Exploring the Nature Island - hiking in Dominica

Posted on: 20 January 2010 by Mark O'haire

If you think Caribbean holidays are all about sun, sea, sand and cocktails, then think again.

For travellers to the island of Dominica, the attractions lay mainly in the interior, exploring its stunning natural features.

Dominicas rugged landscape makes it a haven for hikers, with trails of varying levels through volcanic valleys, lush rainforests, past cascading waterfalls and even a Boiling Lake. With very little flat land and so much pristine rainforest, the best way to explore Dominica is on foot.

A new long-distance walking trail is currently under development which will traverse the entire length of Dominica and highlight to walkers exactly why Dominica is known as The Nature Island. Known as The Waitukubuli Trail, after the Carib Indian name for the island meaning tall is her body, the trail will stretch 115 miles and take around two weeks to complete. The Waitukubuli Trail is set for completion in the next year, but many sections can already be enjoyed.

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