Dominica

Dominica

Things to do - general

Dominica is an island nation in the Caribbean sea largely covered by rainforest, and is home to the world’s second-largest hot spring, (Boiling Lake). Dominica has many waterfalls, springs, and rivers. The Calibishie area in the country’s northeast has sandy beaches. Some plants and animals thought to be extinct on surrounding islands can still be found in Dominica’s forests.

Dominica is known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. Originally, it was protected by sheer mountains which led the European powers to build ports and agricultural settlements on other islands. More recently, the citizens of this island have sought to preserve its spectacular natural beauty by discouraging the type of high-impact tourism which has damaged nature in most of the Caribbean.
Visitors can find large tropical forests (including one which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites), hundreds of streams, coastlines and coral reefs.

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Country Dominica
Population72,301
Visa requirements

No Visa Required

Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedEastern Caribbean Dollars (XCD) $1 USD - $2.70 XCD
Area (km2)750 km² (290 sq mi)

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Things To Do

Emerald Pool


Photo by Dominica Tourism Board

An easy 30-minute hike takes you through magnificent overhanging trees and lush vegetation to the shimmering pool, which appears green in the tree-filtered sunlight. If you go for a dip, you can swim right up to the waterfall!
On your way back, there are two view points where you can see the Atlantic Coast and Morne Laurent to your left, rising to an elevation of 2,248 ft.


 

Champagne Reef

 

Photo by Dominica Tourism Board

Champagne reef is one of Dominica's "signature" dive sites. Shallow enough to be enjoyed by snorkelers and scuba divers alike, the water temperature over the vents found throughout the reef can reach 90 degrees, making the sea floor warm to the touch!
The constant bubbling of gasses creates a truly unique experience - like being in a hot tub in the middle of the ocean!


 

Middleham Falls

 

Photo by Dominica Tourism Board

An hour and half "intermediate" hike will lead you into the heart of the rainforest of the Morne Trois Piton National Park.
There you will find a fascinating variety of trees, plants and shrubs. With a view of the falls in the distance, you will feel a cool spray of water on your body.
The falls are striking, with a narrow stream dropping about 200 ft. from a keyhole notch in the lip of the cliff. The pool beneath the falls is swimmable, though a bit chilly!


 

Kalinago Territory

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The Carib Indians, Dominica's indigenous people, live on a 3,700 acre Territory on the east coast of the island.
With a visit here, you will experience their ancestral roots through their crafts, canoe building and traditional culinary activities.
Besides these warm and friendly people, other attractions in the Carib Territory include its many craft shops, the L'Escalier Tete Chien, Horseback Ridge and Isulukati Falls, and the Karifuna Cultural Group.


 

Sea Turtle Viewing

 

Photo by Dominica Tourism Board

Four of the seven species of sea turtles visit Dominica's shores - Loggerheads, Hawks-bills, Green Sea Turtles, and the huge Leather-backs.
Visit Rosalie Beach between March and October and you just may catch a glimpse of one of the most fascinating rituals in the animal kingdom. After mating in the waters, the female sea turtle will come ashore to dig her nest, lay her eggs and smooth them over with sand to avoid detection.
To witness this ritual is a privilege and the experience of a lifetime.


 

Titou Gorge

 

Photo By Wayne Hsieh  / CC License

The hike through Titou Gorge is actually a short swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural "rooms and ponds" formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees.
The swim is short, only about five minutes, and the canopied light filtering down the mountainside within the gorge is spectacular. A hot spring tumbles down a short wall just outside the entrance of the gorge, which feels wonderful after the cool waters of the falls!