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1 Chacachare Island Lighthouse
2 Chacachare Island
3 Boca de Navios
4 Huevos Island
5 Bocas del Dragon
6 Monos Island
7 Bocas de Dragon
8 Anse Paoua Bay (?)
9 Teteron Barracks (?)
10 Main Island of Trinidad
11 Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority
12 Gaspar Grande / Gasparee Island
13 Chag Terms (Trinidad) Ltd , Chaguaramas
14 La Seiva Pines hiking area (?)
15 Point Gourde


Location: DDI - Down D Islands, Trinidad      by: Augustin Werner
Area: Trinidad And Tobago      Date: 06 June 2022
The ferry Ride from Port of Spain in Trinidad to Tobago takes about three hours. Owing to the geography of Trinidad the ferries have to first travel west along and around a peninsula & several islands before heading East toward the smaller Sister Island of Tobago.

The government owned ferry company operates several large, fast and modern catamarans (for cars, vans and passengers). The one we traveled on was taken into service only in 2021, capable of accommodating up to 1000 passengers and 182 cars, and reportedly has a maximum speed of over 80km/h (!)

With weather fluctuating between rainy and sunny, the light wasn't the most attractive. The mostly undeveloped island scenery of rather stunning beauty.

Looking at Google Maps... there's aren't too many places with a name that I could label. Wikipedia has a somewhat interesting article in the island that is just partially visible on the left end of the pano:

Chacachacare is an island in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, (...) The island is 360 hectares (900 acres) in area.

It is one of the Bocas Islands, which lie in the Bocas del Dragón (Dragons' Mouth) between Trinidad and Venezuela. Chacachacare is the westernmost of the Bocas Islands which belong to Trinidad and Tobago. (...)


The island was spotted by Christopher Columbus on his third New World voyage on 12 August 1498, and his little fleet spent the night anchored in Monkey Harbour. He named the island 'Port of Cats' because he heard roars of what he thought were wildcats, mistaking the call of howler monkeys for wildcats. It has also been called "El Caracol" (the Snail) because of its shape. At various times in its history Chacachacare has served as a cotton plantation, a whaling station and a leper colony.

The Venezuelan revolutionary Santiago Mariño, who later joined forces with Simón Bolivar and was instrumental in the liberation of Venezuela from Spanish rule, used Chacachacare as a base for his successful 1813 invasion of Venezuela with a tiny band of 45 "Patriots". His sister, Concepción Mariño, played a part in the Venezuelan War of Independence from her estate on the island.

The island became a leper colony, established by the British government of the colony of Trinidad in the 1860s. The men and women of the colony were kept separate, they were not allowed visitors from the outside and were forbidden to leave. The lepers were cared for by French Dominican nuns, two of whom caught leprosy; one of the two committed suicide.

In 1942, 1,000 U.S. Marines were stationed on Chacachacare and built barracks all over the island, bringing with them diesel generators, which provided electrical power to the island for the first time. The authorities began to relax the strict rules of the colony, for instance, allowing men and women to mix.

With improved medical treatment for leprosy, and the decline of the Dominican order, the island was abandoned after 1984, when the nuns left their quarters and the last leper on the island died.

In 1999, Donald Trump visited Chacachacare during the Miss Universe contest and contemplated having a casino and hotel built on the island; however, the idea has not been pursued.

Today, Chacachacare remains uninhabited, except for staff maintaining a lighthouse on the summit of the island. The Hindu Temple founded in 1945 continues to be functional with occasional religious activities. It is also regularly used for camping and visits by recreational boaters. Many Trinidadians go to this island, as well as Monos and Huevos, for day trips. This is popularly referred to as "going down the islands".

From the moving Ferry
~ 20 captures in Landscape orientation.
Oly OMD EM5 II with 14-150mm @ 140mm ~280mm KB
Lightroom & PTGUi & Panorama-Straigthener by...


Das ist eine ganz großartige Telestudie mit einer außergewöhnlich feinen Lichtstimmung, Augustin ... zumindest nach meinem subjektiven Geschmack - und ein sehr langer Streifen als Pendant zu meinem kürzlich gezeigten Vernazza-Kurzpano ;-) ... danke für Deinen ermutigenden Kommentar dazu, Augustin - habe mich darüber sehr gefreut !!

Herzliche Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag,
2022/08/28 10:49 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
Eine schöne Studie mit minimalistischer Farbgebung. Ein Mathematiker käme hier auf die Idee, das Integral unter der gezeigten Funktion zu berechnen. VG Peter
2022/08/28 14:45 , Peter Brandt
Really interesting.
2022/08/28 20:16 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Ein sehr attraktives Motiv, diese Inselkette. Gut gesehen und eingefangen.

Bei den Farben wirkt das Bild auf mich eher trist, teilweise zeigt sich deutliches Farbrauschen. Ich denke, das Motiv wäre auch in Schwarzweiß mit etwas markanteren Kontrasten sehr gut in Szene zu setzen.

2022/09/07 11:34 , Dieter Leimkötter

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