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Cruising Article –09/20/2012

Viewing the natural splendors of Dominica

Caribbean, Dominica

Among all of the Caribbean cruises available, one destination is likely to catch your eye - Dominica. The island is considered a hidden jewel in the region, situated between Guadeloupe and Martinique. This is the perfect way to get away from it all and relax under the sun while exploring a tropical region steeped in history and beauty. Here, you'll find everything from cascading waterfalls to winding paths that lead you into lush forests full of exotic wildlife.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park
If you're interested in seeing what this splendid region of the world has to offer, your best option is to visit the Morne Trois Pitons National Park while on your Caribbean cruise to Dominica. The park is named after Morne Trois Pitons, a volcano located on the island. Around the volcano, you'll find numerous hot springs and lakes.

The Morne Trois Pitons National Park has been named a National Heritage Site, making it a protected area on the island. Here, animals live in peace without the disturbances of mankind invading their natural environment.

If you're looking for a photo opportunity, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park has several waterfalls that vary in size, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the Caribbean's most splendid water wonders in person. The park is also home to the Emerald Pool, located in the middle of the forest. It's been used in many movie scenes in the past, and people are still permitted to take a dip in its chilly waters.

Soufriere-Scotts Head Marine Reserve
This marine reserve is another protected area on the island of Dominica worth visiting while you're on your Caribbean cruise vacation. At the Soufriere-Scotts Head Marine Reserve, you'll be able to see numerous coral reefs and dive sites.

The reserve was originally created to protect the Soufriere volcanic crater, which is partially located below the ocean. The portion of the crater above water is made up of slopes that gently glide into the ocean, making for a unique landscape in itself. While visiting the Soufriere-Scotts Head Marine Reserve, tourists are permitted to venture into the waters with a professional boat operator to see more of the reserve.

Dominica Botanical Gardens
Nothing is more breathtaking than a botanical garden in its blooming season, except for perhaps a garden located in the Caribbean where the temperatures are always warm and ideal for vibrant blossoms. The Dominica Botanical Gardens are home to many exotic flowers and trees, as well as parrots that are protected on the grounds. The gardens cover approximately 40 acres, meaning you'll have a wide area to explore. Originally, the land was used as a sugar cane field before it evolved into the lush wooded area it is today.

Over the years, the Dominica Botanical Gardens have endured tropical storms and hurricanes, only to be left standing with its beautiful plants and wildlife still intact. Now, locals and visitors alike visit the gardens to participate in a wide range of recreational activities amidst the natural wonders.