The seascape known as Saut D’eau is a secluded beach on the North Coast situated beneath the hills of Paramin. Sometimes referred to as Saint Cion Bay, where on the beach there is a statue of the patron saint. The land now deserted once contained a fishing dockyard, a wooden shelter and cocoa estate. A picturesque landscape positioned opposite to the bay is Saut D’eau Island, a small uninhabited sanctuary where to visit requires a permit from the Forestry Department. The name Saut D’eau is a French word that means “water jump” and cascading from the hills there is a lovely waterfall which jumps straight into the sea.
The expedition to Saut D’eau, through the garden fresh village of Paramin can be a pleasurable and memorable experience. The walk is a test of one’s fitness and although challenging the spectacular sceneries makes it enjoyable. The journey begins at the Morne Coco Road Gas Station, and along the way there is always something of interest to catch one’s attention. To the east fantastic views of Moka Golf Course, North Coast Road, Paragrant and Maraval Valley and to the west splendid views of Saut D’eau Island, Cameron and Petit Valley. The source of the Diego Martin and Blue Basin River comes from Paramin in a place referred to as Mia. A noticeable attribute is the richness of the hills, with lush green vegetable gardens of chive, pimento, thyme, pepper, tomato and cabbage. Visitors are amazed by the crops cultivated on the steep slopes and how difficult this must be. The cool mountain breeze at an altitude of 550 metres (1,800 feet) feels healthy and invigorating.
Paraminians are descendants of French and Spanish Heritage. One can still hear patois frequently spoken among the elders. The streets along the route all have French-Creole names La Finette Road, Bella Montage Road, Lale Road, Beau Pres Road and Morne Espoire Barre Bette Rouge. Roman Catholic is the main religion, and a place of interest is the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Bien Vini where on Carnival Sunday, there is a traditional patois mass. Paramin has the reputation for making the country’s best seasoning and during Christmas Season the culture of the community comes alive with the Parang Festivals. Outsiders making the pilgrimage greeted with friendliness, an inviting smile and a pleasant bonjour.
The trek through the village to the top at Barre La Vigie Road meaning the lookout point or the crow’s nest” takes under two hours and continues down to the bay for another hour. The beach sandy with small pebbles is inviting to swim, and a hidden gem is to explore the watercourse of the little stream where there are several waterfalls worth discovering. In the minds of everyone, there is the anticipation of the steep return climb yet Saut D’eau produces a thrill unmatched by any other.
On Sat 28th Nov’15 Fitness Walkers trek to Saut D’eau Beach and waterfalls
Assembly: 6.00am at the Morne Coco Road Gas Station
Note: Trek starts 6.45am
Rating: 6 strenuous
Average hiking time one way: 2 ½ – 3 hours or depending on one’s fitness.
Saut D’eau Bay & Falls