Walking Holidays in Dominica - Dominica - The Waitukubuli Trail


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New Experience has featured Dominica since 2008 (with a few interruptions by nature) and by now we probably know the island better than most Tour Operators. We have seen her through natural disasters and regeneration, never giving up in our quest to support and encourage sustainable tourism to this unique and cherished part of our planet.

Anyone reading this will quickly appreciate that Dominica is far from the ‘usual’ Caribbean Island of palms, white sands and turquoise sea. Although Dominica has these wonderful blessings, it’s her unique black sands, Atlantic surf, steaming pools, 9 dormant volcanoes, 365 rivers and cascading waterfalls amidst verdant rainforest of so many shades of green which create such a mystical island.

Culturally rich and home to the only surviving original inhabitants of the Caribbean islands, the Kalinago people enrich the island further with their stories, crafts and connection to land and sea. Tourism although small scale, is on the increase as Dominica rebuilds and regrows with ever increasing respect for her bountiful natural beauty; a real gem in the warm Caribbean Sea.

Day 1: Arrive Dominica and transfer to Fort Young Hotel Roseau. Rest of day at leisure to prepare for trek.

Day 2: Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin

Transfer to start of Segment 2. With Segment 1 a challenging hike, Segment 2 is a perfect introduction to Dominica’s heritage and landscape and passes through farmland offering a glimpse at small scale farming in the region. It follows an Old Slave Route, passes by the Soufriere Sulphur Springs and continues through an area of rainforest rich in local flora and fauna. The hike ends at Harmony Gardens, an organic farm growing medicinal herbs and member of the Bellevue Chopin Organic Farmers Group, Return to Roseau.  Overnight Fort Young Hotel 

Moderate - Time: 5 hours Distance: 12 km

Day 3. Bellevue Chopin to Wotten Waven

Return transfer to Bellevue Chopin and continuing onwards, this is an exciting section of the trail with wonderful views of the peaks in Morne Trois Pitons National Park rich in sulphurous volcanic activity encouraging much diversity in exotic plant species. En route you pass through Giraudel with Botanical Gardens as another village focusing on organic vegetable production and farming methods.The day ends with a relaxing bathe in Wotten Waven hot springs. Overnight Guesthouse 

Moderate - Time: 5 hours Distance: 12km

Day 4: Wotten Waven to Pont Casse

Today you walk in the shadow of the high peaks of the Morne Trois Pitons as you journey through the heart of this National Park World Heritage Site. Views are magnificent and forest dense with the beauty of new plants and vegetation as it regenerates from hurricane damage. The segment ends at the National Trail Headquarters in Pont Casse. Met and transferred to Mero. Overnight Garden Cottage Guilet (9 night option transfer to Mero Hotel). 

Moderate - Time:  6 hours   Distance 13km

Day 5: Demitrie to Tourcari Bay Penville to Capuchin

Journey today through different terrain in the far north of Dominica. Views to the islands of Marie Galante, the Saints and Guadeloupe appear through gaps in the dry forest. The region is historically rich along with a biodiversity of singing birds, jumping frogs, colourful and radiant flowers and towering trees. Settlements cling to the steep slopes above the ocean. Following the walk, swim in the soothing waters of picture post card Tourcari Bay. Transfer to accommodation 25 minutes. Overnight Garden Cottage 

Day 6:  Circle walk around Hatton Garden Estate or Free Afternoon

Note: this is a self-guided walk

A morning to relax and enjoy a scenic drive over to the east of Dominica to Hibiscus Valley. In the afternoon you can simply laze on the veranda of your cottage watching hummingbirds amongst beautiful tropical gardens or do a circle walk which includes part of Segment 7 and the Hatton Garden Estate. Overnight (private cottage)

