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Boiling Lake

Morne Trois Pitons National Park | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking and Parks, Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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It sounds amazing, and it is. The Boiling Lake is a fumarole, or an opening in the Earth's crust that releases steam and gas, and it's flooded with hot bubbling water that rises into a cloud of vapor. The site is approximately 200 feet wide, it's located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and it's a 100% must-see.

The downside is that this broiling body of water can only be reached after a fairly grueling, humid, muddy hike that will take anywhere from three to six hours to complete. And that's only one-way. Experts and recent guests unanimously agree that you shouldn't take this trip by yourself. The most common starting point is in the town of Laudat, where it should be fairly easy to find a guide who knows the way and is willing to take you to the spot. Keep in mind that this is an intensive and lengthy hike, so you can anticipate paying at least $50 one way, per person for the experience. That doesn't include the admission cost into the national park.

Some other things to keep in mind before you visit the Boiling Lake. One, you should plan on this taking all day, which means packing several snacks, plenty of water and lots of patience. Two, make sure to start your hike early, that way you have plenty of time to enjoy the site and get back to the main town before it gets dark. Three, anticipate getting very wet, and very dirty. Invest in an inexpensive underwater camera that you don't mind getting drenched, or losing altogether.

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