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Discover the highlights of Dominica's northwest coast during this full-day trip from Roseau. Glide in a wooden row boat down the tranquil Indian River while looking for local wildlife like egrets and iguanas, then visit Cabrits National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch while looking out over Prince Rupert Bay. Travel to Purple Turtle Beach to spend some free time relaxing on the black volcanic sand or swimming in the turqoise water. Round-trip transportation from Roseau hotels is included.


  • Day tour from Roseau to the northwestern coast of Dominica
  • Float down the Indian River by rowboat
  • Visit 18th-century Fort Shirley inside Cabrits National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the national park, admiring the views of the Caribbean Sea
  • Go for a swim or work on your tan at Purple Turtle Beach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Dominica Day Trip: Indian River Rowboat Tour, Fort Shirley Ruins and Purple Turtle Beach

Visit a black sand beach in Dominica!

Following pickup at your Roseau hotel, board your vehicle and travel 45 minutes north along the coast to the Indian River. Listen to a safety briefing and a short introduction to the river and its history before launching your boat. Climb in to the 18-foot (5.5-meter) rowboat made of wood for a 90-minute float down the tranquil river. View local plant and animal life like mangroves and hummingbirds, iguana and egrets. Listen to your guide talk about the natural resources in the area and point out spots where scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed.

After your leisurely float, board your vehicle for the short drive to Cabrits National Park. See the ruins of the 18th-century Fort Shirley, a British Garrison built to defend the island. Eat a picnic lunch while looking out over views of Portsmouth and Prince Rupert Bay.

Drive a few minutes to the black sands of Purple Turtle Beach, where you'll spend an hour of leisure time swimming and relaxing. End your 6-hour day of adventure in Dominica with the drive back to Roseau and drop-off at your hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Dianne H F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My husband and I booked the Dominica Day Trip, which included the Indian River Rowboat Tour, Fort Shirley Ruins, and Purple Beach in November, 2016. Our guide, Michael Eugene, was terrific! It was raining heavily when the ship pulled into port. However, we were able to email Michael and ask if we could start the tour an hour later, as the weather was supposed to clear up. He was very accommodating and agreed to do so. A little after 10:00A, Michael was waiting for us at the pre-determined location. He personally drove us to the Indian River Rowboat Tour location. That was fun and exotic. We were unaware that parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed there, and we can see why it was such a good location. We then went to Fort Shirley, and enjoyed a private tour there. While the paths going from the fort to the outlying buildings were washed out, what we saw was fascinating. We are not sun worshippers, so asked if we could skip the Purple Beach part of the tour, to which Michael also agreed. We then enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by Michael. Michael has a wealth of knowledge about Dominica, which he graciously shared with us. We found Michael to be a good conversationalist and an excellent ambassador to his island. We would not hesitate to recommend him and this tour to others.

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