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Secret Treasure of the Caribbean

Dominica - volcanic landscapes & tropical rainforest
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General information about travelling to Dominica.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • three-centre walking holiday
  • tackle sections of the Caribbean’s first long-distance walking trail
  • hike to a ‘boiling lake’
  • snorkel a ‘champagne reef’
  • sample indigenous Kalinago culture

***Our thoughts are with those on Dominica during the hurricane season, and particularly in the wake of the recent devastating storms. We are keeping in as close contact as possible with our hoteliers and partners on the ground, and can only hope that they – and all those affected in the Caribbean – are able to recover quickly. We will, of course, keep you fully informed, but won’t be taking bookings until the full extent of the impact is known.***


Boiling Lake, Bubble Beach, Dragon’s Mouth, Valley of Desolation, Champagne Reef... If you’ve not heard of Dominica before, then perhaps its roll call of suitably evocative place names might ignite your sense of adventure and fire your imagination.

Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic (and pronounced “Dom-in-eek-a”, as if to underline the distinction), this rough diamond, no bigger than the Scottish Isle of Mull and yet with nine active volcanoes, is known as ‘the nature island’ and is the very antithesis of the Caribbean holiday cliché. Those that make it here come not for beachcombing or cocktail bars, but to explore vast swathes of pristine rainforest, to hike to prodigious waterfalls and crater lakes, and to experience the raw energy of a living, breathing landscape. Elemental power is all around: an emerald canopy dripping with bromeliads and orchids; towering cascades and crystal-clear pools; resplendent tropical birdlife; and a volcanic wonderland with hot springs, fumaroles, black-sand beaches and that boiling lake (the second largest in the world).

Nothing beats the exhilaration of hiking through the jungle for a cool and refreshing swim in a crystal-clear pool, then enjoying a free massage at the bottom of a thundering waterfall.
     
James Keane, Inntravel

That the Dominicans are renowned for their sense of community is perhaps unsurprising when you consider their ongoing struggle against the relentless power of nature. They are resilient and determined, but also welcome visitors with an open heart, endearingly laughing off rain storms as ‘liquid sunshine’, while using giant tree ferns as umbrellas during the frequent downpours. Walking is in these islanders’ DNA, and when it comes to the 200-kilometre Wai’tukubuli National Trail (‘WNT’ – the Caribbean’s first long-distance footpath), many of the sections, which local people still use to pursue their daily lives, carry historical reverberations from times when they were slave routes, Carib hunting trails or colonial roads. All of our chosen routes (several of which follow sections of the WNT) are hugely rewarding; and, as you trace the island’s history from the Kalinago villages by the tempestuous Atlantic in the east to the milder and more moderate Caribbean coast farther west, you will experience a combination of elemental drama and serene wilderness that will touch your very soul.

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Dominica
 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 29 29 30 30 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 29
mm 136 87 93 87 137 185 108 246 250 239 252 176

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

Dominica’s tropical climate makes for humid conditions, though these are often tempered by the trade winds. Our holiday does not run during the rainy season (generally June to early November), but you should be prepared for rain at any time of year, especially on the east coast and in the mountains.