Dominica, The Nature Island of the Carribbean, is endowed with countless spectacular waterfalls. However, many of them are hidden in deep gorges that are beautifully sculpted by nature. We learned that there was a way to explore them and explored them we did – thru canyoning!
A hybrid of hiking, rappeling, swimming, diving and climbing – canyoning was a new kind of adventure for us. It sounded unnerving at first but we were so happy we took the plunge and we got to explore and immerse in the hidden beauty and depths of Dominica.
(Please excuse the photo quality in this post. We cannot lag our big camera so we just used our small point and shoot with a crappy waterproof casing, which we don’t recommend for high action pack activity like this one.)
We signed up with Extreme Dominica, a professional outfitter for adventure activities. Our excellent guides, Jeffrey and Nanjie, geared us up with helmet, wetsuit, harness and safety jacket (we used our own watershoes) and provided us with training before the actual adventure.
We then drove to Laudat where we started our hike through lush rainforest to reach the gorges.
Wearing nervous smiles as we reached the mouth of the gorge.
I think he was looking up at me and saying, “And just why did we sign up for this?”
Our first rappel was a bit slow and shaky but we got more comfortable in the succeeding ones.
But our relief wore off quickly as we learned that our next move was – to jump from a waterfall! That was the nervous me about to take my first plunge. Our guides said “Don’t think, just do it.” And it worked.
The waterfall on our rappel #2.
We rappelled from the upper fall and dove from the lower fall. Aren’t they beautiful? By the way, some scenes in “Pirates of the Caribbean” were shot around this area.
Our excellent and fun guide, Jeffrey, whose singing made us more relaxed.
But then we still had some climbing up to do.
Our canyoning trip was a great half-day of fun and a good way to conquer the nerves. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Stay tuned for more of our adventures in Dominica.
• We highly recommend Extreme Dominica for canyoning and hiking trips. We found their guides highly professional and well-trained and fun! Our safety was their priority. Extreme Dominica has been featured in National Geographic Traveler and New York Times.
• The cost includes the use of wet suit, harness, helmet and life vest. A snack is provided at the end of the trip.