tubing - first in town find a tire store shop and buy tubes, there on the outskirts of town - also bring rope to tie the tubes together or you will lose each other - then find your way to the Layo hotel (you must take a car, its about a 20 min drive) there ask them where the Layo hot springs are and take the short drive - put your tubes in just befor upstream of the bridge. follow the river to the back yard of the Layo hotel and get out there you can eat and drink the foods great and the owner Gary is a gas!
As far as I know we are the only ones who do this. warning it is possible the water is too rough last time I went I was dangerously dragged by the rope and we had to get out. Where we all notice there was a huge whole in my shorts and underwear, it was not fun hitchicking back to the car!
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.
There are a lot of different hiking opportunites and natural wonders that you can take in on this beautiful island...if we only had had the time...
This is the beautiful Middleham waterfall. The hike to the falls was fairly easy (about one hour from the maid road) until you get to the slippery rocks. The great thing about the hike was that we did not meet one person along the way. The experience of having this huge waterfall crash into a pool of water just below you right in front of your face was astounding. While taking it all in, a blue hummingbird (found only on Guadeloupe and Dominica) came within about a foot of us. What an experience to have a rare hummingbird flying about as you are cooled down by the mist of the falls! We were so close, I couldn't even get all of the waterfall in one frame!
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.
One of the highlights of my trip was a bird watching tour I did with forester, Stephen Durand. I am, by no means, an avid birder, but I was lucky enough to go on this trip with the daughter of an ornithologist and was 'roped' into searching for the elusive Sisserou and Jaco (or Red-necked) parrots. Both can only be found on Dominica and there are only a very small number of Sisserous left--this impressive bird graces the Dominican flag.
Mr. Stephen Durand was extremely knowledgable, friendly and kind. Marie-Louise from Roxy's arranged the tour for us and we were thankful. Stephen went out of his way to ensure a great trip and was just a great guy--we still talk about him to this day! As a forester, he had actually worked to create the Syndicate Trail.
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.
The attraction of the gorge is the opportunity to swim through the narrow gap in the rock. At the mouth of the gorge is a warm waterfall originating from the volcanic areas in the moutains. You go on from there, swimming over the boulder-covered bed of the river. The gorge narrows to only about one metre (three feet) wide in places and at other points widens to about 5 or 10 metres. The water is very shallow in places, and deep in others. Apart from a strong current, it is relatively easy to reach the next waterfall. You could try to climb the 'fall, but we gave up at that point. If you go with a guide from KHATS (see elsewhere for details) he will provide you with a life vest which makes it safe for any reasonable swimmer.
Watch out for the rocks - it is quite easy to get a graze, and the water is quite cold.
It will only take about five minutes to reach the first waterfall, and less to return to the mouth of the gorge because the current is helping you.
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.
Mero Beach was a nice beach where we stopped to look at the black sand. Very pretty. Pictures do not do it justice. Very sparkly in real life.
Botanical Gardens in Roseau. It's not much of a garden but you will see native plants and fruits and this really awesome tree
This is where you can see 2 falls at once. There are Daddy and Mommy falls. The daddy is the taller falls, the mommy shorter and wider.
Part 2 of the Middleham Falls. If you have time, go see the Trafalger Falls, the Emerald Pool and the Freshwater Lake.
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