Uniquely Natural. Naturally Unique. This is Discover Dominica’s motto regarding the Nature Island, which they describe as a “rich tapestry of lush rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls with volcanic wonders on land and under the sea.” This Caribbean nation guarantees an experience like no other and I promise you it delivers. Our second day was spent exploring the two most popular waterfalls on the island: Trafalgar Falls and the Emerald Pool. They are both located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and neither require guides.
Trafalgar Falls is just a short and pleasant walk from the Visitors Center. There is an excellent platform at the end of the path that affords a stunning view of the massive waterfalls.
The twin waterfalls are named Mother and Father. I would have loved to have swam underneath them, and for the more adventurous this is permitted, alas I was not dressed properly.
The Emerald Pool is more recognizable, since it has been featured in several movies, and therefore it is the most visited waterfall on the island. When cruise ships dock in Dominica for a day almost every itinerary includes a stop at this tranquil grotto. Not only will you be sharing the rainforest with tourists eager for the perfect shot, you will also be surrounded by friendly local fauna. This walk is shorter than the one required at Trafalgar Tours, however it is a little more strenuous, since there are some slippery stairs involved.
Be prepared to have your breath taken away by the Emerald Pool’s beauty. Its fall is not as spectacular as the two found at Trafalgar Falls, but the color of its water is ethereal. Swimming in it is allowed as well, but be forewarned that the water is freezing cold.
I have only seen a couple of waterfalls in my lifetime, my favorite thus far being Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brasil. I definitely would like to see more around the world now and of course to return to these with a bathing suit. Although, I have learned to make sure to leave something on your trips for “next time,” so that there is always a reason to return!
wow, gorgeous photos!!!!
The place does look amazing. So much green
Soooo much green!!! I miss it!
Emerald Pool looks magical!
Stunningly beautiful! All that lush greenery and tropical beauty. I love it. 🙂 So glad you got to experience this. 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind comment, you always say the sweetest things!!! Isn’t Dominica AMAZING?????
Breathtaking! Nature at its best 🙂 Stunning photos as per usual!
Thank you and I agree, Dominica is nature at its best! That should be the country’s new motto!!!
I’ve come to love waterfalls, too, especially ones you can swim in. And since so many of them require a bit of a hike through a hot jungle, the pools below the falls come as even more of a welcome relief.
I have never been swimming in a waterfall before, can you believe it? It’s totally on my Bucket List though!
Such an amazing place!
Thank you X a million! And yes, super amazing!!!
Ahhhh – shame the water is cold…I was looking at your photos thinking how divine it would be to swim underneath those falls.
The water was SO cold, but I think we could handle jumping in together!!! 🙂
So green there!
I’ve never seen so much green!
Don’t forget water socks or waterproof sandals as well — the one (and only) time I swam under a waterfall (during our honeymoon in St. Lucia), the bottom of the pool was full of sharp rocks. 😉
Thank you for the suggestion, I would have never thought about that!!!
Some amazing shots here! I especially love the long exposure (?) one… looks great!
Thank you gorgeous!!!
Oh wow this looks just amazing Andi – I’ve never been to Dominica and now I really want to go!
You will fall head over heels in love with it!
Dominica has been high on my list for quite some time. Those beautiful waterfall pools have reminded me that I need to get there soon.
Thanks for the lovely photos.
You’re sooo welcome dear, glad that I inspired you to travel there! XO
Beautiful!!!! Love the waterfalls!
So magical huh?
Stunning and so lush. Can you imagine doing a photoshoot there? Someday we’ll have to go together!
DEAL! I’m holding you to that gorgeous!!! Ahhhhh I’m DYING to see you!
I love hiking to waterfalls! These are gorgeous.
Sooo much more gorgeous in person! 🙂
Just amazing, what pics!
Thank you Matty!
There is nothing quite like a swim in a pool underneath a waterfall. Check out Abrams Falls in the Cades Cove Loop in the Great Smoky Mountains for a pretty waterfall with great swimming a little closer to home for you. Beautiful pictures as always.
Googling it now! Thank you my dear friend!!!
Haha pretty right!?
Oh my gosh, I think I’m speechless. AMAZING!
I was too most of the day, I kept saying, “Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful.” Hahaha!
That is simply gorgeous! And I had to smile at the little crab 🙂
Thank you darling!!!! He’s a cutie!
Great photos! I love the waterfalls!
How lovely! Thanks for posting amazing photos. By the way I’ve added you my links 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the pics! Thanks for the link. 🙂
Hey Andi, I can’t believe you were not armed with bathing suit! Oh well, I guess now you have a good excuse to return to that paradise… Seriously, such a wonderful paradise you were blessed with for your anniversary. Really special. And your photos are incredible.
I know, I can’t believe it either. If Lucas and I had been alone I would have gone in without one hahaha. Oh well! Definitely going to be returning. 🙂
Great set of photos. Trafalgar Falls looks amazing.
Thank you so much, it really was!
Wow, that’s a lot of green.
Haha yes! 🙂
The color of that water is amazing!
Beautiful, huh? Just like you! 😉
This may be shocking but I don`t think I had seen photos of Dominica before you writing about it. I can see why they emphasize nature, it is really beautiful.
Not shocking at all, I had never seen pics before our tip! It’s soooo gorgeous there!!!
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