Dominica – Know why it’s called, “The Nature Island”
This is how Dominica's official website describes itself; “I am beauty unspoilt. Culture preserved. I am a diver's dream and hiker's paradise. I am the trailhead to adventure and discovery, unlike any other Caribbean destination. I am volcanic peaks, boiling waters and underwater champagne springs. Sparkling waterfalls, rushing streams and rainforest canopies. I am celebrations of music, art and flowers. I am nature's island. I am Dominica. Are You?” No, most of us aren't that wonderful but we'd sure like to aspire to be.
Dominica's official name is the Commonwealth of Dominica, which is mostly referenced in official communiqués and to distinguish the island from its northerly Caribbean sister, the Dominican Republic.
“The Nature Island's” tropical rainforests cover two thirds of the island, and are home to 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls abound, fed by the island's high annual rainfall. Its volcanic physique points to extensive geothermal activity – even underwater. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Caribbean.
One place you must visit is the Kalinago Territory. The Carib Indians, Dominica's indigenous people, live on a 3,700 acre Territory on the east coast of the island. With a visit here, you will experience their ancestral roots through their crafts, canoe building and traditional culinary activities.