Dominica Things to Do

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Dominica Things to Do

  • Boiling Lake

    Dominica Things to Do

    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...

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  • Trafalgar Falls, the 2nd visit

    Our experience at Trafalgar Falls on our 1st visit in 2010 and our 2nd visit in 2014 was dramatically different. We hiked for 5-10 minutes to get a view mama and papa falls but this time we had ample time to spend in the hot springs. Water shoes were a huge plus here as the rocks climbing in and out of the hot springs were quite slippery

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  • Titou gorge

    After a photo op at Morne Bruce and a drive through the botanic gardens, our next stop on the Bumpiing tour was Titou Gorge. The water here is cold but once you get in your body adjusts. A short swim through the rock formations leads to a small waterfall, you can either get out of the water here and stand on a ledge or climb up to see another...

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  • Champagne Reef

    Champagne Reef was the 1st stop on our tour with Bumpiing Tours, unfortunately it was also the 1st stop for about 100 other people, at least 40 of which were touring with different Bumpiing guides. We got in the water before most of the group and saw a lot of fish while waiting for everyone to figure out their gear but once we were in a group it...

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  • Roseau Valley Treasures-Bumpiing Tours

    On our 2nd visit to Dominica I had the opposite problem from the 1st time, there were less cruise ships in town and no one else was interested in my 1st choice of tours which visited Middleham Falls. So we opted for the Roseau Valley Treasures tour with Bumpiing Tours that visited Champagne Reef, Titou Gorge, Morne Bruce, a drive through the...

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  • "Last Mohawks"

    Dominica has unique features not only in environmental terms but in social context as well. This is the only place in the East Caribbean where remnants of the original inhabitants have survived. The onslaught following the “discovery” of the islands by Columbus and his more business-minded followers or ideologically-inflexible sidekicks led to...

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  • Ti Tou Gorge

    Ti Tou Gorge is your initiation exercise into the Dominican wilderness. It is relatively easy on the senses but at the same time is certainly not for the fainthearted. Tucked away into the mountain crevasses on the lip of a monstrous hydro project it does not promise much at the beginning – one dark hole as it looks at first sight. Well, the first...

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  • Defunct military outpost

    Scott’s Head is a picturesque location in the south-west corner of Dominica. It consists of a hill on a peninsula connected to the “mainland” by an elegant stretch of a sandy bar. It must have been appreciated for while by successive visitors since it still houses some piece of military equipment to fend off the belligerent admirers and defend the...

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  • Swiming in champagne

    Champagne Reef/Beach is probably the most unique natural wonder of Dominica. It is within a stone throw form the capital, Roseau and thus easily reached with the help of local transport. The location is well-cared for by some sort of wardens, there is a nominal fee for access and a change room/ restaurant outfit at the entrance. The “beach” is made...

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  • Carnival in the Caribbean

    Carnival is a great time to be visiting Dominica. Known as "the real mas" and called Mas Domnik in Creole, an event that is sure to please all.Click for carnival video

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  • Campbell Nature Trail

    An excellent off the beaten path hiking trail, above the western coast village of Mahaut, in Campbell, Dominica. A guide is a must. A good contact for this trail would be Allyne (amaximea@hotmail.com ). He is one of three police officers who in their spare time lead hikes on this trail. Click for Campbell Nature Trail video

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  • tias bamboo

    Tia's Bamboo cottages offers rustic bamboo rooms in an incredible location. The 3 cottages are set in a lush tropical garden with 2 hot sulfur pools bordering a fresh water stream. Each have a private terrace with a hammock and a small basic bathroom with a sink and toilet. The shower room is separate and common to all 3 rooms. What the cottages...

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  • Tropical History

    We went to the Dominica Museum. It is on the second floor and was small but interesting, and didn't cost too much - it was $3 US each. It also allowed an opportunity to get out of the rain, and take some photos of the ship, harbor and market from the second floor.The website says: Housed in an old market house dating from 1810, the museum’s...

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  • Circular Hike = All Around Adventure

    The circular trail of Galion/Morne Crabier/Scotts Head starts on the main coastal road between the village of Soufriere and Scotts Head, for me it was full of adventure. (I have provided a picture of the trail head to make it easier to find.) A very steep trail meanders its way up from the coastline to the village of Galion. Before reaching the top...

