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How to Spend 1 Day in Dominica

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How to Spend 1 Day in Dominica
Nicknamed the “nature island,” Dominica entices adventurous travelers with rain forests, sulfurous hot springs, and verdant volcanoes—not to mention some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. A day gives you just enough time for a taste. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours on the island.

Morning: Island safari
What Dominica lacks in white-sand beaches, it makes up for in immense natural beauty. Use the cooler morning hours to explore the island on land. Head out on a guided Jeep safari to feel the heat at the Wotten Waven sulfur springs, savor the views of Ti Tou Gorge, listen to jungle sounds on a walk to a hidden waterfall, and meet the island’s national parrot at the botanical gardens. Alternatively, spend your morning on a walking tour of Roseau to learn more about the capital city’s history, architecture, and culture. You’ll take a step back in time at the Dominica Museum, sample tropical fruit at the Fresh Market, marvel at city views from Morne Bruce lookout, and snap photos of Dominica’s popular twin Trafalgar Falls.

Afternoon: On the water
Cool off in the clear Caribbean waters. Go snorkeling at Scotts Head Pinnacle, Soufriere Bay, or Champagne Reef—tours typically include all necessary equipment, so all you have to do is take a towel and have fun. For a different kind of adventure, head into the rain forests of Dominica’s lush interior for a tube ride down one of the island’s many freshwater rivers. Keep an eye out for wildlife, and be sure to stop for a refreshing swim along the way. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, opt for a hike to Middleham Falls—the tallest waterfall in the Eastern Caribbean—or through the UNESCO-listed Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

Night: Jing ping
Nightlife is decidedly more subdued on Dominica than on other Caribbean islands. While party boats and rum-infused pool parties aren’t so common, you’ll find live entertainment at the island’s major hotels, especially on weekends. After an active day, kick back with a tropical cocktail as you soak up the sounds of traditional jing ping, a type of folk music that originated on the island’s slave plantations.
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Caribbean Cooking / COOKING WITH DARIAHalf-day Tours

Caribbean Cooking / COOKING WITH DARIA

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Learn the secrets of Caribbean cuisine during a 3.5-hour cooking class at a private home that’s high in Dominica’s lush hills. Work alongside your hostess in a traditional open-air kitchen and prepare a meal with the island’s freshest ingredients. Hear the stories behind Dominica’s most iconic dishes — the seasonal menu may include coconut rice and peas, tropical salads and Creole fish — then enjoy your meal with a glass of island rum punch, native fruit and a Caribbean dessert. 
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Waitukubuli Volcano SnorkelingSnorkeling

Waitukubuli Volcano Snorkeling

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Dive in and explore the underwater world at some of Dominica's best snorkel spots, including Champagne Volcano, on this half-day guided tour. Step on board a boat and enjoy the coastal scenery from Rouseau to Scotts Head. With all instruction and equipment provided, snorkel at Scotts Head Pinnacle, Soufriere Bay, and Champagne Volcano, all full of vibrant marine flora and fauna. Even beginners will feel at ease snorkeling alongside the experienced guides.
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Half Day Jeep Safari

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Discover Dominica’s scenic highlights on a 3-hour jeep safari tour from Roseau, and explore the island's back roads with a local guide. Meet the national parrot at the manicured Botanical gardens, feel the volcanic heat at Wotten Waven sulpher springs, and take in sweeping views of Ti Tou Gorge. Listen to the sounds of a tropical forest as you walk a valley path to an island waterfall, then finish your tour with rum punch and fresh fruit at your Roseau hotel. 
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Morne Trois Pitons National Park Hiking Tour to Boiling LakeHiking & Camping

Morne Trois Pitons National Park Hiking Tour to Boiling Lake

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Explore the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a guide on this full-day trip in Dominica. Let a guide lead the way and take care of navigation while you soak in the scenery while trekking through the park, including the Valley of Desolation, Ti Tou Gorge, and Boiling Lake. Listen to insightful commentary on the indigenous flora and fauna of the region, learning much more about the island's environment than you would exploring on your own.
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Canyon Experience

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Explore the world renowned canyons of Dominica on a 4.5-hour canyoning tour from Roseau. Jump into pools, rappel from waterfalls, traverse jungle foliage, and more on this thrilling adventure. Provided safety gear, footwear, and wetsuit, plus the company of expert guides, ensure that your experience is equal parts fun and safe. No previous canyoning experience is necessary and children as young as six (weighing at least 45lbs/20kg) can participate.
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