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    The Nature Island

    Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Its natural beauty springs from its rich and varied vegetation.

    Under the canopies of mammoth Chataignier and Gommier trees, there are 170 bird species, more than 1,000 species of flowering plants, 74 identified species of orchids and 200 types of ferns.

    The island’s abundance of fresh flowing water is fed by up to 300 inches of rainfall annually to give credence to the legend of its 365 rivers.

    Whether visitors opt for the five-hour hike to the Boiling Lake or the 15-minute drive to the Wotten Waven Sulphur Springs, they will be fascinated by the variety of tropical eco-systems of the island.

    Dominica’s Indian River, near Portsmouth, served as an exotic backdrop for filming portions of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. Scenes were shot on location in Pagua Bay, Titou Gorge, High Meadow, Pointe Guinade and Hampstead Beach. Visitors taking a boat ride down the Indian River often spot an incredible variety of flora and fauna while gliding through the scenic wetlands, including crabs and iguanas.

    Hiking and adventure
    Hiking in Dominica is as diverse as it is breathtaking. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) has nearly 300 miles of footpaths, countless streams and waterfalls, and a well-established national parks system to make for some of the Caribbean’s most spectacular and enjoyable adventures. The park is an area of significant volcanic activity, which includes the Valley of Desolation, a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers; the Boiling Lake; Titou Gorge; and Emerald Pool.

    The Waitukubuli National Trail – named after the Carib Indian name for Dominica – is divided into 14 contiguous segments that can take nearly two weeks to complete in its entirety. The trail leads visitors into the heart of local communities, while passing through mountainous landscapes and rainforests, and past the rivers and waterfalls for which Dominica is famous.

    Cultural events and festivals
    Dominica’s rich culture comes from its mix of English, French, African, and Carib peoples, which is evident in the food, music, dance, language, and hospitality.

    The island’s major annual events include: Carnival (February/March), Hike Fest (May), Dive Fest (July), World Creole Music Festival (October), Independence Day (November).

    Diving and water sports
    Dominica is rated as one of the top 10 dive locations in the world. Scuba divers can chose from a variety of dive sites that feature dramatic walls and pinnacles, pristine reefs, and amazing creatures.

    Dominica offers many choices when it comes to watersports. Adventuresome visitors can kayak on cool mountain lakes, swim in secluded river pools, tube down the river into the calm waters on the West Coast, or snorkel on pristine reefs.

    Whale and dolphin watching
    Dominica is known as the Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbean. Dominica is home to least 20 species of whales and dolphins, including humpback whales, pilot whales and the spotted dolphin. The island’s sheer walls disappear under the sea, creating deep sheltered bays along the western coastline, creating a haven for whales and dolphins within five miles of the West Coast.

    Dominica is the only country in the world where the sperm whale resides all year long, although sightings are most common between November and March. Sperm whales have been spotted at Scotts Head, Roseau, Layou, and Point Round.

    Canyoning adventures
    Canyoning, also known as Canyoneering, Abseiling, Kloofing, or Waterfall Rappelling, is the most exciting new adventure sport to hit the US, Europe, Japan, South Africa and now the Caribbean.

    Throughout the year, Canyoning offers a great way to explore the hidden depths of the island while also enjoying the fun and adventure of this exciting water sport.

    Useful Links
    Visit our Dominica Fast Facts page to learn more.  Click here for Travel Information to Dominica.  For more information, visit the official Dominica Tourism Authority website.

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