Panoramic view (180°) of central Montserrat. Download full size (2509x420)
Coming from Antigua, I was especially happy about the abundance of fresh water and the lush vegetation. Compared to Montserrat, Antigua is a really really barren place!
Landscape on Montserrat. Download Full size left (640x480), right (960x1280).
Since the eruption of the volcano, the centre of the island life has moved from the former capital, Plymouth, to Little Bay in the north. Temporary Governemnt Headquerters have been erected there.
Driving towards Plymouth in the "Daytime Entry Zone". Download Full size left (1280x960), right (640x480).
I also had the opportunity to visit Montserrat by private plane (the airport is closed but you can fly around the island), and the full scale of the damage caused by the volcano is really only visible from the air.
Plymouth and surrounding area from the air. Download full size left (1280x960), right (1280x960).
The ferry - the M.V. Opale Express when I was there - leaves Antigua at the port in St. John's and goes to Little Bay. When you come back to Antigua, you will of course have to clear customs and immigration, so expect a few delays there... but many people from Montserrat do the trip every week for shopping, so it can't be too bad.
Panoramic view of Little Bay in the North, and government buildings on the left. Download full size (1803x451)
You can also go by helicopter which is supposedly not much more expensive than the ferry (in the region of EC$ 120 return), but I haven't tried that.
Tourist accommodation is available on Montserrat, so if you want to stay a bit longer, you'll no doubt find a nice and reasonably priced B&B or guest house. My impression was that the people on Montserrat are extremely welcoming.
There is really only one useful map of Montserrat, and it should be available at the Map Shop on Antigua. I remember that I saw the map for about half the price (in the region of EC$ 12) on Montserrat itself but that's life - if you buy it on Antigua, customs gets involved ;-)