Take a whitewater adventure down Dominica’s longest river. The Layou River runs down the interior mountains near the Central Forest Reserve, eventually spilling into the ocean just south of Mero Beach. Fueled by abundant rains the river has cut a deep gorge through the landscape, making the Layou River Valley one of the more picturesque parts of the island. River tubing tours take you far up the valley, where you and your fellow river runners can climb into oversize inner tubes for a guided run downriver. You’ll make stops along the 1.5-hour trip to swim in the cool, fresh waters and sample local fruits along the way. If you’d like to take a swim in the Layou River without the tubing, you can explore along the river banks just south of St. Joseph.
The Layou River meets the ocean just a south of St. Joseph and Mero Beach. To get here from Roseau it’s about a 10-mile drive north along the coast. For river tubing trips on the Layou, book a tour with a reputable guide company and let them make all the arrangements.