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- Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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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 must-see attraction.
The downside is that this broiling body of water can only be reached after a fairly grueling, humid and muddy trek that will take anywhere from three to six hours to complete. And that's only one-way. Experts and recent travelers agree that you shouldn't attempt this trip by yourself. The most common starting point is in the town of Laudat, where it should be fairly easy to find a local guide (just ask around town) 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 should expect to pay at least EC$135 (around $50) one-way, per person for the experience. That doesn't include the admission cost into the Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Visiting Boiling Lake costs around EC$14 (around $5) per person, or you can purchase a week pass to all of Dominica's national park sites for around EC$33 (about $12) per person. Some other things to keep in mind before you visit the Boiling Lake: One, you should come prepared with several snacks, plenty of water and lots of patience. Two, make sure to start your hike early so you have plenty of time to enjoy the site and get back to the main town before it gets dark. Three, anticipate getting wet, dirty and tired. Also, be sure to invest in an inexpensive underwater camera that you don't mind getting wet.