Dominica is a natural paradise, and largely untouched by tourism. This off-the-beaten-track destination is full of incredible sights, with lush rainforests, ethereal waterfalls, magnificent mountains and glistening waters all waiting to be explored. Discover the top 10 things to do in beautiful Dominica below.
The Boiling Lake
The second largest hot spring in the world, The Boiling Lake should be on the top of every visitor's list. Located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park - which is Dominica's UNESCO World Heritage Site - there are no direct roads to the lake. Instead, to get there, you will need to put on your hiking shoes and follow the trail which takes around 3 to 4 hours from Laudat. Walking with an experienced guide is highly recommended.
You will be able to spot The Boiling Lake from the cloud of vapor that rises above the bubbling blue-grey water. It measures around 200ft across, and its depth remains unknown.
Cabrits National Park
You will find Cabrits National Park a short walk from Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski. Hiking and snorkeling are popular activities here, with awe-inspiring rainforests, thriving coral reefs and even a restored 18th Century British garrison waiting to be explored.
Cabrits is an extinct volcano and was once its own island. It is now connected to Dominica, thanks to the sweeping in of materials from Douglas Bay and Prince Rupert Bay.
Roseau is Dominica's capital and is surrounded by towering mountains and the island's tropical waters. Located on the southwest coast, the city is best explored on foot, and the French Quarter is a great place to start if you would like to catch a glimpse of the island's history and Caribbean style architecture. The 100-year-old Roseau Cathedral and the 30-acre Botanical Gardens are two of the city's other landmarks, and the Emerald Pool is the perfect spot if you need some peace and quiet.
You will find Trafalgar Falls just 20 minutes from Dominica's capital, Roseau. Two separate waterfalls - the Father Falls and the Mother Falls - can be found here, each as equally breathtaking as the other. There is a large car park and visitor center, and you can choose to take the more accessible trail to the viewing platform or hire a guide to take you to the foot of the falls.
The Waitukubuli Trail in full enables tourists to walk the entire length of Dominica, however it is divided into 14 individual segments that can be undertaken separately or combined to create a shorter hike. Each segment takes a full day to complete, and it is perhaps the best way to see the true untouched beauty of the island. Local guides will lead the way as you hike through the luscious rainforests, across mountainous terrain and serene coastline.
Pointe Baptiste is certainly worth a visit if you are in Dominica, and it's positioned just south of Calibishie - a small village of the northeast coast of the island. There are many natural and man-made points of interest to discover, with the most notable being the Red Rocks. Fire-colored rock formations act as a reminder of the island's volcanic past, and the stunning black sand beach nearby is certainly something to behold.
Kalinago Barana Autê
Kalinago Barana Autê is a recreated traditional village exploring Kalinago history and culture. You can find it near Isukulati Falls, on the Crayfish River.
On arrival, you will get the chance to take part in a 30 - 45-minute tour, where you will view a collection of huts filled with locals demonstrating crafts such as basket weaving and cassava baking. The Karbet (known as the men's house) is a favorite among tourists, where a number of dances and presentations take place.
If snorkeling is high on your itinerary, head to Champagne Reef. The bubbling waters caused by volcanic thermal springs on the ocean floor give this reef its name, and you will find a huge range of sponges, crinoids and sea animals here. When you take a dive in the warm waters, you will have a chance of spotting trumpet fish, parrotfish, hawksbill turtles, sea snakes, octopus and rays.
Papillote Tropical Gardens
Open from 10am to 4pm every single day, Papillote Tropical Gardens sits at the very center of Dominica, not far from Roseau. Set on the mountainside and surrounded by rainforest, the grounds stretch across 14 acres. Here, you will find over 30 different species of bird, 19 species of butterfly, pink ginger blossoms, pretty flowering jade vines and many, many more plants and flowers. It is easy to spend around 3 hours here.
High temperatures bless Dominica all year round, and if you avoid the rainy season (August to October), you will be guaranteed sunbathing weather. Dominica has many golden beaches to explore, and once you've soaked up the sun's rays make sure you take a dip in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea to cool down.
If you are looking for more ideas on how to spend your time in Dominica, speak to a member of the team at Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica. They will be more than happy to help you plan your visit here.