Dominica

Off the beaten track Caribbean

Not to be confused with Dominican Republic (where to big resorts and all-inclusive abound),  Dominica is an almost untouched paradise.   An eco-lover’s dream  with a mountainous interior, lush pristine rainforest as well as superb diving and snorkelling, Dominica is our favourite Caribbean destination.  Highlights include:

  • hot springs and a sulphorous boiling lake (yes really!)
  • hiking trails through the rainforest
  • amazing diving with an underwater volcanic crater, reefs, walls and pinnacles all in a pristine state.
  • gorgeous boutique hotels
  • Great birdwatching with over 170 differences species including the Sisserou Parrot which features on the country’s flag
  • year round chances to spot sperm whales
  • beautiful waterfalls
  • the Waitukubuli national trail which crosses the whole island.  
  • Roseau. Dominica’s capital set between Caribbean waters and mountain peaks has a 19th-century cathedral, museum and botanical gardens. Browse local markets with the sound of reggae in the background.
  • For some real history visit Fort Shirley in the  Cabrits National Park.  Built in a volcanic crater the fort was part of a network of defences in the 18th and 19th centuries. Climb the walls and take in the panoramic coastal views.

Walking on Dominica

A stay on Dominica is more likely to involve hiking boots than high heels and there are plenty of trails to choose from.  It has the Caribbean’s only long distance trail, the Waitukubulu trail which at 185km long takes a fortnight to complete.  Helpfully, the trail is split into fourteen segments, many of which make for lovely day long walks if you have transport organised at each end.  There are other walks too.  To the boiling lake and to waterfalls, as well as more gentle local strolls.  A guide is recommended for many of these walks and your hotel should be able to help you organise this when you are there. Alternatively, one of our favourite hotels includes a programme of daily activities including a hikes most days in its adventure package.  

  • Flying time: 12-13 hours via Barbados, St Lucia or Antigua
  • Time difference: -4 hours
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
  • Best time of year to travel: December to April

Ideas for a trip to Dominica

Here are some ideas for trips to Dominica all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Cabrits Resort & Spa

Just a stone’s throw away from Cabrits National Park, looking over Douglas Bay and the serene Caribbean Sea, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski has introduced a new level of luxury to Dominica. Staying here will mean you are only a short distance away from Dominica's natural wonders, such as hot springs, waterfalls and canyons.

Jungle Bay

Built in local materials, Jungle Beach resort comprises 60 stone and hardwood villas, overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Soufriere & Scotts Head Marine Reserve. There is an excellent programme of nature-based activities, excursions and wellness experiences, all included in the price. Yoga classes and daily spa treatments (included) will soothe aching muscles, or relax in Jungle Bay’s infinity swimming pool, which boasts a spectacular sea view.

Secret Bay

For a truly luxurious stain Dominica opt for Secret Bay, a member of Relain & Chateaux Hotels. Featuring secluded cliff top villas with spectacular views the hotel manages to provide luxurious accommodation whilst staying true to its principles of sustainability. Twice a day personal chefs prepare meals for you in your villa. there is a relaxing spa and plenty of watersports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions that haven't been answered here? Send your questions to enquiries@shearwatertravel.co.uk and we'll try our best to help.

British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Dominica.  For latest information list the FCDO pages.  

Confirm your usual vaccinations are up to date and consider Tetanus and Hepatitis B.  For latest information visit the NHS Fit for Travel pages.  

It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.

Want to find out more?

Let us know what you're looking for and we'll tailor your dream holiday for you.