An all-inclusive package of tours and activities in the 'nature island' of the Caribbean
The Discover Dominica Holiday will give you a real insight to all that this unique island has to offer. Dominica is the perfect place to experience a Caribbean that has not succumbed to mass tourism or commercial overdevelopment. Most of the 290-square-mile island is covered in natural vegetation and the majority of the island’s 70,000 inhabitants live near the capital city of Roseau. This leaves Dominica wide open to every adventurous traveller with a good pair of hiking shoes or a mask and snorkel, but Dominica is more than just a diver’s dream and a hiker’s paradise. It is home to the Kalinago community, the world’s only remaining intact Carib tribe.
The Discover Dominica Holiday is an all-inclusive package based at a comfortable hotel overlooking the Caribbean Sea from where you will do daily tours to explore all parts of the island and at the same time learn a lot about the flora, fauna and people that inhabit it. You will have the opportunity to experience just about any outdoor adventure you can dream of, such as hiking, snorkelling, whale-watching, kayaking, swimming and bird watching.
The itinerary is for one week but you can extend your holiday in Dominica or you can include additional days in another island of your choice, such as Antigua, St Lucia or Barbados.
Day 1 – Fly to Dominica from the UK via Antigua
On arrival in Dominica you will be met and transferred to The Tamarind Tree Hotel which is ideally located in the centre of Dominica’s west coast on top of a 100-foot cliff, offering a beautiful view over the Caribbean Sea, the Bay of Salisbury and Morne Diablotin. It is situated mid-way between Roseau, the capital and Portsmouth, both about a 30-minute drive away. The beach of Macoucherie is a three minute walk away and the beach of Salisbury, where there is a dive centre is seven minutes walking distance. The hotel offers a hot tub, swimming pool, gardens and free Wi-Fi throughout. The rooms have wooden furnishings and are equipped with a ceiling fan, fridge and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. The superior rooms have air conditioning. There is a shared terrace offering fabulous sea views. The hotel is run by Swiss owners Annette and Stefan who have made an enormous contribution to the recovery of the island post hurricane by offering voluntourism packages aimed at the restoration of the Waitukubuli National Trail.
Day 2 – North Dominica Tour
Visit the famous Emerald Falls and Pool, which in the past was a resting point for the Kalinago people, who believed that to bathe in the pool would have rejuvenating effects. Drive along the east coast through the Kalinago Territory and visit the Kalinago Barana Auté, an open-air museum showcasing the daily life of the indigenous people. Meet the last of the Kalinago people as you visit their museum and villages, where you will have lunch at the village’s open-air restaurant. Drive along the north coast with its golden sandy beaches, before proceeding to Indian River where you will take a row boat ride through the mangroves, one of the film locations of “Pirates of the Caribbean II”.
Day 3 – Middleham Hike
Hike to Middleham Falls, part of the Morne Trois Piton National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. This is the tallest of Dominica’s numerous water falls. From the starting point in Sylvania the trail leads directly into the tropical rainforest. Hike for about two hours and experience the only remaining virgin rainforest in the Caribbean. A short descent takes you down to the platform, from where you enjoy a spectacular view of the impressive 80m cascade falling into a pool. The brave climb down the rocks for a very refreshing dip in the pool. You will have a picnic lunch here before heading back on the main trail and continuing the hike to Laudat. Visit the impressive twin Trafalgar Falls in the afternoon, before returning to your hotel.
Day 4 – Whale & Dolphin Watching
Have a lazy morning and an early lunch before you go whale watching. The boat takes you out into the Caribbean Sea, off the west coast of the island, where a large population of sperm whales live all year round. You might also find pilot, false orca and, more rarely, beak whales. Five different species of dolphins can also be seen.
Day 5 – South East Tour
Drive south along the west coast through the capital city of Roseau to Loubière, where you leave the coast and drive past the Kubuli brewery up to Bellevue Chopin and then down to Grand Bay along the south coast. The road takes you up to the top of Morne Paix Bouche (“shut-up mountain”) with fantastic views over the channel and the island of Martinique. A scenic drive along the south east coast then takes you to the Glassy Trail. A short hike leads 300m down onto a cold lava stream into the Atlantic Ocean. There will be a chance for river bathing and lunch at the Riverside Café in La Plaine, before visiting Bout Sable, the turtle beach.
Day 6 – Guided Birdwatching at Syndicate Forest
Nestled on the foothills of Dominica’s tallest mountain, Morne Diablotin, and close to the Picard River Gorge, is the Syndicate Nature Trail. Today you will visit this National Park, with your specialist birding guide, Dr Birdy, who is the very best on the island. Syndicate is home to Dominica’s two indigenous birds, the Sisserou or Imperial Parrot which is the national bird of the island, and the Jaco or Red Necked Parrot. Thanks to their protected status, and the efforts of The Parrot Research in Roseau, the population is recovering and spreading further south. The Syndicate area is popular for bird watching, as it is a sanctuary for some of the 170 other bird species in Dominica.
Day 7 – Snorkelling Tour
An opportunity to snorkel at Champagne Reef, so called because underwater geothermal springs vent gasses in the form of thousands of warm bubbles giving the visitor a feeling of swimming through a giant glass of Champagne. The reef itself here is quite spectacular and you can expect to see a myriad of sea life including sponges, lobster, parrot fish and a resident population of Hawksbill turtles.
Day 8 – Depart Dominica
A last day to enjoy Dominica, when you can choose to be as active or as relaxed as you wish, before leaving for the airport and your flight home or on to another island.
Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion and the activities and the days that they occur may be changed.