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Dominica Land Safari


Day one

Arrival at Melville Hall, welcomed at the airport by our representative. Depart for tour along the eastern Atlantic coast to Portsmouth, take a row boat trip up the exotic Indian River.

After the Indian River trip continue along the west coast to Roseau the capital of Dominica. Check into the Fort Young Hotel.

Day two

Whale and Dolphin photo safari on board our 45' catamaran. There are no guarantees that we will see whales but we have a 90% success rate as there are twenty two different types of Cetacean in these waters. After an exhilarating morning whale and dolphin watching, the afternoon is spent on one of the following tours .


We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Emerald Pool and Carib Indian Village

We drive through the capital Roseau and along the Caribbean coast then head inland up the Imperial Road, through the Antrim Valley, to the Emerald Pool, one of the island's most beautiful waterfalls in the rainforest of the Morne Trois Piton National Park.

A 15-minute walk through the rainforest brings us to the Emerald Pool, so called because it reflects the greenery of the surrounding vegetation. Our guides will share their knowledge of the rainforest and the wildlife within. If you wish you can swim in the pool at the base of the fall.

Hiking and birdwatching in the Caribbean - with Jabal tours -information on the Grenadines  and the Caribbean - adventure cruising holidays  whale watching off Dominica  and other eco tourism activities After the Emerald Pool the tour continues to the east Atlantic coast and the Carib Indian Village. Dominica is the only island where the indigenous Caribs have survived and live together in their own community. Guides will explain about the life of the Caribs in their village, with stops to look at or purchase beautiful hand crafted souvenir items made by the Carib people.

We then proceed to the Melville Hall airport for departure.

Cost per person upon request. We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Indian River, Cabrits National Park

We drive along the West Coast to Portsmouth the island's second largest town, where we take a rowboat trip up the famous Indian River, so called after the Carib Indians who lived up river and regularly used it as a route to the sea. The verdant vegetation along the banks of the river is dominated by the intricately buttressed Mang tree {Pterocarpus Officinalis}. Watch out for herons, kingfishers and iguanas. The rowboats go to an area where the river narrows and visitors can take a walk or go to the bush bar for a drink.

The river trip takes 1 - 1 1/2 hours

Next we visit the Cabrits National Park which is an 18th century garrison, which is now waging war against the army of time. The garrison was abandoned as a military post in 1854 and has gradually been taken over by the forest. In 1982 some partial restorations were carried out on Fort Shirley the main fort of the garrison. Ruins of some of the batteries and the Commandant's House are still standing and are very interesting to visit.

This tour lasts for 5-6 hours

Cost 1-4 persons inclusive of the rowboat trip upon request with extra for each additional person.


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Indian River, Milton Falls and Syndicate Rainforest

We drive along the West Coast to Portsmouth the island's second largest town, where we take a rowboat trip up the famous Indian River, so called after the Carib Indians who lived up river and regularly used it as a route to the sea. The verdant vegetation along the banks of the river is dominated by the intricately buttressed Mang tree {Pterocarpus Officinalis}. Watch out for herons, kingfishers and iguanas. The rowboats go to an area where the river narrows and visitors can take a walk. or go to the bush bar for a drink.


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Next we head into the interior to visit the Milton Falls. A 30 minute walk through banana fields and back and forth across the river, brings us to one of Dominica's most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls, nestling under the canopy of the rainforest. A dip in the pool at the base of the fall is a wonderful experience.

Next we drive to the Syndicate rainforest, located at the foothills of Morne Diablotin the highest mountain on the island. This is the area where you are likely to see the island's two endangered parrots the Sisserou and the Jacquot. The Syndicate rainforest has well maintained trails which pass through some of Dominica's most accessible oceanic rainforest. The forest is abundant with trees like the giant Gommier (Dacryodes Excelsa), the incredibly buttressed chataignier(Sloanea Carabea) and numerous epiphytes and stranglers.

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Our walk through the forest is accompanied by fascinating facts about the trees as we head to the best look out points for a glimpse of the parrots. This is an educational adventure tour combining information on agriculture, vegetation, rainforest and wildlife

Time 6-7 hours

Cost for 1-4 persons inclusive of boat trip given upon request with an additonal charge for every additional person.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Island Tour

We take the coastal road where the majestic and rugged mountains border the sea. We visit picturesque villages, see and feel the throb of Dominican lifestyle. This tour includes the Cabrits National Park, ( the Indian River boat trip can be arranged while in Portsmouth for an additional US 10.00 per person) the East Atlantic Coast, the Carib Indian Village and Emerald Pool.

