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Nature Bucket List in Dominica

Natural Bucket List - Scotts Head, Dominica

Dominica is known as the Nature Island. It is a trailhead to adventure and discovery. It is volcanic peaks, sparking waterfalls, boiling waters, bubbling springs and as many rivers as there are days in a year. Whether you’re with your family, your partner or on your own, Dominica is a natural Paradise.

Here are my top five nature bucket list experiences in Dominica

Number One – Sari Sari Falls

Dominica Bucket List - Sari Sari Falls

The moment I arrived at the airport I was picked up by my guide and we drove directly to Sari Sari Falls. It’s located on the east coast within the village of La Plaine. It starts with a steep incline to the bed of the Sari Sari River and it had me wondering if we hiked the same way out. The answer was “yes”! Stiff from a full day of plane travel, it wasn’t a good start. As we made our way along the trail, I realized how magnificent it was and my body accepted the challenge. The trail traverses along the river bed, crossing several times. The cold water was refreshing and I didn’t mind splashing it on my legs and arms. The return trip took us three hours of up and down hill hiking and crossing the river but that was part of the adventure. When I arrived at the waterfall, I was transfixed by its beauty. The picturesque falls and the swimming pool at the bottom were my rewards for hiking.

Number Two – Trafalgar Falls

Dominica Bucket List - Trafalgar Falls

Situated east of the picturesque village of Trafalgar is one of Dominica’s most popular natural attractions: the Trafalgar Falls. That was our next stopping point. A 10-minute hike took us to a viewing platform for a panoramic view of twin waterfalls which plunge about 125 feet and 75 feet.  They were breathtaking… literally and figuratively. (Although it’s only a 10-minute walk, it consists mostly of stairs.)

At the base of the waterfalls, I took a relaxing dip in the hot springs and pools. My aching muscles thanked me and rewarded me with the energy to continue my adventurous day.

Number Three – Champagne Reef

Dominica Bucket List - Champagne Reef

At Champagne Reef, underwater geothermal springs vent gasses in the form of thousands of warm bubbles that made me feel like I was swimming in a giant glass of Champagne. Add the spectacular myriad of sea life including parrot fish, turtles, sponges and coral and I was drunk with underwater happiness.

Number Four – Canyoning
Nature Bucket List - Canyoning Dominica

My dream day on the island was spent jumping over cascades into crystal clear pools, wading, swimming, climbing and rappelling through waterfalls and exploring the hidden depths of this magical island.  Extreme Dominica took me into a new world of adventure. Before ever jump, I stopped and took in all the curves and shapes of the canyon. Like a kid again, I giggled with anticipation as I waited to rappel into the falls and I smiled whole way down.

Number Five – Scotts Head Peninsula

Nature Bucket List - Scott's Head Peninsula Scotts Head is a small fishing village located on the southern tip of the island of Dominica, overlooking Soufriere Bay. A peninsula located west of the village is called Scotts Head Peninsula and is the meeting point of the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean Sea. I walked to the top of the mountain on the tip of the peninsula and looked out over Dominica, the sea and the ocean. I turned around and around, looking at the natural beauty of it all. That same ocean would lead me all the way back to my family in Nova Scotia if I sailed it. I had the hilltop to myself but I couldn’t stop grinning. What a beautiful world we live in.

It’s easy to fulfill a nature bucket list in Dominica. From the highest mountains to the depths of the sea, Dominica is unlike any other Caribbean destination and unmatched in its Caribbean beauty.

*Disclosure: A special thanks to Dominica Tourism for making this trip a reality. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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41 thoughts on “Nature Bucket List in Dominica

  1. Champagne Reef looks so clear and absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit Dominica just for those reefs! Those 2 falls are quite amazing as well. I think Dominica just made our list, Thanks to you!

    1. Lesley says:

      It’s so naturally beautiful here, Brenda. You could hike a different trail every day of the week and still find something new and beautiful.

      What islands in the Caribbean have you visited?

  2. Champagne Reef looks so clear and absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit Dominica just for those reefs! Those 2 falls are quite amazing as well. I think Dominica just made our list, Thanks to you!

    1. Lesley says:

      It’s so naturally beautiful here, Brenda. You could hike a different trail every day of the week and still find something new and beautiful.

      What islands in the Caribbean have you visited?

  3. Holly says:

    Looks beautiful!

  4. Holly says:

    Looks beautiful!

  5. I don’t think I’d dare make a jump, but the photos of the beaches and the falls look gorgeous! Dominica hasn’t been our “to visit” list, but maybe it should be! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Lesley says:

      It’s one of my favorite islands in the Caribbean and I’ve been to most of them. The nature beauty here is unbelievable.

      What is your favorite island so far?

