Sari-Sari Waterfall

Sari-Sari Waterfall, Dominica: Address, Sari-Sari Waterfall Reviews: 4.5/5

Sari-Sari Waterfall
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A short hike up the White River, a spectacular waterfall with a swimmable pool at its base.
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eastrob
San Jose, CA21 contributions
Couples
Highly recommend these falls, they are very dramatic and given their remote location and bit more perilous hiking, a more private and rewarding experience. We hiked this on a “cruise ship day” in Dominica in Spring 2015 when the attractions on the island tend to get flooded, but only saw 3-4 hikers coming in when we were trekking out.

The falls are located west of La Plaine on the east coast. Driving into La Plaine from the north on the main highway, turn right at the EcoMart and drive to the end of the paved road. When the road turns left at the end, turn right into the dirt path and drive to the end, ending up near a Banana field.

Estimated time – 30 to 45 minutes each way, up to 1 hour for those going slower and perhaps as quick as 20-25 minutes for those moving fast.

Guide – Depends upon your experience and confidence level. Those not used to somewhat strenuous hiking – would recommend a guide – which can usually be hired for around $20-30. The trail is pretty well marked, and the only difficulty is the two river crossings and climbing up through the river itself at the end to reach the falls.

Wear shoes that can get wet or Tevas or similar. Would not recommend trying to cross either of the river crossings without wading through the river itself, the rocks are very slippery and you will eventually have to wade up through the river to reach the falls anyway, climbing over boulders. Count on getting wet up through knee to waist on the hike in. Once you’re near the falls the spray becomes intense, recommend leaving anything that cannot get wet below the falls (from the point you can see them).
Swimming in the falls very refreshing but the spray and power of the waterfall itself is immense, not a place to lie around lazily sunbathing.

Trail is very steep and a bit perilous in the first section after dropping down from the banana field (a few minutes from the start of the trail). Was advised that one hiker fell and broke his back, was airlifted out, and eventually died in this location, which consists of a series of very steep switchbacks. Would advise taking this section very cautiously going down. Hand rails made of rubber have been put up in the area where the accident occurred.

