Dominica

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.

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Points of Interest

  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Emerald Pool
  • Waterfalls
  • Titou Gorge
  • Rainforest Rivers
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve
  • Outdoor Adventure
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  • Morne 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.

  • Emerald 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.

  • Waterfalls

    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.

  • Titou 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.

  • Rainforest Rivers

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

  • Botanical 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.

  • Soufriere/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.

  • Outdoor 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.

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Trolley Train Scenic Ride of Roseau

1.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-150
  • Rainforest Rivers
  • Botanical Gardens

Hop aboard the trolley train and see the sights, perfect for those who prefer little or no walking. Grab your camera for all the points of interest and enjoy lively commentary from the conductor. Head down the Bay Front Promenade, which is teeming with vendors selling souvenirs and buildings in colors that would rival a box of crayons. Then, you'll travel through the capital city at a leisurely pace, passing the Roseau River to the panoramic hilltop viewpoint. Enjoy a short visit to the stunning Botanical Gardens for a complimentary drink, then continue through the city to see bustling street markets selling exotic fruits and vegetables. Snap a photo at one of the many churches on the island.

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Trafalgar Falls, Botanical Gardens & Scenic Drive

3 hours | Dominica | DOM-105
  • Waterfalls
  • Botanical Gardens

Dominica's natural beauty is a joy to behold, and this lovely half-day tour makes the most of it by car and on a guided hike. A scenic motorcoach ride takes you to Morne Bruce, an ideal location for a bird's-eye view of the entire town of Roseau. Then, visit the colorful Botanical Gardens, where you'll explore exotic species of flora and fauna indigenous to the island. Drive to the village of Trafalgar, where you'll set off on a short walk to Trafalgar Falls to marvel at the twin falls that cascade into a deep pool surrounded by forest, lush ferns, and tropical foliage. After your hike, you'll enjoy a refreshing beverage at Papillote Wilderness Retreat overlooking the rugged Roseau Valley before relaxing on the ride back to port.

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Rainforest, Waterfalls & Gardens (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | Dominica | DOM-111
  • Waterfalls
  • Botanical Gardens

Wheelchair access allows gests the opportunity to commune with nature on this lovely half-day adventure. Board your air-conditioned motorcoach for a picturesque drive through Roseau to Morne Bruce, an ideal location for a bird's-eye view of the entire town of Roseau below. After capturing the panoramic hilltop views, continue to the Botanical Gardens for a tour of the lush grounds and the exotic species of flora and fauna indigenous to the island. Next, you'll travel to Hibiscus Falls, tucked away in rainforest greenery. A short, flat and easy walk will take you to a point where you can view the cascading waterfall below. Here, you'll shoot photos and marvel at the tropical surroundings while enjoying a taste of local seasonal fruits along with a complimentary rum punch or fruit juice. Conclude with a drive through the beautiful valley and back to the ship.

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Rainforest, Waterfalls & Botanical Gardens

3 hours | Dominica | DOM-110
  • Waterfalls
  • Botanical Gardens

Nature abounds on this half-day adventure that showcases Roseau's scenic beauty. Board your air-conditioned motorcoach for a picturesque drive through Roseau to Morne Bruce, an ideal location for a bird's-eye view of the entire town of Roseau below. After capturing the panoramic hilltop views, continue to the Botanical Gardens for a tour of the lush grounds and the exotic species of flora and fauna indigenous to the island. Next, you'll travel to Hibiscus Falls, tucked away in rainforest greenery. A short, flat and easy walk will take you to a point where you can view the cascading waterfall below. Here, you'll shoot photos and marvel at the tropical surroundings while enjoying a taste of local seasonal fruits along with a complimentary rum punch or fruit juice. Wear your swimsuit if you want to take a refreshing dip. Conclude with a drive through the beautiful valley and back to the ship.

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Waterfalls, Sulphur Springs & Botanical Gardens

5.25 hours | Dominica | DOM-365
  • Waterfalls
  • Botanical Gardens

Nature abounds on this full-day outdoor adventure that begins with a motorcoach ride. Travel along the west coast, then disembark for a 15-minute walk along an uneven trail to the 80-foot Twin Falls. Enjoy the scenery and take an optional dip in the cool mountain water. Drive back along the Layou Valley road toward Roseau. Stop for a beverage at Chez Ophelia, a bed and breakfast nestled on a mountainside. Proceed to the village of Wotten Waven to visit the Sulphur Springs. After 20 minutes at the springs, proceed to thundering Trafalgar Falls. A short, ten minute walk up the trail brings you to the viewing platform to watch the waters cascading into a deep pool surrounded by lush green ferns. Before returning to Roseau, travel through the Botanical Gardens and to Morne Bruce for a photo stop above the entire town of Roseau. Return to port.

