Things to do in Dominica – The nature island of the Caribbean

  1. Dominica, the nature island, is not easily accessible via the mainland United States. The airport is small and only propeller planes can land here.
  2. The island is beautiful and is the only Caribbean island to have a rainforest. It is known to have 365 rivers.
  3. The currency is East Caribbean Dollar (1 USD = 2.7 XCD). The USD has full acceptance, though.
  4. Kalalau is the national dish. Its a soup made from Dakshin, and I would recommend trying it out.
  5. Public transport is better than most other islands but is still limiting if your itinerary is jam-packed.
  6. There are two towns, Roseau and Portsmouth. I would recommend staying in Roseau if you don’t have a rental car since most tours, taxis, and buses depart from there.
  7. Most good activities are on the south side of the island. The south faces the calmer Caribbean sea while the north side faces a more turbulent the Atlantic Ocean.

Things to do

  1. Boiling Lake – 6-hour round-trip hike on a well-marked trail. It starts at Laudat, the highest village on the island. You can either take a 50 EC$ taxi or 5 EC$ public bus from the Botanical Gardens. There is a “breakfast river” stop one-hour into the hike where you can refill water bottles. The temperature at the center of the lake is about 400ºC, while at the edges is 80ºC.
  2. Victoria Falls – The most beautiful falls on the island. It has an excellent natural swimming pool. It has a bit convoluted of a hike which involves crossing a river four times. So, it is hard to do this without a guide.
  3. Wavine Cyrique Falls – The falls themselves are not extraordinary, but the hike to the falls is pretty intense and involves climbing down a ladder on the cliff along with cliff hike.
  4. Emerald Pool and waterfalls – A famous tourist spot. It is an easily accessible pool to swim in.
  5. Jacko Falls – An OK falls. Easily accessible, but nothing significant.
  6. Spanny Falls – A pair of falls. The first one is easily accessible; the second requires a bit of climbing in the wild.
  7. Scott’s Head – The best spot for snorkeling on the island. A 4 EC$ bus from Roseau to Scott’s head runs during the day.
  8. Champagne Reef – Over-hyped spot for snorkeling on the island. Scott’s bay is much better.
  9. Canyoning with ExtremeDominica – A great canyoning and rappeling experience through the Titou Gorge. Not cheap but well worth the price tag.
  10. Trafalgar Falls – A pair of falls worth seeing. It is hard to get to their bottom for swimming.
  11. Middleham Falls – Great falls that require ~45 mins one-way hike to reach. With an excellent natural swimming pool.
  12. Escape Beach – A good beach on the Atlantic side for snorkeling.
  13. Red Rocks – Red-colored rocks close to the Escape beach. Waste of time and money. The visit cost 5 EC$.
  14. Botanical Gardens – Free to access gardens that contain a 10-min hike to the top of the Union hill.
  15. Windsor Cricket Stadium – An international Cricket Stadium for Cricket fans. Free to access.

Potential itineraries

If you are on a single-day trip, e.g., via a Cruise ship, then either do

  1. Boiling Lake hike with swimming in the George Titou at the end or,
  2. Victoria Falls, Emerald Pool, and Scott’s Head.

If you have multiple days, then you should consider doing the following activities in this order of significance

  1. Boiling Lake hike
  2. Victoria Falls
  3. George Titou canyoning
  4. Scott’s Head snorkeling
  5. Middleham Falls
  6. Emerald Pool and Waterfalls
  7. Wavine Cyrique Falls
  8. Trafalgar Falls
  9. Escape Beach
  10. Carib territory
  11. Champagne Reef
  12. Spanny Falls
  13. Jacko Falls
The airport is small and only propeller planes can land

The airport is small and only propeller planes can land

Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake flowing Sulphur

Boiling Lake flowing Sulphur

Hike to Boiling Lake

Hike to Boiling Lake

Natural Pool at Titou Gorge at the entrance to the Boiling Lake hike

Natural Pool at Titou Gorge at the entrance to the Boiling Lake hike

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Emerald Pool and Waterfall

Emerald Pool and Waterfall

Champagne Reef Beach

Champagne Reef Beach

Scotts Head

Scotts Head

Cricket bats are made out of this wood

Cricket bats are made out of this wood

Indian River

Indian River

Middleham Falls

Middleham Falls

Rainbow at Middleham Falls

Rainbow at Middleham Falls

Jacko Falls

Jacko Falls

Spanny Falls

Spanny Falls

Second Spanny Falls

Second Spanny Falls

Trafalgar Falls

Trafalgar Falls

Pathway to Wavine Cyrique Falls

Pathway to Wavine Cyrique Falls

Wavine Cyrique Falls

Wavine Cyrique Falls

Middleham Falls

Middleham Falls

Bus crushed by Hurricane at the Botanical Garden

Bus crushed by Hurricane at the Botanical Garden

Roseau with Cricket Stadium on the right

Roseau with Cricket Stadium on the right

Windsor Cricket Stadium

Windsor Cricket Stadium

Sunset at Dominica

Sunset at Dominica

Red Rocks

Red Rocks

Carib Territory Tourist Center

Carib Territory Tourist Center

Carib Territory

Carib Territory

Kalalau vegetarian soup

Kalalau vegetarian soup

Traditional Vegetarian Food

Traditional Vegetarian Food

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