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  • The Ups and Downs of Morne Diablotin

    Up to this point Morne Diaboltin has remained the most physically punishing trail that I have completed in Dominica. A combination of the trail's unrelenting climb, mud, and weaving your way through Kaklen branches and roots takes its toll on your body. Glimpses of spectacular views hinted at what might of been seen on a clearer day. At the top I...

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  • Swim in a waterfall

    Emerald Pool, worth the trip! Swim under a waterfall.Iit's olny a short hike through a rain forest but the view is great and the water cool. Emerald Pool is on the road to Castle Bruce and Carib Territory the bus can be caught be in Roseau. Bus fare is EC$6.50 for adults and children EC$3.25 for children. Entrance into the park is US$5.00 and is a...

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  • Emerald Pool

    Emerald Pool was the final stop on our trip, like Trafalgar Falls it is also located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park but the two are not close together as the park is quite huge. By the time we got there it was jammed with other cruise passengers and there was a line to get close enough to the pool so that you could take a quick dip in the cool...

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  • Wotten Waven

    Dominica is a volcanic island, there are several hot springs and sulfur springs around the island. I'm still a little perplexed at to why we stopped in Wotten Waven at the particular spot we did, the sulfur spring that we were shown was no bigger than a small hot tub, you could see that there was a larger spring in the distance from all the steam...

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  • Trafalgar Falls

    Trafalgar Falls seems to be on every visitors list, fortunately our guide got us there shortly before all of the ship excursions started showing up. The falls, located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, were just a 10 minute walk from where we parked, there is a $5 fee to enter the park that was not included in the price quoted for our tour....

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  • Mr. Nice's fruit stand

    This was a quirky stop on our tour that people seemed to enjoy, Mr. Nice is a real character, he stands at a table cracking jokes and cutting up fruit for visitors to sample. There's no charge except for what you'd like to put in his coconut tip jar that hangs from the ceiling. Nothing terribly exotic here except a shredded coconut candy that was...

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  • Island tour with Reyno Tours

    With three cruise ships in port the day we visited, I had waited too long to book the most highly recommended tour guide on the Cruisecritic.com boards Bumpiing Tours but I found another recommendation for Reyno Tours. They don't have a website but they are easily reachable by email. They wrote me back very quickly and suggested that we take a...

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  • Carib Territory

    In the northeast of Dominica you will find the so called Carib Territory. This is an area where some of the last original inhabitants of the Caribbean islands live: the Caribs. As soon as Christopher Columbus landed on Dominica in 1493, the Caribs where treated brutally as slaves or were just being killed when they had no further value for the...

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  • Emerald Pool

    Right in the heart of the island, there is a natural pool hidden in the green forest. This pool is called the Emerald Pool, and it's a very nice place to visit during a tour around the island. When arriving at the parking lot it takes a ten minutes walk to get to the pool. This walk leads you through the fantastic environment in this part of...

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  • Trafalgar Falls

    Absolutely the most spectacular site I've been to on Dominica are the Trafalgar Falls. At a 40-minutes from Roseau, high in the Dominican mountains, you'll find these twin-falls in a lush, tropical forest. And as if the beautiful sight of the falls is not enough, these are some natural hot springs with wonderfully warm water too!When you arrive at...

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  • Roseau

    The first place you'll probably see after arriving on Dominica, is the capital Roseau. Although it is only a small town, with not more then 20.000 inhabitants, it is a busy city, with a packed centre.Roseau has no big, famous sights, but it's still a very interesting place to visit. What is most striking are the big amount of old, stone building....

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  • Cruise Excursions

    Known as the island of waterfalls, Dominica is as green as it is unspoilt. Fairly off the tourist trail, this exotic isle is a paradise for nature lovers. In fact, it’s one of the Caribbean hotspots for scuba-diving, rainforest trekking and whale-watching. And of course, it’s got some superb beaches. Not the snow-white variety you’d expect, but...

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  • visit hidden watefall with hot pools

    visit the private garden the waterfall and the hot water tubs of ti kwn glo chonear Wotten Wovenhenry & june george- private hot water tub-waterfalls-sulphur mud pool-bird watching-nature view

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  • Mero Beach - Black Sand Beach

    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.

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  • Morne bruce

    Morne bruce (an area where you can see the entire city of Roseau from the top of a hill) great for photos. Ask a driver to take you to this great photo op place. There are vendors there as well for souvenier shopping.

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Botanical Gardens in Roseau. It's not much of a garden but you will see native plants and fruits and this really awesome tree

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  • Trafalgar Falls

    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.

