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Dominica - Caribbean Nature Walking

Get back to walking and nature on the island of Dominica


  • Dominica

  • 10 nights
  • Feb



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Tour codes: 45570


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Our holiday walking grades


Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.


Holiday Highlights

  • Walk sections of the famous Waitukubuli National Trail.
  • Whale and dolphin spotting in one of the world’s finest locations.
  • Natures spa experience and relaxing at Bubble Bay Beach.
  • Caribbean culinary cooking class with rum tasting.
  • Local guide throughout for nature, culture and history.

The best way to explore the rain and cloud forests, volcanic craters and lush slopes on Dominica is on foot. That is why the Waitukubuli National Trail, the only long-distance walking trail in the Caribbean, is so highly rated. Spanning 185kms, it was designed by the local community to connect remote villages and we will walk some of the highlight sections within this untouched island paradise.

Dominica is one of the world’s finest places to spot whales and dolphins, so we include boat trip in search of them. And cultural experiences such as meeting the local Kalinago tribes and learning how to cook Caribbean cuisine at a local home However, the main attraction is the walking, taking us to rural villages, waterfall, beaches and hot spring pools. Allowing you to reconnect with nature, because the world is simply more beautiful on foot.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Dominica via Antigua both ways (British Airways & Liat)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in the hotel and local restaurants
  • English speaking local guide
  • All local transport costs.
  • All lunches included
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Dominica




Depart London for Antigua. On arrival connect directly to the Winnair flight to nearby Dominica. On arrival we are met by coach and transferred to our first accommodation in Portsmouth, in the north west corner of the island. We stay in Portsmouth for four nights.

Day 2



Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Dominica is home to the only long distance path in the Caribbean, the Waitukubuli National Trail. The path stretches from the south of the island to the north, covering a total of 115 miles. Over the course of this trip we will walk some highlight sections of the trail. 

Today we walk section 11 of the trail. We begin our walk from the Syndicate Nature Reserve where we can encounter local birdlife. The walk continues through rainforest and local farmlands before arriving at Picard, where a cooling dip in the idyllic Picard River awaits. Some sections of the path are steep, and tree roots criss-cross the trail bed. 

Day 3



Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


We walk section 13 of the Waitukubuli Trail. This section takes us along the most northern route, once the main route connecting the communities of the northern coast. It passes dramatic cliffs, where over the centuries the volcanic ridges of Morne Aux Diables have been eroded by the sea. From Delaford Estate the trail continues to the northernmost community of Capuchin. We stop here for lunch at the house of the village icon and chicken farmer, Gilles Carbon. We continue on foot to Capuchin Bay where we take a boat trip to Prince Rupert Bay. As we sail, the fishermen share their stories about life on the island. There will be time for swimming before we return to our hotel.

Day 4



Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Today we explore the Kalinago Territory, which lies along the east coast of Dominica, and is home to last remaining indigenous people of the Caribbean. We’ll experience the authentic heritage of the Kalinago culture – almost like walking through an open museum. Today's walk will provide a deep insight into the culture and lifestyle of these people while providing stunning vistas of the Atlantic coastline. We will also visit the Kalinago Barana Aute - a model village museum that displays aspects of the Kalinago culture and traditions. Throughout, there will be opportunities to meet the local Kalinago.

Day 5

Wotten Waven (Roseau Valley)


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Today we will enjoy a day of walking mixed with culture, as we explore a rural part of Dominica, and the villages of San Sauver and Petite Soufriere. We will visit a cassava processing plant to see how the tuber makes its way from the ground to our plates, as we sample this local root vegetable. We will also have the chance to see how the leaves of the aromatic bay trees are distilled to make oil. 

Afterwards we travel to Soufriere and begin our hike to the Rosalie Estate along an old estate trail, once used by the Kalinago Indians and still used by farmers today. We can expect some fantastic Atlantic views today. We break for lunch at Rosalie before returning to Roseau by road, and to our accommodation in the village of Wotten Waven. 

Day 6

Wotten Waven (Roseau Valley)


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Today we discover the wild Roseau Valley and admire the picturesque landscapes and exotic flora and fauna. We travel to the Middleham Estate, from where you will walk along a well-worn trail through rainforest, via Cochrane Village, and Pont Casse before arriving at the Middleman Waterfall; the tallest waterfall on the island. Part of this walk is section 4 of the Waitukubuli Trail. The towering Middleham waterfall is approximately 200 feet high. It has a deep basin that offers the opportunity for a well-earned cooling swim in the cold water.

Later we visit the Titou Gorge, literally translated to mean little throat - a narrow opening carved by the waters weathering action. This deep channel cuts into the rugged landscape and is perfect for an invigorating upstream swim. At the top of the gorge is a small waterfall. We will discover this gorge with the use of life vests.

Day 7

Wotten Waven (Roseau Valley)


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Today’s adventure traverses our island’s mountainous interior and the Morne Trois Pitons; a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park skirts the slopes of steaming rain forests, crosses countless rivers and offers spectacular breath-taking panoramas. Today we walk to Boeri Lake, a wild wilderness of bright coloured blooms, pristine vegetation, surface streams, and birdlife greet us on this walk.  

Later, we are treated to a nature spa experience and pampered by Dominica’s un-spoilt nature - in the solace of our hot water pools and bubbling sulphur mud baths. 

Day 8



Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


From Roseau’s harbour front, we take to the sea for a morning whale watching tour. The island’s sheer underwater drop-offs create deep sheltered bays along its western coastline and are the feeding grounds for six different species of whales.  The mighty Sperm Whale resides in Dominican waters all year long and is especially active from November-March. This afternoon, there will be optional snorkelling in Soufriere Bay.

