Boiling Lake, Dominica
Beginning at Titou Gorge and ending at Boiling Lake, the twelve-mile (roundtrip) Boiling Lake hike is nothing short of a beast. Generally considered to be Dominica’s preeminent hike, the trek winds up and down narrow mountain ridges, crosses cold and warm water streams, and passes through a combination of landscapes ranging from lush rainforest to a seemingly barren wasteland of crusted lava, steaming sulfur vents, and inviting hot springs (aptly named the Valley of Desolation). At the end lies the world’s second largest boiling lake, a rather unimpressive crater full of steaming and bubbling boiling gray water. Interestingly, the lake instantly dried up on the exact day the devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia in 2004, a mystery scientists are still attempting to unravel. Expect the hike, which requires a guide ($40 is the going rate), to take the better part of a day and to include a mixed bag with regard to the weather. Nearly every step is either up or down, with the former being murder on the quads and lungs and the latter being murder on the knees, but it is well worth doing if you have the time and inclination.
Make this 5- 6- 7- 8 hours hike!
It starts in the village Laudat ( don’t forget to buy an entry-ticket for the park).
After the first easier part of the hike you need power! The way winds up to the summit ( have a short break and enjoy the overview) and then down into the Valley of Desolation ( sulphur springs and boiling water) Keep going, after 20 min you’ll reach the Boiling lake.
When we visited the lake it was still boiling J
Take a refreshing bath in the Titou Gorge after the hike. It works just fine!
Started my Boiling Lake adventure out with a 1 hour or so drive from Salisbury. Guides waved me down in Laudet. I requested and agreed to the guides wages. My guide and I struck up a instant friendship. Once the hike started Breakfast River came up fast.We only paused there for a drink and moment of appreciation. My guide was very knowledgeable about the trail and often stopped to point out fauna and flora, birds or interesting tidbits. I am also happy to recall his passion for local politics, which I soaked up as I too like my local politics. The trail was strenuous but made far easier by the enjoyable conversation and insight of my guide. I was often in awe of the beautiful and at times surreal surroundings. The hike is far richer then just the amazing Boiling Lake, it must share the spot light with the valley of desolation , hot pools to soak in, birds, views and the Titou Gorge. A Guide is a must for this hike and I would recommend Kelvin Noel who lives in Laudet. Cheers!
If you go to Dominica, you have to visit the Boiling Lake. This lake is the second largest boiling lake in the World...or the largest in the Western Hemisphere (the biggest is in New Zealand). I went with a LARGE group...which is unusual. Normally, you hire a guide and transport to the start of the trail. Normally groups are small...ranging from 2-10. I went with a group from a university. Wasn't to pleased with our particular guides. They went at their pace and finished before all of us. They aren't used to bringing so many people though. The hike itself is tough. I am fairly active and struggled a bit with the stairs. You have to climb over 3 mountains and cross a few rivers. Do not expect to keep your shoes dry or clean. It often rains and can get a bit cold. Bring a rain jacket and good walking shoes that you don't mind getting filthy. The walk is very fun though. Beautiful scenery. The Valley of Desolation is amazing. Some guides actually boil eggs in the boiling water. Make sure you swim in a natural pool. Very warm...no ticket booths...no locker rooms...NATURAL! The lake was a bit disapointing after the 3 hour hike there. But, you have to witness it. The experience is terrific. But...realize that you might be extremely sore after. There are so many stairs. Prepare by doing the stair master and plan on taking a very easy day after. Some people were so mentally and physically drained after...didn't help that we were all dirty and soaked! But...you must do it!
The Boiling Lake - A SUPER must see- if you don't see this, you've completley missed out!
B.L. world national heritage sight- ALL DAY (hard) hike-( I watched people turn back befor half way. Many different terrains on the way up. the water really does boil. aproxamaily 1/2 way into the hike you will come across a small hot water hole that you can swim in, but look around the corner to the left and there is its mate a cold water pool. the water flows out of both in water falls and meets in the middle where the water is warm. dont drink the water there or afterthat and don't go in the hot water till the way back or you will get tierd.
Besides the lovely natural spots on the island--from hikes to the different waterfalls, the Boiling Lake, the Freshwater Lake and the Emerald Pool--the Carib Territory is an interesting area to visit. Caribs were believed to have migrated to the islands from South America by boat and there's a small population still living on Dominica. Besides an interesting view of the culture, you'll also find beautiful woven handicrafts. There is also some fine hiking opportunities in this area as well--one of the nicest is the walk to the Escalier Tete Chien (shown in the picture). Islanders call a snake a tete chien (dog's head), and the literal translation of the name is snake's staircase. Seeing the formation, you can see why.
Must see the Boiling lake, excellent place to visit. But it requires climbing a mountain for about 3/4 hours. And it can get extremly hot especially when you reach the peak.
Trafulgar falls I'll check on the name then correct it. There are hot spots in the water falls where you can bathe.If you like flowers and birds visit the botanic gardens.
Iam a beach person and if you like the beach too. Dominica is full of them. Donkey beach was was the closet beach to where I was staying. It has black sand unusal and beautiful.There is a small bar where you can buy your drinks, beer as well as soft. While I was there, every Sunday they had a sound system on the beach, loads of people gathered, it was like on big beach party. It didn't finish until eveyon had gone.
Do and see everything. It is a must. I went for a month with my family and I saw a lot.Only regret didn't really have enough money to Island hop. If you can it is a must, see as many Islands as you can.
There will be pictures as soon as I can find them.
Dominica has one of only two boiling lakes in the world, and it is the larger one. The other is in New Zealand.
The boiling lake exists where a stream flows into an active volcanic crater. The hot gasses coming from the centre of the crater heat the water to almost boiling point.