For a sliver of natural beauty, head to Dominica in the remote southern region of the Caribbean. Geologically, Dominica is the youngest island in the Caribbean, and it is still growing and forming. This volcanically active drop of land in the sapphire ocean is a dynamic landscape that beckons adventurers. With hot springs, tropical forests, volcanoes, stunning beaches, and colorful cities, there is much to see. Separate from the rest of the world and hideaway on the island of Dominica. Exploration is waiting.
Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Boiling lake, Victoria Falls, Trafalgar Falls. Cabrits National Park, Pappillote Tropical Gardens, Carib Territory.
This lake is a flooded fumarole which is an opening or hole in the earth’s crust. Boiling lake is 76 metres across thus marking it as the second largest lake worldwide. It is usually filled with beautiful and bubbling gray-green water at temperatures of about 90°C. The bubbling nature is a result of water heated up by hot steam and gases that escape from the molten lava underneath.At it’s surface is a cloud vapor that mimmicks fog.
Cabrits National Park
Established in 1986, Cabrits National Park is located on a peninsula on the north end of the island just beyond the town of Portsmouth.
Cabrits park thrives on 1,313 acres and protects coral reefs, tropical forests, and wetlands. The park is nestled between a pair of low-rising peaks, extinct volcanoes, creating a spectacular view of the beaches below.
Victoria Falls embodies calcium rich waters trickling from the Boiling Lake. It directly stems from the Breakfast River in the heights of Morne Nichols. On a bright day, the river looks turquoise in some points and murky white in others. Hence nick-named The White River Falls. Travellers are mused its awe-filled beauty and the daring trek over large boulders and through river torrents. The giant turquoise pool at the base presents an excellent space for a dip, while the cool, violent spray pierces the air.
Papillote Tropical Gardens
Burl Grey and Anne Jno Baptiste are the legends behind the discovery of this alluring piece of nature, back in 1969. On the east side of Trafalgar village, at the foothills of Morne Micotrin, and on the Nature Island of Dominica is where you will find Papillote Tropical Gardens.
Positioned on a steep of a rain-forested featured mountain and on a slope which is thousand feet above the sea. The vast grounds of Papillote Tropical Gardens is comprised of about 4 acres of developed trails, two waterfalls, and natural volcanic hot mineral springs plus bathing pools.
The gardens of Papillote have since been re-established after the terrible blow by Hurricane David in 1979. It has now gone into books as one of the most outstanding botanical spot in the region, housing beyond 100 genera represented by over 600 individual species.
You can get to Dominica either by plane or sea ferry. There are two airports within the island, Melville Hall Airport in the north and Canefield airport in its South.
These are local airports, it is therefore necessary to take a connecting flight from a nearby island such as Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua or St. Martin. Find out more on how to jet in Dominica here.
If you happen to land in Dominica always, Think left! Unlike many other places around the globe, In Dominica driving is on the left side of the road. This is a kind reminder to those accustomed to driving on the right-hand side.
Privately owned mini buses are the best and cheapest way to enjoy your tour.Be informed that there are no government owned means of public transport.
Being an island rich in natural beauty Dominica boasts several natural spots that include – lush rain-forests, rivers, towering peaks, flowers waterfalls, and much more.
This Island is also a home to a broad range of wildlife, ranging from the ocean depths to the highest peaks and every life in between.The fauna is composed of birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, & fish; then the flora (plant life).
General Restrictions for others: Arriving travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result recorded within 24-72 hours of arriving in Dominica.
Additionally, travelers must complete an online health questionnaire by Dominican authorities 24-hours before entering the island. Upon arrival, travelers will undergo health checks, including COVID-19 Rapid Test.
If the results are negative, the traveler may move freely within the island. Should a test result come back positive, the traveler will need to self-quarantine for 14-days in a government facility or certified hotel.
The passenger must have a negative PCR result 24-72 hours before travel for five (5) years old and above. The passenger must have an approved notice from the online questionnaire (http://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm/).
If the passenger does not have the two mandatory requests they should not be allowed to travel, except a waiver is authorized by the Minister of National Security.
14-Day mandatory quarantine measures are in effect at a government facility or hotel.
Crew: Must not disembark the aircraft. Crew only tech-stops allowed. Crew can rest on the aircraft if needed.
Initially, Dominica had a great challenge in competing with other islands as a tourist attraction center in the English speaking Caribbean due to mountainous terrain, relatively rainy weather, and black sand beaches. Thus making it hard to develop luxury resorts due to lack of extensive coastal areas of white sand beaches and vast areas of land for developing luxury resorts. As a result, Dominica lagged behind in commercial tourism.
Through the rising global need for environmental preservation Dominica rose as the first island in the Caribbean and the world to be recognized for its preserved natural resources.
The Morne Trois Pitons National Park and Forest Reserves were named Heritage Sites by UNEP, In 1997. whilst the Northern Forest Reserve where Dominica’s tallest mountain is located was declared a National Park.
Within the national park thrives the Syndicate Forest which shelters numerous species of birds in Dominica. as well as native species of parrots like Dominica’s national bird, the Sisserou Parrot, and the Jacquot. Bird watching is today a major aspect of ecotourism in Dominica and efforts to protect the environment.
National Dish: Callaloo Motto: “Apres Bondie, C’est La Ter” – After God is the Earth
The National Flag: The flag has a dark green background with a vertical band of yellow, black, and white running through the center and a horizontal band of the same also running in the center. Where the bands intersect is a red disc with the Sisserou parrot in the middle.
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