Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 137

places to explore and towering cliff sides. Listen to the different sounds and gaze at the different shades of blue and green of the Caribbean sea - a breath taking sight to behold. This beach is found on the side of the island that is washed by the Atlantic Ocean. Sea bathers are advised that there should be NO BATHING OR SWIMMING due to very rough seas. It is also an area that is prone to sharks. SOUFRIERE HILLS VOLCANO The Soufriere Hills Volcano is a composite volcano characterized by andesite dome-building eruptions. Its last major eruption prior to the one in 1995 is thought to have occured about 400 years ago. Since 1995, eruptions continues to the present day - 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. While at that beach, bird watchers can watch the nesting of the Red-Billed Tropicbird and the Caribbean Martin. BAT CAVE - SWIM TO A RARE COLONY RUNAWAY GHAUT - DRINK FROM A SYMBOL OF LOVE 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 thousands of bats to be found in the two caves. The females with their young occupies on cave while the males occupy the other. 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 very popular tourist stop. Legend has it that people drinking the cool spring water flowing down the Ghaut are bound to return to Montserrat. BORABORA BEACH - THE BLACKEST BEACH IN TEH CARIBBEAN The new beach at bottomless ghaut is a marvelous creation showing the force of nature. It is a geologist paradise! This is best place on the island to see rock formation, different types of rocks 133