Dominica has wonderful flora and fauna so it is a wonderful choice for those who enjoy walking and other activities that make the most of the natural setting.
Popular activities include:
Scuba diving & snorkelling: The waters around Dominica are home to a variety of marine life including coral, sponges, electric rays and plenty of tropical fish. The underwater topography is stunning with volcanic craters, canyons and boulder fields. Some of the best dive sites include ‘Champagne Reef’, where vents in the reef let out warm bubbles; ‘Point Break’, where the Caribbean and Atlantic Seas meet; and ‘Cottage Point’ where remnants of an 18th century wreck are scattered in shallow water.
Bird watching: Thanks to the diverse habitats from tropical forest to dry savannas, Dominica is home to a vast range of bird species including parrots and hummingbirds.
Canyoning: Make the most of the natural environment by climbing waterfalls, swimming through pools, walking across riverbeds and abseiling down rock faces.
Whale watching: Sperm Whales are found in the waters around Dominica all year round, although the prime whale watching period is between November and March.
Hiking: With 300 miles of trails passing waterfalls, streams and volcanic hills, Dominica offers hiking possibilities for visitors of all fitness levels.
Cabrits National Park: An area on a peninsula in the north of Dominica with tropical rainforest, coral reefs, wetlands and Fort Shirley, an 18th century Garrison.
Dominica Museum: A fascinating museum in Roseau which offers an introduction to the culture, history, geology and archaeology of the island.
Kalinago territory: An area on the island’s east coast which is home to the indigenous people of Dominica. Visitors can visit traditional villages, experience the culture of the Carib Indians and discover natural attractions.
Boiling Lake: A hot spring where the surface of the lake is enveloped in a cloud of vapour. Walking to the lake takes about three hours each way along a muddy trail, and it is highly recommended that visitors hire a guide.
Dominica Botanical Gardens: A 40 acre oasis in Roseau which dates back to the late 1800s and contains indigenous and imported plants. Cricket matches, parades, religious ceremonies and cultural celebrations are held in the open spaces.
Morne Trois Pitons National Park: One of only a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean. The national park is home to an abundance of hiking trails and is well worth a visit thanks to the volcanic landscape, tropical forests, waterfalls and lakes.
Although Dominica is not known for its fine dining, visitors can still find plenty of delicious local cuisine served in informal and more formal settings. The island’s cuisine blends European, African and Carib influences, with the national dish being ‘Callaloo’, a soup made of leafy vegetables with salted meat and coconut milk.
Most of the best restaurants are found in Roseau and Portsmouth, the larger cities on the island.