Things to do in Dominica

Things to do in Dominica


Our top activities in Dominica

Get back to nature

Given that it is often referred to as the ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’, having wildlife vacation guided by the island’s best naturalists means you will be in perfect hands here. Hands that will point out whales and dolphins along the Caribbean coast, kingfishers or iguanas along the Indian River in Cabrits NP, or endemic parrots in Morne Diablotin NP. The Syndicate Rainforest is like a green rather than red carpet that lines the route up to this majestic, eponymous peak, home to a bevy of birds and butterflies. These include the endangered sisserou (imperial amazon) and Jaco (red-necked) parrots. Or head to the beaches of Rosalie, La Paine Bout Sable and Londonderry for turtle watching delights too. And for a finale, Dominica has whale watching all year round, with underwater topography offering suitably deep habitats for approximately 200 sperm whales to feed and breed, with a cacophony of other cetaceans joining the party from time to time.

Meet the people of the Caribbean

The only indigenous peoples’ reserve in the Caribbean belongs to the Kalinago, of whom there are over 3,400. Named Caribs by the Europeans, visit the Kalinago Territory to get a real sense of Dominica’s living and ancient heritage, be it cookery or craft, politics or performances, farming or fishing. The Kalinago Barana Autê Cultural Village is the tourist hub, but there are other villages to visit, either for daytrips or homestays.

Waitukubuli National Trail

It is hardly surprising that hiking vacations are some of our most popular in Dominica, thanks to its, literally, trail blazing Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT). Named after the indigenous name for the country, which means ‘tall is her body’, the WNT takes you the length of this island’s beautiful body, from Scott’s Head in the south to Cabrits NP in the north. Divided into fourteen segments, and 185kms long, the aim is that it takes visitors a day to tackle each one.

The first long distance walking trail in the Caribbean, there is an excellent network of locally trained “Dominica Discover Authority” (DDA) certified guides to take you through rainforest, the indigenous Kalinago community, up volcanic terrain and back down to cool off in waterfall pools. And all created by the island community, to bring tourism into beautiful spots that were off the tourist trail until the creation of the WNT. This is grass roots tourism not only at its greatest, but which you can also engage with, be enlightened by and always find moments of total exhilaration.

Sub-aqua sublimity

Dominica’s topography doesn’t stop at the sea, with underwater volcanoes proffering perfect habitats for lobster, sponges, seahorses, morays, turtles and fish galore. Dives are varied, with the Caribbean on one side of the island, and the Atlantic on the other, meeting on the southernmost tip at Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve.
Responsible Travel would like to thank the Dominica tourist board for their sponsorship of this guide
Photo credits: [Get back to nature, Meet the people of the Caribbean: Discover Dominica Authority] [Hiking is hot: Jukka] [Sub-aqua sublimity: Discover Dominica Authority]
Written by Catherine Mack
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