Boiling Lake#2 in Best Things To Do in Dominica
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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#1 Trafalgar Falls
Located on the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park (around 6 miles from Roseau), the jaw-dropping Trafalgar Falls are two of the most-visited sights on the island. In addition to being incredibly impressive, they're also easily accessible for the most amateur hikers and adventure seekers. The upper waterfall (colloquially referred to as "Father") cascades dramatically from the Trois Pitons River, across the Titou Gorge and empties into hot sulfur springs, while the lower waterfall ("Mother") flows gently from the river into a natural swimming pool.
The park has standard facilities, including bathrooms and a parking lot. Sometimes, young locals loiter around the park entrance or at the base of the falls, offering to assist you on your tour of the area. Keep in mind that taking them up on their offer will cost you more than the meager entrance fee to the park, and in the case of the Trafalgar Falls, is probably not necessary. The trek to the waterfalls is only a short walk. If you do decide to purchase a guided tour, be sure to remember to negotiate a fee for the tour before agreeing to one.
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