HIGHLIGHTS OF DOMINICA
Natural wonders. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean, and is a must-visit, to see the Morne Trois Pitons volcano, tropical forest, deep valleys, freshwater lakes and hot springs.
Hiking. Dominica's tropical landscapes are perfect for scenic hikes, with trails (catering for all levels) through the rainforest getting you up close to endemic birds and rare plants.
Festivals. From Carnival to the annual World Creole Music Festival, tying in with Independence day and Kweyol Day, and Pan in the Sand (a celebration of steelpans), Dominica has exciting and colourful festivals all year round.
Diving. Dominica is perfect for diving, with warm, crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Dive amongst corals and volcanic pinnacles, come face to face with exotic marine life and spot whales all year round. Visit during July for the Dive Fest.
Roseau. Dominica's capital has a stunning setting between the Caribbean waters and the mountain peaks. Visit the 19th-century cathedral, the museum and the botanical gardens, feast on fresh lobster, drink Kubuli (a local beer), and browse the markets, as the sounds of reggae drift down the streets.
Historic gems. Fort Shirley, part of Cabrits National Park, was built within a volcanic crater and was part of a network of defences in the 18th and 19th centuries. You can climb the walls and take in the panoramic coastal views.