After a change of plans early in the day, we were fortunate enough to be on one of the best island tours with our taxi tour guide, Anthony. Following a spice demonstration, we were on our way to the next destination, Annandale Falls. It was a gorgeous waterfall surrounded by tropical plants and flowers.
Annandale Falls was located within a short walking distance from the parking lot, which made it very easily accessible to visitors. You just have to watch your step as the ground can be a little bit slippery. We paid the admission ($2.50 each) for a chance to witness the beauty of the waterfall. The waterfall has a 30ft drop to a pool below where you could take a swim. We admired the scenery of the lush tropical plants along with the endless stream of water plunging over the rocky cliff.
There were a variety of performers surrounding the falls – feel free to tip when you’d like! There was a man playing a guitar who sang to the guests. He was comparing the various tourists to famous people in his songs – he called me “Jennifer Aniston” and called Justin “Antonio Banderas”! Haha! We were laughing quite a bit over his lyrics and those compliments earned him a tip. He sang a song to one lady in our group and kept calling her “Lady Gaga”, which I don’t think she appreciated very much!
Another group of performers there were the Daredevil Cliff Divers. These men would take turns jumping off the edge of the cliff down to the water below. This may look easier than it seems – they had to be sure to jump in the correct spot, or they might hit boulders or jagged rocks in the pool! They must be pretty fearless; there’s no way you’d catch me jumping off the edge! I created this animated GIF of the entire jump:
Between destinations, we admired all of the beautiful scenery of the island. We saw this cow sitting by the side of the road, along with a few geese. Anthony explained that this cow is known for being friends with the geese, as they eat the bugs off him, and they enjoy hanging out together. How cute!
Grand Etang Lake
Our next stop was Grand Etang Lake located in Grand Etang National Park. We drove up winding roads higher and higher to reach the lake – 1700ft above sea level! Grand Etang Lake is a long-extinct volcano crater filled with azure-colored water. Admission to the National Park was $2.50 per person.
Grand Etang Lake
There was a visitor center with many photos and giant signs with explanations about the history of the lake,the flora and fauna of the island, and historical facts about Grenada. It was definitely worth taking a peak to better understand the area and the sights. There was a guestbook there that we signed – I love doing that!
The National Park was shared with some resident monkeys that are protected on the island, the Mona Monkey. They were originally brought over to Grenada from Africa during the slave trade. Now, they live throughout the rainforest and we were lucky enough to see one up close at the entrance to Grand Etang Lake!
The Mona Monkey has a distinctive trait: chubby cheeks where he can store food for later, much like a chipmunk! A man with another tour group had some bananas and called out to the monkey. Suddenly, the Mona Monkey appeared from the forest and jumped towards us. He swung from branches to the fence and happily took chunks of banana from the man’s hand. The monkey quickly stored the whole pieces of banana in his cheeks. He swung back into a tree and consumed the banana safely away from the large group of spectators that had formed.
The monkey was sitting on the fence beside us for a little while, and I was able to pet him. He didn’t seem to mind! I’m sure he is used to all of the tourists feeding him. His fur was so soft. At one point, a girl asked if the monkey would climb on her shoulders. He motioned for the monkey to come forward and placed a banana above the girl’s head. The monkey climbed up onto her shoulders and onto her head to eat the banana!
We also saw a cat that lived in the area. One of the shop owners had some kitty food out, so it must be their cat (or they at least fed it every day).
I love seeing cats wherever we visit! There were some little shops in the area, as well as people selling spice necklaces. In one of the shops, I found some locally produced Grenada dark chocolate bars using cocoa produced by the local farmers. This chocolate was delicious and came in a few different flavors! It was organic, carbon-neutral/sustainable, fair-trade, and extremely tasty. You can purchase chocolate bars from the Grenada Chocolate Company in the USA and around the world, and they have a store listing on their website!
After viewing Grand Etang Lake from up above, we drove down below to actually be able to sit by the lake itself. We were the only ones down there; I didn’t see any of the larger tour groups drive down to see the lake up close! Perhaps the taxi drivers and private tour operators give this “extended” tour. It was equally as beautiful up close.
This would be a wonderful and peaceful spot for a picnic! There were some fish swimming in the lake. We were also able to walk out on a small dock built over the lake with a railing to make sure no one fell in! Anthony told us that no one knows exactly how deep Grand Etang Lake is – no one has ever been able to dive down to the bottom yet! It must be a very deep volcano crater.
As we drove away from the National Park, we were able to witness some breathtaking views of the island from one of the highest points of Grenada.
Have you visited Grenada before? What were some of the sights or activities that you enjoyed?