Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), is a spectacular green island of rugged mountains, lush rainforests and rushing rivers in the Eastern Caribbean.
The island is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures.
To help you plan your next vacation, here are some of the top reasons to visit Dominica:
1. Dominica is rated as one of the top 10 dive locations in the world. Scuba divers can choose from a variety of dive sites that feature dramatic walls and pinnacles, pristine reefs, and amazing creatures. Although diving is a year-round activity on the island, Dive Fest is held in early July each year.
From Sulawesi to Dominica, these underrated islands are often overlooked by travelers. But take a second look at 17 great islands for a crowd-free holiday.
(CNN) — Let’s be honest: Islands are rarely a hard sell, but some of these pretty places for always-needed indulgence get a little more love than others.
But on the world’s lesser-known islands, still-secret spots, aquamarine seas and a relative lack of selfie-snappers could add up to castaway vacations more noteworthy than those on islands always topping best-of lists.
From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, and a spot in the literal middle of nowhere, here are 17 less-boasted paradises worth adding to any travel lust list:
1. Cocos Keeling
Out in the beautiful middle of almost nowhere is Cocos Keeling, a place most people don’t even realize is probably the island of their dreams.
With tropical rainforest covering two-thirds of the island, fascinating geothermal activity and some of the best diving sites in the world, it is unsurprising that Dominica has become known as the “nature island of the Caribbean”.
Sparsely populated by just 70,000 people, Dominica remains beautifully unspoilt compared to many other Caribbean islands.
Until comparatively recently its tourism trade remained quieter than many of its neighbours but more visitors are now discovering this jewel of the eastern Caribbean.
Recognising that intensive tourism would be incompatible with preserving the island’s eco-system, the government has focused on attracting eco-tourists ever since signing an agreement with Green Globe, the environmental division of the World Travel and Tourism Council, to develop the island as a “model eco-tourism destination” in 1997.