- Dominica, the nature island, is not easily accessible via the mainland United States. The airport is small and only propeller planes can land here.
- The island is beautiful and is the only Caribbean island to have a rainforest. It is known to have 365 rivers.
- The currency is East Caribbean Dollar (1 USD = 2.7 XCD). The USD has full acceptance, though.
- Kalalau is the national dish. Its a soup made from Dakshin, and I would recommend trying it out.
- Public transport is better than most other islands but is still limiting if your itinerary is jam-packed.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Emerald Pool and waterfalls – A famous tourist spot. It is an easily accessible pool to swim in.
- Jacko Falls – An OK falls. Easily accessible, but nothing significant.
- Spanny Falls – A pair of falls. The first one is easily accessible; the second requires a bit of climbing in the wild.
- 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.
- Champagne Reef – Over-hyped spot for snorkeling on the island. Scott’s bay is much better.
- Canyoning with ExtremeDominica – A great canyoning and rappeling experience through the Titou Gorge. Not cheap but well worth the price tag.
- Trafalgar Falls – A pair of falls worth seeing. It is hard to get to their bottom for swimming.
- Middleham Falls – Great falls that require ~45 mins one-way hike to reach. With an excellent natural swimming pool.
- Escape Beach – A good beach on the Atlantic side for snorkeling.
- Red Rocks – Red-colored rocks close to the Escape beach. Waste of time and money. The visit cost 5 EC$.
- Botanical Gardens – Free to access gardens that contain a 10-min hike to the top of the Union hill.
- Windsor Cricket Stadium – An international Cricket Stadium for Cricket fans. Free to access.
If you are on a single-day trip, e.g., via a Cruise ship, then either do
- Boiling Lake hike with swimming in the George Titou at the end or,
- 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
- Boiling Lake hike
- Victoria Falls
- George Titou canyoning
- Scott’s Head snorkeling
- Middleham Falls
- Emerald Pool and Waterfalls
- Wavine Cyrique Falls
- Trafalgar Falls
- Escape Beach
- Carib territory
- Champagne Reef
- Spanny Falls
- Jacko Falls