      1. I haven’t been to any islands yet, Lesley!

  6. I don’t think I’d dare make a jump, but the photos of the beaches and the falls look gorgeous! Dominica hasn’t been our “to visit” list, but maybe it should be! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Lesley says:

      It’s one of my favorite islands in the Caribbean and I’ve been to most of them. The nature beauty here is unbelievable.

      What is your favorite island so far?

      1. I haven’t been to any islands yet, Lesley!

  7. I love your description of the Champagne Reef. How fun! Beautiful photos and what a list you covered!

  8. I love your description of the Champagne Reef. How fun! Beautiful photos and what a list you covered!

  9. I have always wanted to go canyoning, it looks like SO. MUCH. FUN! Dominica looks wonderful, what a great place to go.

  10. I have always wanted to go canyoning, it looks like SO. MUCH. FUN! Dominica looks wonderful, what a great place to go.

  11. Tamara says:

    Canyoning looks so, so fun! My aunt went here a few years ago and ever since it has been on my radar.

  12. Tamara says:

    Canyoning looks so, so fun! My aunt went here a few years ago and ever since it has been on my radar.

  13. Katie Baird says:

    So beautiful. I would love to snorkel or scuba dive on Champagne reef!

  14. Katie Baird says:

    So beautiful. I would love to snorkel or scuba dive on Champagne reef!

  15. samiya selim says:

    All these activities look amazing!! All on my bucketlist now 🙂

  16. samiya selim says:

    All these activities look amazing!! All on my bucketlist now 🙂

  17. Jolene Mudri says:

    Lesley,

    It was so nice to meet you in Dominica. I am excited to see your travels on the blog. Hope you got home alright. We had a very long travel day on Saturday. Keep in touch!

    Jolene

  18. Jolene Mudri says:

    Lesley,

    It was so nice to meet you in Dominica. I am excited to see your travels on the blog. Hope you got home alright. We had a very long travel day on Saturday. Keep in touch!

    Jolene

  19. Champagne Reef looks amazing! I want to go there. 🙂

  20. Champagne Reef looks amazing! I want to go there. 🙂

  21. Sarah Ebner says:

    Each time I read one of the adventures, I decided that was the one I wanted to do! What amazing outdoors activities. Love the idea of Champagne Reef particularly, but the waterfalls are also beautiful.

  22. Sarah Ebner says:

    Each time I read one of the adventures, I decided that was the one I wanted to do! What amazing outdoors activities. Love the idea of Champagne Reef particularly, but the waterfalls are also beautiful.

  23. Jody Robbins says:

    Champagne reef looks amazing. I’ve never been to Dominca, but if I go, this will be my bucket list, too!

  24. Jody Robbins says:

    Champagne reef looks amazing. I’ve never been to Dominca, but if I go, this will be my bucket list, too!

  25. megsy says:

    Canyoning looks amazing!!! I’ve heard so many amazing things about Dominica, I’d love to visit.

  26. megsy says:

    Canyoning looks amazing!!! I’ve heard so many amazing things about Dominica, I’d love to visit.

  27. Gweneth Jules Morhouse says:

    I was born in Dominica, and I have travelled much; I simply have not come across any natural, scenic, beautiful place like Dominica.
    Anytime I see pictures of Dominica, the beauty of them steal my breath away.
    An American man was so captivated by pictures he saw of Dominica, that he made his way to there and loved every bit of it, we fell in love , we married, he purchased property there, and then retired to live in DOMINICA.

    Thank you, LESLEY for your article NATURE BUCKET LIST IN DOMINICA

  28. Gweneth Jules Morhouse says:

    I was born in Dominica, and I have travelled much; I simply have not come across any natural, scenic, beautiful place like Dominica.
    Anytime I see pictures of Dominica, the beauty of them steal my breath away.
    An American man was so captivated by pictures he saw of Dominica, that he made his way to there and loved every bit of it, we fell in love , we married, he purchased property there, and then retired to live in DOMINICA.

    Thank you, LESLEY for your article NATURE BUCKET LIST IN DOMINICA

  29. Marc says:

    Sari sari falls look beautiful and there are so much to see and do in Dominica. I have never been there and this inspire me to think about it.

  30. Marc says:

    Sari sari falls look beautiful and there are so much to see and do in Dominica. I have never been there and this inspire me to think about it.

  31. Liesbet says:

    Dominica is a wonderful and unique island – very different from “the bunch” – and you did it justice, Lesley. It is slowly gaining momentum and popularity and is working hard on its tourist image. The hiking is the best part!

  32. Liesbet says:

    Dominica is a wonderful and unique island – very different from “the bunch” – and you did it justice, Lesley. It is slowly gaining momentum and popularity and is working hard on its tourist image. The hiking is the best part!

  33. These places really deserve a place in everyone’s bucket list!

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