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scarlet4897
September 11th, 2008, 03:53 PM
I'm on a Southern Caribbean cruise in Feb 09 and Dominica is one of the stops (St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados and St. Thomas the others) and I'm trying to figure out what each port is KNOWN for.

What is Dominica known for? The forests and waterfalls? Maybe this is the port to hike or bike?

Is this the "beach" destination??

Help!

GLCAS
September 11th, 2008, 04:04 PM
There doesn't seem to be much action on this board. From what I can gather, because I am wondering the same thing, it seems to be known as an unspoiled island/ecologically. I have friends that visited and they couldn't even tell me what I should visit. They said they can't really remember anything outstanding. There must be things, so hopefully someone will help us out:)

chrysalis
September 11th, 2008, 04:06 PM
take a taxi tour...see the nature, waterfalls, etc. It is a great island, and fun to walk around town.

BJAMINGIRL
September 11th, 2008, 10:38 PM
It is a beautiful island when you get away fro the cities. If you are into hikiing there are some interesting hikes to some waterfalls. Last time there we took a private taxi tour, saw the Emerald pool, Mr NIce's fruit stand, some botanical gardens and topped it off with river tubing in the afternoon.

When we go back in January we will be booking a tour through Antour to go back to Mr Nice's , river tubing and then head to Mero Beach.

There are not that many itineraries that go to Dominica, so that is why I think the thread is so quiet.

A couple of years ago it was much more active...But I am looking forward to returning to Dominica.

li'lred
September 12th, 2008, 10:15 AM
Natural Beauty - Rainforest, rivers, waterfals, scuba diving - beaches are small and few (but they are black sand beaches).

Check this site out for a lot of info - http://www.ndcdominica.dm/site/index.cfm

unadillasc
September 14th, 2008, 06:43 AM
Yes, Dominica is kind of a nature island. We did the river tubing 2 years ago when we were there and it was great fun. One you get out of town and into the woods, it's very beautiful.

GLCAS
September 14th, 2008, 06:26 PM
If we don't want to book a tour (6th day of cruises with tours every day), what is it like if we just get off the boat and go out around the pier? Would be surrounded by vendors or is it fun?

Bellfree Bat
September 21st, 2008, 08:54 PM
When we were last in Dominica, we went diving. You would do yourself a disservice if you did not leave the port area. From what I remember, it was pretty sparce. On the way to the dive shop, we saw some beautiful sights. Did you know that at least one of the Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed there?

GLCAS
September 21st, 2008, 09:05 PM
Thanks for the info.....we don't dive but my DH does snorkel. I does look very different from some of the other islands, with all it's peaks. If nothing else we will go on a tour of the island. The port does look small. Thanks.

RvrCrzr
September 21st, 2008, 11:48 PM
Dominica is a beautiful, lush tropical rainforest island. Go see the scenery and meet the friendly locals.

Many people mis-pronounce the name the island as well. The correct pronunciation is....

DOM-IN-EEK-AH

zoethesailor
September 22nd, 2008, 04:05 PM
I love this island! I have been to all the islands that you have listed and this is my favorite. The people are not spoiled by tourism, no big cities, just very kind people on a beautiful island.
The dock area is interesting but very small. They have a tiny vendor area where locals sell some hand made items as well as china imports. One vendor was selling hand made jewlery with items from the island, it is so nice I wished I purchased more.
I highly recommend a tour of the island. If not you will miss on the best the island has to offer. If you need a slow day to rest, skip a tour of one of the other islands!

cruiselovincouple
September 23rd, 2008, 01:15 AM
DH and I are going to snorkel Champagne Reef, it's volcanic rock and the hot air is released through the cracks in the rocks so I read that it's like swimming through champagne!! Betweeen that and the rafting and nature hikes, it sounds like there's plenty to do!

MAGNUM PI
October 26th, 2008, 06:00 PM
If you want to acquire a handmade craft, of world famous stature, take a trip to the Carib Indian Territory. Most first time visitors, take an excursion to some of the waterfalls/gardens. If you want a unique handmade treasure, book a private tour to the Territory.

Our fabulous excursion was with BENO. It was an all day trip to the Territory;
BENO provided great non-stop narration-throughout the tour. He is a great ambassador for Dominica! He loves his country and extremely proud of it.
Beautiful views od Dominica, while making the journey to the Territory.

