Dominica is a truly special Caribbean sailing destination. The island of Dominica sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. Indeed located just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. Its official name is the “Commonwealth of Dominica”.This unsurpassed natural beauty makes Dominica an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is an attractive terminus for diving and hiking enthusiasts. Eco-tours are a praised way to get acquainted with this beautiful island. Dominica’s tropical rainforests cover two-thirds of the island and are home to 1,200 plant species. Also, its volcanic physique points to extensive geothermal activity – even underwater. And of course its rich culture and Carib Indian population. As a matter of fact, you can experience The Nature Island best on a Dominica Boat Charter.
The island is sparsely populated with 70,000 people, inhabiting its 289 square miles. Presently, a significant portion of the population lives in and around the capital city of Roseau. Which you should visit during your Dominica Boat Charter. English is the official language. But a large portion of the population speaks Creole. Today approximately 2,000 Carib natives remain on the island. However, most live in the Carib Territory in northeast Dominica.
The average year-round temperature is 82 F – 88 F (28-31C). In this tropical climate, the dry season, January through April is ideal to explore Dominica. The rainy season extends from June to October. And obviously, the hurricane season from June 1st to November 30th needs to be taken into consideration.
Places to see on your Dominica Boat Charter
Champagne Reef – a beautiful destination on your Dominica Boat Charter. Swim through warm bubbling waters created by geothermal vents. Underwater volcanoes are the source of Dominica’s dramatic underwater landscape. Likewise, sheer walls plunging thousands of feet, and soaring pinnacles formed by lava flow. Here, you can feel the water temperature rise. Shallow enough to be enjoyed by snorkelers and scuba divers alike. Besides, the water temperature over the vents can reach 90 degrees. It makes the seafloor warm to the touch! The constant bubbling of gasses creates a truly unique experience. In fact like being in a hot tub in the middle of the ocean.
Things to Do on Dominica
Diving – Dominica is one of the top Caribbean diving destinations. Providing some of the best diving experiences in the world. If you dive to experience thrill, wonder, and coupled with beauty, Dominica is for you. You will take joy in volcanic vents and plunging sea walls. As a result, you will see colorful reefs and soft corals, sea turtles, and sperm whales. Dive the reefs and you’ll encounter seahorses, frogfish, and flying gurnards. As well as other species rarely found in other Caribbean diving destinations. Huge stands of coral and sponges are home to golden crinoids with feathery, radiating arms. Batfish, electric rays, and Caribbean reef squid add to Dominica’s list of rare undersea inhabitants. In addition, you might see sea snakes and sea urchins.
Snorkeling or Diving at the Soufrière/Scotts Head Marine Reserve, located in the southwest. Given that this is the oldest reserve on the island, it offers the most popular volcanic underwater features. The Cabrits National Park Marine Section in the north is renowned for a large variety of rare fish. It has virtually no current and greets you with unspoiled coral walls. Accordingly, visit the Salisbury Marine Reserve in the central west area. It consists of a dozen sites with some of the healthiest and best reef diving in the Caribbean.
Additional Things to do on Dominica
Hiking – In Dominica, every trail across the island leads you to discover nature’s pristine environment with a touch of adventure. Hike through gorges and valleys into dense mountain rainforest. Experience rushing streams and rivers, natural springs, and bubbling mud baths. As well as a myriad of cascading waterfallsWAITUKUBULI TRAIL in Dominica is completed! and a vast array of flora and fauna. Dominica is home to the Caribbean’s first long-distance trail. The Waitukubuli National Trail. This particular pass goes through the Carib (Kalinago) Territory (home to indigenous peoples and the UNESCO World Heritage Site). And the Morne Trois Pitons National Park encompasses the world’s second-largest Boiling Lake. The trail highlights the island’s history, culture, and community life, including biological diversity, watersheds, and forest conservation. Climb waterfalls, swim through blue pools, and hike across riverbeds. Repel down rock faces, and jump over cascades into crystal clear waters.
Dominica Carnival – If you sail between December to March, you’ll be able to witness festivities on the island like the famous Dominica Carnival or “The Real Mas” which includes a parade, pageant, music competition, and more.
Additional Things to do in Dominica
Canoeing while on your Dominica Boat Charter – Wherever rock meets water, canyoning uses the natural environment as an adventure water park. Throughout the year, canyoning in Dominica offers a great way to explore this magical island. While at the same time, enjoying the fun and adventure of this great water sport. Dominica’s awesome canyons are located just a short distance from the city of Roseau. Above all, prepare to experience the thrill of a lifetime.
Whale Watching – Dominica’s sheer underwater drop-offs create deep sheltered bays. Along its western coastline exists the perfect haven for Sperm whales to breed and calve. Dominica is the only country in the world where Sperm Whale resides all year long. Although sightings are most common between November and March. Boaters and fishermen report seeing the Sperm Whale at Scotts Head. As well as at Roseau, Layou, and Point Round. On the rare occasion when the whales may be elusive, you’re sure to see the acrobatics of hundreds of Spotted and Spinner Dolphins.
Dining in Dominica is as much about the ambience as the cuisine. Many restaurants serve up captivating panoramas. Along with an eclectic menu of continental and West Indian dishes. While Dominican chefs are adept at preparing many European and American delicacies, they do it with a West Indian touch. And with an emphasis on sustainability. There are several great places to eat in the capital of Roseau.
Conch and crab backs
Cornmeal – called kushkush
Breadfruit – very tasty baked but served in countless ways
Kozy’s Niche – a favourite restaurant in Roseau. Ask for lionfish or grilled mahi-mahi.
Papillote Rainforest Restaurant – Great seafood, but most famous for the ambience. It is obviously worth the visit. Guests can enjoy their meals in an actual rainforest.
The Palisades – at Fort Young Hotel for amazing fresh local cuisine. Panoramic views of the ocean in Roseau’s only seaside restaurant. While savouring the vista, relish inventive dishes that introduce you to the culinary history of this island. It is among the best-rated culinary experiences on the island of Dominica. A Char Grilled Lobster with lemon butter, is a must-try for everyone travelling to the island.
Zing Zing – a restaurant with jaw-dropping views of Tibay Beach. Here you will find the island’s most romantic atmosphere, in addition to fresh ingredients and produce.
Marinas and Anchorages on Dominica
There are no marinas on Dominica and unlike most other islands, has only two main anchorages. This is due to the steep cliffs and sharp underwater drop-offs.