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Newt August 20th, 2006 06:46 PM

What is there to do in Dominica?
 
I was wondering if there were any Catamaran trips in Dominicia, that would tour the coast and perhaps snorkel?
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?
Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks

dina August 21st, 2006 09:36 AM

We took the aerial-tram through the rainforest. It was fantastic.

10X August 21st, 2006 12:58 PM

Snorkeling at Champagne Reef is great. Do it by boat though because the shore entry is pretty rugged.

NICKI61 August 22nd, 2006 11:01 PM

My honest opinion, STAY ON THE SHIP. I hated Dominica. It was dirty and scary.
Use it as a spa day or something, but there isnt' anything on that island worth getting off for. The falls they took us to, was smaller than the one we have here in our town. And talk about feeling like we might get robbed, killed or kidnapped. Way up in the "rain forest".

As you can tell, we won't go back there again.

Nicki

dina August 23rd, 2006 10:01 AM

WOW! I personally thought it was one of the most beautiful natural places I've ever been to. I thought the island people I met were extremely friendly. I never felt threatened or in fear of my life for any of the time I was off the ship.

I'm sorry you didn't have the same experience that I enjoyed.

Rev22:17 August 23rd, 2006 11:14 PM

Newt,

I was wondering if there were any Catamaran trips in Dominicia, that would tour the coast and perhaps snorkel?
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?


I don't recall much in thw eay of catamaran and beach trips on that island, but there are two excursions that I would recommend. The tour that goes around the perimeter of the island is quite interesting and reasonably scenic, and it also visits the island's Caribe reservation. If you are feeling more ambitious, the hike to the waterfall is worthwhile.

But having been there twice, I just might stay aboard the ship if I'm ever on another cruise that calls there....

Norm.

Ron August 24th, 2006 12:41 AM

Newt-- please don't be put off by the advice to stay aboard ship in Dominica. It's a lovely island. It's not developed like St. Thomas, Cozumel, etc. It's lush, green, mountainous and fertile.
It has the largest, and one of the last remaining populations of Caribe Indians of anywhere.
I have been there three times and never felt threatened, nor have I ever heard of anyone having any trouble there.
There is diving, snorkeling and watersports there but I can't honestly comment on any of that as everytime I've been there I taken trips to the Caribe Reservation, interior areas, etc.
Here is the website for Dominica. THis may be of some help.

www.dominica.dm

I'm sure you will enjoy Dominica.

nomarfan5 August 29th, 2006 10:05 PM

Dominica is beautiful! We did both the waterfalls excursion and the champagne reef snorkeling. The waterfalls are absolutely beautiful and the Emerald Pool was breathtaking (almost literally because the water was freezing!). Walking through the rainforest was very enjoyable. Loved the Champagne Reef too. Never felt threatened in any way. The water in the port area was pretty too - had this cute little island right off the shore that I couldn't get enough pictures of. We would definitely go again.

sue99 September 1st, 2006 12:43 PM

Do you suppose Nicki has Dominica and the Dominican Republic
confused?

Only time I ever felt uncomfortable in a port was Puerto Plata many
years ago.

Dominica IS beautiful.

Brutis September 1st, 2006 03:36 PM

Dominica is a very beautiful unspoiled island. I was fortunate enough to have a friend down visiting his mom when we were there so he took us around. I asked him if it was a safe place if you ventured out on your own and he assured us it was (the drivers are crazy though). If you really want some bargining power with taxis or the local market, bring some apples off the ship in your bag. Apples are considered a luxury in Dominica.

nmnita September 3rd, 2006 05:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dina
WOW! I personally thought it was one of the most beautiful natural places I've ever been to. I thought the island people I met were extremely friendly. I never felt threatened or in fear of my life for any of the time I was off the ship.

I'm sorry you didn't have the same experience that I enjoyed.

I so agree with you: we have visited about all the islands and toward the top for us was Dominica as well as Barbados and Aruba. We did a tour with a company named Ken I beleive. the only problem, we tried to squeeze too much in and almost missed the ship. We learned from that: 4-5 hour tours are the best.

