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The Flag

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Click near one of the coloured spots to learn a little more about the island.

A map of Dominica   Map

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So here's the weather!
Can you explain any difference?

Canefield Melville Hall

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Roseau: is the Capital of Dominica..

Nearly 20000 people live there.
Roseau was named after the French name for 'the reeds that grow by the river'.

In the  Old Market, slaves were bought and sold.
In the Botanical Gardens there is a  'crushed bus'.

The bus was wrecked by Hurricane David in 1979 .... now there is a tree growing through the bus.


Boabab tree

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The Bay at Soufriere

Above the bay you'll find Soufriere , an active volcano surrounded by rainforest.
In the center of this forest are volcanic vents that send out cold sulphur ('Soufriere').
The sulphur collects as white deposit on the soil and rocks.

Unlike  hot sulphur springs - which flow red, these are cool and white. Plants do not grow on these springs.

Boa's congregate around the springs. Do you know WHAT a Boa is?

If you would like to have a look at a Soufriere panorama ( with zoom ) .. click here.

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Scott's Head:

The most Southerly point in Dominica.

Scott's Head is at the end of a short isthmus and gives a brilliant view of the bay, north along the coast, and south to Martinique if the weather is good.

Standing on Scott's Head

On the Head are the ruins of Fort Cachacou which was an important defence post and involved in fighting between the British and French in 1778 and 1805.


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To the south of the island, about a mile south of the fishing village of Pointe Michel, where the road leaves the coast and goes up into the hills, is a track down to a pebbly beach. At the end of this beach and starting a few feet into the water, is Champagne, a large area where volcanic activity causes thousands of bubbles to come from the rocks beneath the water.


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Morne Trois Pitons

Morne Diablotin (4,747') is the highest point in Dominica.

Morne Trois Pitons (4,600').
is the second highest point in Dominica.

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Beach near Woodford Hill

Carib Territory

Dominica has the only remaining tribe of Carib Indians in the Caribbean. Today, around 3,400 people live on a 3,700 acre reserve on the north-east coast of Dominica. The Carib Territory is the only district where it is not possible to own land. The land is owned by the Carib Council.

The Carib Territory is made up of eight hamlets with Bataka being the largest. Other areas include Sinecou, Salybia and Crayfish River. The population is very young, with 70% being under 30 years of age. Most children of secondary school age attend St. Andrew's Methodist School in nearby Londonderry. However, a handful go to schools in Marigot, Portsmouth and Roseau.

Some Caribs still make their living from the sea, but tackling the large Atlantic breakers is a highly dangerous business.


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Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake
The Boiling Lake is located 5 miles (8km) east of Roseau in the heart of Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

The water temperature ranges from 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit (82 - 91.5 Celsius) along the edges,  at the centre of the lake the water is actually boiling. 

In April 1988, the lake stopped boiling at times and the level dropped by 29 feet. It has since started boiling again.

Today the Lake looks like a cauldron of bubbling greyish-blue water that is usually wrapped in a cloud of vapour. The lake is approximately 200ft (63m) across and its present depth is unknown. The sides of the lake are a mixture of clay, pumice and small stones.

It is believed that the Lake is actually a flooded fumarole, a crack through which gases escape from the molten lava below, rather than a volcanic crater. The Boiling Lake collects the rainfall from the surrounding hills and from two small streams which empty into the lake. The water seeps through the porous bottom to the hot lava below where it is trapped and heated to boiling point.

The Lake is also the source of the White River.


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The Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean Sea is much calmer than the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. All the best beaches are at the western side of Dominica.


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The Syndicate Estate

The area of Syndicate in the Dominica's Northern Forest Reserve is perhaps the best known spot to see two spectacular birds.

Dominica is home to two parrots found nowhere else.

Jaco The Red-necked or Jaco/Jacquot parrot (Amazona arausiaca) is smaller than the Imperial and can be lower down the hills than the Imperial. Sisserou The Imperial (Amazona imperialis) - known locally as the Sisserou - is Dominica's national bird.


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