Find adventure and the Caribbean’s best hiking in Dominica

With volcanic peaks, lush rainforests, rugged coasts, clear waterfalls and 365 rivers, Dominica is an adventure and nature lover’s paradise.

In just a single day hiking in Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), you can climb from the ocean to 5,000 feet above sea level and explore six variations of forest.

On the water, you can snorkel in the Champagne Reef — naturally bubbly from geothermal vents, scuba dive with sperm whales or kayak in rivers. Here are Lonely Planet’s top picks for adventures on Dominica.

The island of Dominica is truly a one-of-a-kind destination, offering something for every fitness and experience level on land and sea. You just need to bring your sense of adventure (and a good pair of hiking shoes — one of our Dominica vacation tips).

Hiking in Dominica

With 300 miles of trails, from easy to advanced, Dominica boasts some of the best hiking in the Caribbean. The hardest decision may be where to start — and when to return to explore more.

Some of the most popular hiking tours are:

  • Emerald Pool – An easy stroll under a rainforest canopy for a refreshing swim
  • Victoria Falls – Follow moss-covered trails over winding streams to swim underneath the falls
  • Boiling Lake – Test your endurance with a 7-hour hike through rugged terrain to see the world’s second largest boiling lake
  • Morne Trois Piton National Park – Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains one of the most extensive forests in the tropics
  • Waitukubuli National Trail – Follow any one of the 14 segments on this 115-mile national trail, the Caribbean’s first long-distance walking trail