Roseau, Dominica

Roseau, Dominica

Introduction to Roseau, Dominica

From Roseau you can travel into Dominica’s exotic tropical interior – which soars to 4,700 feet – to explore a wonderful environment of dense (and now protected) rainforest. Discover rich flora and fauna, deep lakes and glittering waterfalls set in a landscape quite unlike any of the island’s neighbours.

Roseau - Dominica’s capital and largest city - is a compact, vibrant and charmingly chaotic city. The narrow streets, lined with traditional buildings, lead to beautiful gardens, playing fields and the waterfront, where incredible views looking out over the Caribbean Sea can be found.

Roseau also acts as a gateway to the rest of Dominica, giving visitors easy access to the island’s exotic interior. From Roseau, you can make your way to the dense rainforest, deep lakes and breathtaking waterfalls and fast flowing rivers that make Dominica truly unique.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park - located just a short distance from Roseau - is one of Dominica’s most impressive natural wonders and is not-to-be-missed. The park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to volcanic mountain ranges, mud ponds and ‘The Boiling Lake’.

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CABRITS HISTORICAL TOUR (TOUR M)

• Visit Cabrits National Park – encompassing forest, swamp and coral reef
• Explore Fort Shirley – one of the most impressive military installations in the West Indies
• Admire stunning views of the coastline

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

~~Step back in time with a guided walk around the remains of Fort Shirley, nestled in the Cabrits National Park.

Departing quayside, your tour begins with an approximate one hour scenic drive to Cabrits National Park, located near the town of Portsmouth. Cabrits is an extinct volcano, located on a peninsula in the north of the island.

On arrival, you shall take a short walk to Fort Shirley, where you can enjoy views of the entire Prince Rupert Bay, and Portsmouth. Fort Shirley was constructed between 1770 and 1815, with over fifty military structures, and 33 cannons. It was abandoned in 1854. A local historian will show you around the fort – giving you an insight into what life was like in the fort’s heyday.

From the top of the fort, admire panoramic vistas to the north across Douglas Bay, to Morne Aux Diables in the east, and south across the swamps towards Prince Rupert Bay.

End your tour at the newly restored visitor centre, with a refreshing fruit juice.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves an extensive amount of walking (approximately one and a half hours), over varying terrain. Unfortunately, this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.


Champagne Snorkelling

CHAMPAGNE SNORKELLING (TOUR C)

  • Experience snorkelling through bubbling geothermal springs!
  • Enjoy time exploring the reef, home to a myriad of sea life
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Champagne is Dominica’s premier diving and snorkelling site and rates among the top five snorkelling areas in the Caribbean. Get up close to marine life as you enjoy this snorkelling experience.

Underwater geothermal springs vent gasses in the form of thousands of warm bubbles giving you the feeling of swimming through a giant glass of Champagne. And that’s not all – the reef here is quite spectacular, and you can expect to see a myriad of sea life including sponges, lobster, parrot fish and a resident population of Hawksbill turtles.

Upon your arrival at Irie Safari’s watersports centre, you will be fitted with your snorkelling equipment and given a safety briefing and an orientation of the facility and a short talk about the adventure that awaits you on the reef.

After your snorkelling experience, you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of the centre’s showers and changing rooms, gift shop and sun deck overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea, before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that we cannot guarantee what marine life will be seen, as these creatures will be in their natural free environment. For reference, there is a boardwalk to access the rocky beach. We would suggest guests take reef shoes or shoes that you do not mind getting wet as there are rocks on the seabed and before you enter the water.


 


Emerald Pool, Dominica

EMERALD POOL & MERO BEACH (TOUR D)

• Admire the natural beauty of Dominica
• Discover the Emerald Pool, set amongst a lush green backdrop
• Enjoy time at leisure on Mero Beach soaking up the Caribbean sun
 

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Situated in the heart of Dominica, the Emerald Pool takes its name from the lush green setting at the base of the 12 metre high waterfall.

Begin with an approximate 10 minute drive to an elevation of 121 metres (400 feet) – Morne Bruce – for a panoramic view of the city of Roseau, an ideal photo opportunity. Then it is on to Dominica’s Botanical Gardens, where you will be able to view the island’s national birds, the Sisserou and Jaco Parrots, as well as discovering some of the island’s tallest and most exotic trees.

You will be able to marvel at evidence of 1979 hurricane David’s wrath, which can still be seen in the remains of a large bus lying crushed beneath the weight of a massive Baobab Tree.