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  • Oasis in the rainforest

    You must go to Emerald Pool in Dominica! This place is AWESOME. Go early so you can beat the crowds. Pictures do not do this place justice. It was simply amazing.The hike down was easy enough for kids too, you should be in good physical condition for the hike down and back up. A few older folks were a little winded, but it is easy enough to do....

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  • Emerald Pool

    At the base of a gentle 40-foot waterfall, Emerald Pool is one of Dominica’s most popular tourist destinations. Reached via an easy 0.3 mile walk through the rainforest, the pool is particular popular with cruise ship passengers (try to arrive early or late in the afternoon before or after the cruise ship folks have visited).

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  • Roseau

    From a tourist standpoint, there isn’t much to see in Dominica’s capital, Roseau. Home to nearly a third of Dominica’s 75,000 residents, Roseau at times feels much larger and at other times much smaller than it is. During the day, it seems like all of Dominica descends upon the town. The streets are alive and bustling and driving is near...

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  • Drive from Portsmouth to Pagua Bay

    The drive from Portsmouth to Pagua Bay along Dominica’s north coast is perhaps the best drive on the entire island. Snaking through the mountainous jungle, the drive takes in many of Dominica’s varying landscapes including, a drive through volcano, stunning ocean vistas, and lush, green hills and valleys.

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  • Cabrits National Park

    Located on a small peninsula north of Portsmouth, Cabrits National Park is a good place to spend a morning or afternoon. For most visitors, the highlight of a visit will be Fort Shirley, a refurbished 18th century British garrison overlooking Prince Rupert Bay and Portsmouth. For the more adventurous, there are several reasonably short trails...

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  • Northern Forest Reserve

    The Northern Forest Reserve covers 22,000 acres of the north-central section of the island. Largely inaccessible, the reserve features Dominica’s highest mountain, Morne Diablotins, and is the last stronghold for both of Dominica’s endangered parrots. There is a short trail – the Syndicate Trail – that leads to an opening in a ravine where both...

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  • Birding

    As home to two endangered endemic parrots, seventeen Caribbean endemics, and nine species nearly endemic to the Caribbean, Dominica offers perhaps the best birding of any island in the Eastern Caribbean. The two endemic parrots (Red-necked Parrot or Jaco and Imperial Parrot or Sisserou) are understandably the most highly sought species. Both of...

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  • Boiling Lake Hike

    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...

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  • Waterfalls

    I had originally picked to do the four hour bus trip with a walk to the Emerald Pool, but a flyer came out which said that Accessible Dominica which had an optional and shorter walk to a pool at Jaco Falls was available, so I switched. I understand that the authorities in Dominica want to restrict the access to the Emerald Pool in order to keep it...

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  • Botanical Garden

    The Gardens were started by the Crown in 1889 on land which was formerly a sugar cane plantation. The planting of the Gardens began in 1890. The 40 acre gardens are the largest tract of semi-open land in Roseau. It is the setting for cricket matches, national parades and cultural celebrations, religious open air ceremonies and recreational...

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  • Aerial Tram

    The base station is at an altitude of approx. 2,000 feet The tram car held 8 people (4 seats with two people) plus a guide sitting in the back. They went up to the top of the mountain on the lower track and came back down on the upper track. First, we had someone take a car around the whole system to be sure it was all working. It was kind of wet,...

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  • Stroll around the shops and market...

    Just wander, browse around the stalls (and barter!) turn a few corners to get away from the main streets, shop in the commercial shops ---lots of jewellers and trinket sellers.Beware: Saturday is early closing ---and so if you are coming off a cruise ship then do check the shopping hours carefully.

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  • Wireless and internet connection

    Dominica is extremely fortunate to have not just reliable telcommunications infrastructure, but also one that has blossomed due to a recent liberalisation of a long-standing monopoly. Telecoms services are provided by Cable & Wireless, Marpin Telecommunications, Orange and AT&T/Cingular/Digicel. Internet access ranges from dial-up to always-on DSL,...

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  • Snorkling at Champagne Beach

    Its in the southeast, direction Soufriere- Scotts Head.Take the new boardwalk to the end of the beach, be carefull of the stones. There is a rubber mat here to help to go into the water.The beach is famous for the volcanic underwater hot spring. You actually swim through the tiny bubbles. Enjoy the ocean, some coral and the fishes too.

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