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!