Fire on the Water
I would have never seen this little treasure if it hadn’t been for Daggerin Mondays in the hills of St Ann’s Bay, and the random Jamaican guy we picked up in the car, who took us there. It was after a long night of partying but was WELL worth the extra hour of sleep deprivation.
Fire Water, located in St Ann’s Bay is one of the coolest natural wonders I’ve ever seen. I read about it in a trip report of a friend of mine, so I had already seen pictures. I remember thinking “That’s pretty neat but I’d never find it”. Never gave it a second thought.
So on the way back to Ocho Rios in the early morning hours, the guy who was riding with us directed our driver off the beaten path to show us something. We’re driving really slowly through pitch darkness in the trees, until we come to a clearing where we parked. I had no clue where we were and probably could have been murdered and no one would be the wiser!
By the light of cell phones we make our way over to a tall barrier, and the guy opens a gate for us. Inside we could see in the dark, that there was a pool of water. I still had no idea where I was….until he walked up to the water and ignited it with his lighter! It was at that moment I realized we were at the place I’d seen in the trip report! I was so excited because after I’d seen pictures of my friend walking in burning water I wanted to experience it!
This pool of water in the hills has minerals and natural gasses from the earth in it, allowing it to burn when ignited. It is said to have healing properties as well. When I was standing in it the water was really warm, when I tasted it I was surprised that it was salty. Our driver splashed his face and head with it, he even waved his hands through the flames without getting burned. The guy who brought us up there was praying to Haile Selassie as we waded in the pool. This makes me believe it’s a very spiritual place and doesn’t get abused or overused.
Since my visit to Fire Water I have done more research on it and found out that in the daytime you can actually get mud massages in the pool, from local Rastas. I wished I was able to revisit in the daylight hours to get a full look at the place and interact with the people who work there. But for now, enjoy the few pictures and video footage I took. It was a very quiet and spiritual time spent there.
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