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
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
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
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
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
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.