Dominica is the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” So named because of its unspoiled natural beauty. Dominica boasts a river for every day of the year and the world’s second-largest boiling lake. Truly idyllic, intimate, spiritual. Although small, Dominica is plentiful, especially when it comes to the warmth and hospitality of the people. We recommend Dominica to anyone wanting to ground with nature and seek serenity.
The ten green stars, which are the traditional symbol of hope, represent the ten parishes of Dominica. Each parish has equal status and so the stars also represent the equality of the people.
The Sisserou Parrot which sits in the centre of the flag, is the national bird of Dominica and symbolizes flight towards greater heights and fulfilment of aspirations.
The Parrot also comes from the Dominica Coat of Arms, representing the official seal of the country. The Parrot sits within a red circle which depicts Dominica’s commitment to social justice.
The Dominican flag’s stripes form a cross representing the Trinity of God.
The cross itself demonstrates belief in God. The yellow stripe represents the sunshine and also the main agricultural produce, citrus and Bananas. It is also representative of the first inhabitants of the island, the Carib and Arawak people. The black stripe represents the African heritage a well as the rich black soil of the island. The white stripe symbolises the clarity of the rivers and waterfalls as well as the purity and aspiration of the people.
The green background represents the dense tropical forest and the general lushness of the island.
The coat of arms of Dominica was adopted on July 21, 1961. It consists of a shield with two guardian Sisserou parrots bracing the shield atop of which is a raging lion. The shield is divided into four quadrants. There is a canoe under sail gliding upon the Caribbean Sea in the bottom left and a banana tree on the bottom right quadrant.
There is a coconut tree in the top right quadrants. In the top right quadrant is a Crapaud, also known as the mountain chicken, a native animal from the frog species.
Below the shield is the national motto: ‘Apres Bondie C’est La Ter’ meaning ‘After God the Earth’. This emphasises the importance of the soil in the island because its economy is based on agriculture.
Isle of beauty, isle of splendour
Isle to all so sweet and fair
All must surely gaze in wonder
At thy gifts so rich and rare.
Rivers, valleys, hills and mountains
All these gifts we do extol.
Healthy land, so like all fountains
Giving cheer that warms the soul.
Dominica, God hath bless thee
With a clime benign and bright
Pastures green and flowers of beauty
Filling all with pure delight,
And a people strong and healthy
Full of godly, reverent fear.
May we ever seek to praise Thee
For these gifts so rich and rare.
Come ye forward, sons and daughters
Of this gem beyond compare.
Strive for honor, sons and daughters,
Do the right, be firm, be fair.
Toil with hearts and hands and voices.
We must prosper!
Sound the call, In which every one rejoices.
“All for Each and Each for All”.
The most famous of Dominica’s trails, the Boiling Lake is a flooded fumarole reached after a hard 3-4 hour hike (one-way) from the village of Laudat. But it’s well worth it – the Lake is a cauldron of bubbling greyish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapour. The lake is known as the world’s second largest boiling lake, at approximately 200 ft (63m) across.
Information courtesy of avirtualdominica.com
The Emerald Pool is the most visited natural attraction in Dominica’s Morne Trois Piton National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This wonderful grotto is a relatively easy 30-minute walk into the rainforest in the centre of the island (on the road to Castle Bruce). Very popular on cruise ship days; take your swimming gear but be warned – it’s a little cold in the pool.
It’s been featured in several movies and has also been used as a place to be married at!
Information adapted from avirtualdominica.com
Presently approximately 3,000 Kalinagos live in a collectively owned 3,700 acre territory, spread over eight hamlets, on the north-eastern coast of Dominica. Together, these villages are called the Kalinago Territority. The Kalinago live a simple communal life, carrying on the many traditions of their ancestors.
The Kalinago Territory is an exciting part of Dominica where local residents and visitors can come to expand their understanding of Dominica’s first people. Here we share the rich heritage of the Kalinago people, drawing upon the lifeways of long ago and the traditions, legends, and beliefs that have been kept alive for thousands of years.
Official Website: www.kalinagoterritory.com
The distinctive and ever-present sulphur fumes have ridden the area of most of the living organisms. In the hills above Soufriere, naturally heated mineralised waters drain from two streams into four stone pools. A short walk away there are three more smaller and nicer pools tucked into the forest. Many visit the Sulphur Springs to take advantage of the healing properties of the Sulphur deposit in the purpose built bathing pools. However, many do not realise that there is also a fantastic trail, the Grand Soufriere Sulphur Spring Trail.