BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED
The minor challenges of daily life on Dominica foster patience, creativity, openness, and the ability to be resourceful — all wrapped up in a picturesque island coined as the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean.
It is said that Dominica is one of the only islands in the Caribbean that Columbus would still recognize. The destinations on the island can be described as awe-inspiring, and well-preserved. The volcanoes that have shaped the landscape created steep heights, magnificent valleys, hot springs, cold springs, rivers, and waterfalls.
The attractions listed below are just a brief overview of what you can experience, so get ready to explore:
The hiking opportunities are endless in Dominica. Hikes can range from 10 minutes, 1 to 2 hours, or full day hikes. There are 265 rivers on the island, and a majority of them have spectacular waterfalls somewhere along their length. If you enjoy bird watching, Syndicate Falls is one of the best places for spotting Dominica’s famous Jaco and Sisserou parrots.
Although Dominica does not feature white sand beaches, there are beautiful golden and black sand beaches around the island. Fortunately for us, RUSM is located on the longest beach in Dominica! Located on the north side of the island near Hampstead, this lengthy stretch offers a fabulous view, fine sand, and beautiful water.
There are numerous hot springs around the island providing you with a warm, relaxing soak. Wotten Waven is the most common area for natural springs, and it features an abundance of hot sulfuric water and mud.
Snorkeling around Dominica is world-class, and you don’t have to go far to find it! There are small reefs visible along PBH and Coconut Beach. Great snorkeling is available around Secret Beach, Douglas Bay, Toucari Bay and the Cabrits dock. One of the most memorable snorkeling areas is Champagne Bay, located south of Roseau. The volcanic gases underneath the area create small bubbles that come up through the rocks. There is an endless variety of sea life visible here, and the bubbles that make the water look like champagne are absolutely gorgeous.
Dominica is consistently rated among the top 10 sites in the world for recreational SCUBA diving. The nutrient- rich waters teem with life including schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, whales, and a wide variety of reef creatures. Apprehensive beginners will be happy to know that sharks are rare, and to see one is lucky. Many people go to Dominica having no diving experience, others with more experience, but those who spend any amount of time diving in Dominica find it to be very rewarding and exciting!
Living on Dominica presents an opportunity to visit some of the other beautiful Caribbean islands! Dominica’s neighboring islands are Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique and St. Lucia to the south.