Leaving the gardens, proceed through the capital of Roseau to the Emerald Pool, via Springfield Valley with its beautiful backbone of greenery. The Emerald Pool is located in the Morne Trois Piton National Park, and an approximate 15 to 20 minute walk through the exotic rainforest will take you to the 40 foot cascading waterfall. Free time will allow you to enjoy a refreshing dip in the Emerald Pool or to ponder the spectacle of the waterfall.

Refreshed, rejoin your tour vehicles and journey through the Layou Valley to one of the island’s most beautiful volcanic sand beaches – Mero Beach. Here you can savour approximately two hours of leisure time to bask in the sunshine or take a refreshing swim in the inviting Caribbean Sea.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? We recommend that you come dressed in your swimming costume under casual clothes, with shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Bring a towel with adequate sun protection, and a change of clothes and shoes. It is advisable to leave valuables on the ship. The operation of this tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions. Due care and caution should be exercised at the Emerald Pool as the surfaces may be slippery.


Creole Cuisine, Roseau

FLORA, FAUNA & CREOLE COOKING (TOUR EXC)

• Visit the village of Eggleston – famed for its beautiful flowers
• Gain an insight into community life in the ‘Flower Basket’ of Dominica
• Learn how to prepare a traditional Creole dish
 

Activity Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Experience Dominica’s natural beauty with visits to two of the island’s communities, Eggleston and Giraudel.

Your tour begins with a short historical tour through the Old French Quarter of Roseau. As you drive through the botanical gardens, admire some of the island’s tallest and most exotic trees.

Continue through Newtown and the Fortune Community, before a scenic mountain drive to the village of Eggleston. On arrival here, your guide will explain to you the importance of gardening in the community. You will have the opportunity to visit Alfred’s Flower Garden, where the annual Giraudel-Eggleston flower show is held. Enjoy a refreshing drink whilst being entertained by the local Jing Ping band. This traditional folk music originated on the island’s plantations. Browse stalls displaying local handicrafts and cut flowers, which you may wish to purchase as a souvenir.

Your final stop of the tour is the Exotica Guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with a complimentary rum punch or fruit juice. Receive a guided tour of the gardens, before observing a demonstration of Creole cooking. Learn how to prepare fish in Creole sauce, before sitting down to enjoy lunch, accompanied by a steel pan recital.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, over varying terrain, and with some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Please notify us of any dietary requirements at time of booking. We are unable to guarantee what flora and fauna will be seen


Trafalgar Falls, Dominica

HISTORICAL ROSEAU & DOMINICA’S STATE HOUSE (TOUR H)

• Discover the highlights of Dominica
• Enjoy a fascinating visit to the President’s residence
• Admire the majestic Trafalgar Falls

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Known as the ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’, Dominica’s tropical rainforests cover two thirds of the island, and are home to 1,200 plant species. As a result of the island’s high rainfall, rivers, lakes, streams and waterfalls are in abundance. On this tour, you can discover some of the island’s natural wonders, including the Botanical Gardens and Trafalgar Falls, and take in an insightful visit to the Dominica State House, the official residence of the President.

Your tour begins with a drive through Roseau, during which you can admire the town’s French Colonial architecture en route to the President’s residence. Enjoy a visit to the grounds and the first floor of this historical building, also known as the Dominica State House.

Next, continue your drive towards the Parliament building, pausing briefly to capture photographs of this striking building. Proceed to Morne Bruce at an elevation of 121 metres (400 feet) – providing an ideal photo opportunity to capture panoramic views over the city of Roseau. Morne Bruce was named after the British Royal Engineer James Bruce, who designed all of the fortifications on the island. Located on the summit, with steep slopes on three sides, Morne Bruce provided a natural post for the protection of Roseau as a British Garrison for troops defending Dominica against the French.

Your adventure continues through the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Dominica. Established in 1890, this 40 acre oasis is the largest area of green space within the city of Roseau, and is home to over 50 types of indigenous plants and imported trees, as well as the island’s national birds – the Sisserou and Jaco Parrots. Look out for hurricane David’s signature - the remains of a large bus lying crushed beneath the weight of a massive baobab tree.

Proceed inland to the charming village of Trafalgar, named after the Battle of Trafalgar. Upon arrival here, an approximate 15 minute walk will take you to one of Dominica’s most beautiful attractions – the twin Trafalgar Falls, which cascade side by side. The taller ‘Father Falls’ to the left drop approximately 38 metres (125 feet) and is fed by warm water from underground hot pools, while the shorter ‘Mother Falls’ cascades 22 metres (75 feet) and is supplied by a separate cold water river system. Have your cameras close to hand as you make your way to a viewing platform and capture photographs of the falls and the surrounding lush tropical flora.

