A short but exhilarating drive through the rain forest leads you to Titou Gorge. Allot time to wander around and have a swim.xa0Combine a visit to Middleham Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Eastern Caribbean on a guided half-day tour. Most full-day tours of the gorge concentrate on the many outstanding highlights of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, including the Valley of Desolation, Titou Gorge, and Boiling Lake. If you have more time, and if you are an experienced canyoneer, rappel Trafalgar Falls during the day or night.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Titou Gorge is an ideal destination for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and swimmers.
- Bring swimming gear, towels, and sunscreen.
- Beginner swimmers may have a guide tow them right to the waterfall.
- All swimmers must wear inflatable belts, available at the activity desk.
- Beware that after heavy rains, flash flooding may occur.
How to Get There
Titou Gorge is located on the weatern border of Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which is less than 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the island’s capital, Roseau. The drive takes about 25 minutes and follows a very scenic road. Buses leave from the city to the park regularly and take about 40 minutes. From the village of Laudat, walk to the park entrance for a couple of minutes, following the signs.
When to Get There
Morne Trois Pitons National Park is open daily year-round. To beat the crowds and have the most time to explore, start your visit early in the morning. The best season to visit is the dry season, from December to April when skies are sunny and the temperatures are comparatively low. Avoid visiting during the rainy season, which generally lasts from June to November, with a high probability of hurricanes in September and October.
Boiling Lake Situated on a mountain-top at the end of a rugged trail in the national park, the Boiling Lake is an awesome contrast to the refreshing gorge. The second largest hot water lake in the world, this stunning cauldron of crystal blue water is typically measured at 200 °F (93 °C). Be warned: the trail is challenging and designed for the hardiest, most experienced hikers.