Located in Eastern Caribbean, Dominica is the youngest island of the Lesser Antilles.
Christopher Columbus named Dominica after the day of the week he spotted it on, Sunday. The Spanish first discovered the country, before the French battled for colonization. After almost a decade of war, the British overtook in 1763. Over 100 years later, the British government took control of the country however finally in 1978; Dominica became an independent nation and a short time after, a Republic.
Almost untouched by commercialism, the island of Dominica boasts simply stunning scenery and colorful Caribbean life. From its national symbol featured on the country's flag, the Sisserou parrot, this almost primitive place in the Caribbean makes for a fascinating destination as well as an up and coming Dominica cruise port of call for cruise lines. Although the main language spoken is English, you may also hear strange but wondrous words of Antillean and French Creole. The country has an approximate population of 72, 000 people, however, it is actually one of the biggest islands in the Caribbean. With the local currency as the East Caribbean Dollar, its main economy is presently agriculture and tourism.
The island's capital city of Roseau is splendidly colorful with timber houses and botanic gardens. Local cuisine and delicacies found in typical restaurants include salt fish, fried dough, polenta based porridge and seasoned plantains. Great for sightseeing shore excursions in Dominica such as our Dominica Natural Highlights Eco Excursion, you will enjoy strolling along the city's streets, surrounded by well-preserved 18th century Creole architecture.
If the island and its surroundings look famous, they are and not just to the adult eye - Dominica was the film setting for the island of Pelegosto in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Check our unique Dominica Cruise Excursions opportunities!
Abundant in geothermal hot springs, lush rainforests, and underground volcanoes, this country is one big outdoor Dominica shore excursion adventure. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site of the country. Home to a 1342m high volcano, there are also lakes, hot springs and interesting biodiversity. You can also see Boiling Lake, famously the world's second-largest hot spring here.
Great tropical wildlife can be seen both on land and when on one of our Dominica Excursions. There are various parrots such as the red-necked parrot as well as he previously mentioned, Sisserou. A pod of Sperm Whales lives just off the island 365 days a year - if you enjoy whale watching then you will enjoy a visit to Dominica!
For the adventurous Dominica cruise excursion lovers, visit Waitukubuli National Trail - home to a 115-mile long trail where you can choose which section you hike along. Do not forget your camera for the panoramic views and nearby wildlife! Zipline from treetop to treetop in this Caribbean paradise filled with fairytale waterfalls and rock faces of canyons that you can rappel down!
For aquatic lovers, enjoy a snorkel by Champagne Reef - literally experience the amazing sensation of snorkeling in a glass of champagne; check out our Dominica Champagne Reef Shore Snorkel Excursion and our Dominica Champagne Reef Snorkel and Hot Springs Excursion. Due to the geo-thermally heated waters, snorkeling and diving are unique to this country. Divers will see electric rays and underwater volcanoes plus more, all of this possible while on our Dominica Champagne Reef 2 Tank SCUBA Diving Excursion and we also offer a scuba experience for beginners: Dominica Champagne Reef Discover SCUBA Diving Excursion.
If this all sounds too tiring, you can choose to just sit back and let the water do the work, enjoy simply river tubing past lush rainforest, vibrantly colored bird and plant life under the warm Caribbean sun.
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