This tour was designed for persons who are not into hiking and want to see a lot of the island in one day.
Time 6-7 hours

Cost 1-4 persons minimum upon request

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Trafalgar Falls and Emerald Pool

We drive through the Botanical Gardens and the lush Roseau Valley to the Trafalgar Falls. It is a 15-minute walk to the viewing area of the spectacular twin waterfalls. The more adventurous (under the supervision of the guide) can climb over the boulders to the base of one of the falls where there is a great pool for swimming.

Hiking and birdwatching in the Caribbean - with Jabal tours -information on the Grenadines  and the Caribbean - adventure cruising holidays  whale watching off Dominica  and other eco tourism activities After the falls we drive through the capital Roseau and along the west Caribbean coast. We then turn inland up the Imperial Road, through the Antrim Valley to the Emerald Pool, at the base of one of the island's beautiful waterfalls within the Morne Trois Piton National Park rainforest.

It is about a 15-minute walk through the rainforest to the Emerald Pool, so called because it reflects the greenery of the surrounding vegetation. The guides share their knowledge of the rainforest and the wildlife within. Those who wish can swim in the pool at the base of the fall.

After the Emerald Pool we return to base.

Time 3-4 hours

Cost 1-4 persons upon request.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Victoria Falls

La Riviere Blanche (The White River), which begins in the Valley of Desolation and is also fed by the Boiling Lake, creates the magnificent Victoria Falls. The hike begins in the village of Delices, about one and a half-hour's drive from our base. On this hike we criss crossing the river all the way up the river gorge, sometimes scrambling over large boulders, until we get to the base of the waterfall where there is a beautiful pool for swimming. The milky look of the water is a result of the many sulphurous minerals mixing in the water. This water is said to be extremely beneficial for the skin.

Time 5-6 hours

Additional prices upon request.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Sari Sari Falls

This is another of the island's truly beautiful waterfalls, created by the Sari Sari River. The hike begins in the village of Laplaine about one hour and fifteen minutes drive from our base. Hiking to this waterfall is similar to going to Victoria Falls, criss crossing the river and scrambling over boulders with lush rainforest flanking the ridges.
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The pool at the base of the Sari Sari falls is crystal clear and invites you for a rejuvenating swim.

Time 4-5 hours

Price upon request

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Boiling Lake Hike

 

This 6-7 hour arduous hike starts in the village of Laudat. For the first hour the trail passes through lush rain/montane forests, then moving up into the elfin forests on higher ground - more difficult terrain. The Boiling Lake of Dominica is said to be the largest of its kind in the world. It is about 200 feet in diameter and is inside a crater; the lake is fed by two freshwater streams.
The water is heated by magma below the surface, which causes it to boil constantly at the centre where it is over 100 degrees Celsius.

The trail also passes through the Valley of Desolation an area where there is plenty of volcanic related activities like hot fumeroles and Sulphur pits. Because of the mixture of different chemicals and minerals in the area, the streams have interesting colours like gray, bluish gray, white and even black.

It is a very strenuous hike and one should be in very good physical condition before attempting to undertake it. It is recommended that you carry some liquid and snacks in a knapsack, this way you will have your hands free.

The Boiling Lake hike should not be attempted by anyone with a heart condition or suffering from old injuries, which are likely to be aggravated by stress. People with physical problems should discuss them with the guides before doing the hike.

Cost for 1-4 persons rates per additional people upon request

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Freshwater and Boeri Lakes Hike

 

These are two crater lakes located within the Morne Trois Piton National Park. From the village of Laudat a 45-minute hike along a dirt road takes you to the first of the two lakes, the Freshwater Lake located under the shadows of Morne Micotrin, the fourth highest mountain on the island.

This lake is approximately 10 acres in size and over 80 feet deep, it is the main source of water for the island's four hydroelectric plants.
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The hike continues toward the Boeri Lake approximately an hour away. This time the hike is on a mountain trail, which passes through lush vegetation and crosses mountain streams from which you can drink. This hike is more difficult and extreme caution must be exercised on some parts of the trail which are very rocky and most times slippery.

The Boeri Lake is about 5 acres in size and is believed to be over a 130 feet deep. It is possible to swim in either of the lakes.

Time 3-4 hours

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We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Introducing Boli falls

 

This is one of the latest additions to our tour itinerary and one of our most exciting adventure hikes. It is a very challenging hike to one of the island's most remote and beautiful waterfalls situated in Dominica's mountainous interior. Beginning in the south eastern village of Laplaine, Boli comprises of three magnificent waterfalls with gorgeous pools, just waiting to amaze those who are intrepid enough to brave the hike.
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One of the falls is partially inaccessible and is most safely viewed from a distance. Hiking to Boli is truly experiencing "a walk on the wild side" The trail passes through lush rainforests with a variety of interesting vegetation and spectacular views.

