Tailor made holidays to Dominica – The Nature Island of the Caribbean
Jules has recently been to Dominica and loved it! Truly amazing, lush, tropical and beautiful. Completely different to other islands and sparsely populated so you can really relax and explore the great outdoors.
Part of the Windward Islands, Dominica is known as ‘The Nature Island‘ of the Caribbean and is filled with natural beauty. It’s jungle filled mountains and bays became the first nation to be certified by Green Globe 21 for sustainable development. This is a fabulous Natural History holiday location which combines with exploration and adventure.
Located between Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south (both just about 16 miles away), Dominica’s mountains soar to nearly 5,000 feet, covered in rainforest, with hundreds of rivers and waterfalls, rare orchids and colorful birds. Geothermal activity results in colorful hot springs, bubbling mud pools, small geysers and Boiling Lake, the second largest lake of its kind in the world. The sites are found in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of Dominica is that it doesn’t appeal to the ‘mass market’ of sun seekers which means that the indigenous natural beauty is unspoilt and there to be enjoyed by those seeking to immerse themselves in the nature and culture of this rugged tropical island.
A great destination for walking and hiking holidays, here you can trek to Victoria Falls, and Middleham Falls, a narrow plume of water falling 200 feet from a cliff notch. A strenuous excursion to Morne Diablotin (Devil’s Mountain) reaps glimpses of two endemic parrots, the jaco and the sisserou. Non hikers can ride the Rainforest Aerial Tram, which offers a 70-minute journey through the treetop canopy. Mountain biking, horseback riding, river tubing and jeep safaris are other ways of enjoying Dominica’s natural assets.
Underwater this is a great place for diving and snorkelling as Dominica has healthy reefs, extraordinary formations and 100-foot visibility. The waters are home to 22 species of whales and dolphins, making it a prime whale-watching destination throughout the winter (November – March). Beaches are mostly black (volcanic) sand, with a few golden strands in the northeast.
For history lovers, the capital, Roseau and Fort Shirley are fun to explore. At the Kalingo Barana Aute, visitors can watch as Kalinago Indians carve the trunk of a Gommier tree into a canoe. Cultural performances, storytelling and “spiritual cleansings” are part of the outing. Tours of a rum distillery and the Rosalie slave plantation estate are also popular. Local restaurants serve predominantly native Creole cuisine; mountain chicken (frog legs) is the national dish. The World Creole Music Festival takes place in October, and Mas Dominik, the island’s carnival, features calypso and steel pan competitions, a soca music festival, jump-ups and a costume parade.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Dominica, but you can fly via Antigua, Barbados and Saint Lucia. The average temperate is 23 – 28C and the driest months are January to May.
Contact us for your own tailor made Caribbean holiday to include Dominica on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry.