Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2016 - Page 96

Interesting places to EXPLORE SOUFRIERE HILLS VOLCANO The Soufriere Hills Volcano is a composite volcano characterized by andesite dome-building eruptions. Its last major eruption prior to the current one is thought to have been about 400 years ago. The current eruption began in 1995 and continues to the present day. In that time there have been five distinct periods of lava extrusion and dome growth and five distinct pauses. The periods of dome growth have included explosive activity and frequent pyroclastic flows. BAT CAVE - SWIM TO A RARE COLONY Kayaking or swimming is the only access to the two caves that house the brachyphylla caveranum or the pig face bat found on the Rendezvous bluff. There are thousand bats that are found in the two caves. One cave have the females with their young while the males occupy the other cave. BORABORA BEACH - BE ENTHRALLED BY THE BLACKEST BEACH The new beach at bottomless ghaut is a marvelous creation showing the force of nature. Its a geologist paradise! This is best place on the island to see rock formation, different types of rocks and towering cliff sides. Listen to the different sounds and see different shades of blue and green of the Caribbean sea. A breath taking sight to behold. It is found on the side of the island that is washed by the Atlantic Ocean. Sea bathers are advised that there be NO BATHING OR SWIMMING due to very rough seas and it is an area prone to sharks. Bird watchers can watch the nesting of the of the red-billed tropicbird and the Caribbean martin. RUNAWAY GHAUT - DRINK FROM A SYMBOLOF LOVE Runaway Ghaut  (pronounced gut) was as an escape route used by the French who tried to invade the island in 1712. This ghaut is now a famous and popular tourist stop. Legend has it that people drinking the cool spring water flowing down the Ghaut are bound to return to Montserrat. MONTSERRAT 92