friday 21st September, 2018

The Salybia River located on the northeastern coast of Trinidad acts as a boundary separating the communities of Mathura and Balandra. Its mouth is at the popular bathing spot known as Salybia or Saline Bay. During high tide, there is a heavy concentration of saltwater {sodium and chloride} that backlashes into the river hence the name Saline which means salt. The calm water at its mouth is a favourite place to kayak and enjoy a Trini River Lime. It is also used as a place for early morning religious rituals such as baptism. It source flows from a remote area of the Northern Range referred to as Mars. Upstream the river meanders through miles of unchartered territory and approximately 1.5 km before it reaches the sea there is a confluence of the prominent Rio Seco River and the larger Salybia River. The conflux where the two rivers join is like an eco-rich lagoon with fascinating pools to swim. The dense mora forest and hilly terrain restrict easy access and therefore the secluded beauty of the river remains preserved. There is a belief that the Kalinago Carib Indians once settled in the area, and they referred to the forest as “Guaro” and called the coast ” Oropouche.” Their name for Trinidad was “Chaleibe.”

The exploration starts at Pierre Trace in Salybia and will take thirty minutes to reach the basins. The pathway to the river is through towering mora woodland and dense forest. Along the way, the trail rises and then descends down a ridge to the pools. An uncommon, fleshy, edible fruit found on the trail is serrette or nance, which looks like a small yellow berry and provides food for animals. On the return to the vehicles, there is the option to further explore the river and paddle downstream to the Salybia Bridge. Note: lifejackets provided but if you have one bring it along.

On Sunday, 7th October 2018 Island Hikers explore the Salybia Basins.
Assembly: 7.00am at the Corner of O’meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima. (Next to doubles vendors)
Rating: 3 fair
Hiking time to river 30 minutes
Return: Swimming downstream optional and can take 1 hour
The hike is suitable for Children seven years and up.
Cost $60.00 adults
For more details contact Mario749-2956, Jamal 761-1889 or Marcia 490-2421 or


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Mario Russell
c/o Island Hikers,
#152 Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/

Phone: (868) 749-2956,

email :islandhikers

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