Our brief time in Dominica had quickly come to an end and we only had one last day to do as much sightseeing as we possibly could despite the weather threatening not to cooperate. The first stop on our adventure filled schedule with Discover Dominica was to the Indian River, which of the 365 rivers on the island, is the only one navigable by boat. Tours are offered and include guides that are highly knowledgeable and passionate about showing off their beloved country to visitors.
If the Indian River looks familiar it is because parts of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed there. Just as we set sail, it started to rain, but thankfully the trees we were floating underneath formed a canopy that protected us from getting soaked.
About halfway through our excursion into the rainforest, we docked and were able to explore dry land for a short period of time. One of my favorite things about Dominica is its exquisitely colorful flora and fauna.
In my opinion, a tour of the Indian River is a must if visiting the Nature Island. Not only does it a provide a much needed break from the strong Caribbean sun, however it is also a magical experience to witness the water change a myriad of colors right in front of your eyes.
Then it was back to the road to drive to another part of the island in order to see a completely different view of it. As previously mentioned, getting from one place to another takes a lot of time, thus I highly recommend staying at least a week when visiting, so that you do not miss out on the endless opportunities that are available. We were there for only three full days and were unable to check off many excursions on our t0-do list!
Our guide for the day wanted us to see a special spot that he shares with very few people due to it having the most stunning panoramic view of Dominica. On our way there, we stopped at a food stand on the side of the road and had delicious local cuisine prepared for us, so that we could enjoy lunch there.
Unfortunately, we did not have time to snorkel or dive in any of Dominica’s world renown reefs (we will absolutely return for this reason alone), however we were able to end our unforgettable trip above water on a whale and dolphin watching cruise with Dive Dominica, a company that boasts a 95% success rate in sightings.
While we never ended up spotting any whales, we did spot countless pods of dolphins whom were more than happy to pose for pictures. The sunset that evening was the perfect farewell gift from an island that will hold a special place in our hearts forever. Some girls dream of a pretty blouse or a diamond necklace for their anniversary gift, but not me, I want to travel somewhere extraordinary like Dominica with my beloved.