Filled with towering mountains, lush rainforests, rushing rivers, majestic waterfalls, and volcanic wonders, Dominica is the place where travelers forget everything they think they knew about the Caribbean. Commonly known as “the nature island,” Dominica offers something for everyone – from adrenaline-filled adventure and eco-tours to secluded retreats, natural spas, and year-round whale watching. But this unique Caribbean paradise has yet to be discovered by many.
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Still wondering why you should be learning more about Dominica today? Here are five of the many reasons that make this hidden gem of the Caribbean a bucket list destination:
1. Unparalleled Underwater Discovery
Featuring everything from vibrant colorful reefs and tropical fish-filled waters to spectacular drops and submerged volcanic craters, Dominica’s coastal waters are among the top dive and snorkeling destinations in the world. Divers can choose from dozens of sites around the island and learn more about Dominica's unique marine environment at the popular Dive Fest every year in July.
2. Whale-Spotting Year-Round
As the only country in the world with a resident sperm whale population, Dominica is dubbed the Whale-Watching Capital of the Caribbean. A short boat ride brings travelers in contact with the world's largest toothed animal within the calm turquoise Caribbean Sea.
3. The World’s 2nd Largest Boiling Lake
Enveloped by swirling clouds of misty vapor, Dominica’s Boiling Lake is the second largest of its kind in the world, resembling a cauldron that bubbles greyish-blue water heated by molten magma below. The awe of Boiling Lake is as breathtaking as the hike to get there. Known as the “ultimate challenge,” this six-hour journey takes travelers through The Valley of Desolation, a timeless terrain shaped by the erosive and volcanic forces of nature over 200 million years in the making.
4. The Longest Hiking Trail in the Caribbean
Dominica is the only Caribbean destination with a walking trail that extends the length of the island. Named after the Carib Indian name for Dominica, “The Waitukubuli National Trail” is 115 miles long and is divided into 14 contiguous segments that can take an experienced hiker nearly two weeks to complete. Breathtaking views, waterfalls, rushing streams, and volcanic wonders await hikers of every skill level in Dominica.
5. Life as It Was Centuries Ago
The northeast corner of the island is home to the last remaining community of Carib Indians: the Kalinagos, Dominica's indigenous people and descendants of the population that once dominated the Caribbean islands. Not only is the land preserved in Dominica, but the people and culture as well. Approximately 3,000 Kalinagos live in a collectively-owned, protected territory where travelers can experience the rich and unique heritage of Dominica’s first settlers.
The island also features a number of new and newly-renovated properties designed for all types of travelers including, the luxuriously secluded Secret Bay, nature and wellness-focused Jungle Bay, adventure boutique hotel Wanderlust Caribbean, and the highly-anticipated Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, which is set to open Fall 2020.