Hailing from Massachusetts, Susan Copelas has been a pioneer in women’s diving, youth outreach and environment protection throughout her 35 years of diving. And, by founding her own independent scuba instruction business, she has introduced and educated over 1,200 of tomorrow’s leaders in the sport of scuba diving. This past November, Susan led a group […]Read more
More eyes are on Dominica than ever before, and for good reason. The island nation plans to be the first climate resilient nation in the world— and as its sustainability efforts continue to gain international attention, so are the characteristics that give the Caribbean “Nature Island” the title it proudly carries. For those who are new to the wonders of Dominica, here are 10 lesser-known facts that may surprise you.
1. Dominica Has One of the Highest Percentage of Centenarians Per Capita in the World
Dominica celebrates their record of longevity. The oldest person in Dominica enjoyed 128 years on earth, and the milestone of reaching 100-years-old is known as a testament to the love and care of the centenarian’s family.
2. The Country’s Landscape is Comprised of 75% Rainforest
A tradition inspired by its unspoiled rainforest, the rare practice of “forest bathing” is a mindfulness exercise that is respected in Dominica and known to have healing benefits.
3. The Nature Island Offers 365 Rivers, Including One You’ll Recognize
Flowing to the Caribbean Sea between the town of Portsmouth and the village of Glanvillia, the Indian River might look familiar as it was a filming location for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
4. The Country Offers 300 Miles of Hiking and Biking Trails
The Caribbean’s first long distance walking trail, the Waitukubli National Trail covers 115 miles and is abundant with scenic nature vistas and local wildlife.
5. Dominica Waters are World-Renowned For More Than One Reason
A top destination for divers, Dominica provides unrivaled diving, snorkeling and whale-watching opportunities. Make sure to visit the black sands of Wavine Cyrique, a world-renowned beach.
6. Much of Dominica is Protected Under National Parks
Enter Cabrits National Park, which occupies 1,313 acres of protected tropical forests, coral reefs and wetlands. Keep an eye out for the Jaco and Sisserou Parrot, rare birds that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
7. Dominica Plans to Fully Rely on Renewable Energy
In an effort to become the first climate resilient nation in the world, Dominica continues to lead the Caribbean Islands in the development of geothermal electricity.
8. Off the Coast in the Caribbean Sea, Jump Into “Champagne” Waters
Dominica’s world-famous Champagne Reef offers geothermal springs that constantly vent bubbles, making snorkelers feel like they are swimming in champagne.