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MUCH OF THE ISLAND FALLS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE WELL ORGANIZED NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, WHICH HAS A LONG STANDING AND VIGOROUS POLICY OF OPENING UP ITS RESERVES FOR SUITABLE TOURISM PURPOSES.
LISTED BELOW ARE SOME OF THE BETTER KNOWN SITES ACCESSIBLE TO TOURISTS.


ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS SITES


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BOILING LAKE:

The Boiling Lake and Valley of Desolation are reached by way of a narrow trail from LAUDAT. The trail is less than four miles long but it takes three to four hours to walk one way. The whole expedition requires a full day. The Boiling Lake is the largest of its kind in the western hemisphere. It is kept bubbling by the volcanic heat of the crater in which it is cupped. The Valley of Desolation is also a fascination area located on the flanks of Morne watt. This is made up of sulphur springs boiling water, pools of gray boiling mud and streams made multi-coloured by the minerals contained in the water from the old volcanic activity.


VALLEY of DESOLATION:

Below the Boiling Lake is the Valley of Desolation, where the forest has been destroyed by sulphuric emissions.


Titou Gorge:

At the beginning of the trail to boiling lake is the TITOU Gorge, where hot and cold streams intermingle.


Middleham trails:

A series of paths through the rain forest, leading to the Middleham Falls, which tumble through 150 meters into a beautiful pool in the middle of the forest.


TrafalgarFalls:

About 5 miles from Roseau up a steep and picturesque valley are to be found two spectacular cascades. The Trafalgar Falls are two and sometimes three falls situated in the Roseau Valley. approaching the village of Trafalgar, one gets his/her first view of the tops of the falls, cascading side by side out of the deep gorges on the cliff face. Past the village of Trafalgar one continues on foot along a trail which leads to the Falls. To the left is the taller waterfall which is sometimes referred to as the 'father' falls and to the right is the shorter, which is sometimes referred to as the 'mother falls'. They are also referred to as the male and the 'female' falls.

Climbing up to the falls requires some balancing and clambering skills as one must clamber over large and slippery boulders. A trained tour guide is highly recommended.


Emerald Pool:

Located in the Morne TROIS Piton National Park and a ten minute track from the main road through beautiful tropical woodland, the Emerald Pool is a lovely grotto of crystal, refreshingly clear, cool water which is filled by a waterfall.


Cabrits National Park:

The CABRITS National Park in Dominica's north west coast, is one of the unique protected areas of its kind in the Caribbean. An 18th century garrison, coral reefs, volcanic sand beaches are all linked together within this park. Parts of the park remain overgrown and interesting trails lead through the ruins.

Prince RUPERT'S Garrison, known as one of the most impressive Military sites in the West Indies, is hidden beneath the lust vegetation which covers the Carrits. The Garrison was constructed between 1970 and 1815 and contains over fifty major structures.


Sulphur Springs:

There are numerous furmaroles where visitors can conveniently witness this phenomenon of bubbling mud as sulphur gasses escape from the volcanic interior of the earth and those at Soufriere and Wotten Waven have been identified as suitable for Spa development.


Souvenirs/Handicrafts:

Dominica has a reputation for good quality original handicrafts, particularly for those manufactured by the Carib community, producing some fine basket, bowls and bags.

Botanical Gardens:

Nestled below the Morne Bruce hill, on the outskirts of Roseau, is the 40 acre Botanical Gardens of Dominica. Just 66 feet., above sea level, the Gardens receive approximately 85 inches of rainfall annually, with a favourable conditions for the growing of a wide variety of tropical plants.

The Botanical Gardens has so far survived several tropical storms And hurricanes, including hurricane David in 1979. Some evidence of David's wrath may still be seen, as the remains of a large bus Lies crushed beneath the weight of a massive Baobob Tree.


Indian River:

The Indian River has its source in the foothills of Morne Diablotin and before it enters the sea at Prince Rupert's Bay, it meanders for about a mile through low-lying swamp land just south of the town of Portsmouth.

