Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake. The park also encompasses sulphur vents, the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls and narrow Titou Gorge. To the west is Dominica’s capital, Roseau, with colorful timber houses and botanic gardens.
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Atop a mountain within the UNESCO-listed Morne Trois Pitons National Park, thisxa0enchanted lake is the second largest body of hot water on the planet. Formed from a flooded volcanic fumarole, the crater is filled with grey-blue water shrouded in mist. Look past the whirling mass of steam and you’ll see the lake’s bubbling water surrounded by steep cliffs.
Titou ‘Little Throat’ Gorge is a marvellous swimming spot surrounded by natural caves of molten volcanic lava. You can swim inside the gorge to find a powerful cataract amidst the darkness of the vine-clad rocks. Just 30 minutes away from Roseau, this ethereal spot is one of the locations where Pirates of the Caribbean was shot.
Take an expedition into the coastal wetlands of northern Dominica along the Indian River. This mangrove river meets the ocean at Portsmouth, and from here you can hook up with a boat and a guide who can row you up-river—no motors are allowed in the preserve—into the tangle of bwa mang trees. The clear, brackish water is a mix of salt and fresh that serves as a vital nursery for many of Dominica’s reef fish. Look closely among the mangrove roots to spot juvenile barracuda shading themselves beneath the trees. Above the water, you’ll pass vibrantly colored birds and wildflowers along the banks as your guide regales you with stories and knowledge about the local flora and fauna. At the far reaches of the river, you’ll make landfall at makeshift jungle bar where you can have lunch, drinks and take a short hike on the surrounding trails before heading back downriver.
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