Dominica nature holiday

“This tailor made holiday invites you to wander and wallow in the animal kingdom of this lush, mountainous island, with local naturalist guides.”


River trip Cabrits NP | Morne Diablotin NP | Morne Trois Pitons NP | Guided nature tours | Hodges Bay Beach | La Chaudiere Falls & Pool | Whale and dolphin safari | Trafalgar Falls and the Sulphur Springs | Visit to indigenous people of Carib Territory

Description of Dominica nature holiday

Dominica is without doubt the 'Nature Island' of the Caribbean and one of its best-kept secrets. The largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, Dominica encompasses an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true island-based rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls, boiling lakes, and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique.

Our Dominica Nature Holiday is a suggested itinerary that has been created to highlight some of the many outstanding natural features of this incredible island, whilst staying in two very different individual hotels, one in the North and the other in the South of the island.

There will be opportunities to hike the jungle trails that invariably seem to end in cascading waterfalls and superb views, to look for the endangered Imperial and Red-necked Parrots that are only found here and to spot whales and dolphins, which unusually remain in these waters all year round.

You can also swim in sparkling cold rivers, snorkel in the warm Caribbean Sea and soak in volcano-fed hot mineral pools. You will be encouraged to visit the last remaining settlement of the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean, the Kalinago. Dominica is the only island where they have survived the centuries and still live in their own community known as the Carib Territory.

The holiday includes all flights, accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis and transfers, but all guided tours as described are just suggestions at this stage and are subject to additional costs.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Dominica nature holiday

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Dominica is the ideal destination for the eco-minded tourist as there is so little development here and 80 percent of the island is still untouched. It is the first country ever to receive benchmark designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization, Green Globe 21, an unprecedented nod to the island’s commitment to sustainable, environmentally sensitive tourism.

Reflecting the need to protect and preserve its rich natural environment, both above and below sea level, Dominica has a number of national parks and forest and marine reserves. On this tour, you will visit several of these and the park fees used to help in their conservation, have been included in the price of the holiday.

In the ten acres of natural garden at Papillote Wilderness Retreat, they are committed to conserving indigenous species and celebrating the natural biodiversity of Dominica’s forests and wildlife. For example, rare aroids, such as the Philodendrum giganteum and the Anthurium dominicense were collected long ago, as well as the endangered Epidendrum discoidale, shelter discretely among the Papillote flora.


Dominica has worked hard to promote itself as an 'eco-tourism' destination. All the accommodation we recommend is locally owned and they are outstanding small-scale eco-resorts and cottages that would appeal to nature lovers. There are no large-scale hotel developments on the island, instead all the tourist accommodation available reflects not only a care for detail, but also a congruity of design with the environment very much in mind.

The hotels we have chosen for this tour have been designed to be part of the natural environment, as well as the local communities near which they are situated. They all have solar-heated water systems, serve locally-sourced food and use natural soaps.

This is very much a tour that will bring you right to the heart of the island community, with plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals, learn about their culture, taste their food and enjoy their company.

In addition, you will be able to visit the Kalinago Territory, an exciting part of Dominica where visitors can come to expand their understanding of Dominica’s first people. Presently approximately 3,000 Kalinagos live in a collectively owned 3,700 acre territory, spread over eight hamlets, on the north-eastern coast of Dominica. Together, these villages are called the Kalinago Territory. The Kalinago live a simple communal life, carrying on the many traditions of their ancestors. By visiting the Territory, you can enjoy Kalinago culture first-hand through storytelling, song and dance, craft demonstration, canoe building, herbal preparations and traditional culinary activities. When you visit the Kalinago Territory you interact with Dominica’s indigenous people and support their endeavors.

5 Reviews of Dominica nature holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were many highlights on this trip, but perhaps the most memorable was the hike to Boiling Lake, with our fantastic guide Jeffrey Charles. The hike took us around 7 hours, including a lunch stop at the Boiling Lake itself. It was tough, but well worth the effort, walking through rain forest, elfin forest, the Valley of Desolation and then the Boiling Lake.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you are planning to do any reasonable hikes, make sure you have the right footwear. Heavy duty boots, such as you would wear in the UK, will protect your ankles and keep your feet dry, but do not have sufficient grip for these hikes. Far better to use lighter weight boots/shoes with sticky soles!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We feel that our holiday did benefit local people - Dominica relies heavily on tourism. All our hotels were small and locally owned, employing local people. We used local guides etc and bought items made by the Kalinago in the local area. In terms of reducing environmental impact, it is difficult to do this when you take a long haul flight to your destination, but we did take water bottles with us which we refilled and our hotels mostly provided food locally grown/obtained with minimal food miles. We hope that the site passes purchased to enter the National Parks went some way to supporting conservation in Dominica.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was a fantastic holiday organised by our travel operator. Dominica is an incredible place with extremely friendly, welcoming people. Despite nearly 2 weeks there, we feel we have barely scratched the surface of this beautiful island and would dearly like to return.

