Dominica 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. A true adventure island, it’s a nature-lover’s paradise and is fast becoming a top eco-tourism destination – a goal bolstered by government efforts to make the island the world's first climate - resilient nation. And it’s certainly worth protecting: the lush interior is packed with tropical rainforests, volcanoes, waterfalls, black-sand beaches and rivers (365 of them, to be precise). Take a dip in the enchanting Emerald Pool, set within the UNESCO - listed Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Legend has it you’ll feel 10 years younger.
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. This lush island is also 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.