🇲🇸Montserrat

Montserrat Boat Tour: Experience Our Volcano Paradise By Sea

The island of Montserrat boasts some of the most uncommon landbased adventures you’re likely to find anywhere in the Caribbean. There’s so much to do; from hiking to soaking in sunsets on black sand beaches to braving bush rum and so much more! But to truly grasp all the island has to offer, you’ve gotta see it by sea with a Montserrat boat tour!

Why a boat tour?

Well, let me ask you a question. How do you first connect with a destination? How do you initially sever ties with wherever you’ve come from and sink, body, mind, and soul into your new surroundings?

For Steve and I, we have a simple solution. Since our usual destinations are rather small Caribbean islands, we hop in a car and drive around the entire island. We have no destination other than to return to where we started. But along the way, we stop at roadside bars for some old talk, we brake for fishermen to peruse the catch of the day, we soak in our new surroundings and sometimes even soak in the secluded beaches we find along the way.

Usually, this activity fills our whole first day. While also filling us with a sense of place.

The difficulty with this approach on Montserrat is the fact that access to nearly half of the island is restricted thanks to the active Soufriere Hills Volcano. While it’s very safe to visit Montserrat, they don’t take any unnecessary chances. And while that’s wonderful for those concerned about volcano safety, it also meant we couldn’t follow our usual itinerary.

Enter Buffy

Luckily, we knew a guy who knew Mr. Hubert Buffonge. (Montserrat is a small community, after all! Everybody knows everybody.) And Mr. Buffonge, better known as “Buffy” (pronounced Boofee), is the proud proprietor of Buffy Tours; our pick to help us fulfill our goal of circumnavigating the other Emerald Isle!

So, there we were standing on the pier at Little Bay beneath the warm Montserratian sun as Buffy puttered towards us. What came next was an eye-opening few hours on the water that I’ve tried to capture in the photos below.

Take a look:

Buffy and his boat

Buffy and his boat

 

Rendezvous Beach, Montserrat

Rendezvous Beach, Montserrat

 

Little Redonda Island, Montserrat

Little Redonda Island, Montserrat

 

Pinnacle Rock, Montserrat - is that a face?

Pinnacle Rock, Montserrat – is that a face?

 

Montserrat's colossal cliffs

Montserrat’s colossal cliffs

 

Montserrat Island's rugged coastline transforms into beach

Montserrat Island’s rugged coastline transforms into beach

 

This beach is one of Montserrat's newest

This beach is one of Montserrat’s newest

 

Volcanic rock formations dot the landscape

Volcanic rock formations dot the landscape

 

Approaching Montserrat's old airport, now burried

Approaching Montserrat’s old airport, now buried

 

Steve taking it all in

Steve taking it all in

 

The view of Soufriere Hills from this side is one most don't get to see

The view of Soufriere Hills from this side is one most don’t get to see

 

Seeing Montserrat from this perspective is unique

Seeing Montserrat from this perspective is unique

 

Beneath these rocks and dirt are the remains of roads and an airport

Beneath these rocks and dirt are the remains of roads and an airport

 

What a view!

What a view!

 

When you need a break from all the beauty, it's time to fish

When you need a break from all the beauty, it’s time to fish

 

On this side, you can see former neighborhoods now inaccessible

From this side, you can see former neighborhoods now inaccessible

 

More former neighborhoods

More former neighborhoods

 

By the time you're heading back north to Little Bay this view will be tinged in sadness

By the time you’re heading back north to Little Bay this view will be tinged in sadness

Experience your own Montserrat boat tour

After a few hours on the water, I stepped back onto the pier at Little Bay with a whole new perspective on the island of Montserrat. The villages hugging cliffs, the striking rock formations, the verdant hills, the abandoned ruins within the exclusion zone, and, of course, the smoking Soufriere Hills Volcano towering above.

To see this uncommon side of a truly uncommon destination, don’t hesitate to give Buffy of Buffy Tours a call +1 664 492 1570. Or drop him an email. And be sure to say, Uncommon Caribbean sent you!

See you on the water!

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