What to Do in Dominica
Collected by Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
The island nation has a lively Caribbean Creole and Amerindian culture, but its natural beauty tends to hog the spotlight. Explore Dominica's warm, bright waters and steep flanks, two-thirds covered by rain forest (and 20% protected by national parks).
Soufriere Bay, Dominica
Two of Dominica's top scuba sites snuggle together in southwestern Soufriere Bay: La Sorcière (Witches Point) and, just to its north, L’Abym (the Abyss). Both are dramatic wall dives, poised between steep topside cliffs and the submerged crater's...
Named after its highest mountain, this 17,000-acre park was established as a national park in July 1975 and named a World Heritage Site in 1997. Its Valley of Desolation is a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers, its Boiling Lake is the...
Emerald Pool Trail, Dominica
Stroll 15 minutes down through a lush rainforest to a gorgeous 40ft (12m) waterfall grotto. Railings and a broad, well-maintained trail make this trip accessible even to non-hikers. Located in the World Heritage Site of Morne Trois Pitons National...
Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica
Already a popular day trip, this jade-colored waterway rocketed to fame as the site of Calypso's house in Pirates of the Caribbean. Hire a guide and colorful rowboat—most seat up to eight passengers—for this one-mile excursion upstream. Watch for...
This Amerindian interpretive center offers a glimpse into the past of the island's first people. Its model village includes ajoupas (huts), a large thatched karbet (meeting space), and a canoe-carving area, as well as the Isulukati Waterfall pool,...
Unnamed Road, Calibishie, Dominica
Swoops of smooth, scarlet earth overlook the northeast coast at Point Baptise near Calibishie. A mile-long coral reef protects the village's seashore, creating a calm lagoon. But the Atlantic erodes and slaps waves high onto the dramatic headland....
Paillotte Road, Dominica
An easy 10-minute trail leads to paired cascades on the west side of the mammoth Morne Trois Pitons National Park: the higher, lefthand Father (279ft/85m) and the smaller Mother (131ft/40m). While the fun officially stops at the viewing platform,...
Fourteen species of marine mammals shelter in Dominica's waters, known as the whale-watching capital of the Caribbean. Their star: sperm whales, gentle giants despite being the world's largest toothed animals that still exist. A unique protein in...
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