Cultural Activities in Dominica

A Trip to the Caribbean's Living Past

In a remote valley on Dominica's eastern shore, descendants of a pre-Columbian culture continue a way of life that dates back more than a thousand years. Visitors to the island who make the journey to Carib Territory see the real thing, not a theme park reenactment staged for the masses. Small villages and farms that could only be reached by torturous mountain trails well into the latter 20th century are now accessible by road and a short hike. Here, the old ways are shared through stories and demonstrations of artisanal skills and celebrated in song and dance.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, watersports and spa enthusiasts & adventurers from soft to rugged
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier January - April
  • Weather: Trade winds and forests keep temperatures mild throughout the year. Wintertime lows run in the mid 70s, while summer rarely sees daytime temperatures above the mid 80s

Dominica Information

Cultural Activities in Dominica Overview

The Carib Territory is a 3,700-acre special district established for the indigenous Carib people known as the Kalinago. The land is communally owned by the group, who continue a traditional way of life based on artisanal farming, fishing and the manufacture of traditional handicrafts. Visitors are welcomed and immersed in the group's daily life.

Cultural Activities in Dominica Tips

Items offered for sale aren't souvenirs, they are authentic cultural icons. Kalinago baskets hand-woven from arouma reed represent a thousand-year tradition that originated in South America. Also prized by collectors are ceremonial pottery and carvings made from calabash gourds. And don't forget the cassava bread, a savory treat flavored with coconut and ginger.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in Dominica

An oceanside trail leads to a traditional village where visitors are welcomed and immersed in the Kalinago culture. A visit to an indigenous farmer's groves showcases crops cultivated long before Europeans arrived. The Salybia Church is a gathering place to hear stories of history and culture. At the Kalinago Experience visitors can watch weavers and carvers at work, and purchase their handicrafts.

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in Dominica

You could make the trek in sandals, but walking shoes are better. Bring a tote bag to hold purchased handicrafts, and wear comfortable but respectfully conservative clothing. Cameras are OK but don't be obtrusive.

Specials

Dive

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

DIVE DOMINICA includes 5 nights Garden Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Cabrits Dive Center, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, complimentary cell phone, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 11/15/20. Add $90 per diver for travel 11/16/20-5/31/20.
Read More

From $563 per person double diver

Book Now
Dive

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

DIVE SPECIAL includes 7 nights Garden Room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, complimentary full dive gear /wet suit for one, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, complimentary cell phone, complimentary shuttle service in Picard, roundtrip airport transfers or ferry pick-up, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 11/15/20. Book by 9/30/20.
Read More

From $883 per person double diver

Book Now
Dive
Spa and Wellness
Mind and Spirit
Cultural Activities
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Hiking

Dominica

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

DIVE SPECIAL includes 7-night Villa accommodations, full breakfast daily, 5 days 2-tank boat dives with Nature Island Dive (includes marine park fees and dive shop transfers), roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

BONUS: Complimentary half-hour spa treatment and complimentary yoga class (1 hour) 12/1/20-12/18/21.

Valid 7/1/21-12/18/21. Travel & Dive year around at slightly higher prices.
Read More

From $1,429 per diver double

Book Now
Dive

Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

LIMITED TIME OFFER Guaranteed Dive Vacation includes 7 nights Ocean Front accommodations at Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, 1-Whale Watching tour on Sunday, 1-afternoon tour to Trafalgar Falls, Sulphur Springs In Wotten Waven & Thermal Spa With Complimentary Rum Punch, daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, government taxes, service charges and marine park fees.

Pre-purchase for yourself or for someone else. Names needed at least 30 days prior to travel date. There are no black-out dates or other limitations. Offer is based on availability at time of booking. Must be pre-paid (double occupancy only) and is non-refundable.

Valid for travel through 12/31/23.
Read More

From $1,365 per diver double diver

Book Now
Dive
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Biking
Board Sports
All Adventures

Dominica

Secret Bay Dominica

DIVE PACKAGE BOOK NOW WITH PENALTY FREE CHANGES! Includes 7 night’s Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, private villa host "butler", 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages), welcome dinner, 1-syndicate nature trail hike, complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, private roundtrip airport transfers, departure souvenir gift, hotel tax, and service charges.

