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THE Nature Island
Member Name: Irish T
Date: 17/03/01, updated on 17/03/01 (61 review reads)
Advantages: Natural Beauty, total safety
Disadvantages: Travelling time a little longer
Dominica is a little known and probably lesser visited gem in the tiara-esque group of East Carribean islands.
As a result, it is marvellously untouched in many ways, and fabulously underdeveloped from the point of view of a tourist.
I visited at the end of last November (2000), and caught one end of the rainy season - having said that, it was not cold.
As a keen diver, I spent much of the time in the water, staying in Soufriere to the South of the Island near Scott's Head. This has to be some of the best diving I have ever seen. It is quiet, in good condition, and has an enormous variety of sea life, some of which has yet to be identified properly (I found a Sea Goddess nudibranch which I have yet to find as an identified species) not to mention "the thing", a commonly viewed creature for the Dive shop staff, yet curiously remaining unidentified.
Aside from diving, the beauty of this island extends thousands of feet above sea level. The rainforests which virtually cover the island have their own ominous beauty, but venture a little, and take in some of the sites. Dominica boasts the largets boiling lake in the world - quite a feat for such a small island, and although the hike is a full day, and the some, and extremely demanding (for an amateur walker, any way), it is well worth the effort. A wonderful day spent clambering through the forests. Be sure to take a guide, though, or you may be there longer than a day. And be sure take in the hot springs on the way back down the mountain.
If you want soem slightly less physical activities, there is no shortage. I would recommend visiting the Emerald pool, a delightful area, the climax of which being the pool at the foot of a steady flowing waterfall. Swim in it, it is wonderful. The water is all clean, and it is reassuring to know that Dominica is home to precisely no dangerous creatures, so you can walk in perfect safety through the forests.
more, go at the right time of year and you can jump on a boat and catch a glimpse of whales as they feed and breed 2 to 3 miles off shore - we saw five female humpbacks, and I can assure you it was breathtaking.
The extra time it takes to get there is definitely well worth it. A home from home, where the water in the tap is drinkable, and the sockets in the walls have three prongs! A real bonus!
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