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About Dominica

This lush island is right on the whales Caribbean migration path so be sure you take a boat trip out to spot them on their way north. And, even if you do not see whales, there are plenty of playful dolphins that usually tag along in the boats wake.

But, by passing Dominica by, the whales do not know what they are missing.  It is an island of breathtaking natural beauty with crater lakes and waterfalls, forests and gorges, many with evocative names like Boiling Lake and Valley of Desolation.

Offshore, there are coral reefs teeming with fish of all colours, shapes and sizes to amaze swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers. You are also welcome to visit the last surviving community of Carib Indians, the original inhabitants of the entire Caribbean, who still follow the old ways - fishing, carving and basket-making.

 

Shore excursions in Dominica

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Dominica's Favourites

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

A chance to discover two of Dominica's natural gems: Trafalgar Falls and the Emerald Pool.

Heading out of Roseau, you’ll wend your way up to Morne Bruce. From a height of 300 feet, you’ll have wonderful views of the town. You’ll also see the island’s towering mountains and deep valleys, making this a truly scenic tour.

Trafalgar Falls is one of Dominca’s most spectacular attractions. After a 10 minute hike through ginger plants, vanilla orchards and tropical rainforest your first view of the majestic Falls, from a platform, is beautiful and breathtaking.

Within the National Park, the enchanting Emerald Pool lies in the heart of lush, green rainforest. Take a walk down to the pool, where you can stand behind the 40 foot waterfall and cool off with a dip if you wish. Alternatively, just enjoy the surroundings of the tropical rainforest.

You’ll make a brief stop at a local venue to sample some refreshing fruit juices. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere before taking the return drive to Roseau.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot.Children under 6 may not participate. Due to the topography of Dominica, this tour involves around 2 hours of the total tour duration on the minibus. The roads on this tour can be narrow, steep and winding. There will be around 1 hour of walking over uneven and inclined surfaces including steps. Pathways can be slippery when wet. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear and take a towel if wishing to take a dip at the falls.

Layou River Tubing

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Known as the land of 365 rivers, take a river tube ride along the Layou River, one of Dominica’s largest.

Setting off from the port, you’ll take a scenic drive through the unspoiled Layou Valley to the launching site. Upon arrival, your tubing guides will be waiting to take you on a journey down the Layou River.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, as you are transported down stream along this cool mountain river. Your ride will take you through the beautiful Layou Valley, bursting with unspoiled vegetation and tropical greenery. In places, you’ll pass through small rapids and take pleasure in the adventure of ‘whooshing’ past the rocks and riverbanks. You’ll stop off for a swim before floating off again through the natural freshwater pools.

After your river tubing experience, you’ll be offered a refreshing drink before heading back to Roseau.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus, river tube and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. Participants must be competent swimmers. The drive to the river tubing starting point is around 30-40 minutes. Please wear swimwear under clothes, take a towel and sunscreen. There is a stony entrance to the river. Comfortable non-slip shoes that can get wet or water shoes are advisable. Personal belongings will be transferred to the pickup point.

Leisurely Dominica & Hibiscus Falls

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A leisurely option that allows you to discover the highlights of Dominica and view the picturesque Hibiscus Falls.

Setting off from the port, your journey will take you through Roseau and on to Morne Bruce viewpoint. Enjoy a brief stop, taking in panoramic views over the capital and the Caribbean coastline.

You’ll continue to the Botanical Gardens, which have been beautifully restored despite the destruction caused by Hurricane David in 1979. As you follow your guide through the gardens, look out for the many varieties of exotic flowers and tropical plants.

Afterwards, you’ll head inland, passing through the island’s tropical rainforest and plantations, en-route to Hibiscus falls. Capture a lovely sight of the falls from the viewpoint, or for those who prefer, take the optional walk down to the waterfall pool. During your visit, you’ll be offered some delicious local fruits and a fruit or rum punch refreshment.

Your return journey will take you through more of the island’s lush green scenery, before arriving back at the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. The short walk at the Botanical Gardens is optional and is over relatively flat ground. There is a short flat walk to reach the waterfall viewpoint. Passengers who choose to take the optional walk down to the waterfall pool, must negotiate approximately 60 steps. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended.

Whale and Dolphin Exploration

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

A unique opportunity to search for these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.

You’ll cruise approximately 3 to 8 miles offshore to begin your search. Every now and then, the boat will stop and a hydrophone will be placed in the water.
During the cruise, the crew will give you commentary on the whales, dolphins and other wildlife that you may see. If they are present, you’ll hear the rhythmic clicking of the Sperm Whales. Please bear in mind that the minimum distance for approaching whales is around 160 feet and so the Captain will manoeuvre the boat so that you can get good views and possibly some fabulous photos.

The deep waters surrounding Dominica are a natural breeding ground for the Sperm Whale, as well as several species of dolphins. The most commonly seen species are Sperm, Pilot and False Killer Whales, as well as Spotted, Spinner and Pantropical Dolphins.

Complimentary fruit juices and rum punch will be served on the return journey.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. These are animals in their natural habitat and, whilst every effort will be made to find them, sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you are prone to seasickness, please take the necessary precautions. The crew will follow the International Fund for Animal Welfare Code of Conduct when operating this tour. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4. Passengers are advised to take a camera, binoculars and plenty of sun protection. Passengers must be able to negotiate the large step onto and off the boat.

 

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