Day Trips : Discover Dominica, the Nature Island


When you spend the day on Dominica, you quickly realize that it's unlike any other island in the Caribbean. Whether you're up for an eco-adventure into the rainforest or taking in the vibrant culture of the city of Roseau, Dominica will make a lasting impression upon you. It's nature unspoiled. Authentic and friendly people who may say to you "I am Dominica. Are You?"


Known as "The Nature Island," Dominica's tropical rainforests cover two thirds of the island, and are home to 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls abound, fed by the island's high annual rainfall. Its volcanic physique includes extensive geothermal activity – even underwater. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park with its unspoiled nature and spectacular geography is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Caribbean.


The island is sparsely populated with 70,000 people inhabiting 289 square miles. A significant portion of the population lives in and around the capital city of Roseau. About 80% of the population is Roman Catholic, and English is the official language, spoken with a melodic French lilt. A large portion of the population also speaks Kwèyòl (Creole), and a few northern villages speak Kokoy.


So many choices, so little time. Here is listing to help you decide how to make the most of your Dominica visit:

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The Old Market

The cobblestoned Old Market in Roseau was once a slave auction, public meeting, and punishment area.

It has now been converted to a craft and souvenir plaza with vendors of tropical fruits, handicrafts, and local essential oils and spices.

This historical area is a very short walk from the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Thermal Springs
Due to its volcanic origins, Dominica is home to many thermal springs. These contain mineral deposits which many believe to be therapeutic and healing. Visitors can soak in multiple pools, ranging in temperature from cool to very hot, which will und...
Titou Gorge
The hike through Titou Gorge, is actually a short swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural "rooms and ponds" formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees. The undulating sides of this deep, narrow gorge were formed as ...
Trafalgar Falls
These famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from Roseau. It's a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the visitor reception area, where you can photograph both falls from a viewing platform. As you walk the path, be sure ...
Whale Watching
Dominica's sheer underwater drop-offs create deep sheltered bays along its western coastline–the perfect haven for the Sperm Whale to breed and calve. Dominica is the only country in the world where the Sperm Whale resides all year long, although ...
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Important Things to Know


  • Use Certified Taxi Drivers for a true Dominica Experience! A Certified Taxi Driver carries a VALID ID card and the vehicle bears a sticker issued by the Discover Dominica Authority.

  • Site passes are required for some sites. Passes are available from cruise agents, tour operators, National Park Officials, vendors at the sites and other locations island wide. Day passes are US $ 5 and a week pass is US $ 12.

  • Currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollars. US $ 1 dollar is equivalent to EC 2.67. The US dollar is widely accepted across the island.

  • Driving is on the left side of the road.