Finally, you travel to the Papillote Wilderness Retreat, where you can savour a tasting of local rum punch or fruit juice before making your way back to Roseau and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven and grassy terrain. Please note that there are approximately 130 steps to negotiate to reach the viewing platform at the Trafalgar Falls. Guests can remain on the tour bus at any of the stops if they wish, however to get the most out of this tour, it is not recommended. We cannot guarantee what flora will be seen.

 

 


Emerald Pool, Dominica

KALINAGO BARANA AUTE - THE ULTIMATE DOMINICAN EXPERIENCE (TOUR G)

  • Experience the indigenous traditions and customs of the Kalinago people
  • Admire the stunning natural beauty of Dominica
  • Relax in the enchanting waters at Emerald Pool
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The Kalinago Barana Autê offers a unique experience, allowing you to discover the history and traditions of the Kalinago people from hundreds of years ago. It is a world of colour and pageantry, where the nation's first people's talent and pride are abundant.
The breathtaking village of Kalinago Barana Autê is a facility dedicated to the preservation of the rich and unique heritage of Dominica’s indigenous people. Being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, the Kalinago Barana Autê stands tall and proud as the focal point of American Indian heritage preservation in the region; whilst at the same time contributing toward the sustainable development of the island’s indigenous population.
The village is located along the banks of the Crayfish River near the Isukulati Falls, in the Carib Territory of the Dominica. Upon arrival here, you can enjoy a tour of the area, accompanied by a Kalinago guide. Cross a footbridge which passes over the river and gives way to a circular trail on the northern side, which leads to a series of small huts (ajoupas) that are located throughout the site. In the centre of this arrangement is the main Karbet, which is used for cultural and theatrical performances. Here you will be entertained by the pulsating rhythms of the Kalinago dancers proudly sharing the rich and unique heritage of the indigenous people in song, music and dance, before you are invited to sample some locally made cassava bread, and then participate in the preparation of your own bread.
Your concluding stop is at the Emerald Pool, an enchanting 12 metre (40 foot) waterfall located within the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After an approximate 15 minute hike through the rainforest, you will have the opportunity to swim in the cool emerald waters – a great way to end your tour.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrains. If you wish to swim at the Emerald Pool, we recommend that you come dressed in your swimming costume under casual clothes, with shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Bring a towel with adequate sun protection, and a change of clothes and shoes. It is advisable to leave valuables on the ship. Due care and caution should be exercised at the Emerald Pool, as the surfaces may be slippery.


Beach view of Roseau, Dominica, Caribbean Islands

SCENIC DOMINICA (TOUR J)

• Discover the natural highlights of Dominica
• Learn a little of the island’s history
• Have your camera to hand to capture the many stunning views
 

Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a leisurely drive through the beautiful forests and plantations of Dominica as you take in vistas of majestic mountain peaks blanketed in tropical foliage.

Your tour begins with a drive through Roseau, to Morne Bruce. At an elevation of 121 metres (400 feet), the fort provides an ideal photo opportunity to capture panoramic views over the city of Roseau. Morne Bruce was named after the British Royal Engineer, James Bruce, who designed all of the fortifications on the island. Located on the summit, with steep slopes on three sides, Morne Bruce provided a natural post for the protection of Roseau as a British Garrison for troops defending Dominica against the French.

Your tour continues through the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Dominica. Established in 1890, this 40 acre oasis is the largest area of green space within the city of Roseau, and is home to over 50 types of indigenous plants and imported trees, as well as the island’s national birds – the Sisserou and Jaco Parrots. Look out for hurricane David’s signature – the remains of a large bus lying crushed beneath the weight of a massive baobab tree.

Proceed towards the beautiful Springfield Valley, pausing at Springfield Plantation Guest House. Situated at a refreshing 1,200 feet (365 metres) above sea level, the 200 acre estate was bequeathed to Clemson University in the USA in 1990, and is now a wildlife sanctuary. The old plantation house was built in a traditional colonial style 150 years ago, and has been fully refurbished to its original splendour and offers stunning views.

Your scenic drive continues to the Pond Casse roundabout and down the Layou River Valley, named after Dominica’s longest and largest river. The Kalinago Indians were the first inhabitants of the valley, but in the 17th century, the estates of York Valley, Clark Hall and Hillsborough started producing and exporting some of the island’s finest tobacco, sugar cane, limes, cocoa and banana.

Pause for refreshments at a local restaurant, where you will be entertained by local dancers, dressed in national costume. Return to Roseau with a drive along the island’s western coast, passing through the fishing villages of Mahaut and Massacre.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users providing they are able to get on and off the bus unaided. Guests may remain on the bus at the photo stops if they wish. For reference, the order in which the tour operates may differ.


