Hot Springs, Botanical Gardens & Scenic Drive

2.75 hours | Dominica | D O M - 2 9 0
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Min. age: 16 years | Max. weight: 250 lbs. (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Botanical Gardens
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Botanical Gardens
This 40-acre oasis is the largest swath of green space in Roseau and is considered one of the botanical gems of the Caribbean. Established in 1891 by order of the British Crown, these excellent botanical gardens are home to over 50 indigenous species of plants and trees and home to an aviary for Sisserou parrots, the national bird of Dominica. A stroll through the fragrant blooms and verdant vegetation makes for an idyllic retreat. In 1979, the garden was ravaged by Hurricane David, and evidence of this can be seen in a large bus that is crushed beneath a toppled bapbob tree. The wide lawns are used for national parades, celebrations and cricket matches.

Wotten Waven, Health and Wellness Village
A nature lover's paradise, this Wellness Village is a haven in the lush hills known as the "Dominican Hot Spot." The geothermal activity of Wotten Waven is apparent the moment you smell the hint of sulfur in the air and see the steam billowing in the distance. After a short introduction by your host, you'll be escorted down natural steps to a series of open-air pools for an island-style hot mineral bath derived from an underground source. These therapeutic waters relax tired muscles and joints while detoxifying and cleansing the body.

What you will see along the way:
Roseau
Dominica's sassy and colorful capital, Roseau (rose-oh) hugs the southwest coast of the Roseau River. It is the hub of this small island of volcanic terrain, sparkling waterfalls, beaches and lush national parks set against a backdrop of emerald mountains. Roseau's dense town center boasts historic buildings made of wood and stone that line the streets with a unique architectural style that borrows from the Spanish, English and French. A scenic drive reveals both the lovely natural highlights of the Roseau Valley as well as the city's landmarks.

Photo Opportunity:
Morne Bruce
From the panoramic hilltop of Morne Bruce, point your lens at the stellar views of the entire town of Roseau and the Botanical Gardens.

Snack:
Refresh after your hot spring soak with a taste snack of fresh island fruits.

Special Notes:

Maximum weight limit per participant is 250 pounds. Minimum age required to participate is 16 years old. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel and adequate sun protection. Bring small bills to purchase souvenirs. Once participants join their tour, they will be required to complete a liability waiver. There are 40 steps leading to the hot springs pool. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or those with mobility difficulties.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart your ship for a guided tour through city and Morne Bruce

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini-bus
Transport Capacity:
22

Guided tour of Morne Bruce, panoramic view of Roseau, shopping at vendor stalls

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini-bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided tour of Botanical Garden & Endemic Parrot Avairy.

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini-bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No

Natural Hot Springs soak and relaxation

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini-bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
40
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Fruit sampling

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:15

Depart from Natural Hot Springs for return to ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Mini-bus
Transport Capacity:
22
Travel time:
00:15
Air conditioned:
Yes