Transportation to, from, and around Dominica
The most convenient air transfers from Europe and North America are through San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), with additional connecting service via Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St. Maarten (SXM), Guadeloupe (PTP), and Martinique (FDF). Wilderness Explorers offers a full-service air booking facility with unmatched experience arranging long-and short- haul bookings in this part of the world, so let us know how we can help you with air arrangements. Note: air service to Dominica is limited to smaller regional airlines, some of which do not list flights on the usual online booking services.
Your first introduction to the primitive and rugged nature of the Dominica may be in the form of a rather dramatic aerial approach to the runway carved into a coastal valley at Melville Hall Airport on the island’s northeast coast. Smaller aircraft usually head towards the center of the island then descend below the ridgeline and follow a craggy valley at low altitude before making a sharp left turn just moments before touchdown. Operations here are daytime only, and inclement weather can cause delays. It’s perfectly safe… but it’s no Heathrow. Occasionally we book guests on chartered service or private aircraft which land at the tiny Canefield airport just outside of Roseau.
You can also reach Dominica via daily l’Express des Iles ferry service connecting Dominica to Point-a-Pitre Guadaloupe, Fort de France Martinique, and St. Lucia. Service is fast and surprisingly posh on the modern and high-speed craft. The two-hour journey to either Martinique or Guadaloupe will breeze by as you enjoy the on-board bar and catering services. Or, just tip your first-class-size-seat back for a good nap before heading off to your next adventure.
Getting around Dominica
About five minutes into your first vehicle ride on the island, you’ll wonder if Dominica’s nickname should actually be Haripin Curve Island of the Caribbean. Indeed, the well maintained roads do swerve in and out of the island’s contours with a certain wild abandon. A bit of newcomer car-sickness isn’t uncommon, but most people acclimate quickly. Our staff has learned – first hand – the importance of good advance planning that reduces the number of unnecessary trips traversing the island’s switchbacks. It’s possible to self-drive in Dominica with a minimum of hassle, but our experience suggests the relatively low cost and high convenience of a hired car and driver are often a better value.
Lodges, Inns, and Resorts
Dominica caters to a small international audience, so most lodges here are – accordingly – small, personal, and extremely hospitable. For such a small island, Dominica does offer a good range of options from economical to splashy. Click here to learn more.
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!