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About Dominica

This lush island is right on the whales Caribbean migration path so be sure you take a boat trip out to spot them on their way north. And, even if you do not see whales, there are plenty of playful dolphins that usually tag along in the boats wake.

But, by passing Dominica by, the whales do not know what they are missing.  It is an island of breathtaking natural beauty with crater lakes and waterfalls, forests and gorges, many with evocative names like Boiling Lake and Valley of Desolation.

Offshore, there are coral reefs teeming with fish of all colours, shapes and sizes to amaze swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers. You are also welcome to visit the last surviving community of Carib Indians, the original inhabitants of the entire Caribbean, who still follow the old ways - fishing, carving and basket-making.

 

Shore excursions in Dominica

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Dominica

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Take in the beautiful Dominican countryside as you venture through valleys and lush rainforest en route to the Emerald Pool.

Travelling through the Canefield Estate you’ll make your way to Springfield Road, passing fern-covered hillsides.

The highlight of your tour will be the visit to the Emerald Pool, a grotto filled by a waterfall and surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful plants, flowers and ferns. Located in the Morne Trois Piton National Park, the green-coloured pool invites you to stand behind the 40 foot waterfall or cool off with a dip.

Relax and enjoy the setting of a local guest house, whilst enjoying a refreshing fruit punch. The West Coast Road provides your return route taking you through small Dominican villages.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. The roads on this tour can be narrow, steep and winding. There will be around 40 minutes of walking over uneven and inclined surfaces including steps. Pathways can be slippery when wet. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Passengers are reminded to take sunscreen, and to wear swimwear and take a towel if wishing to take a dip at the falls.

Bois Cotlette Heritage Tour

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Visit the stunning house and grounds of a Caribbean plantation and learn about the history and life on the estate, dating back to 18th century.

Dating from the early years of French settlement in the 1720’s, Bois Cotlette is the oldest surviving estate on Dominica. Nestled in a valley within the active Morne Plat Pays volcanic complex, it is the best preserved example of plantation architecture on the island, with its French colonial ‘Maison de Maitre’ and buildings for the processing of coffee, sugar, and cocoa.

During a guided tour, you’ll discover the estate’s rich history through research provided by expert archaeologists and historians. Learn why archaeologists believe Bois Cotlette played such a key role for the English crown in the late 1700’s. The site has been of particular interest to historians and archaeologists with over 3,000 artefacts being unearthed during excavations on the estate since 2009. Your guide will bring the estate to life with tales of the owners and slave inhabitants and the importance of the estate’s crops over the past 300 years (coffee, sugar, cocoa and citrus).

Refreshments of authentic Creole snacks and fresh fruit juices will be served whilst you enjoy the pristine, tranquil grounds and plantation house.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Approximately 2 hours are spent at the Bois Cotlette Estate. There is some uneven terrain and cobblestones on the estate. In certain areas of the estate there is ongoing archaeological work being carried out – in these areas please keep to the marked paths. Videoing is not permitted on the estate.

Caribbean Chocolate Experience

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 3 hours

Discover how ‘real’ chocolate is produced on a Caribbean plantation, before enjoying the experience of creating your own chocolate delights.

Bois Cotlette, the oldest surviving estate on Dominica, is one of a handful of places in the world that makes chocolate from its own fine flavour cocoa beans.

Your chocolate discovery begins with an orientation of the estate and its plantation. Whilst on the plantation, your expert guide will pluck a cocoa pod and reveal its surprising contents. At this point there is no resemblance to the chocolate we know, but you’ll get to discover how the pods are harvested, fermented, dried, roasted and ground, in order to transform them into the widely recognisable cocoa powder, cocoa butter and chocolate.

Your chocolate experience continues in the test kitchen, where you’ll witness the ‘Art of Chocolate’, as dark chocolate blocks are tempered and turned into mouth-watering treats. Use a chocolate ‘flavour wheel’ containing traditional and slightly wacky aromas to help you understand how connoisseurs learn to taste and appreciate fine flavour chocolate products.

The afternoon would not be complete without the chance to put your new knowledge to work with a chocolate tasting session. An absolute must for any chocolate lover!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Approximately 2 hours are spent at the Bois Cotlette Estate. There is some uneven terrain and cobblestones on the estate. In certain areas of the estate there is ongoing archaeological work being carried out – in these areas please keep to the marked paths. Videoing is not permitted on the estate.

Dominica by 4x4

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

One of the best 4x4 adventures in the Caribbean. Discover the natural treasures of Dominica, reminiscent of a ‘lost world’.

Whizz up to Morne Bruce for panoramic views over Roseau and the Caribbean Sea. Feel the force of nature as you wind through the mountains to Wotten Waven Sulphur Springs to see some of the island’s volcanic activity.

Take an exciting ride into the island’s rainforest, to the spectacular Ti Tou Gorge, used in the filming of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 2’. Ti Tou Gorge flows from the Fresh Water Lake, one of the few mountain crater lakes in the Caribbean. The scenery here is spectacular as you are surrounded by lush rainforest.

At Ti Tou, you’ll discover a crevice in the mountain where natural hot and cold streams intermingle and plunge into a pool below. Make the most of this natural spring by taking a refreshing dip in the mineral rich water.

A complimentary drink will be served before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 truck and on foot. The roads on this tour can be narrow, steep and winding. Please take along a waterproof jacket or raingear, in the event of wet weather. The 4x4 vehicles are open-top ex-military trucks. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. There will be around 30 minutes of walking over uneven and inclined surfaces including steps. Pathways can be slippery when wet. Passengers are advised to take water shoes. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear and take a towel if wishing to take a dip.

Dominica, Falls and Carib Indians

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Capture the sights of Dominica including the Hibiscus Falls, and discover the Carib Indian culture.

Allow your Carib Indian guide to show you Dominica and gain an insight into the Carib Indian Culture....

Heading into the capital of Roseau you’ll visit the Botanical Gardens, home to a variety of exotic flowers and tropical plants. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens before continuing to Morn Bruce, a viewpoint that offers a bird’s eye view overlooking the capital.

Your journey will continue onto the Hibiscus Falls, tucked away in the lush rainforest. Here, you can take a stroll to the viewpoint or take the steps that lead down to the waterfall pool and enjoy a refreshing dip. Afterwards, it’s time to head to the Carib Indian Eco-village to enjoy a delicious local-style, organic buffet lunch. Whilst you dine, you’ll be entertained with typical Carib Indian dancing.

Your return drive will take you through the Carib Indian Territory. Enjoy a short photo stop en route to admire the scenery and to browse the handful of local craft stalls. As you return to Roseau, a short photo stop will be made to view the Castle Bruce black volcanic sand beach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Children under 8 may not participate. Flat, non-slip shoes are advised. Please take sunscreen and insect repellent, wear swimwear and take a towel if wishing to take a dip in the waterfall. There are around 60 steps (optional) at the waterfall. The organic lunch is vegetarian. US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

 

A selection of cruises to Dominica

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