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Champagne Reef Snorkel, Soufriere & Coastal Cruise

2.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-825
  • Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve

Your 2.5-hour snorkeling adventure begins with a quick walk to the catamaran that will take you along Dominica's picturesque southwestern coastline. The snorkel site is located at Soufriere-Scott's Head Marine Reserve, on the edge of a submerged volcano – so unique you can actually feel the hot water vent from the earth's core. The area is a haven for a large number of tropical reef dwellers, such as trumpet fish, parrot fish, corals and sponges, making it an ideal site for snorkeling. Your professional guides will lead you along the best routes for you to experience nature's freshwater spa. Swim through tiny, crystal-like bubbles, which continuously struggle to the surface out of small volcanic fissures on the seabed, and you'll understand why it's known as Champagne Reef. A must for all snorkel enthusiasts, this tour will send you back to port with great underwater pictures and memories.

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Hot Springs, Botanical Gardens & Scenic Drive

2.75 hours | Dominica | DOM-290
  • Botanical Gardens

Your tour begins as you board your transportation for a scenic drive through Roseau to Morne Bruce, an ideal location for a bird's-eye view of the entire town of Roseau. After capturing the panoramic hilltop views, you'll continue to the Botanical Gardens for a tour of the grounds and the exotic species of flora and fauna indigenous to the island. A viewing of the Sisserou and Jacquot parrots at the aviary is also on the itinerary. Next, you'll travel through serene landscapes to the wellness village of Wotten Waven. After a short introduction by your host, you'll be escorted down natural steps to a series of open-air pools for the island-style hot mineral bath derived from an underground source. Enjoy the rustic outdoor setting and relax in one of the natural pools for a leisurely 45 minutes, after which you are served tasty, fresh, local fruit. Ride back to the pier.

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Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls & Scenic Drive

4.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-100
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Emerald Pool
  • Waterfalls

On this lovely half-day adventure for nature enthusiasts, stroll among tropical vegetation, marvel at thundering waterfalls, and swim in a crystal-clear natural pool. You'll drive from Roseau to Morne Bruce for a photo stop and continue to the village of Trafalgar. After a short walk, you'll arrive at Trafalgar Falls, where you'll marvel at the twin falls cascading into a deep pool, surrounded by a forest, lush ferns, and tropical foliage. Next, you'll drive to the island's verdant rainforest in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, where you'll trek among ginger plants and vanilla orchids to the Emerald Pool formed by a waterfall cascading over a fern-covered cliff. You're welcome to stand behind the 40-feet waterfall and cool off with a dip or simply admire the surroundings of this breathtaking tropical rainforest. You'll cap off your tour with complimentary fruit juice at Springfield Plantation Guest House in Roseau before returning to port.

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River Tubing & Rainforest Scenic Drive

4 hours | Dominica | DOM-730
  • Rainforest Rivers
  • Outdoor Adventure

Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and set off on an approximately 90-minute drive past tropical vegetation and lush island scenery into the interior of the island. Eco Village, built by the Carib Indians, is your starting point for an exciting river tubing adventure. This Discovery Recommended tour offers a 90-minute fun-filled float through a tropical rainforest. A complimentary fruit punch is served as a welcome drink before you start. Receive your wide river tube with handles and set off caravan style on a serene yet stunning voyage into the heart of unspoiled nature. The lush flora and fauna of Concord Valley pass by while you thrill to a mix of fast mini-rapids and lazy, slow-flowing pools. Your outing concludes down the boundary line (the river) at the last and only Carib Indian territory in the world. At the conclusion of your day, relax on the picturesque ride back to port.

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Bois Cotlette Estate Chocolate Experience Tour

3 hours | Dominica | DOM-215
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve

Indulge your sweet tooth and your sense of adventure with a three-hour excursion to the Bois Cotlette Plantation, considered the best-preserved example of plantation architecture on the island. Meet your guide upon arrival and begin a leisurely tour of the picturesque grounds. Enjoy a taste of authentic Bois Cotlette rum punch as you stroll past factory ruins, gardens, the owners' and slaves' dwellings, as well as various archaeological digs. Learn how cocoa pods are fermented, dried, roasted and ground, then transformed into cocoa powder, cocoa butter and chocolate. Next, make your way to the test kitchen to see how large dark chocolate blocks are tempered and turned into mouth-watering treats. Then, concoct your own delicious delight. Following your hands-on experience, you can take a walk through the Planter's Herb Garden before re-joining your coach for the scenic ride back to your ship.