Book and travel up to April 9, 2021 with penalty-free changes up to 7-days prior to arrival. Should plans change, re-book within 12 months of original travel (excluding 12/18/2021 – 1/7/2022) with full reservation deposit applied towards a new reservation. (airlines have separate policies)

Package price valid for travel through 12/17/2021.
Read More

From $3,679 per person double diver

Book Now
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Board Sports

Dominica

Secret Bay Dominica

COUPLE'S GETAWAY PACKAGE BOOK NOW WITH PENALTY FREE CHANGES! Includes 7 night’s Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, private villa host "butler", daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages), 1 intimate champagne dinner, 1 signature massage, 1 private romantic sunset sail, daily romantic turndown amenities, complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, private roundtrip airport transfers, departure souvenir gift, hotel tax, and service charges.

Book and travel up to April 9, 2021 with penalty-free changes up to 7-days prior to arrival. Should plans change, re-book within 12 months of original travel (excluding 12/18/2021–1/7/2022) with full reservation deposit applied towards a new reservation. (airlines have separate policies)

Package price valid for travel through 12/17/2021.
Read More

From $3,805 per person double

Book Now
Dive
Spa and Wellness
Cultural Activities
Hiking
Animal Interactions
Snorkeling
All Adventures
All Wellness

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 5 nights Garden Room accommodations, 1-Sea & Beach Horseback for two with Rainforest Riding, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, complimentary cell phone, complimentary shuttle service in Picard, roundtrip airport transfers or ferry pick-up, hotel tax and service charges.

Half day riding takes riders through the forest of the Cabrits National Park to Purple Turtle Beach where the saddles are taken off. Riders go on bareback in the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea – a lovely cool bath for the horses and a unique experience for riders.

Add-on tours available at additional costs.

Valid 6/1/20-11/15/20.
Read More

From $839 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Snorkeling
Hiking
Animal Interactions
Cultural Activities
All Adventures

Dominica

Tamarind Tree Hotel

ADVENTURE + WHALE WATCHING PACKAGE includes 5-night standard accommodations, breakfast, lunch and daily including selected drinks, 2-days of guided hiking including site passes and transportation, 1/2-day whale watching, 1-day full island tour, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 8/31/20 & 10/15/20-10/31/20.
Read More

From $1,248 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Spa and Wellness
Cultural Activities
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Biking
Board Sports
All Adventures
All Wellness

Dominica

Secret Bay Dominica

ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 5 nights Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, a complimentary pre-stocked Organic Breakfast Basket, filled with farm fresh eggs, organic fruit, homemade granola, yogurt, bread, jam, dried fruit, local lemongrass and cocoa teas, replenished for duration of stay. Complimentary use of kayaks & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, audiovisual system with Apple TV, iPod dock, cable television, books and games as well as daily international newspapers on your villa Kindle roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Add-on tours available at additional costs.

Valid 7/1/20-9/25/20.
Read More

From $2,567 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Dive

Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

SUPER RECOVERY SPECIAL includes 7 nights Ocean Front accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 1-Whale Watching tour on Sunday, 1-afternoon tour to Titou Gorge & Trafalgar Falls, daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, government taxes, service charges and marine park fees.

Valid through 6/30/21. Book by 12/31/20.
Read More

From $1,365 per diver double diver

Book Now
Spa and Wellness
Cultural Activities
Hiking
Animal Interactions
Snorkeling
All Adventures
All Wellness

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

WHALE WATCHING! includes 5 nights Garden Room accommodations, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, complimentary cell phone, one full day tour with choice of itinerary, one whale watching tour, one in-room couples hot stone massage, complimentary shuttle service in Picard, roundtrip airport transfers or ferry pick-up, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 6/1/20-11/15/20.
Read More

From $718 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Spa and Wellness
Mind and Spirit
Cultural Activities
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Hiking

Dominica

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 5-night Eco Villa Suite accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner and all non-alcoholic drinks daily, daily scheduled hikes and activities with tour guides, transportation and National Park passes for Dominica attractions, 30-minute daily spa treatment, daily yoga class, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 12/18/20 and 7/1/21-12/18/21.
Read More

