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Wonders of Dominica

Dominica - mountainous island rising from the Caribbean
Dominica – mountainous island rising from the Caribbean / Francisco Daum, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

Dominica is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands. The most amazing wonders of this small, green island are:

  • Geothermal features, including the second largest hot spring lake in the world – Boiling Lake.
  • Waterfalls – scenic and powerful falls in a lush jungle setting.

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WorldViolet Top 14 wonders of Dominica

Geological wonders

Boiling Lake

Saint Patrick (Dominica)

Flooded fumarole, filled with bubbling greyish-blue water and enveloped in steam. The diameter of this lake is some 63 m. The temperature of water is 82 – 100 C°. In the late 19th century in the center of the lake formed a geyser that was up to 18 m high. Second largest boiling lake in the world.

Boiling Lake, Dominica
Boiling Lake / Jean & Nathallie, / CC BY 2.0
Valley of Desolation

Saint Patrick (Dominica)

Spectacular geothermal area with steam vents, fumaroles, hot springs, and boiling mud pots.

Valley of Desolation, Dominica
Valley of Desolation / Jean & Nathalie, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Wavine Cyrique

Saint David (Dominica)

23 m tall waterfall, one of the few waterfalls that fall directly into the sea.

Titou Gorge

Saint George (Dominica)

A spectacular gorge, created by hot springs. The walls of this chasm are covered by lush tropical vegetation. In some places, walls almost meet.

Victoria Falls in Dominica

Saint Patrick

Approximately 30 m tall waterfall in a primeval forest. It falls in a blue lake.

Sari Sari Falls

Saint Patrick (Dominica)

Beautiful waterfall with a spectacular, vertical plunge.

Champagne Beach

Saint Luke

In this underwater site, countless bubbles and hot water rise from a lava bed.

Middleham Falls

Saint Paul

86 m tall waterfall.

Soufriere Sulfur Springs

Saint Mark (Dominica)

Hot sulfuric springs, a sacred place.

Trafalgar Falls

Saint George

Spectacular, approximately 36 m tall waterfall on a powerful river in rainforest.

Trafalgar Falls, Dominica
Trafalgar Falls / Anthony Quintano, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Architecture wonders

Fort Shirley

Saint John (Dominica)

Once important English fortification. Includes Officer’s Quarters – Georgian structure, built in 1774, and gun batteries.

Cannons in Fort Shirley, Dominica
Cannons in Fort Shirley / Jean & Nathalie, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Bois Cotlette

Saint Mark (Dominica)

One of the earliest French estates in Dominica, established in the 1720ies. Still owned and inhabited by the family of its developers. Contains the only windmill tower in Dominica.

Roseau Cathedral

Saint George (Dominica)

Catholic cathedral in Neo-Romanesque – Neo-Gothic style in 1850 – 1916. Ornate interior.

Dominica Museum

Saint George (Dominica)

National museum of the country, located in a historical post office that was constructed in 1810.

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