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Dominica Waterfall Hike Excursion

Trafalgar Falls Dominica
Trafalgar Falls; © Dominica Tourism Authority
A Dominica waterfall hike is the perfect shore excursion for the kind of person who likes an adventurous Caribbean experience.

Walking from the dock to port, the first impression that came to mind is that our hike to Sari Sari Falls would not be the typical rum punch and white sand excursion.

With almost three quarters of its land in its natural vegetative state, the island has an atmosphere of isolation and tranquility. Many of the most popular Dominica attractions involve hiking and other forms of ecotourism. A typical waterfall hikes costs about $50 per person including snacks and transportation. It lasts about four hours from pickup to dropff in Roseau.

During the winding drive across the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the bus made one stop. During this 15-minute rest, travelers were given the opportunity to buy native crafts and one last chance to use the restroom.

Continuing on to the other side of the island, we found ourselves at an old perfume factory where our guide explained the process of burning bay leaves to make perfume from their oils. This hut and oven served as our point of departure for the 40-minute hike.

Twice on the way up we had to cross the river with the aid of a guide and a rope. The current was pretty rough due to rain. Thanks to the mud at least a couple people fell.

Victoria Falls Dominica
Victoria Falls;
© Dominica Tourism Authority

Refreshing Dive into the Waterfalls

The guides gave us the option of hiking with or without shoes. Most people choose to keep them on because of the mud and rocks. The guides still went barefoot.

Reaching the top of the falls, we were given the opportunity to swim in the pool at the bottom of it. To do so required one last major effort up some more challenging rocks, but it was the refreshing climax of the hike.

Usually at that point the guides would cook a traditional Dominican meal, but unfortunately in our case this had to wait until we had returned to the bus because of the rain. (Dominica has plenty of it throughout the year, which is why it's an ecotourism destination with many waterfalls and rainforests.)

The meal was an unusual combination of a vegetable soup with bananas. The guides served it with Dominican rum punch as a way to celebrate the end of the excursion.

Returning to port, the bus made a last stop at a black sand beach for a photo opportunity. The effort on this excursion left us with little energy afterward.

After having conquered the Sari Sari Falls, we could not help but feel exhilarated.

It is the perfect activity for those who want to experience the essence of Dominica and find themselves physically challenged as a break from the leisure of the cruise.

My partner, who tends to prefer the shopping and lounging aspects of the cruise, would beg to differ.

A spirit of adventure and the ability to handle a more rugged environment is absolutely necessary to making this one of the most thrilling excursions possible.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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