Day 7: Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden

Transfer down the scenic east coast to Castle Bruce. This is a wonderful part of the Waitukubuli trail as you hike through a section of Dominica given to the first Carib (Kalinago) settlers on the island. The Kalinago people have a unique history explained by your guide as you hike through their territory and later enhanced by a visit to the Kalinago Barana Autê Heritage Centre. Segment 6 also provides wonderful sea views and cooling Atlantic ocean breezes. It is your choice as to how far you wish to walk. Overnight (private cottage)

Moderate to challenging Time: 5.5 hours Distance:  11 km

Day 8: Transfer to Melville Hall Airport to depart Dominica

 Optional Extensions:

Add an extra night between Days 3 & 4 to take in the Boiling Lake walk - Guided

Add extra nights at Citrus Creek La Plaine private riverside cottage (minimum stay 3 nights). Experience the remote south east to explore waterfalls and ancient slave trails or simply laze in your own private river pools.

Or 

Add extra nights at Hibiscus Valley

Why not extend your stay to 9 nights taking in 2 additional sections of the Waitukubuli trail?  If you chose this option your itinerary will be as above Days 1 -4 and as follows Days 5 - 10:

Day 5: Colihaut Heights to Syndicate

Starting high above the coastal village of Colihaut, today’s easy walk winds through the Northern Forest Reserve as it follows agricultural trails in the shadow of Morne Diablotins, Dominica’s highest mountain at 4747 ft. Catch glimpses of Jaco and Sisserou parrots and views to the north coast. End the day with a swim at Picard Beach. Overnight Beachside cottage.

Easy - Time: 4 hours Distance: 9 km

Day 6: Bornes to Penville 

Transfer to Bornes at start of segment 12 and follow old estate roads through a deeply rural part of Dominica with majestic Morne aux Diables as a backdrop. Experience views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea as you pass through dry forest and farmlands depicting culture and traditions associated with village life. This area is home to the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Transfer to accommodation 25 minutes Overnight Garden Cottage 

Moderate - Time: 5  hours  Distance: 10km

Day 7:  Demitrie to Tourcari Bay Penville to Capuchin

Journey today through different terrain in the far north of Dominica. Views to the islands of Marie Galante, the Saints and Guadeloupe appear through gaps in the dry forest. The region is historically rich along with a biodiversity of singing birds, jumping frogs, colourful and radiant flowers and towering trees. Settlements cling to the steep slopes above the ocean. Following the walk, swim in the soothing waters of picture post card Tourcari Bay. Transfer to accommodation 25 minutes. Overnight Garden Cottage

Day 8:  Circle walk around Hatton Garden Estate or Free Afternoon

Note: this is a self-guided walk

A morning to relax and enjoy a scenic drive over to the east of Dominica to Hibiscus Valley. In the afternoon you can simply laze on the veranda of your cottage watching hummingbirds amongst beautiful tropical gardens or do a circle walk which includes part of Segment 7 and the Hatton Garden Estate. Overnight (private cottage)

Day 9: Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden

Transfer down the scenic east coast to Castle Bruce. This is a wonderful part of the Waitukubuli trail as you hike through a section of Dominica given to the first Carib (Kalinago) settlers on the island. The Kalinago people have a unique history explained by your guide as you hike through their territory and later enhanced by a visit to the Kalinago Barana Autê Heritage Centre. Segment 6 also provides wonderful sea views and cooling Atlantic ocean breezes. It is your choice as to how far you wish to walk. Overnight (private cottage)

Moderate to challenging - Time: 5.5 hours Distance:  11 km

Day 10:  Transfer to Melville Hall Airport to depart Dominica

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Availability Information

The Caribbean has a great range of temperatures being hot and humid at sea level and cooling considerably in the mountains and rain forests.  At sea level expect an average of 80º, with high humidity during the summer, dropping to around 60º at 600-900m.  Constant cooling trade winds bring the temperature down further.  Rainfall occurs all year, mostly during the late afternoon and less during summer.  

November to March is best with April and May possible. The rainy season begins mid-April (though varies year to year) which makes negotiating some sections of the trail more difficult.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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