One should be in very good physical condition before attempting to do this hike.

Time 6- 8 hours

Costs upon request

Hiking boots, a packed lunch and water recommended.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Cross Island Hike

 

We drive up the lush and verdant Roseau Valley to the Fresh Water Lake one of Dominica's four crater lakes. Then we hike across the island to the village of Grand Fond where we are met by our vehicle and taken to the Rosalie River for a picnic lunch and river bathing.

Return via the Antrim Valley and the Imperial Road.

The hike is a fairly challenging one and should only be attempted by persons who are in good physical condition. Hiking boots and long pants are recommended

Time 6-8 hours

Costing upon request

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Mountain Hiking


Morne Diablotin
This hike begins in Syndicate, it is a tough rugged hike through lush rain, montane and elfin forests to the summit of the island's tallest mountain, Morne Diablotin, 4,749 feet.

Before you decide to do this hike it is important that you discuss the level of difficulty with the guides

Hiking time 6-7 hours

Price upon request

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Morne Trois Piton

 

Morne Trois Piton is Dominica's second highest mountain, which the Morne Trois Piton National Park is named after {4,500 feet} This is a strenuous hike, which requires stamina and good coordination as the trail is steep and sometimes passes on ridges.

Hiking time 5-6 hours

Cost 1-4 persons upon request plus for each additional person

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.


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Morne Micotrin

Morne Micotrin (4006 feet) is the fourth highest mountain on the island and is within the Morne Trois Piton National Park.

This is also a tough climb and persons attempting it should be in good physical condition

Hiking time 4-5 hours Cost upon request...


Morne Anglais

 

This mountain is approximately 3,700 feet and on a clear day offers some very spectacular views of Roseau the capital and other parts of the south.

The hike is quite challenging and requires endurance and good coordination.

Round-trip hiking time 3-4 hours
Cost 1-4 persons plus for each additional person

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Syndicate Rainforest & Milton Falls

 

We drive along Dominica's West Coast, passing through maritime villages like Massacre, Mahaut and Coulibistri to name a few. We head into the interior to visit Milton Falls, a 30 minute walk from where we park, passing through banana fields and criss crossing the river until we arrive at another of Dominica's many and beautiful waterfalls. There will be an opportunity to swim and take photographs.

Next we drive to the Syndicate rainforest located at the foothills of Morne Diablotin the highest mountain on the island. This is an area where you are most likely to spot the island's two endangered parrots the Sisserou and the Jacquot.

The Syndicate rainforest has well maintained trails, which pass through some of Dominica's most accessible oceanic rainforest. The forest is abundant with trees like the giant Gommier (Dacryodes Excelsa) the incredibly buttressed chataignier (Sloanea Carabea) and numerous epiphytes and stranglers.

This is an educational adventure tour, combining information about agriculture, vegetation, rainforest and wildlife. Shorts T Shirts and sneakers are appropriate Binoculars recommended

Time 5-7 hours

Cost 1-4 persons plus for each additional person upon request.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.



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Ti Tou Gorge Trafalgar Falls

 

We drive through the capital city Roseau to the Botanical Gardens through the lush and verdant Roseau Valley. We will stop at scenic locations en route to the village of Laudat. Then a 15 minute walk brings us to the Ti Tou Gorge, one of the most unique places on the island. The name Ti Tou Gorge is Creole and means 'Little Throat Hole' Literally we will swim up the 'throat' of a mountain to a waterfall located inside the gorge. This gorge was formed many thousands of years ago and is fed by Freshwater Lake. The formation of the rock through which we swim is intricate and breathtaking, this place is truly one of the wonders of Dominica.

After the gorge we proceed to the spectacular twin Trafalgar Falls, it is a 15 minute walk to the viewing area of the falls. Those who are able to, under the supervision of the guide,can scramble over the boulders to the base of one of the falls where there is a great pool for more swimming.

After the falls we return to the hotel.

Time 4-5 hours

Cost upon request

Note. Recommended footwear-Sneakers Bathing suits should be worn; shorts and T-Shirts are appropriate.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Middleham Falls & Ti Tou Gorge

 

We drive through the capital city Roseau to the Botanical Gardens then through the lush and verdant Roseau Valley, with stops at scenic location, to Providence where our one and a half hours hike to the Middleham Falls begins.

The trail passes through a 950 acre oceanic rainforest within the Morne Trois Piton National park. En route the guides will explain about the rainforest trees and the wildlife.

Swim in the crystal clear pool at the base of the fall.

