WATERFALLS & HIKES
On an island designed by Mother Nature for pure enjoyment and relaxation.
Hiking in Dominica
In Dominica, every trail across the island leads you to discover nature's pristine environment with a touch of adventure. Through gorges and valleys. Into dense mountain rainforest. From rushing streams and rivers to natural springs and bubbling mud baths, to a myriad of cascading waterfalls, and a vast array of flora and fauna.
Dominica is home to the Caribbean's first long distance trail, the Waitukubuli National Trail, which passes through the Carib (Kalinago) Territory (home to indigenous peoples and the UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Morne Trois Pitons National Park that encompasses the world's second largest Boiling Lake. The trail highlights island history, culture and community life, biological diversity, natural beauty, watersheds, and forest conservation, and continues to serve as a 'living classroom' for educational purposes and a form of wellness for both residents and visitors to the destination. .
Dominica will amaze and inspire everyone from the casual walker and serious hiker alike, as well as those who aspire to learn more about life in its natural state. We advise you to register before hiking and it's always a smart idea to take a DDA certified tour guide to get the most out of your Dominica hiking experience.
HIKING TRAILS AND WATERFALLS
Take a gentle hike along the Hampstead ridge or through the Bense Village to find Chaudiere Pool for a cool, refreshing swim. Lovely views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. For the adventurous, the depth of this pool allows jumping into the pool from the rocks. After your refreshing dip, you return via the same route, keeping your eyes peeled for a sighting of the Sisserou Parrot-Dominica's national bird.
A six hour round trip over challenging terrain, the Boiling Lake hike ranks as one of Dominica's most demanding trails. This well-maintained trail begins at approximately 1,600 ft, where a level stretch of rocky pathway blends with wooden steps. Although this is a strenuous trail, the trip is among the best ways to experience the rainforest of the Caribbean's Nature Island.
Nestled on the foothills of Dominica's tallest
mountain, Morne Diablotin, and close to the Picard River Gorge is the Syndicate
Nature Trail. Located in the National Park, this lasso trail is home to
Dominica's indigenous birds, the Sisserou (Amazona imperialis), Dominica's
National Bird, and the Jaco (Amazona arausiaca).
Bubbling from a volcanic crater within Morne Aux Diables is the Cold Soufriere. While Dominica is known for its hot springs and boiling lakes which spurt steaming mineral water from below ground, Cold Soufriere is a unique volcanic manifestation. The water here is not hot, but cold, though the same features as other hot springs are evident.
Fresh Water Lake
Freshwater Lake requires a steep climb but the views are worth it. You'll need to hike to this lake, the island's largest but you won't be lonely. Hundreds of hummingbirds can be seen along the way. It is beautiful spot in which to cool off since it's at a higher elevation. There are opportunities for breathtaking views, beautiful hikes, kayaking and a bar is open at peak times. Hiking boots or appropriate footwear is recommended.
Emerald Pool is located in Morne Trois Piton National Park, Emerald Pool is surrounded by verdant forest and offers swimmers and waders a cooling respite on humid days. Just ten minutes off the interior Roseau-Castle Bruce Road, it's the most accessible waterfall in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The hike through Titou Gorge is actually a short swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural "rooms and ponds" formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees. The undulating sides of this deep, narrow gorge were formed as molten lava cooled and split apart.
The swim is short, only about five minutes, and the canopied light filtering down the mountainside within the gorge is spectacular. A hot spring tumbles down a short wall just outside the entrance of the gorge, which feels wonderful after the cool waters of the falls!
These famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from Roseau. It's a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the viewing platform, where you can photograph both falls.
As you walk the path, be sure to stop at the warm spring that flows across the trail. The more daring can continue on to swim in the refreshing waters of the smaller waterfall or find the hot springs of the tallest fall.