We eventually stopped at a roadside stand, of a Carib Indian craftsman. The handmade, woven baskets are world reknown. They are made in all shapes and sizes. The prices are VERY reasonable. I personally bought 3 baskets, and 1 wood carving. You will be impressed by their craftsmanship & the prices. Our family group of five people, probably bought about 20 handmade items.

We have taken four southern caribbean cruises, and collected many unique souveniers. But these Carib Indian baskets/crafts are the most cherished.

Few cruises make a stop at Dominica. That is why there is little information, posted here.

If you want a memorable day, book BENO, and request a trip to the Territory.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

purr_30
November 22nd, 2008, 11:12 PM
If you want to acquire a handmade craft, of world famous stature, take a trip to the Carib Indian Territory. Most first time visitors, take an excursion to some of the waterfalls/gardens. If you want a unique handmade treasure, book a private tour to the Territory.

Our fabulous excursion was with BENO. It was an all day trip to the Territory;
BENO provided great non-stop narration-throughout the tour. He is a great ambassador for Dominica! He loves his country and extremely proud of it.
Beautiful views od Dominica, while making the journey to the Territory.

We eventually stopped at a roadside stand, of a Carib Indian craftsman. The handmade, woven baskets are world reknown. They are made in all shapes and sizes. The prices are VERY reasonable. I personally bought 3 baskets, and 1 wood carving. You will be impressed by their craftsmanship & the prices. Our family group of five people, probably bought about 20 handmade items.

We have taken four southern caribbean cruises, and collected many unique souveniers. But these Carib Indian baskets/crafts are the most cherished.

Few cruises make a stop at Dominica. That is why there is little information, posted here.

If you want a memorable day, book BENO, and request a trip to the Territory.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Do you remember how much Beno's tour was?

Thanks in advance.

Michelle

Abberboo
November 30th, 2008, 07:22 PM
If you want to acquire a handmade craft, of world famous stature, take a trip to the Carib Indian Territory. Most first time visitors, take an excursion to some of the waterfalls/gardens. If you want a unique handmade treasure, book a private tour to the Territory.

Our fabulous excursion was with BENO. It was an all day trip to the Territory;
BENO provided great non-stop narration-throughout the tour. He is a great ambassador for Dominica! He loves his country and extremely proud of it.
Beautiful views od Dominica, while making the journey to the Territory.

We eventually stopped at a roadside stand, of a Carib Indian craftsman. The handmade, woven baskets are world reknown. They are made in all shapes and sizes. The prices are VERY reasonable. I personally bought 3 baskets, and 1 wood carving. You will be impressed by their craftsmanship & the prices. Our family group of five people, probably bought about 20 handmade items.

We have taken four southern caribbean cruises, and collected many unique souveniers. But these Carib Indian baskets/crafts are the most cherished.

Few cruises make a stop at Dominica. That is why there is little information, posted here.

If you want a memorable day, book BENO, and request a trip to the Territory.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


Me too, I would love to know how much this was.

Aplmac
December 1st, 2008, 04:14 PM
Dominica is a beautiful, lush tropical rainforest island.
Go see the scenery and meet the friendly locals.

Many people mis-pronounce the name the island as well. The correct pronunciation is....

DOM-IN-EEK-AHas in.. Domi NEE kah

-not to be confused with The Dominican Republic
several hundred miles away and a lot larger


http://photos.cruisecritic.com/data/510/medium/DOM-370.jpg


You won't find this wacky Chicken Toy anywhere else..
http://photos.cruisecritic.com/data/512/medium/IMG_7444.JPG
I now have two of the stupid things!


A typical Dominica road in the flatland parts..
http://photos.cruisecritic.com/data/510/medium/DOM-243.jpg

davidnsteph
December 1st, 2008, 09:45 PM
To us, Dominica is known for the Emerald Pool. It is literally an emerald-colored pool at the base of a waterfall.

There were several tours through Princess that included Emerald Pool. We did the "Emerald Pool Express" tour when we cruised on the Dawn Princess in 2005. The walk to get to and from the Emerald Pool was 15-20 minutes from the tour van. When we arrived at the pool, we swam in the cool water below the waterfall.

DavidnSteph

Aplmac
December 2nd, 2008, 08:35 AM
Before cruise ship tourism
Dominica was always known for its hand woven straw mats, place setting mats, etc.

Here in Barbados there was for many years ..a store known as Dominica Handicrafts
whose main output was these woven floor mats
which were to be found in many a local household, here on the island
including my mother's living room!!

