Lodges, Inns, and Resorts
Where you stay depends largely on the activities you have in mind for your visit. Divers and water sports enthusiasts may want to stay in or near Roseau to minimize the need to drive to dive boats. Lodges in the Roseau valley about a half hour above town are more tranquil but maintain proximity to Roseau’s conveniences. Those looking for seclusion and tranquility will want to cast their gaze along the rugged but absolutely splendid eastern and northeastern coastline where Dominica hides a handful of excellent beaches, cozy waterfront towns, and countless hiking opportunities.
Community tourism in Dominica
Dominica is a vibrant tapestry of European and African cultures, along with the Caribbean’s only remaining population of pre-Columbian Carib Indians. Properly known as the Kalinago, Dominica’s 2200 indigenous people inhabit 3,700 acres on the eastern coast of the island known as the Carib Territory. Modern visitors should divest themselves of any delusion of finding a primitive people living in grass skirts and practicing ancient rituals. At first glance, there is little to differentiate the Kalinago from the rest of Dominica’s friendly population. Take some time to speak with a member of the Kalinago community, however, and you’ll soon begin to understand what makes this a special community apart. Leaders here are making a concerted effort to preserve and revive Carib musical, dance, and art traditions while seeking ways to bring sustainable economic growth to their people. Your visit to the Kalinago cultural center contributes to a quiet but important effort to prevent the Carib heritage from going extinct forever.
If you are interested in an immersive homestay experience, Wilderness Explorers has made special arrangements through the Ministry of Tourism to grant access to a limited number of guests wishing to spend a few nights in the home of a Kalinago host. You’ll be treated as a friend of the family and be offered the chance to learn about the daily experiences of a people who live close to the land – and one another. This special and extremely rare experience is not for everyone, but our trip planners can help you decide if this would be a good component of your visit to Dominica.
Featured Dominica Lodges
Why Travel with Wilderness Explorers?
For nearly 20 years, we’ve been working at the crossroads of adventure travel and community tourism. Not from the sidelines or behind a desk, but on the ground. In the jungle. On the boats. Getting our feet dirty and seeing everything first-hand. Tourism isn’t our business – it’s our life. Our handcrafted itineraries prove it.
Our partners in the field aren’t just suppliers in the traditional sense: we are deeply involved with the development of the lodges, tours, training programs, and attractions that draw adventurous souls to this part of the world. Back in 1999 Wilderness Explorers was one of the first tour operators to embrace the now-fashionable idea of community tourism, partnering with the Amerindian Makushi village of Surama in Guyana to provide marketing and administrative support for that country’s first indigenously-operated ecolodge. These days we continue to work with lodges and regional consortiums with tourism development aspirations. Hand-in-hand we are building opportunities for economic growth that don’t rely on resource extraction or the mass-market.
We know that tour companies are increasingly looked upon as unnecessary middlemen in a world where the internet connects everyone with marvelous ease. And, no doubt, someone with ample time and patience could organize their Dominica journey independently. But we know that sometimes you want to spend less time researching and more time travelling. If that’s you, we can vastly simplify your trip planning, get you into the best (and often least-known) lodges, prioritize your activity list, and set you up for an unforgettable getaway. Having the time of your life once you get there? Well, that part is entirely up to you!