Using Jungle Bay as your base the itinerary gives you the opportunity to explore different areas of Dominica whilst always returning to a bit of luxury in your beautiful handcrafted villa. You also have the chance to explore the facilities at Jungle Bay such as the yoga studio and pool, as well as enjoying superb, home cooked food using local ingredients.
Depending on where you are flying from you would normally connect after a short layover in Antigua, arriving in Dominica late afternoon. Here your representative will be there to meet you to and you will be driving across the island as night time falls arriving in Jungle Bay in time for dinner.
Your first hike short hike, will involve a drive down to Scott’s Head and a walk up to Scott’s Head peak where on a clear day you can see the neighbouring island of Martinique. ON the way back we stop at Soufriere to see the natural hot springs of this volcanic island.
The first proper hike of your holiday. Retrace the footsteps of Dominica’s “maroons” (run-away slaves). This hike is part of the historic Perdu Temps trail and takes about one and a half hours each way through secondary forest, mainly flat terrain and some river crossings. It gets steep and narrow as you approach the end and opens up to an area often described as “Paradise” or “The Garden of Eden”!
Day four is the Galion Loop Hike which is part one of the Waitukubuli trail which stretches from one side of Dominica to the other. From Soufriere there is a scenic small track through the bush and local farmlands to a paved road. This road connects the Village of Soufriere and Galion; the mountain village which is home to the talented stone masons who helped to develop both Jungle Bay as well as the stone walls you will see along the roadside. Keep your eyes open for star fruit, wild cashews, mango and more. From this scenic village Galion a steeper downhill hike meanders back towards the bay of Soufriere.
Five days in and we think you will be ready for the ultimate Dominica hike, the Boiling Lake! Explore Dominica’s famous “World Wonder” and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stops along the way include the mysterious Valley of Desolation, a soak in hot water pools, and have a sulphur mud facial. The hike is approximately 3 hours each way, up & down fairly steep hills (proceed with caution if afraid of heights). A packed lunch is provided.
You are back in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park but today’s hike is less strenuous involving the Trafalgar and Middleham falls. Explore the misty mountain trail to Middleham Falls taking in the lush rainforest vegetation along the way. Jaco parrots are occasionally heard or spotted along this trail. The end of the hike becomes a little steeper as you scramble your way down to the waterfall pool for a refreshing splash.
Your final full day in Dominica and today’s hike is to the Boeri Lake which is one of two fresh water lakes formed by volcanic craters which is also within the Morne Trois Pitons National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The hike travels about 60 minutes along the often-misty setting, taking you through variety of habitats where your guide will point out moss, ferns, mountain palms, ground orchids, and other tropical flowers. Listen for the distinct Mountain Whistlers along the way while taking in the views of volcanic peaks all around. When you arrive back at Jungle Bay you have the afternoon and evening to enjoy your final few hours in this jungle paradise.
Time to say goodbye but not before one final yoga session this time as the sunrises over the Caribbean. We transfer you back to Dominica airport for your flight to Antigua and home.
Prices from £2,199 per person based on two sharing for seven nights full board, including flights to Dominica from Antigua, but not flights to the Caribbean. Flights to the Caribbean can be included as part of your package.
Note that itineraries vary according to the day you arrive. Additional activities can be chosen, such as yoga, diving and bird watching. Shorter or longer stays are available along with stopovers en-route in Antigua, St Lucia or other islands. Please contact us for details.