I'm pretty sure these woven mats and other household objects are still being made on the island
and recall seeing a reference to that in another Dominica thread, just recently


http://photos.cruisecritic.com/data/510/medium/DOMinica-Legend.jpg



http://photos.cruisecritic.com/data/522/medium/DOM-037.jpg

lcmslady
December 5th, 2008, 10:31 AM
We have booked a private tour with Beno for 12/22 when we are in Dominica. We specifically asked to see the Caribe Indian territory because of what we've heard about the quality of their baskets.

I believe that he quoted us a price of $350 plus the price of admission to the other sites ( I don't remember where else he's taking us).

Since there are 5 of us, it'll be $70/person. So, if you book it privately, it'll cost whatever he quotes you divided by the number of folks.

timetraveler9
December 5th, 2008, 09:17 PM
Wow! $350 sounds like a lot of money for a day's tour. We used Pepper and he charged us $140 for an entire day (pepperscottage.com).

I would recommend the Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls and Screw's Sulphur Springs for a cruise day in port. These are doable in the time you have, and having just returned from nine nights on the island Sunday night I think these give a great taste of Dominica and are among its star attractions. If there is time, perhaps you could also snorkel at Champagne Reef? That can be reached from shore- I am still trying to figure out why so many people paid for a boat tour when we were there. Don't waste your money.

Dominica has some gorgeous beaches but these are mainly on the north coast which you probably will not have time to go to unless you did nothing else or unless you docked in Cabrits. What it is famous for are its waterfalls and rainforest. We were so impressed that it wasn't overdeveloped and overcrowded like most places on planet earth these days. It felt like an unspoiled paradise. I first heard of it more than 15 years ago when I made friends with two Canadian ladies who cruised a lot and had traveled quite a bit. They said it was their favorite island in the Caribbean. Now it is my favorite too!

Hope you enjoy it. I am going to try to post some photos, not sure how it works...

Happy Travels!

Aplmac
December 6th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Wow! $350 sounds like a lot of money for a day's tour.
We used Pepper and he charged us $140 for an entire day (pepperscottage.com).
350 Dominica Dollars just happens to be about U.S.$ 140...hmmm... coincidence. :)

When getting quotes, make sure about exactly what currency is under discussion.
It helps that both parties are 'singing from the same hymn sheet', ok?

Don't rip yourself off because you thought he quoted you in Amerikin Dollars.
He thinks in Dominica dollars, you don't.
Make sure. :cool:

Aplmac
December 6th, 2008, 09:40 AM
..and man I never knew a place could be so greeen. ===> at least some Rainfall, every single day of the year!

The Island has all kind of fruit trees and flowers all around it.
The only place for you get get a good picture of the ship
was just up the hill from the ship, ===> ...with white railings?
and we did that last

it is just one of those very tropical Islands. Your hillside 'last stop' for a view over Roseau ..and your ship
was at a place called Morne Bruce, overlooking Roseau the capital.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w219/aplmac/OCEAN%20VILLAGE%20Two%20-%20Jan%2008/DOMINICA/DOM-Roseau-47.jpg



That's where I bought my crazy Dominica Chickens! ($5!)
http://photos.cruisecritic.com/data/512/medium/IMG_7444.JPG

timetraveler9
December 6th, 2008, 09:56 AM
Good point, aplmac. Suprisingly my Bradt guidebook didn't mention this point!! Thankfully I did a lot of research before my trip and googled lots of travel articles. Only one place did I find the warning to make sure to agree on which currency rates were being quoted- a travel article I found: (I didn't like that the tone of the article was a little derisive but it might prove uselful to someone).

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-tr-dominica15dec15001517,0,915255.story?page=2

Aplmac
December 6th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Good point, aplmac. Suprisingly my Bradt guidebook didn't mention this point!!
Only one place did I find the warning
to make sure to agree on which currency rates were being quoted
This 'mis-understanding' happens a lot in the islands.
Local tour operators think and quote in Local Dollars, in amounts which sound high numerically...
The Foreign Customer(who thinks in International Currencies) thinks/assumes it's U.S.Dollars/GBPounds
and is aghast at the high numbers.:eek:

Many times a silly tourist will end up paying those high numbers in U.S.Dollars,rather than Local currency
...and the local guy is happy happy! (Wouldn't you be?)

-he didn't rip you off - you didn't check What Dollars!! :cool:


1 U.S.Dollar is equivalent to 2.7 Dominica Dollars
100 U.S. Dollars is equivalent to 270 Dominica/Antigua/Grenada/St.Lucia Dollars
(they share the same currency)

DON'T pay 2.7 times the going rate, just because you didn't check.
Get smart. Not everything in the world is U.S.Dollars.

timetraveler9
December 6th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Yes, I agree with you!

