The island offers more than 300 miles of trails for the keen hiker. Hire a guide to trek the 6 miles up to the Boiling Lake, the largest of its kind in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Finish off your hike with a swim in the Titou Gorge.
This is one of the best places to see many types of whales and dolphins such as sperm whales, pilot whales, spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins around Soufrière Bay.
Take a river boat trip up the Indian River from just south or Portsmouth to see the migrating birds who stay in this marsh area in winter.
Dominica is seen as the place for pristine diving and it has many wall dives, reefs and even springs under the sea with good visibility. Toucari Bay and Douglas Bay are part of a marine park but the most popular spots are Pointe Gugnard , Soufrière Bay and Scott’s Head.
Snorkelling is good at Champagne where you can swim and snorkel through bubbles caused by the underwater hot springs.
Bikes can be hired at Nature Island Dive in Soufrière and although some roads are steep, few are busy or have fast traffic outside Roseau.
Take a kayak or windsurfer out on Freshwater Lake or take a guided boat tour. You can also kayak or river tube down the Layou River.
Visit the villages of Soufrière and Scotts Head for their picturesque setting and mountain backdrop.
Visit Fort Shirley on the Cabrits which has a visitor centre and a good map of the area and history of the landing of Columbus in 1504.
Carib Cultural Village
Visit the Carib Cultural Village on the Atlantic coast where you can watch traditional crafts such as canoe building, calabash decorating, cassava processing and weaving. The Caribbean coast is much safer than the Atlantic coast for swimming which is rather dangerous due to strong currents.
Drive through the mountains from Portsmouth to the northern tip of the island to Cape Melville and stop off at the sulphur springs and on to Penville to make it a circular trip. There of plenty of hiking trails and sandy beaches to explore in this area.
Visit Penrice Falls near Pont Cassé or swim in the Layou River nearby or walk to Jacko Flats where a group of escaped slaves called “maroons” used to live. There are steps carved out of the cliffs of the Layou River gorge up to the plateau where the maroons camped.