Dominica Adventure Travel Guide
Will this Caribbean destination suit the adventurer in you?
This Dominica Adventure Travel Guide is essential reading for anyone planning to visit the country. We hope it will help you decide if this destination suits the adventurer in you.
Dominica in a nutshell
A perfect island for outdoor enthusiasts and eco-tourism, the volcanic and unspoilt island of Dominica has a mountainous landscape with dense rainforests as well as rivers, waterfalls, a cloud covered spine, forested ridges and valleys, sulphur springs and even a boiling lake. It has a diverse range of flora and fauna, has good diving sites and a wide range of hiking routes.
The island, approximately 29 miles by 16 miles, is unspoilt and considered to be the ‘nature’ island of the Caribbean – especially a favourite Caribbean island for nature lovers, bird watchers and whale spotters. The majority of the island is covered in rainforest and cloud forest, there is no mass tourism, beaches are black sand with few white sand beaches – the best are found in the north of the island.
There’s an adventure park for children and an aerial tram that glides through the rainforest canopy, plus a hiking trail that stretches from one end of the island to the other. Rather than a ‘nature island’, maybe Dominica should be renamed the ‘adventure island’…
Why visit Dominica
You can ‘get away from it all’ in Dominica. Dominica is an island for active visitors who are looking for an eco or adventure experience on an unspoilt Caribbean island. If you like Scuba diving then you’ll find exciting dive sites, including steep drop-offs (1,000 ft), walls and pinnacles all pretty close to the shore (west coast). Dominica is one of the best canyoning destinations in the Caribbean.
While you’re in Dominica
As 22 species of whales have been spotted in the Dominica waters, you must go on a whale watching trip – the island is known as the Caribbean’s whale watching ‘capital’. If you’ve got the energy, hike to the Boiling Lake in the centre of Morne Trois Pitons National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the two spectacular waterfalls at Trafalgar Falls, The Emerald Pool – a beauty spot in the rainforest, enjoy a guided tour around Papillote Gardens – they’re gorgeous, and take a ride on the rainforest aerial tram – it’s a 90-minute exploration (in a gondola) of the Dominica rainforest canopy. Popular TiTou Gorge, used as one of the sets for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ gets busy when cruise ships are in port but if you visit early morning or late afternoon you’ll miss the hoards.
Eating out and nightlife in Dominica
There’s a rainforest restaurant on Trafalgar Falls Road (booking essential) which serves tasty creole dishes and seafood specialties too, and in Roseau a vegetarian restaurant run by Rastafarians. There’s a beach eating place at Calibishie which offers views of Guadeloupe, one in Lagon where you can enjoy sunset views over Prince Rupert Bay, and lots of little snack bars dotted around the island. Logically you’ll find that places to eat along the beaches usually specialise in seafood dishes. Dominica’s nightlife as such is generally found in hotels and bars, but there is a beach bar in Portsmouth with live bands on occasions as well as a weekly DJ reggae night, and also live jazz once a week in Roseau (subject to dry weather!).
Dominica Adventure Travel Guide – other pages
On other pages attached to this Dominica Adventure Travel Guide section you can check out all the things to do in Dominica, find out about hotels and accommodation, and discover Dominica wildlife either by following the links here or via the image links above. There’s a page on Dominica Carnivals, Festivals & Events too as well as a dedicated Dominica Articles & Features page.
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