The luxuriant vegetation hanging over head and along the banks of The placid waters of the river is what attracts attention to this river. Its twisting course is made even more contorted by the Serpentine bank. Herons break the silence and beady eyed crabs shuffle between the roots.


Soufriere:

The village of Soufriere takes it name from the Soufriere Bay located along the south coast. Sites to visit in Soufriere are the ruins of the old sugar and lime factory and the Catholic Church with its vibrant mural depicting the village life. In the valley behind the village are sulphur springs which gives the area its name. When the French held Dominica, they built baths their for their soldiers. The area is like a small walk-in volcano. Hot springs are also active along the sea shore between the Soufriere and Scott's Head, and on the sea bed in front of the church.


Scotts Head:

Scott's Head lies to the southern end of the Soufriere Bay. The Ruins of fort Cachacou remains the headland which exist along the narrow isthmus. Most of the batteries and ramparts of the fort have fallen over the cliff into the sea, but it was an important defence post, involved in military action between the British and French in 1778 and 1805. Cachacou is the original Carib name Which means "that which is being eaten" (by the sea). The English called it Scott's Head after Captain Scott, one of those, among the others, who gave their names to places in Dominica after Capturing the island from the French in 1761. Snorkelling, scuba diving and sea kayaking around the point are spectacular.

Carib Territory:

The Carib Territory is an area of 3,700 acres of land on the north east coast of the island. The Territory is home to the original inhabitants of the Caribbean islands - the Carib Indians. Today the Carib people engage themselves in agriculture, fishing, and their native craft of dug-out canoe and basket making.


L'ESCALIER TETE CHIEN (The Snakes Stairway):

Tete Chien is the local name for a Boa Constrictor, because its head looks like a dog. Geologically, this formation is called a dyke. It resembles a gigantic petrified serpent crawling up the hillside from the ocean. This `escaller' features prominently in Carib myth and folklore.


Freshwater Lake:

The Freshwater Lake is located within the Morne TROIS pitons National Park, at an altitude of 2,500 feet, above sea level. The lake is less than a mile from the village of Laudat with motor-able roads up to the lake itself. Nature was combined with technology on this lake when the lake was dammed for use as a reservoir. It is the source of the Roseau River and also the subject of myths and legends. A single eyed monster with gem like carbuncles was said to reside there. It was also said to be bottomless, although it was actually only 55 ft deep. From the Hilltop area over looking the lake, the island's eastern coastline Can be seen.


Boeri Lake:

The Boerie Lake trail leads off from the shores of the Freshwater reservoirs in a north-easterly direction around the back of Morne Micotrin. An easy one and a quarter (1 1/4) mile walk will lead you up and over two sharp ridges to the rocky shoreline of the lake at an altitude of 2,800 ft. Boeri Lake is said to be 117 feet., deep and its almost circular surface covers an area of about four (4) acres. The lake is filled by rain water and run off.


Titou Gorge:

This Gorge is located just minutes from the village of Laudat. this dark, narrow, water-filled canyon winds along to the base of a waterfall. The water flows in a powerful manner and a swim up should be attempted only by strong swimmers. A hot mineral cascade at the mouth of the canyon can also give pleasant relief To sore muscles after hiking or cycling.


Portsmouth:

The Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth is the only cruise ship facility in the Caribbean which is located within a national park. Portsmouth is a popular call for yachts and borders along Prince Ruperts Bay in the north west of the island. Traditional sloops and schooners are still built along the shore. Small questhouses and beach front facilities are located in Portsmouth. Bars and restaurant serve simple snacks and local dishes. Hotels along Picard Beach offer modest type hotel accommodation.

The market near the end of Bay Street offers local fruits and vegetables early on Saturday mornings shops stock a good variety of groceries.


Beaches:

Dominica's beaches are small, and are golden grey or honey coloured. Most of the beaches are cosy and secluded with breath-taking sunsets.


Visitors can get to Dominica by  air with connections  from Antigua or 
St. Martin using Liat.



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