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If you love snorkeling, do not miss a chance to go to the Campagne Reef off Dominica. Volcanic vents on the sea floor omit a steady stream of bubbles, making the waters warm and, well bubbly. Gorgeous tube sponges, sea ferns, needle fish, octopi, and eel were spotted along with the usual tropical fish when I was there in November, 08. The water is very clear,so bring along a disposable underwater camera (they are expensive in Roseau, Dominica's capital city).
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We lived on this island for 16 months and can tell you quite a bit about what to see and do. It is absolutely beautiful but don't expect resort accommodations and tourist amenities. Best activities are hiking and snorkeling ... not a relax-on-the-beach-Caribbean-destination. Fort Young hotel is the best hotel on the island. Definitely visit Highride Nature Adventures for horseback riding or ATVing ... tell the Winstons we sent you. Incredible hikes/views include: Boiling Lake, Cabrits, Scott's Head, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Indian River, Calibishie and Middleham Falls. Also a great island for whale watching, and quite possibly the most beautiful sunsets in the world. I lived here because my husband was attending Ross University. If you are a family thinking about going to Ross, be sure to do it together. It is a life-changing experience. Get hooked up with Ross Christian Fellowship and the Spouse support group. All of our Dominica experiences are chronicled on our Web site: www.kellyandian.com.
There are a lot of drivers who will be more than willing to drive you around "the sights".. spend the extra cash and get a private car not a huge van with tons of people. Ask what kinds of things they will take you to.. find one that will go "off the beaten track" to more local spots, and one that will let you get out and walk around..or swim :) Picking a good driver makes all the difference.. a tour of an island may sound touristy but its a good start..you see a lot and you can figure out what kinds of things/areas you want to focus in on. If you get a boring, stuffy driver or worse an extremely political driver who wants to talk American politics while you're trying to learn about a culture..it can really have a negative impact on the experience.
I'll recommend Dale.. like Chip n Dale as he will tell you. He MADE my visit... you HAVE to see one of their waterfalls and go swimming..
rent a car and buy a good map. there are so many beautiful sights to see in the awesome country! drive up the coast from roseau to portsmouth taking the time to stop along the way to take it all in. and wear your bathing suit so you can stop along the way to swim in the sea
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