DOMINICA

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Morne Trois Pitons National Park: 15.312002, -61.290665
Language: English Packlist
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) Eco-Lodges
Size: 750 km² / 290 mi² Favorite Restaurants
Landscape: rainforest, beaches, mountains
Activities: hiking, diving, snorkeling, wildlife watching, swimming

Not to be confused with its famous namesake, the Dominican Republic, Dominica is a little, relatively unknown gem in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles. The Nature Island, as it’s also called, offers a lot of unspoiled natural beauty. The few visitors that make it here can witness ongoing volcanic activity which expresses itself in hot springs, boiling lakes and bubbling coral. A high mountainous range in the center provides amazing hiking and ensures this island nation gets lots of rain, which keeps it lush and green all year round. Pods of sperm whales frolic off the island’s west coast, and you can explorea marvelous mangrove river where they filmed Pirates of the Cari by boatbbean. A fantastic, multiple-day nature trail runs the full length of the island, taking you through an active village of the Caribbean’s only remaining indigenous peoples, the Kalinago.

TOP SPOTS IN DOMINICA

1. MORNE TROIS PITONS NATIONAL PARK

This stunning national park is the green lung of Dominica and the place to be for anybody who loves rainforest, waterfalls and adventure. Hike across rivers, smell and feel fumaroles (vents in the earth’s crust through which superheated gasses escape), or take a dip in natural hot springs. If that’s not enough, visit the world’s second largest boiling lake in a old volcanic crater, swim in a narrow gorge where light filters through from high above dazzling the wet cave walls, or take a dip in one of the beautiful waterfalls that are rife here. You can experience all that, while hiking though a number of different stages of rainforests decorated with colorful lizards and flowers.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park: The Green Lung of the Nature Island Dominica

  • Little waterfall in the rainforest near Emerald Pool Little waterfall in the rainforest near Emerald Pool
  • A wild orchid in Dominica's green interior A wild orchid in Dominica's green interior
  • Stunning Emerald Pool is a great place to take pictures and a dip in the refreshing water Stunning Emerald Pool is a great place to take pictures and a dip in the refreshing water
  • The hike to Boiling Lake is not a walk in the park, but offers great scenery The hike to Boiling Lake is not a walk in the park, but offers great scenery
  • Hikers to Boiling Lake have to descend to the Valley of Desolation first to get to their final destination Hikers to Boiling Lake have to descend to the Valley of Desolation first to get to their final destination
  • The Valley of Desolation deserves its name The Valley of Desolation deserves its name
  • Hot steam, colorful waters and sulphur smells showcase the Valley of Desolation's volcanic activity Hot steam, colorful waters and sulphur smells showcase the Valley of Desolation's volcanic activity
  • Some of the creeks in the Valley of Desolation are so hot, you can boil an egg Some of the creeks in the Valley of Desolation are so hot, you can boil an egg
  • A mud bubble in the Valley of Desolation A mud bubble in the Valley of Desolation
  • Colorful minerals in the Valley of Desolation Colorful minerals in the Valley of Desolation
  • Stop at the cascade of hot springs between Valley of Desolation and Boiling Lake Stop at the cascade of hot springs between Valley of Desolation and Boiling Lake
  • Boiling Lake (see the hot mega-bubble in the center?) Boiling Lake (see the hot mega-bubble in the center?)
  • Crossing a sulphur river betwen Boiling Lake and the Valley of Desolation Crossing a sulphur river betwen Boiling Lake and the Valley of Desolation
  • Micha on the hike back from the Boiling Lake Micha on the hike back from the Boiling Lake
  • Eric on a ridge with a great view of the surrounding rainforest while hiking back from Boiling Lake Eric on a ridge with a great view of the surrounding rainforest while hiking back from Boiling Lake
  • Some of the trees in the rainforest on the hike to Boiling Lake are gigantic Some of the trees in the rainforest on the hike to Boiling Lake are gigantic
  • The inconspicuous entrance to Titou Gorge The inconspicuous entrance to Titou Gorge
  • Inside Titou Gorge sunlight filters through the trees and enlights the dark, narrow passage Inside Titou Gorge sunlight filters through the trees and enlights the dark, narrow passage
  • Enjoying the hot springs outside Titou Gorge Enjoying the hot springs outside Titou Gorge
  • Expect to get wet by the spray just by watching the Middleham Falls Expect to get wet by the spray just by watching the Middleham Falls
  • Lizard on the hike to the Middleham Falls Lizard on the hike to the Middleham Falls