From $1,694 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Hiking
Cultural Activities
Mind and Spirit

Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 5 nights Oceanfront accommodations, breakfast daily, island tour to Emerald Pool, Cabrits National Park and Kalinago Village including lunch, tour to Trafalgar Falls & Titou Gorge, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid for travel through 6/30/21.
Read More

From $959 per person double occupancy

Book Now

Packages

Dive

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Garden Room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, complimentary shuttle service in Picard, roundtrip airport transfers or ferry pick-up, hotel tax and service charges.
Read More

From $933 per person double diver

Book Now
Dive
Spa and Wellness
Mind and Spirit
Cultural Activities
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Hiking

Dominica

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night Villa accommodations, full breakfast daily, 5 days 2-tank boat dives with Nature Island Dive (includes marine park fees and dive shop transfers), roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

BONUS: Complimentary half-hour spa treatment and complimentary yoga class (1 hour) 12/1/20-12/18/21.
Read More

From $1,429 per diver double

Book Now
Dive

Dominica

Tamarind Tree Hotel

DIVE PACKAGE + 1 Full Day Tour includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard or Superior room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat diving, shore diving in the afternoon, breakfast, lunch and dinner, selected drinks, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, service charges and tax.
Read More

From $1,514 per person double diver

Book Now
Spa and Wellness
Mind and Spirit
Cultural Activities
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Hiking

Dominica

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

JUNGLE WELLNESS & ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7-night Eco Villa Suite accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner and all non-alcoholic drinks daily, daily scheduled hikes and activities with tour guides, transportation and National Park passes for Dominica attractions, 30-minute daily spa treatment, daily yoga class, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
Read More

From $2,341 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Hiking
Animal Interactions

Dominica

Tamarind Tree Hotel

HIKING PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard or Superior accommodations, 5 days guided hiking including site passes and transportation (Middleham Fall/ Trafalgar Falls/Boiling Lake/Tiitou Gorge) 1-day Whale Watching, all transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, selected drinks, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, service charges
Read More

From $2,004 per person double diver

Book Now
Snorkeling
Hiking
Animal Interactions

Dominica

Tamarind Tree Hotel

EXPLORE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard or Superior room accommodations, 2 days guided hiking including site passes (Central Tour Emerald Pool/Middleham Fall/)and 1 day Whale Watching, 2 days island tours (scenic drive-thru Volcano/Boiling Lake), 1 day snorkeling trip in Champagne Fall or discover diving on Salisbury Beach including gear, all transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, selected drinks, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, service charges and tax
Read More

From $1,705 per person double diver

Book Now
Dive

Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean Front accommodations at Fort Young Hotel, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving from the pier with Dive Dominica on dive days, full breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, service charges and marine park fees.
Read More

From $1,419 per diver double diver

Book Now
Hiking
Cultural Activities
Mind and Spirit

Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 5 nights Ocean Front accommodations, buffet breakfast daily, tour to Emerald Pool, Kalinago Village, Trafalgar Falls and Titou Gorge, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges.
Read More

From $960 per person double occupancy

Book Now
Dive
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Biking
Board Sports
All Adventures

Dominica

Secret Bay Dominica

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages), welcome dinner, 1-syndicate nature trail hike, complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
Read More

From $3,680 per person double diver

Book Now

Resorts

Dive
Hiking
Animal Interactions
Cultural Activities

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

Small 5-room comfortable hotel, situated on the hillside in the Picard, Portsmouth area, close to the sea. Attentive and personalized service for all guests. Home away from home ambience.
Read More

See Packages & Learn More
Dive
Mind and Spirit
Hiking
Cultural Activities

Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

Take an adventureous vacation to the Nature Island of Dominica while staying at the Fort Young Hotel, nestled at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and cradled in the beauty of Dominica’s mountainous landscape. Air-conditioned rooms with phones, internet, cable TV and a terrace or balcony.
Read More

See Packages & Learn More
Dive
Spa and Wellness
Mind and Spirit
Cultural Activities
Snorkeling
Paddle Sports
Hiking