Then hike back to the vehicle and drive to the village of Laudat where a 15 minute walk takes us to the Ti Tou Gorge one of the most unique places on the island. The Name Ti Tou Gorge is Creole and means "Little Throat Hole", literally we will swim up the throat of a mountain to a waterfall located within the gorge, this is truly one of the wonders of Dominica.

After the gorge we return to base.

Time 6-7 hours

Cost upon request

Note:Persons should be in good physical condition to do this trip. Good sneakers or hiking boots must be worn. Shorts and T Shirts are appropriate.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.



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Freshwater Lake and Ti Tou Gorge

 

We drive through the capital Roseau to the Botanical Gardens then head through the Roseau Valley to the village of Laudat. A 45 minutes hike takes us to the Freshwater Lake, one of the island's two crater lakes within the Morne Trois Piton National Park.

The hike is very scenic and offers great opportunities for photography, on a clear day some of the highest and most beautiful mountain ranges can be seen. This Lake was formed many thousands of years ago in an old volcanic crater and is located at an elevation of approximately 2500 feet above sea level.

After the lake we hike back to the vehicle.

Next we drive to the village of Laudat and walk for 15 minutes to the Ti Tou Gorge one of the most unique and fascinating places on the island, if n. ot in the whole Caribbean. The Ti Tou Gorge is like a crevice in a mountain with a waterfall inside We swim up between the rocks to the waterfall.

After the gorge we return to hotel.

Time 5-6 hours

Cost upon request

Clients should wear sneakers or firm walking shoes with good soles. Wear bathing suits.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Middleham Falls Hike

 

We drive through the capital city Roseau to the Botanical Gardens, through the lush and verdant Roseau Valley, with stops at scenic locations to Providence, where the one and a half hours hike to the Middleham Falls begins. The trail passes through a 950 acre oceanic rainforest in the Morne Trois Piton National park.

En route the guides will explain about the rainforest trees and the wildlife. On reaching the waterfall swim in the crystal clear pool at the base of the fall.

After a refreshing swim we return to the hotel.

Time 3-4 hours

Cost: 1-4 persons plus for each additional person

Persons should be in good physical condition to do this trip. Good sneakers or hiking boots must be worn. Shorts and T Shirts are appropriate.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.


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Syndicate Rainforest

 

From Roseau we travel in a northerly direction passing through several coastal villages. After about an hour's drive we arrive in the agricultural area of Syndicate, where crops like bananas, citrus, dasheen, pumpkins and yams are grown. Guides will explain about the different crops, how they are grown, harvested and used.

This tour also goes into the Syndicate Rainforest, which is located at the foothills of Morne Diablotin, the island's highest mountain. The Syndicate Rainforest is one of the finest Oceanic Rainforests in the island and maybe the world.

There are well kept and maintained trails, on which even elderly people will not find it difficult to walk. Visitors will be able to see some of the best specimens of rainforest trees like the giant Gommier (Dacryodes Excelsa) and the incredibly buttressed Chataignier (Sloanea Caribea) often inhabited by various epiphytes and stranglers .Guides will explain about the different trees as visitors walk through the forest. This forest is also one of the main habitats for the island's two endangered parrots the Sisserou and the Jacquot.

Time 5 hours

Cost 1-4 persons plus for each additional person

Good walking shoes or sneakers should be worn, binoculars are recommended. Shorts and T Shirts are appropriate.

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.

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Spanny Falls, Emerald Pool and Carib Indian Village

 

We depart Roseau and travel along the west Caribbean coast, then head inland up the Imperial Road, through the Antrim Valley, to the Spanny Falls. These are two really great waterfalls in the forested interior. The walk starts in agricultural lands and then descends into a river course where the first waterfall is located.

The second fall is reached by continuing up a steep incline and then descending into another river course. Both of these falls have beautiful pools at their bases, a refreshing swim in one or both will certainly rejuvenate you.The round-trip hiking time is about one hour and twenty minutes.

From the Spanny Falls we continue through the interior to the east Atlantic coast and the Carib Indian Village. Dominica is the only island where the indigenous Caribs have survived and live together in their own community. Guides will explain about the life of the Carib people in their village, with stops to look at or purchase hand crafted souvenir items made by the Carib people.

After the Carib Village we head along the East Coast, again turning inland to the Emerald Pool, one of the island's beautiful waterfalls within the Morne Trois Piton National Park rainforest.

It is about a 15-minute walk through the rain forest to the Emerald Pool, so called because it reflects the greenery of the surrounding vegetation. The guides will explain about the rainforest and the wildlife. You can swim in the pool at the base of the fall.

Time 6-7 hours

Cost upon request

We reserve the right to cancel pre arranged agreements for these hikes, due to weather conditions or if the company feels that the clients are not able to safely do the hike because of various physical conditions.


 
 
 


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