Scotts Head, Dominica

SOUTH ATLANTIC PANORAMA (TOUR A)

  • Discover Dominica, known throughout the Caribbean as the nature island
  • Understand more about the geology of the island
  • Admire the manicured gardens of St Luke’s Museum
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Journey through majestic southern Dominica as you explore the best attractions in the area. Whilst you marvel at the landscape, learn more about the Morne Plat Pays volcanic complex and experience Dominica’s best manicured gardens.

Travel to the south end of the island along the Caribbean coastline, passing en route the little fishing village of Soufriere, named after the sulphur springs which exist in the valleys of the Morne Patate volcanic crater close by.

Continuing to the very tip of the island, you arrive at the quaint fishing village of Scotts Head, where you traverse the Scotts Head Isthmus separating the powerful Atlantic Ocean from the calm of the Caribbean Bay.

Next, you proceed to the Soufriere Catholic Church which is over 200 years old. In the yard of the church, you will see the naturally warm sulphur water pools, used for therapeutic baths.

Your final visit is to St Luke’s Primary Museum in the village of Pointe Michele, which stands on a raised delta of volcanic debris overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The St Luke’s Museum adds to Dominica’s list of attractions and sits amidst beautifully manicured gardens, with diverse educational murals adorning its exterior walls. You will also visit the vegetable gardens and a small husbandry site in an enchanted garden used for quiet reflection.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain. You will also be required to negotiate some steps at the Catholic church and the museum, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility.


Open Safari, Roseau, Dominica

TREASURE VALLEY (TOUR F)

• Marvel at the hot water springs in the tranquil village of Wooten Haven
• Explore the beautiful Treasure Valley in an open bus
• Witness towering mountains, lush rainforest, rivers and forests

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

In the green serenity of the Roseau Valley, experience Dominica’s volcanic origins as you traverse the lush landscapes in an open bus.

Your journey begins with a visit to the historical Morne Bruce, located 121 metres (400 feet) above Roseau and named after the British Royal Engineer, James Bruce, who designed all of the fortifications for the island. Stationed on the summit with steep slopes on three sides, Morne Bruce provided a natural post for the protection of Roseau as a British Garrison for troops defending against the French.

Next, your adventure takes you to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Established in 1890, this 40 acre oasis is the largest area of green space within the city and is home to over 50 types of indigenous plants and imported trees as well as the Sisserou parrot, the islands national bird. Keep your eyes peeled for hurricane David’s signature – the twisted remains of a large bus crushed beneath a massive baobab tree.

Arriving at the beautiful village of Trafalgar, named after the Battle of Trafalgar, you will be invited to admire the majestic twin Trafalgar Falls – one of Dominica’s most beautiful attractions. Across the valley from Trafalgar Falls rests the tranquil village of Wooten Waven, known for its mineral rich hot water pools and springs, as well as bubbling mud sulphur pools, which are reputed to have therapeutic properties. Enjoy a short stop here to witness the thermal pools boiling at temperatures close to 100 degrees Celsius.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note this tour will involve a moderate amount of walking at each of the stops. Guests will need to negotiate two steep steps in order to get on and off the bus. It is possible that you may get dusty or wet whilst travelling in these vehicles.


Whale & Dolphin Watching

WHALE & DOLPHIN SAFARI (TOUR B)

• Dominica is a great place to go whale and dolphin watching in the Caribbean, as it is home to several species
• Experience an exciting seafaring adventure as you go in search of these gentle giants
 

Boat Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

There are several species of whales (sperm, pilot and humpback), that call this area of water home, enjoy cruising the Caribbean waters in search of them. 

Once on board your 14 metre (45 feet) powered catamaran, you will be briefed on what to look for, the species that inhabit these waters and their typical behaviour.

Set off along the west coast, three to 13 kilometres (two to eight miles) offshore, on your search for sightings of these magnificent creatures. Every 15 minutes or so, the boat will stop and hydrophones will be lowered into the water to listen for the rhythmic clicking of sperm whales, the pinging of pilot whales, the whistling of dolphins and the singing of humpbacks. During this period, you can also enjoy an educational commentary.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? We cannot guarantee that you will always see whales and/or dolphins, as these creatures will be in their natural, free environment. The minimum distance for approaching these animals is 50 metres (165 feet). Please note that there is no in water activity as it is a calving area, and the creatures’ welfare is of primary concern. Refreshments will be served on the way back to port after this unforgettable experience. The boat is equipped with a toilet and a bar, although there is no PA system.


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