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Plan a different Caribbean holiday on the nature island of Dominica

Roseau in Dominica
Photo Roseau in Dominica CC BY-NC 2.0 by Wayne Hsieh

Caribbean island holidays are a popular option, but often visitors are disappointed by the whole package tour air of certain islands, with their crowds of tourists. Dominica is a little different from most – an unspoiled and lovely getaway. Dominica is the ideal place for lovers of diving and those who love to explore out in nature.

Often confused with the Dominican Republic, Dominica is a paradise, all on its own. While the island lacks the normal, huge resort hotels of the other Caribbean islands, there is a great selection of smaller, eco-minded hotels and self-catering accommodation to suit everyone and the towns of the island offer many options to eat the local and delicious cuisine in Roseau and Calibishie. The people of Dominica are genuinely warm and welcoming, only too happy to show visitors their island.

Hiking through nature

Enjoy exploring the spectacular landscape with sparkling waterfalls, trickling streams and dense mountain rainforest, the perfect spot for hiking out in the heart of nature. Along the way visit the amazing array of flora and fauna.
Hiking on Scott's Head, Dominica
Scott's Head, Dominica CC BY-SA 2.0 by Liam Quinn

In fact, Dominica offers the Caribbean’s first long distance trail, the Waitukubuli National Trail, which heads through the Carib territory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the indigenous peoples of the island, heading up to Morne Trois Pitons National Park to visit the world’s second largest Boiling Lake.  The trail is ideal for singles, families and couples, as it has been divided into easy, intermediate and advanced hikes, making it perfect for anyone.

Taking the Syndicate Nature Trail at the foot of Dominica’s tallest mountain, Morne Diablotin, visitors can view some of the 51 species of local and migrant birds of Dominica, an ideal trail for bird watchers and lovers. Head to Titou Gorge in the Roseau Valley of the island where it is possible to swim from the base of a stunning waterfall through a variety of natural caves and ponds.

Morne Diablotins, Dominica
Morne Diablotin, Dominica CC BY-ND 2.0 by Alexandra Stevenson

A great hike is available for those with that extra bit of stamina, where visitors can hike the Jaco Flats and Steps. The area is named after a runaway slave called Jaco who took refuge there, and access is via a flight of 135 steps up a steep incline, built by the slaves who used to live there. However, the view from the top is well worth the effort.

Underwater explorations

For those who prefer to be in the water, Dominica is an under-sea wonderland, offering some of the best diving in the Caribbean. The pristine marine habitat is fascinating to explore. Visit the Soufriere Scott’s Head Marine Reserve in the southwest of the island which offers fascinating volcanic underwater features and unspoiled coral walls. 
Diving in Dominica
Diving in Dominica CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Kenny Mitchell

Head to the Cabrits National Park Marine Section in the north of Dominica, well known for a large variety of rare fish and the some of the best reef diving in the Caribbean. For a dive with a difference, head to the “Champagne” dive site where you can swim through the warm and bubbling waters generated by geothermal vents.

Relax on the Beach

Dominica is ideal for those who just want to relax on the beach and get a good suntan.  While the island doesn’t have as many beaches as its Caribbean neighbours, there are still some excellent bays to enjoy, especially in the north of the island.
Batibou Beach, Dominica
Batibou Beach, Dominica CC BY 2.0 by Matthias Ripp

The best beach to visit is Batibou Beach, a remote and beautiful spot around 15-minutes walk from Calibishie (or a 4x4 drive down a steep and rough road). The golden sand is lined by waving palm trees in the true Caribbean style, but without the crowds.

In conclusion, if you are looking for an unspoiled paradise for your holiday this year, head to Dominica. Learn more about the island in the video included below.


Dominica Travel Guide