The country of Dominica is located in the Caribbean Sea, discovered by Christopher Columbus on Sunday, hence the Latin word the country is named after. Because of its natural and unspoiled beauty, Dominica is nicknamed the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean”. Dominica was formed from volcanic activity and is home to the second largest boiling lake in the world.
Dominica is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the Caribbean and some of the animals here once located on the other islands, but now makes Dominica their home. The terrain is rocky and has springs, lakes and waterfalls. Because it is one of the youngest Caribbean islands, the land here is not completely developed and has still has large areas covered by rainforests.
One of the most famous locations in Dominica is the Trafalgar Falls, or Mother and Father as they are also known. The main stream originates in the mountains, so the area surrounding the falls can be quite chilly. At the base of the falls is a hot mineral spring that joins the stream and the surrounding rocks are yellow colored because of the high sulfur content.
The island of Dominica is rated as one of the best dive locations in the world. The Arch at Scots Head is an ocean wall that is 40 to 100 feet in depth and breathtaking dive spot. Colored with shades of deep pinks, blues and yellows, divers can witness vase sponges, orange ice sponges, yellow tube sponges and there are many examples of underwater marine life hiding in the many cracks and crevices.
Dominica also has a reputation for being a prime spot for viewing dolphins and whales in the wild. There are several companies that offer boat rentals and guides that will take visitors on an awesome whale watching excursion. The Canyon River mouth is one such location that offers visitors a change to interact and swim with the dolphins and sting rays.
Morne Trois Pitons, translates to mean “Three Peak Mountain”, is the largest in Dominica and located in the center of the island. After being recognized for its stunning beauty, UNESCO named it a National Heritage Site in 1998. In 1975, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park was formed by an act of parliament and was the first of its kind in Dominica. The park consists of 16,980 acres and has more than fifty fumaroles (openings in the earth which emit steam and gas) and hot springs. There are pedestrian access trails, nature trails, rain shelters and picnic areas.
Located six and a half miles from Roseau, Dominica is the Boiling Lake. It is a fumarole filled with blue-gray bubbling water that is enveloped by a cloud of steam. The hiking trail that will take visitors to the lake is about four miles long and a guide will assist visitors along the way to make it an enjoyable experience.
While in Dominica there are many luxurious hotels that will provide guests with outstanding service and hospitality. The Fort Young Hotel is exquisitely located in the hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Throughout the facility guests experience old world charm mixed with unique architecture and culture. Calibishie, Dominica is a lush, tropical paradise and the Calibishie Cove offers four spectacular ocean villas, the establishment is stunningly decorated with local artwork and each room is equipped with special soaps that is made by the locals in the area. With waterfront views and wooded surroundings this resort is like no other on earth. Tourists can visit Dominica anytime, to enjoy its gorgeous beauty and explore the many exotic features located on the island.