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Uncommon Nature Island Experiences For Your Most Transformative Vacation Yet

One of the best things about travel is that it gives you a chance to experience life outside of the everyday. Taking in new views, tasting new foods, meeting new people—these are all the hallmarks of a good vacation. A great vacation—one that transforms your perspective on life or just gives you a memory to last a lifetime—is forged through the uncommon.

Below, get a taste for some of the experiences Dominica has to offer that you just can’t replicate back home or find anywhere else in the world.

Swimming with sperm whales

Dominica’s consistent climate and deep, clear waters makes it an ideal year-round dive vacation spot, and these characteristics don’t just appeal to the human species. Dominica hosts two-thirds of all known whale species either permanently or temporarily throughout the year. Included in the permanent residents are sperm whales—the world’s largest toothed whales. Don’t let their size intimidate; open-water enthusiasts have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim alongside these gentle creatures.

A little too adventurous for your taste? Catching a glimpse of sperm whales via boat during a whale watching tour can be just as incredible!

A reparative hot springs soak

Located in the Roseau Valley, the mountain village of Wotten Waven is home to natural hot springs—warmed by a subterranean volcano. Relax your body and mind as you embrace the wonder made possible only by nature (truly one of the best ways to connect with nature). Bring a swimsuit you don’t mind getting dirty, as you’ll want to slather on the sulphur-rich volcanic mud! 

Canyoning below the canopy

Sometimes, all it takes to have a transformative experience is to see things from a new perspective. In the case of canyoning, you’ll do so quite literally. We’ll arrange an adventure for you—complete with transportation, gear, and a tour guide for safety—but the transformation will be all your own. Descend into the canyons and discover hidden waterfalls and intricate rock structures. Don’t forget to look up and take in the lush rainforest canopies from way below the trees.

Visit the Kalinago Territory 

Dominica has a rich and complicated political history. Despite various settlements and changes in colonial rule, the Kalinago people—native to the Caribbean for centuries—have survived as a self-governing tribe within their 3,700-acre district. The Kalinago people are welcoming of visitors who want to learn about the Kalinago culture and/or purchase some homemade, one-of-a-kind goods, crafts and foods.

Eager for transformative adventure? 
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