Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean, is an Instagrammer’s best-kept secret. For feeds that thrive on adventure, landscapes and the love of life, Dominica is the perfect travel location! Here are some of the countless backdrops to liven up your social media while also having the time of your life.
Waters from the 50-foot Emerald Falls plunge into this swirling, fern-filled basin, giving hikers a cool respite after a leisurely hike to this sight. The Emerald Pool has a distinctive green colour thanks to the rainforest vegetation around it. The unique appearance has made this waterfall the scene of several movies as well as weddings. The lush canopy of trees surrounding the edges, the open sky directly above, and a small cave behind the pools can give the impression of truly being in the middle of an uncharted island.
At 2800 ft, Boeri Lake is one of two freshwater lakes in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park and can be reached via a 1.25-mile hike. The walk up the ridge en route to Boeri Lake offers visitors some panoramic views of Dominica’s landscape. The water is cold, so a dip is quite refreshing. Keep an eye out for scurrying zandoli (tree lizards), hummingbirds and butterflies.
Located in Roseau, the capital of Dominica, the gardens are one of the finest in the region. Following the restoration effects after Hurricane David in 1979, it remains a focus of cultural life on the island and a centre of conservation research in Dominica.
Jungle Bay Resort
With the Dominican government’s pledge to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation, Jungle Bay Resort specializes in ecovillas that are designed with stones and hardwood while overlooking the lush greenery of the country. The resort, built with funds from the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, is nestled between tropical trees and plants, in harmony with nature. The CBI Programme helps well-vetted individuals attain citizenship by financially contributing to the host country’s economy. Jungle Bay packs plenty of opportunities to get shots of relaxing by the window or treating yourself to a spa day.
Dominica declared this land a national park in 1975. The waterfall itself is one of the tallest on the island. The pool at the bottom is deep and well worth the scramble down for an invigorating swim. This waterfall changes quite noticeably between seasons. When it is dry, the falls are very narrow and the pool extremely tranquil. In the height of the wet season, the waterfall is full and thunderous, throwing out vast clouds of spray and making access to the pool almost impossible.
Dominica is home to some of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Rainfall over thousands of years carved out deep gorges in the rock creating an ever-changing landscape of rivers, waterfalls and pools hidden in the rainforest. Local tour companies also offer visitors a chance to climb the geological wonder.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
As the whale watching capital of the Caribbean, Dominica boasts a 90% success rate in spotting whales and dolphins during excursions. The peak season is between November and June, but with the bonus of resident pods of sperm whales, you stand a good chance of snapping a picture of the majestic creatures all year round.
Boiling Lake is a flooded fumarole reached after a 3-4-hour hike from the village of Laudat. But it’s worth it when you see the cauldron of bubbling grey and blue water evaporating in a cloud of vapour. The lake is the world’s second-largest boiling lake, at approximately 200 ft (63 m) across.
Zahra has written for platforms like CBC News, Brown Girl Magazine, Broadview Magazine, and Narcity Toronto. Her work often centres around topics related to social justice, culture, and travel. She enjoys fondling Spanish on Duolingo, practicing salsa moves in the shower, and talking to strangers on the subway.
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