Walking Holidays in Dominica
|This small island in the West Indies so often confused with the Dominican Repuplic is siuated in the arc of islands called the Lesser Antilles and lies between Martinique and Guadeloupe. With its east coast facing the Atlantic Ocean and west coast the Caribbean Sea, Dominica (pronounced Domineeeca), is the youngest island in the Caribbean at only 26 million years old and still it's growing and changing. The island is unimaginably pure and pristine - as it was in its beginning. Mountains rise to 5,000' from sea level with sharp, uneroded ridges. Forests come in six tropical varieties with more than a thousand species of flowering plants and more shades of green than you could ever imagine. Waterfalls tumble from great heights, rivers flow in every direction down to the sea and hot pools bubble and steam. Birds and butterflies add splashes of colour against the green and the air is filled with jungle sounds....and the best way to explore all this is on foot.
Hiking on Dominica will suit all levels. Perhaps you just wish to spend days mostly relaxing in the tropics, birdwatching, noting the flora and with no more than a shortish walk along a well cleared, well signed path to a tranquil lake or gushing waterfall. At a moderate level, there are plenty of moss covered trails crossing warm streams leading to even more spectacular waterfalls or hotpools for bathing. But for the truly enthusiastic hiker there's the haunting Boiling Lake and Valley of Desolation which takes you far into the interior of the island hours from the rest of the world as well as mountain peaks such as Morne Diablotins at 4747 feet to climb. Easier hikes can be left to individuals to take at their own pace, but more challenging walks will benefit the company of one of the islands' expert registered guides.
To all this can be added the attraction of a comfortable Eco Lodge style accommodation, an ideal climate for hiking and freedom from poisonous, biting creatures! The Ocean offers further opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and whale watching. Food is pure, plentiful and very natural with an abundance of fruits, fish and vegetables leave you glowing with health when you return. Dominica is an island which will truly captivate your senses with every intention to return...and most people do.
Further information about Dominica and our walking holidays there...