Lying between Guadeloupe and Martinique is the island of Dominica--an unspoiled Caribbean paradise. The vibrant, rich rainforest is home to rare birds, including Sisserou and Jacquot parrots. Streams tumble down mountain slopes and thread fertile valleys on their short route to the sea. Dominica is also home to the last Carib Indians. When Columbus made landfall on his second voyage of discovery, this fierce tribe managed to keep the explorer at bay. And while the island proved a lure for both British and French planters, Dominica somehow managed to escape the trammels of civilization. This former British possession, independent since 1978, today lures visitors from around the world with its unspoiled beauty. As the islanders fondly say, "Apres Bondi, c'est la terre" (After God, it is the land). Tours may travel narrow, winding roads.

Top things to do and see in Dominica: View Excursions

  • 1Morne Trois Pitons National Park

    The 17,000-acre Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to most of Dominica's above-water sights, with several crater lakes and waterfalls, including the Emerald Pool.

  • 2Emerald Pool

    Just a short walk into the rainforest in the center of the island is Emerald Pool, a grotto featured in several movies and the site where many a tourist swim in its chilly waters.

  • 3Waterfalls

    One of Dominica's scenic assets is its collection of beautiful waterfalls, including Trafalgar Falls, Hibiscus Falls and more in Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

  • 4Titou Gorge

    Titou Gorge ("little throat" in Creole) is a small waterfall deep in a water filled gorge, flanked by rock walls that provide an intricate and breathtaking setting.

  • 5Rainforest Rivers

    Surrounded by cliffs and rainforests on both sides, these rivers tend to be some of the largest and longest rivers in Dominica.

  • 6Botanical Gardens

    More like a large park, this 40-acre garden is located on the site of a former sugarcane field, housing endangered Sisserou and Jaco parrots in protective cages, along with many large trees, exotic flowers and tropical plants.

  • 7Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve

    A vast submerged volcanic crater, Soufriere/Scotts Head features spectacular dive sites, dramatic drop-offs and walls, active underwater fumaroles and expansive coral reefs.

  • 8Outdoor Adventure

    Dominica's diverse landscape offers a variety of outdoor adventures, from swimming in natural rock pools and soothing hot springs to braving a rainforest ropes course or tubing down a tropical river.