I can't imagine anyone not liking the island. It seems to me if someone didn't like Dominica they certainly would be very upset with about 80% of the other islands. Just read some of the other opinions: I am wondering also if the poster got it mixed up with Dominican Republic. Most of it could be a little scary.

NMNita :-?

NICKI61 September 4th, 2006 10:36 PM

No I am not confused about Dominica. It was the most horrible port I have been to.
There was dirt, trash and grime everywhere. The shops were all closed. We took a tour to through the rain forest, to a falls. Walked to it and weren't impressed at all. We then had to sit by and wait for our driver to play in a band before we could leave. We stopped at a fruit stand along the way, I don't know why, we just were there to taste things I guess. Our driver then left us because one of his drivers lost her purse. So there sit in a very undeveloped country, where we had no idea where we were. It was then we wanted back on the ship.
As we got back into town, we were welcomed by a flat bed truck throwing cased of Hieniken off to the waiting public. There sets the stage for you. A whole town of drunks, peein, puking and swearing at anyone walking by. It was discusting. I have never felt so unsaft in my life.
I am glad you all had a great experience, but trust me I am not confused.

Nicki

Ron September 4th, 2006 10:54 PM

Just curious but did you take a ship's tour or do a tour on your own ?

NICKI61 September 4th, 2006 11:00 PM

Ships excursion.

Rev22:17 September 5th, 2006 12:37 AM

Nicki,

Are you sure that you are not confusing Dominica with the Dominican Republic???

>> Dominica is a separate island in the middle of the Lesser Antilles. Cruise ships on some "Southern Caribbean" itineriearies call at the capital of Rouseau.

>> The Dominican Republic is the eastern half of Hispanola, one of the Greater Antilles located between Puerto Rico and Cuba. (Haiti is the western half of Hispanola.) Cruise ships on some "Eastern Caribbean" itineraries call at various cities including La Romana ("Casa de Campo"), Santo Domingo, or Puerto Plata.

Many people do confuse the two because the names are so similar. Your description sounds like the latter, except for the area of La Romana around Casa de Campo.

No I am not confused about Dominica. It was the most horrible port I have been to.
There was dirt, trash and grime everywhere.


I won't say that Dominica is even on my list of favorite ports of call, but I have been there twice and did not see any of the "dirt, trash, and grime everywhere" that you describe. The landscape was lush and green on both visits. On the first visit, I took the shore excursion that made the full circle around the perimeter of the island, including the Caribe reservation. On the second visit, I took the shore excursion that "hiked" (actually a very easy trail in good condition) into the waterfall. I was very impressed by the lack of trash and the cleanliness of the place.

There sets the stage for you. A whole town of drunks, peein, puking and swearing at anyone walking by. It was discusting. I have never felt so unsaft in my life.

That's so out of character with anything that I have ever seen in Dominica that it's hard to believe that it's the same island.

Norm.

nmnita September 5th, 2006 01:28 PM

Nicki,

I certainly hope you complained to the tour director on the ship. You should have gotten part if not all your money back. I would think you made a mistake but when you talk about walking to the falls I would guess it was Dominica. I am just totally shocked at what you saw. Oh, btw on another thread you said you booked Dominica off the ship. Maybe I am confused cause you now say you booked through the ship.

You have to be the only person I have ever heard of that had such an experience. The island is normally thought to be very clean, the falls a great and easy but fun excursion, the rain forrest very pleasant and quite a nice experience. As for the shops being closed; they had a wonderful shopping mall right by the ship when we were there, not a lot of great bargains, but still a pleasant shopping area.

Of course we had a horrible experience in St Lucia, many we know agree with us, it is the pits, but I know a few who love the island. We all have our own feelings because of personal experiences. If you feel that way about Dominica how do you feel about Jamaica, Belize, St Lucia, Nassau, and Dominican Republic or have you been to any of those islands?

NMNita :roll:

patt0122 September 13th, 2006 02:34 PM

Hi folks......I am in total agreement with Nikki. I was there a couple of years ago, and felt very scared there. My brother in law almost got attacked because he threw a seed from a piece of fruit in his trash can on the street. I think the gentleman would have rather he just dropped it on the street with all the other garbage and grime and smell and soot.