Dominica

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

Jungle Bay Eco Villas is an award-winning adventure wellness boutique resort located on the nature isle of the Caribbean. Jungle Bay was built and is operated in alignment with international Geotourism and Ecotourism guidelines. The Mission of Jungle Bay Resort is to enhance the natural environment and improve the livelihood of surrounding communities so that the region is improved in a sustainable way, while providing quality, comfortable nature-based experiences for our guests. Design your vacation with the perfect blend of adventure, cultural experiences, delicious organic local cuisine, spa pampering and yoga to help rejuvenate you! The ecotourism island of Dominica offers hot springs, waterfalls, volcano hikes, world class underwater snorkel or dive adventures, and the most hospitable local people you have ever met!
Read More

See Packages & Learn More
Dive
Offroading
Ziplining
Paddle Sports
Hiking
Cultural Activities

Dominica

Secret Bay Dominica

Secret Bay Resort is located on the northwest coast of Dominica on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the Caribbean. Each of the eco-luxury villas and bungalows have a fully-equipped kitchen and comes with a replenished daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (farm eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages). Positioned for privacy and seclusion while offering ocean and mountain views. Use of mountain bikes, kayaks, snorkeling and swimming gear. High-speed WiFi access, audiovisual system with Apple TV, iPod dock, cable television, books and games and daily international newspapers on your "Villa Kindle". Stays of 7-nights or more include roundtrip airport transfers and welcome dinner complimentary.
Read More

See Packages & Learn More

Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp. No visa is required for stays of less than 6 months with proof of onward or return ticket. 

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you’re coming from the U.S. Before traveling check the CDC.

 

Culture and Customs

Dominica is known as "the Nature Island" for good reason. It is a land of unspoiled rainforests, volcanic hot springs, wild rivers and waterfalls. More than 60 percent of the island is covered in lush tropical vegetation and protected within three national parks, including the Morne Trois Piton National Park, which has been named a World Heritage Site. The mountainous landscape rises to almost 5,000 feet above sea level to harvest moisture from passing trade winds. Water is one of the island's most abundant natural resources, and more than 350 rivers gush out of the mountains to create dramatic gorges and spectacular waterfalls that spill into emerald pools. Among the most popular are Middleham, Victoria, Trafalgar and Sari Sari Falls. This landscape creates a mecca for the adventure traveler. Tours and activities range from kayaking, bird watching and hiking to jeep/ATV safaris and mountain bike treks. For the rugged hiker, there is the cross-island Waitukubuli Trail, or the climb to Boiling Lake, one of the world’s largest volcanically-active bodies of fresh water. With a glimpse of pre-Colombian culture, a visit to Carib Indian Territory provides a chance to interact with the largest remaining population of indigenous people in the Caribbean. For a take on the island's current culture, plan a visit during Carnival season, when calypso crooners and dance troops take to the streets. Dominica has earned a reputation as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean. Sperm whales can be seen in the waters of Dominica through the year, but prime viewing months are between November to March, when mothers arrive to nurse their calves. Other marine mammals often seen in the same area include pilot, pygmy, and false killer whales, plus spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphin.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The island operates on 220/240 volts - 50 cycles, so both adapters and transformers are necessary for U.S. made appliances. However, many hotels have dual 220/110 voltage, with 110V US style outlets in the room, along with 110 outlets available in the dive shops for camera equipment. Approximately 70% of Dominica’s electric power supply is hydro generated. Diesel generators provide the remainder.

The island area code for Dominica is 767. There are 3 mobile service providers on the island, check with your local provider to see what plans are available or roaming charges will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Tap water is safe to drink, if you prefer bottled water, it is available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language though much of the local population speaks Creole (French based Patois). The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$ or XCD) is the currency used locally. Check the current exchange rate here. United States Dollars, British Pounds and the Euro are accepted. ATMs are available and dispense EC Dollars. Most vendors will accept foreign currency and give your change in local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Dominica is on Atlantic Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Dominica is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Dominica is a sovereign island country that is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located SSE of Guadeloupe Islands and Northwest of Martinique. Dominica is 289 square miles, roughly 29 miles long and 16 miles wide at it's widest point.

Dominica's population is 73,016 (2016).