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Mixing with the local people, both through our 11 days of excursions using wonderful Domincan guides, and simply talking to people and drinking with them in a village bar at Carnival time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You hardly ever get a choice of food, so make sure you state your dietary requirements as you arrive at each place. They will accommodate you, and the food is excellent. Also, don't hire a car. You see less, learn less, and are exposed to both stress and some danger.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, because local people are heavily involved, but again especially if you don't hire a car.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Extremely well thought out, to a high standard, very varied, and a way to get to know this magnificent island intimately

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Flying into the dense greenness of the rain forest in Dominica and being confronted by the stunning views from Calibishie Cove.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Try to get to know the people who live near your accommodation. Dominicans are very friendly and love to share their lives with you.

Monitor the paths you are going to walk on. Frequent rain makes some of the steeper paths very slippery and it is best not to attempt them unless you are very sure-footed.

Don't expect that every trip you make will work out as expected. Whales do not show up to order.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our holiday certainly benefitted local hoteliers, tradesmen and guides. We learned a great deal about handling the environment and reducing detrimental human impacts on it but I don't think we did anything positive in this respect.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

On Antigua we stayed at the Catamaran Hotel. It was in a delightful spot, on a beach close to a historic harbour. The room was comfortable, though the equipment in it could benefit from some upgrading (especially the bathroom). The restaurant was fine though we had to argue for our breakfasts. The hotel said that they never book guests in for breakfast but eventually they honoured the voucher we were sent by our agent.

Dominica is an astonishingly beautiful country and we were able to see much of it. The hotel was well equipped, stylish accommodation in a stunning spot. The food was particularly notable - Caribbean cuisine of the
highest order. The trips went as planned and gave us an insight into the rivers, the flora and the history of that part of the island. No-one can control the weather. The morning of our trip to Chaudiere Pool had been more than usually wet and this meant that we could not reach the walkway by vehicle so we had a long walk along a precipitous and muddy path. Fortunately Spanish visitors with a 4X4 rescued us!

The grounds of Papilotte were a pure delight and we were introduced to them by an enthusiastic naturalist. We enjoyed bathing in the hot pools and being massaged by fast-flowing streams. Our visits to sulphur springs and boiling mud
pools were as expected - a peek into the frighteningly active heart of the earth. The meals were good and the rooms were well kept. Our only disappointment there was that we were in a very basic room with no windows (necessitating
using electric lights whenever we were inside) and no patio or outdoor space. Had we realised this we would have been prepared to spend a little more on an upgrade.

We could not fault Beau Rive. It gave us some days of gracious living with a host who could not do enough to entertain us and to share witty tales about life on the island. It gave us an opportunity to discover more of the culture of some of
the early inhabitants of the island.

Overall we had a memorable holiday in some delightful locations and would certainly return to the Eastern Caribbean if we had the chance.

Peter and Joan Rule

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole two weeks was both memorable and exciting! The sheer beauty of Dominica with it's rainforests, mountains and rivers; the fantastic array of tropical flowers, the wonderful bird-life, and the feeling of being a traveller, not just a tourist. It felt as if we were in Paradise and somewhere completely different. The food was wonderful and the people friendly. I felt I had never eaten healthier - different freshly squeezed fruit juice everyday and everything freshly picked and straight to table and so tasty! I am a salt addict and I found I didn't need it! Wonderful rum punch on the veranda at Beau Rive made by Mark, the owner - the most helpful, kind and considerate host I have ever met.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This is not the usual Caribbean beach holiday. It's not your type of holiday if you just want to lie on the beach all day. Be prepared for a relaxed way of life and don't be afraid to try all sorts of different fruits and veg. Go to the Riverside Cafe at Citrus Creek Plantation on the east coast for the best onion pie in the world! Lots of wonderful walking opportunities so take good walking shoes - also something waterproof as there can be tropical showers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I think it benefited local people. Most of the food was locally produced and that would help the local farmers and support conservation - everthing organic. We employed local people as guides - who might not have been employed at that time.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic - I would love to return.

Reviewed on 29 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Travelling by local buses on the hairpin roads and also whalewatching trip

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Dominica is wet hence its 365 rivers so be prepared and have some decent footwear for the brilliant walking something with grip that can also get wet-you dont want to miss all those plunges into fabulous waterfall pools-it may be wet but
its hot too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In a way because we ate alot at local places and used local buses-not all our
accomadation was owned by locals but people who hadbeen in Dominica a long time so could be classed as locals

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Dominica is a real hidden treasure-if the beach rich carribean islands are not
for you-and you like to be active try it-you can trek easy or -boiling lake hard-
or even the full Waitakubuli trail.Tubing or canyoning or snorkeling.We went
whale watching and saw sperm whales and pilot whales too.

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