Suggest making the falls hike in the morning and then getting a nice lunch at the Riverside Café about 5 minutes up (north) the road from La Plaine. If you have time, would strongly suggest taking the southern road route (around the bottom of the island) if heading back to Roseau, an extremely scenic route, the road is very steep but in good shape.
Written April 14, 2015
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Denise G
11 contributions
Couples
We were going hiking through the rain forest so we could go swimming under a waterfall, Sari Sari falls.
O...........M..........G!!! The description said "extreme" but the ages were 6-65. I'm thinking how extreme could it be if a 6 and 65 year old can do it. After all, we are 50 and 51. Let me tell you, IT WAS EXTREME!!! We were REAL rock climbing. We were climbing in mud, sand and rocks. We were using roots as hand holds and when there were no roots, we used earth. I fell no less than 10 times and Eric fell twice. Others were also falling and one lady had to stop and wait for us to get back. It's a good thing I'm not afraid to get dirty because I got muddy. We climbed up the mountain, down the mountain and crossed the rushing and very rocky river about 8 or 10 times. The end result......nearly brought tears to my eyes. It was SO INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL that it made all those falls on my fat butt worth it. Once you got to the falls, you had the option of climbing even more rocks to get to the pool at the bottom of the falls to go swimming. This girl was NOT going to pass that up. Eric opted to sit it out and I went. I am so glad I did. It was AWESOME to do that.
On our way back out we took the same path as we took in.
Along the way we stopped right there along the river to have some indigenous soup. There was a guy that was cooking it while we were hiking so it was ready when we got back. I don't know what all I ate but it was good.
Might I add, our tour guide did the whole excursion BAREFOOT!!! He was running and jumping all over those rocks. He had ninja like skill. Not to mention, he was over 50, so he said.
We walked about 1 mile into the rain forest. It seemed like 20. In the end, it was very much worth it to me. I got to check something off my list. Swimming under a waterfall.
Written May 8, 2017
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Katie L
Rochester, NY13 contributions
Couples
A very short hike (45 minutes) will get you to the base of a very large waterfall where you can swim in the pool. The hike involves two river crossings and a hike up the river. The last bit, where the trail ends, is not that obvious. Basically, just walk in the river, climb over the rocks and boulders, and there's the falls. The hiking trail is extremely narrow and is eroding. Do not attempt this hike in the rainy season or if it is or has recently rained. We went after 3 weeks of no rain on a dry day and the path was eroding over a precipice. The swim at the end isn't as good as Charles Warner as the forces from the waterfall are quite strong.
Written April 15, 2014
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Alison H
1 contribution
Solo
My sister drowned under this waterfall in 2006. She was a strong swimmer, but was caught under the currents and didn’t make it. From what I understand from those who were there, it happened very quickly. It is very hard for me to talk about this, for a long time I tried to block out all details out and just tried to survive. She was my only sibling and my best friend. My parents lost their daughter that day, Jan 29, the worst day of our lives. They’re still together, by some miracle. We miss her every day, deeply. I implore anyone who attempts to swim there to take caution and reconsider.
Written January 17, 2019
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FamilyTraveller043
Grand Rapids, MI45 contributions
Family
This trail is somewhat steep and there are two river crossings, the first is harder then the second, but the falls at the end are gorgeous. Trail is narrow in places and there's some scrambling over large rocks. You will need good shoes for the hike. Some of the rocks are slick. You can swim at the pool near the falls.
Written April 12, 2014
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SpartacusScrimshaw
Tustin, CA120 contributions
Couples
A nice challenging hike. A little more so than what most of the tour operators claim but certainly doable and quotes scenic. Make sure your guide points out the wild growing cocoa, bay and cinnamon. Falls are tall and the pools refreshing. Nice trip!
Written February 14, 2017
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M0nique701
Amsterdam, The Netherlands18 contributions
Couples
Very nice hike, with some clambering over rocks and river crossings. Expect to get your feet wet. We had a guide, which was for us a good thing. Necessity probably depends on your agility and experience.
Written February 7, 2017
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atlgeo16
Stanton, TX70 contributions
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This was an adventure of a life time. The hike through the jungle, across the river and over and under the large rocks culminated in the best site my eyes have encountered. Water pouring out the side of a 200' cliff is something I only dreamed about. Now my dreams are my own experience. Don't have to be in the best shape but know the hike is challenging.
Written October 11, 2016
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RossUStudent
Dominica15 contributions
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I went into this hike expecting a much easier hike than I found it to be. When driving to the start, an elder of the village stopped us and was adamant that we should not go without a guide. She seemed most worried about flash flooding; the river rises very quickly with any rain- so be careful if you do not take a guide! In the end though, I was glad I took her advice and had a guide. The new path does go down to the river and require some advanced 'bouldering'- aka climbing on the large rocks that have fallen in the river- but it crosses back into the forest several times as well if you know where the path is. It greatly cut down on time and energy to have a guide take us that route rather than just climbing the river to the falls. The waterfall was amazing and definitely worth the work, but be weary of this hike if you have significant balance issues or difficulty with moderate to difficult exercise. It is not as long as boiling lake but it has an element of technical difficulty that is not to be downplayed.

The guide we used from the village was a 15 year old boy, he only charged $20 US and knew exactly where to go! I place 2-3 hours as the recommended time to visit so that there is time to enjoy the waterfall- you can swim in the pool!
Written September 25, 2016
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Gillian J
117 contributions
Couples
Went to this waterfall twice, it's a good hike but not for everyone. Narrow paths and drops, crossing rivers a few times but worth it.
Get a local from LaPlaine I highly recommend Melvin or Warrel go to Dianne's or Ricky's Shop or Aton's bar and they call find them for you. Plan a time and they will be more than willing to take you for a small fee, trust me they are local and its worth it.
Written November 27, 2015
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