Roseau Port of Call
Calibishie, Dominica © Hans Hillewaert
Known for its pristine beauty and unspoilt nature, the small Caribbean island of Dominica is every eco-tourist's dream destination with its mountain trails, rivers, natural springs, fantastic diving and verdant rainforests. It is also home to some of the last remaining Carib Indians. Its most recent claim to fame is its use as location for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.
Key sights include the highest peak in Dominica, Morne Diaboltin, which towers 5,000 feet (1524 metres) above sea level, breath-taking views from a nature trail crossing Breakfast River Gorge on a suspension bridge, and plenty of whale watching opportunities. Dominica boasts more marine preserves, parks and forests per capita than any other place in the world.
Ships dock in the capital of Roseau at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, which is located just a few steps from bars, restaurants and cafés as well as some fantastic shopping, markets, colourfully distinctive corner houses and museums.
Tourist Office, Valley Road
Tel: +1 767 448 2045
Taxis can be easily hailed from the piers while Jeeps can be hired from local tour operators that advertise their services along the Bayfront where cruise passengers disembark. Visitors can walk to the town but transport is advised for those wanting to venture further inland.
Those who are not up to trekking through the rainforest can still experience its beauty by coasting above the treetops in a tram, or, for more adventurous travellers, joining a River to Ocean kayaking excursion. Champagne beach, named after the bubbles that trickle up from volcanic vents, offers some of Dominica's best snorkelling, while the highest mountain in Dominica, Morne Diaboltins, which towers 5,000 feet (1524 metres) above sea level, can be found in the Morne Diablotin National Park.
Guiyave - casual creole eatery.
Romance Cafe - Caribbean seafood restaurant on the beach.
Sunshine Cottage Restaurant - serving up the best pizza in Dominica!
Traditionally cooked Creole seafood, and 'Mountain Chicken' (frog!)
The shopping areas of Roseau begin just within the cruise terminal on the Bayfront. The local fruit and vegetable market is legendary and rumoured to be the best in the Caribbean.
Kubuli (Dominican-produced beer made from the island's natural spring water)
Go mountain biking
Hike to the Trafalgar Falls
Enjoy Dominica's legendary scuba diving
Visit the Boiling lake
Trek to the Emerald Pool