I will give it this.......we did not do an excursion on this island so I did not get to see the beauty these people are talking about outside the port area. We tried to do shopping there, but felt very weird. I did not like the experience, nor do I ever plan to get off the ship if I am in that port again. And No.....I too am not confusing this with the Dominican Republic. This id Dominica, from the Carnival Destiny right after going to ST. Thomas and prior to Barbados.

I have been on many, many cruises, and been to many islands. This is the only one I would ever tell someone how bad it was. I would not suggest staying on the ship, as you should see the filfth for yourself. Maybe you will be among the group of people here who think it is a wonderful place.

I am always so kind to the locals on any island.......I was kind to these people. I don't feel using a trash can is such a bad idea........well I was very scared, and we got right back on the ship....never to go there again.
Pat

nmnita September 17th, 2006 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by patt0122
Hi folks......I am in total agreement with Nikki. I was there a couple of years ago, and felt very scared there. My brother in law almost got attacked because he threw a seed from a piece of fruit in his trash can on the street. I think the gentleman would have rather he just dropped it on the street with all the other garbage and grime and smell and soot.

I will give it this.......we did not do an excursion on this island so I did not get to see the beauty these people are talking about outside the port area. We tried to do shopping there, but felt very weird. I did not like the experience, nor do I ever plan to get off the ship if I am in that port again. And No.....I too am not confusing this with the Dominican Republic. This id Dominica, from the Carnival Destiny right after going to ST. Thomas and prior to Barbados.

I have been on many, many cruises, and been to many islands. This is the only one I would ever tell someone how bad it was. I would not suggest staying on the ship, as you should see the filfth for yourself. Maybe you will be among the group of people here who think it is a wonderful place.

I am always so kind to the locals on any island.......I was kind to these people. I don't feel using a trash can is such a bad idea........well I was very scared, and we got right back on the ship....never to go there again.
Pat

Not taking a tour may have been part of the problem: we hated St Lucia, I was scared and would never get off the ship again, but we, too didn't do a tour. Many of these islands seem to be this way. NMNita

Darcy September 21st, 2006 06:14 PM

I just got back from our cruise on the Destiny and we loved Dominica. We did the river tubing through Wacky Rollers and had a blast. I would do it again without hestitation. We walked around the downtown area and did some shopping at the conclusion of our tour and didn't see any dirt, grime, trash, etc. The vendors would ask you to come into their area but if you didn't want to a "no, thank you" seemed to work fine. I found I got the best deals on souvenirs there. I'd go back in a second.

Hapinowagain September 28th, 2006 10:11 AM

We were on Dominica a few years ago at which time we did an island tour. We found it to be a beaufiful island. We were impressed with their education system. We are going back there this December at which time we will do the whale excursion. There are several species of whales and dolphins that stay off shore year round.

Trackypup September 28th, 2006 06:47 PM

We're there in November and have booked the Whale Watching excursion. Anyone with any experience with this?

Inside Puerto Plata August 11th, 2015 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Newt (Post 817656)
I was wondering if there were any Catamaran trips in Dominicia, that would tour the coast and perhaps snorkel?
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?
Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks

Great question! There is so many things to do in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata in particular. I have included several links below, all of which I feel you will enjoy and will be beneficial to anyone traveling to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic or the surrounding areas.

TAKE A CRUISE TO PUERTO PLATA: HERE'S HOW
Take A Cruise to Puerto Plata: Here?s How! | Inside Puerto Plata

CRUISE SHIP VISITORS
Cruise Ship Visitors | Inside Puerto Plata

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN PUERTO PLATA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Top 10 Things To Do In Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic | Inside Puerto Plata

TAKING A FREESTYLE CATAMARAN TOUR ALONG THE NORTH COAST
Taking a Freestyle Catamaran Tour Along the North Coast | Inside Puerto Plata

SNORKELING AT CAYO PARAISO IN PUERTO PLATA
Snorkeling at Cayo Paraiso in Puerto Plata | Inside Puerto Plata

storybookcruises.com August 11th, 2015 09:00 PM

This post is 9 years old! And if you read it, they were not talking about the Dominican Republic - they were talking about Dominica. Two entirely different places.

Pete


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