The Dominican island is still a paradise for hikers, naturalists and divers. The place is not marred by development, so these three groups can also have lots of fun here. The biggest of the Islands of Barlovento, Dominica, has impressive volcanic landscapes, lush rainforests, lakes, rivers, gorges, hot springs and waterfalls. The rugged land along the coast shelters rustic villages and black-color sand beaches. Some of these beaches are fine diving or snorkeling spots.
The island of British, West Indian and French settlers is diverse in culture, and it has the biggest community of Carib Indians of the East Caribbean. The capital of Dominica, Roseau reflects the eclectic roots in the island’s art, languages, traditions and food. Only two airports service Dominica, so it is not affected by the big resorts on other Caribbean islands and package tourism. Many come to the island on a luxury vessel as a day trip or on a multiple-day visit from adjacent islands. Other people spend the whole winter season here to beat colder weather and soak up Dominica’s beautiful natural splendors.
Besides these top areas, you have many festivals to attend in Dominica. The Independence Celebrations honor Creole traditions and the island’s historic past with conventional clothing, music, dancing, parades and food. To have some tropical flavor to your food, you can mix the Dominica-made Bello signature sauce with it. This will also make your trip to the island enjoyable.
Morne Trois Pitons National Park
This park is the most important part of Dominica, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a landscape of fumaroles, waterfalls, volcanoes, lakes, dense forest and hot springs. It has 5 vegetable zones, primarily secondary forests, which reach up to water forest situated at the tallest elevations. Some of the highlights of this place are Boiling Lake, Trafalgar Falls, Boeri Lake, Victoria Waterfall, Middleham Falls, Emerald Pool, and Titou Gorge.
The Laudat village, just 11 kilometers off of Roseau, is a great starting point for a trip to this park.
This is among the most photogenic and striking waterfalls in the above mentioned Dominica park. The 722-mile-long White River falls over a rock face into a pool below, and it is a sight for the sore eyes. The milky-white water is rich in minerals. Wear a pair of water shoes having fine grip because the around 40-minute walk involves boulder scrambling and river crossings. It is worth seeing these falls and this river. You can unwind ultimately with a swim in the pool. Tropical Storm Erika destroyed part of this trail, so you should go along with tour guides.
The said park is also home to Boiling Lake, which is among the most sought-after tourist attractions in Dominica. You should take a three-hour walk through dense forest to get to this pool of gray-green and bubbling water, but it is worth it. According to geologists, the second biggest boiling lake in the world is a fumarole covered with water. Amid the lake, the temperature is enough to vaporize liquid, and at the boundary, it ranges between 82 and 92°C. The trail turns muddy and slick after rain. Guides are recommended whenever you take the trail to reach this place.
Hiking to the twin waterfalls is among the most common activities to do when in Dominica. The waterfalls are referred to as the ‘father’ and ‘mother’. You need to hike for about 15 minutes through an orchid- and ginger plant-filled forest to reach Trafalgar Falls. The cool, primary stream of the falls that comes from the peaks is joined by a mineral spring close to the bottom. Visitors are able to swim in the cold and hot pools at the bottom part of the waterfalls.
Dominica’s capital city, Roseau is a colorful jumble of modern buildings, busy market booths with a Rastafarian vibe, and West Indian houses. The waterfront of Roseau has a dock and seaside paved walk. The Old Market adjacent to the ship dock, sells fresh produce and souvenirs made of coconut shells. The Gothic- and Romanesque-style St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is among the city’s main landmarks. Some of the other highlights of Roseau are the Dominica Museum as well as the Dominica Botanic Gardens.
The museum has exhibitions about the cultures of Creole people and the Amerindians as well as the slave people’s trade. Many take the drive to Morne Bruce to get sweeping views of Roseau. You can walk from the said botanic gardens to Morne Bruce as well.
The best-known snorkel and dive site in Dominica, Champagne Reef resides in an area of ‘marine reserve’ category off the southwest coast. Numerous bubbles emerge from below the rocks due to geothermal activity. The species in the waters here include Batfish, barracuda, sea horses, rays, trumpet fish, and squid. You can also swim from Dominica’s Champagne Beach to this site.