Puerto Rico & Dominica: Day 5

October 4, 2012

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.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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47 thoughts on “Puerto Rico & Dominica: Day 5

  1. Addison S. @ Visa Hunter

    Andi, you really have a great eye for nature and photography. How did you travel between Puerto Rico and Dominica? Are there any special visa requirement people should know about? It would be great to one day add Dominica to my listed of visited countries.

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank you so much! I flew American Airlines, they have an easy direct flight there I believe every day? I don’t think there are any visa requirements. Neither I nor my hubby who is Argentinean needed visas. You should definitely visit, it’s an incredible country!

  2. Natalie

    What great pictures! I have visited Dominica a few times as my father is from the island, it is a beautiful place with so much to explore. I am planning to take my toddler soon to show him what an amazing island Dominica is, your pictures make me want to get on the next flight out there!

  3. Andi

    Everything is so green! I think I like dolphin watching more than whales…it always seems more successful! Like the new blog design!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank you so much, you were the first to notice. I’m sad that I’ve been whale watching twice and have yet to see whales! Maybe third times the charm?

  4. Austin Yoder

    Andi, I’m always blown away by the pictures you take. I love how visually rich your posts have been, and continue to be. The Dolphins look like hellafun, and the sunset shot at the end kind of makes me want to curl up on a porch with a Mint Julep or a Mojito or something. Please give Lucas a big hello from me, and also Papa P. when you can 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Awwww 1) I was SO excited to see a comment from you 2) Thank you so much for your sweet words, they mean the world to me 3) I would love to curl up on a porch with you and drink mojitos 4) Everyone in the Perullo family says hola/ni hao!!! Te mando besos amigo!

  5. Andrea

    So many dolphins! We saw so many whales in NZ last year but I’ve never seen dolphins in the wild (well, one time at the beach when I was a kid) – amazing!

  6. Krista

    Oh my friend, you truly have the most beautiful adventures!! I love your photos, your descriptions, and I love how much happiness these jaunts bring you. 🙂 xo

  7. jan

    I really like the boat in the river photo – it gives me a feeling of adventure. Rivers and boats are two of my favourite things.

  8. Gavin Harvey

    What an amazing place! I’m very jealous that you got to see so many dolphins, I tried and failed to see some on a recent trip to Portugal but clearly I’ll have to venture a little further next time!

    Your photos are amazing!

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