Secret Bay, Dominica

Dominica

This wild and often ignored cousin of the Caribbean’s more popular resorts is home to rugged coastlines, crashing waterfalls and vibrant coral reefs

Often referred to as the “Nature Island,” Dominica is a land of unspoiled natural beauty carpeted with lush rainforests, boiling lakes, volcanic craters and hidden waterfalls. Aside from the stunning landscapes, Dominica is a place where outdoor adventure is in abundance. Hike to secluded gorges, kayak through other-worldly mangroves and soak in natural hot springs. Surrounding the island, lies a thriving underwater world where resident sperm whales are present all year round, making Dominica one of the best places on the planet to see and swim with sperm whales.

Sperm Whale, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Sperm whale

Beneath the Waves: Swim with Sperm Whales in Dominica

Make 2024 the year you swim with the largest toothed predator on the planet. With an expert guide, five days are dedicated to swimming with sperm whales, observing these gentle giants as they grace the waters around Dominica – soon to become the world’s first sperm whale reserve. Departing in June or December, this trip includes seven nights at the Fort Young Hotel which offers unlimited shore dives to see the vibrant underwater ecosystems preserved by the hotel’s Shore Diving Project. You’ll also hike to Titou Gorge and bathe in sulphur spring pools at Trafalgar Falls, the only twin waterfall on the island.

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