DOMINICA

Tour duration: 6 days
Tour Rate: $1,500
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 to 3 people in a travel party), and include a naturalist guide/driver, parks' entry fees, ground transportation (incl. airport transfers), island tour incl. markets, rainforests, mountains, nature preserves, and rural villages, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Dominica Eco Tour provide an opportunity for travelers to explore the island’s majestic rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, and natural hot springs.

Referred to as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”, Dominica is a small island nation in the eastern Caribbean archipelago. It has a citizenry of 72,003 (2013). More than half of the island is covered by tropical rainforest and foliage, which provide habitats for an abundance of native flora and fauna.

Unlike many other Caribbean Islands, Dominica is not known for its beautiful white sand beaches (but who need a beach when you’ve got majestic waterfalls?). There is neither mass tourism nor large scale infrastructure here. In essence, this is excellent news for travelers looking to get away from the environment of mass tourism and indulge in pure nature. Dominica Eco Tour takes travelers on hikes to some of the most scenic and rugged terrains in the Caribbean.

Dominica pride itself on being an ecotourism destination. It appeals to eco-tourists interested in plants and wildlife, and geology. Dominica Eco Tour operates in conjunction with local naturalists, and strive to preserve the island’s ecosystems.

Dominica Eco Tour, at every turn, lead travelers to explore a nature’s haven full of adventures. Through the rainforests with gorges and valleys.

The Waitukubuli National Trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dominica Eco Tour and the excursions here allow travelers to follow the trails crossing through the Carib (Kalinago) Territory, home to the indigenous tribe. The hike leads through National Parks, local villages, farm areas, forest reserves, coastal paths, and the much-admired Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which is also a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site. Morne Trois Pitons National Park contains the 2nd largest boiling lake in the world.

Luxuriant natural tropical forest blends with scenic volcanic features of great scientific interest in this national park centred on the 1,342-m-high volcano known as Morne Trois Pitons. With its precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, 50 fumaroles, hot springs, three freshwater lakes, a ‘boiling lake’ and five volcanoes, located on the park’s nearly 7,000 ha, together with the richest biodiversity in the Lesser Antilles, Morne Trois Pitons National Park presents a rare combination of natural features of World Heritage value.” — UNESCO on Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica.

Tour’s Program

  • Complimentary arrival pick-up (incl. luggage) from one of Dominica's 2 airports: Melville Hall (DOM) or Canefield (DCF). On your way to your lodge/hotel, the driver will point out to you important nature sites.
  • Once settled in, you can explore the natural environment of your lodge's/hotel's environment. Many accommodations on the island are located on acres of lush estates teaming with plants and wildlife.
WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL
  • At 115 miles, Waitukubuli National Trail is the Caribbean’s longest distance walking trail. There are 14 segments to explore. Waitukubuli National Trail winds its way from one side to the other side of the island.
  • You will hike from Scotts Head in the south to Capuchin in the north. You will hike through coastal villages. You will explore the rainforest with its waterfalls, rivers, mountains, wildlife.
  • Your guide will enlighten you about Dominica's culture and history as you traverse the landscape. Here, you will see the traditional Carib villages and ruins of 18th Century French settlements. These include the refurbished Fort Shirley at The Cabrits and secret 'Maron' passages that runaway slaves used as their escaped route. Learn more about Waitukubuli National Trail here: www.waitukubulitrail.com
MORNE TROIS PITONS TRAIL (EAST) 
  • Soared at 4,672 ft., Morne Trois Pitons is a dormant volcano and the 2nd highest mountain in Dominica. Three peaks comprise the summit, hence it name.
  • You will embark on a strenuous path into elfin woodland and climbing up to 1 of 3 summits of Morne Trois Pitons. Between summits, the paths are even more treacherous and not recommended for hiking along this route, although some travelers make it to the middle summit. From summit number 1, you can enjoy landscape with it nature's bounty and scenic views of the surrounding landscape, especially on a clear day. This hike requires perseverance, physical balance and good health. Dress appropriately in full length pants to protect your lower skin from sharp edge grass.
ROSEAU VALLEY / BOILING LAKE
    This trail is one of Dominica's most challenging. The Boiling Lake hike reaches over rugged terrain. With all its ruggedness, this trail offers up rewarding outback in Dominica.
  • In the rainforest here, you will see birds and exotic animals. You will hike from an elevation 1,771 ft. to 2,260 ft., and then descends to 100 ft.; the Trois Pitons River traverses through this valley. From the rainforest, you will reach montane forest. At its highest point, the peak reaches 2,950 ft. From here you can follow any of the trails, including the Valley of Desolation. You can explore the valley floor blanketed with moss and lichens. Then, move on to the Boiling Lake.
  • With the Boiling Lake, you will get to see one of the most spectacular and natural sites in Dominica. In fact, the Dominica Tourist Authority gave the following description about the Boiling Lake. "The world’s largest boiling lake, it appears like a cauldron of bubbling grayish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. The Boiling Lake is actually a flooded fumarole, a crack through which gases escape from the molten lava below, rather than a volcanic crater. It is 200 ft across and its present depth is unknown. The sides of the lake are a mixture of clay, pumice and small stones. The natural basin of Boiling Lake collects the rainfall from the surrounding hills and from two small streams. The water seeps through the porous bottom to the hot lava below where it is trapped and heated to boiling point. This is the most spectacular trail in Dominica, and it is only for the experienced hiker accompanied by a local guide (highly recommended)."
BOTANICAL GARDEN / BIRDING
  • You will stroll this serene and verdant space comprising 40 acres. Botanical Gardens in Roseau contain over 50 types of exotic plants, as well as the Sisserou Parrot, Dominica’s national bird.
  • On this day, the tour comes to an end. If you are scheduled to depart your resort, your driver will transport you to the airport.
  • Depending on your departure time from the island, perhaps you would like to stop for a final lunch with your guide.
  • Complimentary airport departure transfer from your eco lodge to the airport.
INCLUDED
  • Naturalist guide (waterfalls, rain-forest, boiling lake)
  • Driver (island tour)
  • Road transportation (incl. airport transfers)
  • Parks' entry fees
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/national)
  • Eco-lodge/hotel (see our website for environmentally-friendly accommodations in Dominica)
  • Supplementary fee per person US$150
  • Guide/driver gratuity at 20%
Dominica temperate averages 70’s to 80’s all year around. October through to December tends to be less humid. The island experience rain between June and November.

  • January through to May is when Most people the Dominica has more visitors, coinciding with the winter and spring months. Dominica, however, is never over crowded as are some of the other Caribbean destinations.
  • June through to September is when all tourists are gone. This is because during this period the rain and hurricane season is in full swing.
  • October through to December may still experience some rain but temperature is pleasant.
  • The price includes naturalist guide, guided mountain/forest hiking tour, full-time driver with ground transportation, island tour, parks' entry fees, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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