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Emerald Pool, Waterfall & Volcanic-Sand Beach

5 hours | Dominica | DOM-310
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Emerald Pool
  • Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the best of Dominica's stunning outdoor experiences on a half-day adventure that makes the most of the island's natural wonders. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through Roseau to Morne Bruce, an ideal location for a bird's-eye view of Roseau and the Botanical Gardens. After taking pictures of the panoramic hilltop view, you'll continue down the hill to the Botanical Gardens for a tour of the grounds. Next, you'll drive through the island's lush rainforest to Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Together with your guide, you'll trek among ginger plants and vanilla orchids to the Emerald Pool. Here, you'll stand behind the 40-foot waterfall and cool off with a dip or simply admire the surroundings of this breathtaking tropical rainforest. You'll reboard your transportation for a drive to the scenic Layou Valley to Mero Beach, a beautiful volcanic black-sand beach. For approximately two hours, you'll swim and enjoy the warm Caribbean sun, while sipping on a complimentary beverage.

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Heritage Tour of Bois Cotlette Estate

3 hours | Dominica | DOM-210
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve

Dating from the early years of French settlement in the 1720s, Bois Cotlette is the oldest surviving estate on Dominica. Your guided tour reveals why historians and archaeologists alike are so enamored with Bois Cotlette. A scenic motorcoach drive begins this three-hour adventure. Nestled in a valley within the active Morne Plat Pays volcanic complex, Bois Cotlette is the best-preserved example of plantation architecture on the island. Admire its French colonial "Maison de Maitre" and the buildings used for the processing of coffee, sugar and cocoa. Enjoy a freshly harvested and prepared drink during the estate orientation. On this interactive exploration tour, go on a fact-finding mission utilizing historical records and archaeological evidence to better understand life in a bygone era. A picturesque drive brings you back to port.

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Titou Gorge Swim, Hot Springs & Scenic Drive

3 hours | Dominica | DOM-295
  • Waterfalls
  • Titou Gorge

Begin the half-day with a lovely scenic drive to the small village of Laudat in the interior of Dominica, the gateway to Titou Gorge. Wear your swimsuit, as your three-hour adventure begins with a swim in Titou Gorge, located some 2,000 feet above sea level. Here, you can swim up the throat of a mountain to a waterfall located inside the gorge. If you prefer, you can simply relax and be massaged by the hot water stream that empties into its cool, refreshing waters. Next, travel through serene landscapes to the wellness village of Wotten Waven. After a short introduction by your host, you'll be escorted down natural steps to a series of open-air pools for the island-style hot mineral bath derived from an underground source. In this rustic outdoor setting, unwind in a natural pool for a leisurely 30-minute soak. After your soak, enjoy complimentary fresh fruit prior to your return to the pier.

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River Tubing, Waterfalls & Rainforest Scenic Drive

5 hours | Dominica | DOM-735
  • Waterfalls
  • Rainforest Rivers
  • Outdoor Adventure

A picturesque motorcoach drive begins this exciting five-hour, Discovery Recommended adventure that makes the most of the refreshing waters of Dominica. Journey through the island's interior to Hibiscus Falls, tucked away in rainforest greenery. A short walk will take you to a viewing point to photograph this thundering cascade. You can take a dip in the refreshing pool if you wish. Continue to Eco Village, where you'll receive a complimentary fruit punch and be welcomed with a traditional dance performance by the Carib Indian cultural group. Peruse the handmade Indian crafts before beginning the tubing ride. Your 90-minute river adventure is a serene, yet stunning voyage in the heart of unspoiled nature. Take in the flora and fauna of Concord Valley as you thrill to a mix of fast mini-rapids and lazy, slow-flowing pools. Your outing concludes down the boundary line (the river) at the only remaining Carib Indian territory in the world. Relax on your ride back to port.

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Wacky Rollers 4WD Safari, Gardens & Titou Gorge

3.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-340
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Waterfalls
  • Titou Gorge
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Outdoor Adventure

All aboard a 4WD vehicle for an exploration of the region's top natural highlights. Your tour begins as you board your "wacky roller," a 4WD vehicle, for a scenic drive through Roseau to Morne Bruce, an ideal location for a bird's-eye view of Roseau and the Botanical Gardens. After capturing the panoramic hilltop views, continue to the Botanical Gardens for a tour of the grounds. Next, drive to the village of Trafalgar, where you'll hike to Trafalgar Falls, twin falls cascading into a deep pool, surrounded by forest, lush ferns, and tropical foliage. You'll continue to picturesque Titou Gorge, located some 2,000 feet above sea level, where you're welcome to swim or simply relax in the cool, refreshing waters. Complimentary fresh local fruit and a beverage are yours to enjoy before your return drive to the pier.

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Whale & Dolphin Watching Scenic Cruise

3.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-640
  • Outdoor Adventure

The deep waters surrounding Dominica are a natural breeding ground for sperm whales and several species of dolphins. Witness these magnificent mammals in their natural habitat when you board a whale-watching cruise aboard a 65-foot catamaran. Travel to a prime viewing point approximately eight miles off shore along the west coast. Whales and dolphins are usually spotted on the surface or located with the use of an underwater hydrophone. Every 15 minutes or so, hydrophones are placed into the water to listen for the rhythmic click of sperm whales, pinging of pilot whales, whistling of dolphins or singing of humpbacks. The most commonly seen animals are sperm, pilot and false killer whales and spotted, spinner and bottlenose dolphins. As you search for marine mammals, your guide provides a running commentary on the marine life found off Dominica's coast. Your tour concludes with complimentary juice or rum punch served as you cruise back to the pier.

