Visit Dominica – See the Sights
Morne Trois Pitons National Park – 17,000 acre Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has several crater lakes and waterfalls. See Trafalgar Falls, Hibiscus Falls and Ladudat Sulfur springs in the park.
Emerald Pool – Just a short walk into the rainforest in the center of the island is Emerald Pool. It’s a chilly grotto that has been featured in several movies.
Ti’tou Gorge – (“little throat” in Creole) a small waterfall deep in a water-filled rock-lined gorge.
Layou River Tubing – Surrounded by cliffs and rainforests on both sides, Layou is the longest river in Dominica.
Botanical Gardens – More like a large park, this 40 acre garden is located on the site of a former sugarcane field in Roseau. You will find endangered parrots in protective cages. There are also many large trees, exotic flowers and tropical plants.
Take the 7 hour Hiking Tour to Boiling Lake – see the world’s second largest boiling lake.
Visit Dominica – Marine Reserve
Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve – A UNESCO site featuring a vast submerged volcanic crater. Sourfriere-Scotts Head is a popular dive and snorkel site. It has steep drop-offs, active underwater fumaroles and coral reefs. The Champagne Reef is found here. The reef gets its name from the hot gases bubbling up from the seabed. The bubbles are small and numerous, like a bubbly champagne. See our Champagne Reef Snorkel blog.
Visit Dominica – Hotels
Visit Dominica – Transportation
Dominica has two airports for smaller planes. Douglas–Charles Airport is located on the north end of the island and has a longer runway. Canefield Airport is smaller and is very close to Roseau. The capital and cruise port for Dominica are in Roseau too. No major airlines fly to Dominica.
Look for registered taxi drivers at the wharf who will take you to Morne Trois Pitons National Park and Trafalgar Falls or the Emerald Pool. You will find that prices are less than half what a cruise ship will charge for shore excursions.
Visit Dominica – Background
Dominica is an island in the Eastern Caribbean. It is south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its name is pronounced with an accent on the second “i” which isn’t like the pronunciation in the name “Dominican Republic”. Christopher Columbus named Dominica after the day of the week he discovered the island – Sunday. The island is volcanic and still has minor activity in the form of hot springs and heated gases that bubble up from the seabed. Dominica is a young island geologically and it is dominated by rainforest. Although the French and United Kingdom controlled Dominica in the past, it is an independent nation today. English is the official language, but French Creole is also spoken. The island is 29 miles long and 16 miles wide. About 70,000 people live in Dominica on a permanent basis.