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Boiling Lake picture in Dominica
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Boiling Lake Hike picture in Dominica
Boiling Lake picture in Dominica
Mountaintop picture in Dominica
Boiling Lake Hike picture in Dominica

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  • Around 14 East Carribean dollars ($5)
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  • Natural Wonders Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.8
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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 percent 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 guests 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 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 should expect to pay at least $50 one-way, per person for the experience. That doesn't include the admission cost into the Morne Trois Pitons National Park either.
Some other things to keep in mind before you visit the Boiling Lake. One, you should plan on this taking all day, which means you should prepare with 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 wet, dirty and tired. Also, be sure to invest in an inexpensive underwater camera that you don't mind getting drenched, or losing altogether.

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.

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Trafalgar Falls dominate the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Pilip Dumas / Getty Images

Hiking to this fumarole, Boiling Lake, in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park will take all day. The most common starting point is in the town of Laudat.  youngvet / Getty Images

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Scotts Head Pinnacle is a world-class dive site. The large rock formations allow for a unique dive that is packed with aquatic life. dsabo / Getty Images

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Fort Shirley is close to being completely restored and is located in Cabrits National Park, Dominica. evenfh / Getty Images

The Emerald Pool in Morne Tois Pitons National Park is a popular spot for families and day-trippers. evenfh / Getty Images

The Kalinago are the indigenous people of Dominica. Approximately 3,000 Kalinagos live on the north-eastern cost of Dominica. Philip Dumas / Getty Images

Tubing down this massive Layou River is a popular activity on the island. Jean & Nathalie / flickr

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