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Whale-Watching Adventure by Zodiac & Swim

2.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-645
  • Outdoor Adventure

Set off in search of magnificent sperm whales and frolicking pods of dolphins when you climb aboard a zippy Zodiac on a thrilling 2.5-hour Animal Planet recommended adventure. Your nimble vessel is equipped with hydrophones to aid in your search for these majestic mammals. Dominica is a preferred destination in the Caribbean for the sighting of whales, so keep your camera at the ready. Although there are no guarantees, whale-watching excursions in Dominica have a high success rate. If whales are spotted, the agile nature of the vessel allows the captain to get up close and personal for a unique encounter. After whale-watching, you will have a chance to take a refreshing dip in the ocean. It's a good idea to wear your swimsuit under your clothing. Refreshed, climb back onto the Zodiac and relax with a complimentary rum punch as you enjoy the beautiful views on your ride to port.

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Caribbean Culinary Adventure

3.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-250
  • Botanical Gardens

Delight all your senses on a Caribbean-style outdoor cooking adventure-a fun and tasty way to enjoy the best the region has to offer. Your 3.5-hour tour begins when set out on a short but scenic drive through rainforest terrain with vistas of mountains and sea to a private family home. You'll be greeted by your chef host, who will start the day with an introduction to the herbs and fresh produce used in the cooking demonstration. Proceed to an open-air kitchen where traditional Caribbean delicacies are prepared from scratch. You'll learn about the role of spices and the significance of certain foods in Dominican culture. While your food is being prepared, explore the grounds and the breathtaking views. Then, sit down with your fellow foodies and tuck into a sumptuous meal accompanied by fruit and rum punch before relaxing on the ride back to port.

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Touna Aute Carib Native Village

4 hours | Dominica | DOM-385
  • Outdoor Adventure

Go off the beaten track for a priceless cultural encounter - experiencing the daily life of the Kalinago community. From the pier, you'll travel to the native settlement of Touna Aute, an authentic, living village of indigenous Kalinago located in northeastern Dominica. Also known as the Caribs, the Kalinago take great pride in the traditional art forms that have been preserved and are still practiced. Once you arrive, the community leader, a former Kalinago Chief, will welcome you to the community and provide a historical overview of the Kalinago people. Then, you can participate in activities at Kalinago family homes such as basket weaving, bamboo weaving, making traditional fish traps, squeezing sugar cane juice and making cassava bread. Discover how herbs are used for healing, shop for arts and crafts and enjoy local snacks and drinks.

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Certified Scuba Diving (Two Sites)

3.5 hours | Dominica | DOM-930
  • Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve

Experienced, certified divers will board their dive boat and engage in a safety briefing. C-cards and waivers will be checked before departing. This 3.5-hour strenuous tour is an opportunity to explore the famed Soufriere-Scott's Head Marine Reserve. At the first site, you'll see L'Abym, a vertical wall that starts at 40 feet and drops to 2,000 feet deep. After a dive briefing, all divers take to the water. Dive masters lead the group to the mooring then head out to the wall. You'll be at maximum depth of 60 feet for approximately 40 minutes. Take a 40-minute surface interval while traveling to the second dive spot, Point Guinarde. This site was created by lava flows forming crevices and swim-throughs. Hard and soft corals, schooling fish and squid call this site home. Here, you'll be at a maximum depth of 40 feet for approximately 40 minutes. Return to port with incredible underwater photographs and memories.

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Emerald Pool, Titou Gorge & Champagne Reef Snorkel

8 hours | Dominica | DOM-820
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Emerald Pool
  • Waterfalls
  • Titou Gorge
  • Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve

Spend a full day making the most of Dominica's natural wonders. Begin with snorkeling at Champagne Reef, where underwater volcanic vents emit continuous streams of tiny bubbles from the seabed, much like a glass of champagne. Next, drive through the island's lush rainforest to Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Together with your guide, you'll trek on uneven terrain to the Emerald Pool, where you may cool off with a dip and admire the breathtaking tropical rainforest. After a complimentary buffet lunch, you'll continue to Trafalgar Falls, where you'll marvel at the twin falls cascading into a deep pool. Finally, you'll journey to Titou Gorge, located some 2,000 feet above sea level. Here, you may enjoy a swim or a massage from the hot water stream that empties into cool, refreshing waters. Complimentary fruit and a beverage are yours to enjoy before your return drive back to the pier.

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