Dominica is a Caribbean island, about half way between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is rugged, with mountains of volcanic origin. The volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world. The highest point is Morne Diablotins at 1,447 meters (4,748 feet), located in Morne Diablotin National Park. Dominica is known as the “Nature Island” due to lush and varied flora and fauna, which are protected with an extensive park system.

Dominica’s Waitukubuli National Trail is the Caribbean’s first long distance hiking trail. 3 Rivers & Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge offers down to earth nature experiences in the rainforest of rural Dominica. Papillote Wilderness Retreat and Tropical Gardens is Dominica’s original eco-inn, founded in 1969. Ken’s Hinterland Adventure Tours was one of the first nature and adventure tour companies on the island. The Bradt Travel Guide Dominica (2011) by resident author Paul Crask is one of the better guidebooks to the nature island.

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Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica’s fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Formerly known as the Caribs, the Kalinago are the indigenous people of Dominica. About 3,000 Kalinagos live in a collectively owned 3,700 acre territory, spread over eight hamlets, on the north-eastern coast, called the Kalinago Territority. In 2006, the Kalinago cultural village by the sea, Kalinago Barana Aute, was opened, the brainchild of a former Kalinago chief. The Cultural Division of the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports has responsibility for the preservation and promotion of Dominica’s cultural heritage. Community Tourism Dominica is an online directory devoted to community based tourism development by promoting the activities of numerous grassroots organizations.

World heritage:


  • Ecotourism and Natural Resources in Dominica: Co-management as an Innovative Practice by B Sarrasin, J Tardif, 2012
  • Community-based Tourism in the Commonwealth of Dominica: A Livelihoods Perspective by K Bocking, 2010
  • The Community-Based Homestay Project: A Case Study in Small-Scale Sustainable Tourism Development in the Commonwealth of Dominica by CR Thompson, 2010
  • Ecotourism in Dominica: studying the potential for economic development, environmental protection and cultural conservation by V Slinger-Friedman, 2009
  • Nature Island Tourism: Applying an Eco-tourism Sustainability Framework to the Island of Dominica by E Lambert, 2009
  • Warmmae Letang: A case study of community-based tourism within the Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site, Dominica by B Perry-Fingal, 2009
  • Action Plan for a Sea Turtle Conservation and Tourism Initiative in the Commonwealth of Dominica by D Sammy, K Eckert & E Harris, 2008
  • Community agency and tourism initiatives in Carib territory, Dominica by KA Hudepohl, 2008
  • An exploratory study of tourism development and its impact on the Caribs of Dominica by I Boxill & FO Severin, 2004
  • Integrating environmental, social and economic systems: a dynamic model of tourism in Dominica by T Patterson, T Gulden, K Cousins & E Kraev, 2004
  • Managing ecotourism in the island microstate: The case of Dominica by DB Weaver, 2004
  • Political ecology of tourism in the Commonwealth of Dominica by T Patterson & L Rodriguez, 2004
  • Vulnerable coastal communities and participatory climate adaptation strategies: a case study of the artesanal fisheries and tourism sectors, Scott’s Head/Soufriere, Commonwealth of Dominica by PJ Hayes, 2004
  • Ecotourism: its potential role in forest resource conservation in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies by E Hypolite, GC Green & J Burley, 2002
  • Tourism Education And Training In The Commonwealth Of Dominica: Past, Present And Future by SM Carter, 2002
  • Tourism in Dominica: problems and prospects by DA Sharkey & JH Momsen, 1995
  • Another view on ‘alternative tourism in Dominica’. Contention for deliberate alternative tourism. by M Oppermann, WD Sahr & DB Weaver, 1992
  • Alternative to mass tourism in Dominica by DB Weaver, 1991
  • Dominica – geographic isolation and tourism prospects by GW Burnett & M Uysal, 1991

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