Swimming with Sperm Whales in Dominica
A unique opportunity to swim with some of the most relaxed marine mammals in the world as they traverse the coastline of rugged Dominica.From 8500 per person
Dominica is known for its lush rainforests, volcanic landscapes, and pristine marine environments and offers a variety of unique wildlife. Animals you can expect to see on a trip to Dominica include Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, the Manicou, the Agouti, Giant Ditch Frog and the island is home to almost 200 species of bird.
The best time to visit Dominica is typically during the dry season, which runs from November to mid-December and then again from mid-January to mid-April. These months offer the most favourable weather conditions for outdoor activities, including hiking, snorkelling, and exploring the island's natural beauty. The temperatures are generally pleasant, and there is less rainfall during this period
The best part of Dominica to stay depends on your interests and preferences. Roseau, the capital, offers convenience and access to nearby attractions; Soufrière provides coastal charm and proximity to diving spots; Portsmouth offers access to Cabrits National Park and Indian River; Calibishie boasts beaches and coastal beauty; Scotts Head Village is great for snorkelling and diving; Trafalgar is near waterfalls and hiking trails; and Laudat offers a tranquil setting near natural attractions. Each area has its unique appeal, allowing you to choose based on your desired activities and experiences.
Dominica is generally considered a safe destination for travellers, offering a low crime rate and warm hospitality.
For a trip to Dominica, it's recommended to ensure routine vaccinations are up to date and consider additional vaccinations such as hepatitis A, typhoid, and possibly hepatitis B and rabies depending on your activities. While yellow fever vaccination is not typically required for Dominica, it might be necessary if arriving from a high-risk area.
In most urban areas of Dominica, the tap water is considered safe to drink. However, due to variations in water quality and potential differences in local infrastructure, some travellers may prefer to drink bottled or purified water to avoid any potential health risks.
The official language of Dominica is English.
Citizens of many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union member states, do not require a visa for short stays (usually up to 21 to 90 days) in Dominica for tourism purposes. However, visa requirements can change, and the specific duration of visa-free stays can vary based on your nationality.
Dominica boasts exquisite beaches, though they tend to be smaller, more secluded, and frequently adorned with dark volcanic sand. Mero Beach and Batibou Beach are favoured for their tranquil waters, whereas Purple Turtle Beach and Scotts Head Beach showcase distinctive landscapes. While distinct from traditional Caribbean settings, Dominica's beaches offer serene, natural havens perfect for both relaxation and exploration.
View our guide on where to stay in Dominica for more information on staying close to beaches.
The population of Dominica is approximately 72,000 people. Please note that population figures can change over time, so it's a good idea to check with more recent sources for the latest population data.