Luckily, the reputable tour guides post their rates on their websites **specifying** which currency the rate is quoted in: either "USD" or, frankly less often, in "EC". I believe they quote in USD so often to make it easier for their potential guests to gauge amounts and affordability. It was my experience that many hotels, for instance, quoted rates in USD, but then when charging my credit card charged in EC.

Pepper's, Owen's, etc. have specified USD for costs of tours on their website. I'm not sure about Owen, but Pepper let us pay in USD.

However, even when I noted that the prices quoted were in USD -the prices listed by many tour operators were still quite high to me.

Even though those of us here who are Americans are lucky enough to have such convenience offered to us as U.S. travelers, I agree with you that it shouldn't be taken for granted!

westgatelakes
December 11th, 2008, 07:50 AM
It is none as the nature isle of the caribbean...

amsp
January 16th, 2009, 03:48 AM
everyone talks about the baskets, but the coolest thing i have from my last trip is the woven bottle. they take a wine shaped bottle and weave around it. the one i got is so tight there is no play when you try to squish it. totally cool. i found it in the craft market near the pier. i also got 2 baskets on the trip - at a little road side stand. the guy there was the artist. the one that became my sewing basket is probably close to 10" in diameter. i was hesitating on buying it until he showed me that you could basically fold it in half and stuff it into a suitcase. the bottle was maybe $10 (i'd regretted not getting one for over 5 years - more than worth it), the big basket with a little basket that would be good for jewelry or potpourri was $20-25 for both.

another island treasure are the masks carved out of knotted fern roots.

to see....nature. herbs and spices growing on the side of the road - lemon grass, laurel (bay leaf), nutmeg, etc. find a cashew tree - but don't eat the nut, i think they are poison until roasted. 365 rivers. the only carib indians still in the islands. champagne reef. the amazingly twisty roads that they call 2 lane.

this place is amazing - but you have to get away from the port.

hillside
January 16th, 2009, 09:32 AM
Our ship, Azamara Journey, will be in Cabrits, not Rousseau. Any suggestions?

amsp
January 16th, 2009, 10:37 AM
cabrits has a national park area, and depending how much time you have, i think the caribe indian territory is nearby. there may also be black sand beaches up that way. it has been years since i studied the guide book on dominica. i do remember being sad we couldn't get up that far.

Jan_In_Maine
January 16th, 2009, 03:26 PM
everyone talks about the baskets, but the coolest thing i have from my last trip is the woven bottle. they take a wine shaped bottle and weave around it. the one i got is so tight there is no play when you try to squish it. totally cool. i found it in the craft market near the pier. i also got 2 baskets on the trip - at a little road side stand. the guy there was the artist. the one that became my sewing basket is probably close to 10" in diameter. i was hesitating on buying it until he showed me that you could basically fold it in half and stuff it into a suitcase. the bottle was maybe $10 (i'd regretted not getting one for over 5 years - more than worth it), the big basket with a little basket that would be good for jewelry or potpourri was $20-25 for both.

another island treasure are the masks carved out of knotted fern roots.

to see....nature. herbs and spices growing on the side of the road - lemon grass, laurel (bay leaf), nutmeg, etc. find a cashew tree - but don't eat the nut, i think they are poison until roasted. 365 rivers. the only carib indians still in the islands. champagne reef. the amazingly twisty roads that they call 2 lane.

this place is amazing - but you have to get away from the port.

No problems with getting the baskets through customs? In August we were in St. Martin's and my DSIL bought a basket (green) and they were not allowed to bring it into the US because of a type of bug (mite???). Jan

amsp
January 20th, 2009, 02:32 AM
the dominican baskets are multiple colors of brown, not green (if that makes a difference). if i remember right something about using fire to brown the bamboo strips. the green basket may have also been showing signs of a blight or rust.

i put them into my suitcases, and sent them through ag inspection. no problems found. i didn't declare them. never thought to. but since they were dry, i don't know that it is a problem. (the basket maintain flexibility for a long time...a year later, still flexy)

i have brought fresh flower bouquets back from cruises before (ones that can't be hidden). they look at them, and send them through. i know that if there are critters on them they'd take them, and i make it clear that it is fine if they need to, but i think i've brought them back 3 times.

there are no guarantees, but i haven't had problems, neither have the others talking about the baskets. i'd never want to bring in little critters....i see the damage being done to our plants and trees and it is very sad.