Exploring The Nature Island: Dominica

When I shared a “sneak peek” on my Instagram of this wonderful island, people even asked me if the landscape was made on Photoshop due of the incredible beauty of this island.  There is so much to capture! We just want to shoot every single angle of this Island! It’s the paradise for any photographer! I’m truly excited to be here, since Dominica is not only the “Green” Island but is, as well, a Volcanic Island with black sand beaches and boiling water!

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Nature & Green

Cascading waterfalls, sparkling lakes and lush tropical rainforests brimming with colorful flora and fauna – it’s little wonder that Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is known as the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean.

When I shared a “sneak peek” on my Instagram of this wonderful island, people even asked me if the landscape was made on Photoshop due of the incredible beauty of this island.  There is so much to capture! We just want to shoot every single angle of this Island! It’s the paradise for any photographer! I’m truly excited to be here, since Dominica is not only the “Green” Island but is, as well, a Volcanic Island with black sand beaches and boiling water!

Breathtakingly beautiful, this 29-mile wide island is fiercely committed to ecological preservation and has set the standard for eco-tourism, earning awards and accolades in the field of sustainable travel. It’s not surprise that Dominica was the first country in the world to be certified as a green destination by Green Globe.

A Volcanic Island

Dominica is 26 million years old and continues to evolve in its geothermal activity today.
The vast submerged volcanic crater, called Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve, is a spectacular dive site, home to dramatic drop-offs, active underwater fumaroles and expensive coral reeds teeming with marina life. Here, fascinating underwater volcanic vents emit tiny bubbles that rise from the seabed. It seems that diving in the area, suitably named Champagne Reef, is like swimming in a glass of Dom Perignon.

Unfortunately I didn’t spend time enough in the Island to dive into this reef but I have been exploring the coast of Scotts Head and the Soufriere, as you can see above, the landscapes are just absolutely stunning!

…with Volcanic Beaches

Even if Dominica has the West coast in the Caribbean Sea and the East coast in the Atlantic Ocean, there is no white-sand beaches on this Island. Beaches here are volcanic with black sand. A taxi is required to reach beaches along the west coast of the island (only in the Caribbean sea we can find some beaches – on my next post I will share with you my afternoon in a black sand beach near the Soufriere/Scott Head Marine Reserve).

What To Do, Eat, Shop

What To Do: When I docked in the Island, my first idea was to rent a taxi for all day long and explore the Island. This is really the best to do since you can have an entire day with a private taxi for $50-80 and if you go with a group of friends it will get even cheaper. We started to explore the beautiful Soufriere/Scotts Head area, which is in the Southwest of Dominica just below the capital Roseau. If you have time, you can of course dive into the Champagne Reef and then, enjoy the hot waters of the black-sand beaches located nearby (more info about it coming in my next post). I definitely recommend as well to explore the Rainforest called Morne Trois Piton National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site (more about this National Park coming in my next post too).

Kalinago Tribe Culture: Did you know that Columbus called “Dominica” (meaning Sunday in Latin) because he landed on a Sunday on its shores? However, before Columbus, the Kalinago Tribe named the Island “Waitukubuli” which means “Tall is her body”.
The Kalinago tribe occupied the territory prior to Columbus’ arrival in 1493 and fought valiantly for control of their land. Even nowadays, the tribal culture and tradition survived and heirs from the tribe remain living on the Island in the Kalinago Territory. There is an on-site cultural center that invites visitors to learn more about the native culture, history and traditions of this tribe and includes an opportunity to see craft demonstrations and sample native foods.

What To Eat: Favor local ingredients, in particular the abundance of fresh fruits. Papayas, melons, oranges, mangoes, grapefruits, bananas, tangerines, and soursop are incorporated into main dishes, as well as served as desserts or pureed to make refreshing beverages.

What To Shop: The most popular items to bring home from Dominica are handicrafts made by the local Caribe Tribe. The baskets, intricately woven and unique, are the top-sellers. Also, bottles of the local Soca Rum are very worthy!

Did you know about this Island? Have you been there? If you know this Island, you are welcome to share with us any recommendation or place I could have missed!

See you very soon,

Xoxo,

Melanie

Credits
Photography: Diogo Novo
A special Thank You for all the recommendations I have been receiving from the lovely Dominican People.

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49 comments

    1. Hello Dear Anthony ? Wow Amazing videos really! I’m going definitely to grab them for my next post! They are capturing all the wonder of Dominica so well! I love it ???? thank you so much to have shared them ???

    1. Thank you very much Lily ?? I will definitely take note of your Village, actually I already heard very well about it! And will include it in my posts as I intend to write more 2 posts about Dominica, hope you will enjoy ??? wish you a wonderful weekend ? talk soon ?

    1. Thank you so much Catherine Housen 🙂 I love this place and people are so friendly and nice. Wish people in our big cities could be like that 🙂 the world would be a better place for sure. xoxo <3

    1. Where are you from? If you live nearby I guess there is a lot of ferries connecting all the islands. Some friends did it: they have been exploring the Caribbean only by ferries. Or if you are living in USA then a caribbean cruise of 7 days is way cheaper since everything is included but you stay only 1 day in Dominica which is not much :/

    1. Thank you very Kenithia Nicholas for you recommendation 😉 I’m definitely enjoying this wonderful Island! See you very soon for the next posts about the Rainforest, the boiling water beaches, and much more! 😉

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