Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Grenada

 

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I always like looking for waterfalls in a new country, so of course, when I woke up on my first day in Grenada, my first mission was to choose which waterfall to visit.

Some of the main waterfall choices (in case you want to choose one that isn’t Seven Sisters) are:

  • Royal Mount Carmel Waterfalls (apparently the highest falls on the island, but apparently slightly complicated to find and involves half an hour’s walk)
  • Annandale Falls in St. George (popular falls with its own car park – can get very busy apparently)
  • Concord Falls in St. John (three different falls – 45 minutes walk to the second one)

I decided to go for Seven Sisters Falls, as it sounded like it had an adventurous walk to get there, and I knew how to find it on the bus.

The first thing you need to do is find the number 6 bus (going towards Grenville) at the bus terminal in St. George (unless you happen to live somewhere that the bus will pass en route). Ask the driver to let you off by Seven Sisters. The drive is about half an hour and it goes along some winding, hilly roads once it reaches the Grand Etang area where the waterfall is located.

Once the driver lets you off, you’ll see this yellow sign. Go up the path where it points:

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After about a minute, you’ll see a little wooden hut with this sign outside it:

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As you can see on the sign, the reason for the fee is that in order to walk to the falls, you have to pass through private land.

In the little hut, you pay a very old man who I assume is the owner, and then some young guys outside the hut will offer to be your guide. I don’t know how much they charge, but I told them I was good without a guide and I wanted to find it myself. They seemed a bit confused, but wished me luck.

They also gave me a stick (like a walking stick they’d made by cutting a branch off a tree), and told me I’d definitely need it because the walk would be difficult and slippery. I was hesitant to believe that I’d really need a walking stick, but I took it to make them be quiet.

They showed me which path to walk on, and instructed me to walk along it until the concrete finishes, and then take the dirt path/trail on the left after the last house. It was easy to spot, and there was a little bar (closed, but still cute) up where the trail starts:

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There were a few places to buy food and drinks along the concrete path, but Mitchell’s Bar is the last place to buy anything, so I’d suggest you make sure you have any drinks or snacks you’ll want before you get onto the trail.

The trail is partially made of makeshift steps made from mud/rocks etc, and there are handrails in some parts, but it varies a lot.

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There were a few parts where my feet got a bit muddy, and some other parts where I had to pay attention to keep my balance, but it wasn’t anything too crazy and I didn’t use the walking stick. It was pretty much all in the shade, which was nice because it meant I didn’t get too hot or sunburnt.

Once you reach the part where you can hear the river and see it on your left, you can either walk along the river (hop from rock to rock basically, or just walk in the water), or you can take one of two paths around the same way.

After a few minutes, whichever route you take, you’ll reach the first two falls which are right next to each other. This first picture shows the lower-down one, where the waterfall itself is tiny, but the pool below it is great for swimming:

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The waterfall next to this one is much taller and looks more impressive:

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Personally I preferred the smaller one for swimming/relaxing.

There are no changing rooms or anything, but I just got changed by the falls with my towel.

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There are actually more falls if you keep walking through the forest, but apparently you have to jump in order to get into the pools there, which I didn’t really like the sound of (I’m quite scared of jumping into water), and I was quite happy with the falls I’d reached so I didn’t venture further up.

The day I went was a cruise ship day, so I was expecting there to be a lot of visitors at the falls, but actually it wasn’t busy at all. I stayed at the falls for a few hours, and during that time, I’d say less than 20 people passed through, and none of them stayed for long, so I think this might be a good waterfall to choose if you want to avoid large crowds of tourists (or maybe I just got lucky). Regardless, it’s definitely great value for 5 EC dollars (approximately £1.50) and it’s one of those places that makes you appreciate nature a lot.

I recorded a few videos for my Instagram story while I was walking/swimming, and I’ve put them together into a YouTube video which you can watch here:

 

P.S. Feel free to follow me on Instagram – @zoe_93

 

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