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Dominica Destination

In the shimmering Caribbean Sea between Guadeloupe and Martinique sits the almost untouched island of Dominica - an eco-lover’s dream, a diver’s best friend and a stunning destination for whale and bird watching. Drenched in virgin rainforest, home to scorching hot springs, charcoal black beaches and a mountainous centre, it’s like no other place in the Caribbean. You won’t find chain hotels, beach parties or loud bars, and you’re more likely to need your hiking boots than your bathing suit, although the myriad of majestic waterfalls provide ample opportunity to cool off.

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That's not to say that adventure can't be coupled with a relaxing retreat: a stay in one of eco-friendly Jungle Bay’s tree house rooms includes morning yoga, cookery lessons and daily spa treatments. Dining on Dominica is based around the agriculture of the island, with plenty of informal beachfront bars offering Creole inspired dishes, yam and plantain. Try the Waterfront Restaurant at Fort Young and the Old Stone Bar & Grill in Roseau.

It’s said that on Dominica there is a river for each day of the year, and thanks to warm tropical rainfall (no point bringing a hairdryer here), stunning wild orchids, exotic jade vines and pink ginger blossoms grow freely in the gardens of Papillote. Ornithologists will love the Syndicate Nature Trail's blue headed hummingbirds and Sisserou parrots, and deep in a rainforest that covers 70% of the island you’ll see iguanas, almost extinct frog species, crabs and agouti. Dominica is renowned for whale and dolphin watching, with sperm, pygmy and pilot whales and spinner and spotted dolphins on display in the waters around the island. Champagne Reef is a resplendent dream for snorkellers and divers where seahorses, flying gurnards and turtles swim on a seabed that reaches temperatures of up to 90 degrees and geothermal vents bubble away like a glass of Laurent Perrier.

Recharge with strong Dominican coffee before heading to the volcanic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Surrounded by lakes, waterfalls and geysers, guided hikes take you to the natural freshwater Emerald Pool, the Valley of Desolation and, for the experienced hiker, the hot sulphur pool of the Boiling Lake. If all that seems like too much exertion then take a lazy boat ride along the Indian River, submit your weary body to a restorative spa treatment or visit the intriguing Carib Territory, where the last of the pre-Columbian population will greet you with a warm welcome.

Natural Wonders...

Hike the Waitukubuli National Trail

The Waitukubuli National Trail is the Caribbean’s first long distance walking trail, covering 115 miles of stunning tropical scenery. Spanning the communities of Scott’s Head in the south, to the Cabrits National Park in the north, you’ll take in national parks, local communities, farm lands, forest reserves, coastal areas, and the acclaimed Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, you don’t have to hike the entire trail as it’s made up of 14 manageable segments.

Dive a submerged volcano

Dominica is one of the top dive spots in the Caribbean with an underwater volcanic crater, reefs, walls and pinnacles all in their pristine state. You’ll have a good chance of seeing seahorses, frogfish, flying gurnards and many other exotic sea creatures. For a truly unique experience, try diving Champagne Reef where you’ll swim through warm bubbling waters created by geothermal vents and you’ll find the sea floor itself is warm to the touch. If you dive to experience thrill, wonder and beauty, Dominica is definitely for you.

A spot of twitching

You don’t have to be a serious bird watcher to appreciate the numerous bird species found on this island. But if you are, we’ll happily organise a guided tour for you. Dominica has 170 recorded bird species, including the Sisserou Parrot, a protected species which also features on the Dominican flag.

River tubing

Get wet and wild and enjoy one of the most popular activities in Dominica. Secure in your rubber ring, gentle rapids, clear swirling water and changing tropical scenery await you on your ride downstream. This is a really fun day out and one of the least strenuous ways to take in Dominica’s spectacular natural environment.

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Getting There

There are several daily LIAT services into Dominica from a number of islands in the eastern Caribbean, including Barbados, Saint Lucia and Antigua. All scheduled flights arrive and depart from Melville Hall Airport in the north of the island, 40 miles from Roseau. The smaller Canefield Airport in the south services private charter flights only.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights to Antigua with onward LIAT scheduled flight connections to Melville Hall Airport.

Language

English.

Time Difference

4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.

Currency

Eastern Caribbean dollar. Major credit cards and US dollars are also accepted on the island.

Useful Information

A full British passport is required for Dominica and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.

It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.

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