This afternoon we enjoy cooking with a local lady called Daria, this is an authentic hands-on culinary experience at a family home. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she shares colourful stories served with a helping or two of herb infused rum. We cook in the purpose-built kitchen set amid lush tropical gardens with attractive views. We learn how herbs and fresh organic products are used in Caribbean cuisine as you experience a slice of local life. 

Day 9



Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


We walk in a volcanic area, rich in island heritage, and once well known for large scale sugarcane, citrus and cocoa production.  The interior is overgrown and wild, as we pass fruit trees and observe village life, while enjoying the spectacular views. We end at Bubble Beach Spa, a natural hot spring that sits along the beachfront at the Soufriere Bay, there will be an opportunity to relax and soak in this warm natural beachfront pool or enjoy some free time to bathe in the warm Caribbean waters. A perfect day to complete a perfect holiday!

Day 10

Final day



A morning at leisure allows us to really appreciate this beautiful resort by relaxing in the pool, or perhaps enjoy a treatment in the spa. After lunch we transfer to the airport for our flight to Antigua and the connection to London.

Day 11


Arrive London Gatwick.

From (GBP)£3,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Feb 2021 - 17th Feb 2021 (10 Nights)

5th Dec 2021 - 15th Dec 2021 (10 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Dominica via Antigua both ways (British Airways & Liat)
  • Airport transfers by road c1hr.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights, this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Rising Sun Apartments

The Rising Sun Apartments are located in Portsmouth; the second largest town in Dominica. They enjoy sea views which you can admire from your very own balcony. The air-conditioned apartments consist of one bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a kettle, and a bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer.

Le petit paradis

The Le Petit Paradis is a family run guesthouse located in the beautiful Roseau Valley. The accommodation is a series of eclectic rooms and apartments decorated in vibrant, tradition Caribbean design. Rooms are all equipped with a mosquito net and ensuite facilities. Please note that some of the single rooms involve two people sharing a bathroom, but you will have your own private room.  

Fort Young Hotel

Originally built as a fort to guard the islanders, The Fort Young Hotel, has a prime location on Roseau’s main quay and is a focal point of the city. There are many ways to relax with a swimming pool, hot and cold Jacuzzi, a gym with a view and a buzzing cocktail bar and cafe. And there’s the best known restaurant in Dominica where you can dine while watching the sun set into the sea. We stay in Fort rooms, which are in part of the original fort building and all have a balcony or veranda with views out to sea. The rooms are all en suite, with a/c, hairdryer, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Although a Grade 4 some of the walking is done on well prepared trails and paths that are clearly marked, however they can be rough and stony under foot, and as we walk in rainforest, sometimes wet and slippery. There are many ascents and descents involved in the walks and distances can vary from approximately 3 miles to 7 miles with ascents and descents of up to 300m which is also the same as our maximum altitude, but it is the nature of the terrain that determines the grading. You can experience high humidity in the Caribbean, and this can also make some of the walks feel more demanding than you might normally 

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Dominica

Dominica uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. US Dollars are also widely accepted.  


Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London Gatwick to Dominica via Antigua both ways with British Airways & Liat

We transfer by 30 minutes from Dominica Airport to our first centre Portsmouth. 

Travel during this holiday is by road.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at and at

Passport Information for Dominica

Valid passport is required. British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Dominica. 
On entry, you will be granted a specified period to stay. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply and pay for an extension of stay through the Dominica Immigration Department. 
It is an offence to overstay the entry period or to work without a work permit. 
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.


This holiday is on a full board basis. Dome dinners will be taken at the hotels, which offer excellent local cuisine, while others are taken in local restaurants. While staying at the Rising Sun Apartments both breakfasts and dinners will be taken in a local restaurant a short walk away.  

Footwear & Kit List


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Caribbean Climate

The Caribbean has a typical tropical climate with high temperatures and plenty of rainfall, which is why the islands are so lush. There is little seasonal variation in temperature due to the islands location near the equator, but the seasons are determined by the amount of rainfall, and consist of rainy (generally June to October/November), and dry (generally December to May) seasons. 

During the wet season, rainfall is usually in the form of short, but heavy, bursts with a high increase in humidity, while the dry season’s rain showers are generally lighter and the humidity is not so intense. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 30°C all year round. 

With high temperatures and humidity, you will want to dress for comfort. Light cotton t-shirts, shorts, skirts and trousers are ideal for the day, especially ones that are quick drying so you can rinse them out to use again (saves on packing too!). For the evenings, smart casual attire is fine. 

The Caribbean can occasionally experience short, sharp, heavy periods of rain that can occur without warning, leaving trails wet and streams higher than normal. When this happens, for some trails we may need to change the plan at short notice or, for more straightforward trails, it has been very useful in the past to don water/aqua-shoes for short sections where lying water is higher than boot level.  These shoes can also be useful in and around rocky areas like waterfalls, for people with sensitive feet when getting in and out of water. It is also useful to carry a small, light towel. You may feel that waterproof trousers are not needed.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Dominica

The electricity supply on Dominica is 220-240V with the hotels offering a mixture of the UK. style 3 pin plugs and the 2 flat pin sockets.

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Dominica

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Dominica.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You might like to consider immunisations against Hepatitis B and Tetanus. 

Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus also exist in Dominica; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.


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  • Capital


  • Currency

    East Caribbean Dollar

  • Language

    English; French; Antillean Creole

  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    8hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to six months

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 106mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 147mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 181mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 232mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 233mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 240mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 216mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 225mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 138mm

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