One of the smaller, less visited islands in the sun splashed pastiche of the Caribbean, Dominica is a fragrant, multi faceted gem of an island. A place afloat in its own space in time, it is brimming with charm, beauty, and a sense of adventure that will appeal to all ages and tastes.

The pretty, post colonial capital of Rouseau boasts an engaging range of buildings with different architectural styles. Here, you will find English, French and even Spanish influences. There are even some old, evocative colonial plantation estates that are well worth a look here.

Check out the sublime views of downtown Rouseau from the heights of Morne Bruce, and the swathe of beautiful botanical gardens that cluster around its base. The island also has the charmingly titled ‘Boling Lake’ , just outside of town. The vast, bubbling, grey blue body of water is the second largest such hot lake in the world. But, with no roads leading to it, you’ll have to make a hike of around thirteen kilometres to get there.

Dominica is an island perfect for exploring on foot. The lush, verdant interior showcases tremendous, thundering waterfalls, steep, rolling hills, and a fantastic flourish of jungle shrouded fauna that spills across the interiors like some amazingly vibrant technicolor splash. Long dormant volcanoes serve as timely reminders of a more tumultuous past. There are more than three hundred miles of nature trails that wind through this dense, delightful natural smorgasbord, and guides will allow you to make the most of it.

For lovers of snorkelling and diving, Dominica is one of the most vibrant and colourful experiences imaginable; it is nothing less than an amazing, under water theme Park. Vast, underwater canyons and dramatically steep cliffs play host to a staggering variety of fish species of all different shapes, size and colours.  It’s a uniquely rewarding, very different perspective on this fascinating Caribbean idyll.

Of course, Dominica also has a surfeit of honey blond, sun splashed beaches with amazing natural backdrops. A uniquely pretty little island, Dominica is a hugely diverse land where you can walk, swim, rest and play, all within sight and sound of one of the most beautiful and dramatic backdrops anywhere in the entire Caribbean; an entire eco system in miniature.

Cruise ships dock in the centre of the capital, at the Rouseau Cruise Ship Berth. There are bars, shops and restaurants within easy walking distance, as well as local transport.

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