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Emerald Pool & Trafalgar Falls Water Adventure
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Emerald Pool & Trafalgar Falls Water Adventure

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Guests will depart from Roseau to the Emerald Pool driving through Canefield arriving at the Emerald Pool. This wonderful waterfall grotto is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morne Trois Piton National Park. An easy 30-minute hike takes the guests through magnificent overhanging trees and lush vegetation to the pool, which appears green in the tree-filtered sunlight. Guests will be able to go for a dip, and swim right up to the waterfall!<br><br>On the way back there are two view points where the Atlantic Coast and Morne Laurent can be seen to the left, rising to an elevation of 2,248 ft. Breathtaking! <br><br>Following the visit of the Emerald Pool, guests will go to the Trafalgar Falls. It is a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path from the Visitor Reception centre, where you can photograph both falls from a viewing platform. The more daring can continue on to swim in the refreshing waters of the smaller waterfall or find the hot springs at the tallest falls.
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Colby T wrote a review Apr 2020
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This was the best. He is the BEST! We considered ourselves intermediate hikers.. this hike was hard, and satisfying. Nigel made it totally worth it. He was consistently upbeat, encouraging (we needed it) and overall a wonderful and friendly person with a heart of gold. At one point when I wanted to give up he was encouraging and keep me going. He knew exactly what he was doing, was full of information and facts about the local wildlife and foliage, had amazing stories to keep us entertained and answered all our questions! We had a fantastic time hunting the mysterious Agouti, stopping at the streams for a dip, eating eggs cooked in the Valley of Desolation and conversation with Nigel where he thought us all about the multipurpose use of materials you find on the way! Our tour consisted of us and another couple. Not only did he do well with mixing our levels of ability, he is great at interacting with all and keeping our conversation going! We have already talked about returning and when we do we will be hiring Nigel again for all of our guide needs! Our trip would not have been the same without him making it as memorable as he did! Thanks Nigel!
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Date of experience: March 2020
CDNMarmalade wrote a review Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada62 contributions18 helpful votes
I have to stay right off that this hike took us 8 1/2 hours return. I was very tired at the end but did not regret doing it for a second. The day started at 6AM so we could be on our way back before the weather turned hot. Our guide Golden was fabulous. He gave us some brief instructions on what to expect, gave us time to warm up and we were off. The trail starts with a gentle uphill, which turned downhill to a stream we crossed, then steeply uphill for about 90 minutes to the summit of Morne Nichols. After that we had a sharp descent to the Valley of Desolation before the final climb the Lake lookout point on the edge of a crater. We took more water than we needed as there were 2 points where we could refill bottles. There is also a hot water pool where you can soak. Be prepared for rain and to get dirty. The downhills can be slippery so take extra care.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Active Caribbean Travel wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada105 contributions2 helpful votes
Our hike started off in the shadow of Morne Macaque, a magnificent mountain that foreshadowed some of the terrain that we were heading into. The first hour or so went by at a leisurely pace – We enjoyed the lush rain-forest and its natural rocky trail. As we walked, our guide Elvis identified the various tree and plant species we encountered along the way. As we entered the actual "Morne Trois Pitons National Park”, the trail started to get a little steeper and it was muddy in spots. There were steps in some sections, made by small tree trunks stuck in the mud. Once we had reached the top of the hill, we descended steeply down to the Trois Piton river. After the river crossing, the trail got even steeper and Elvis informed us that we had entered the Montane (or Cloud) forest section of the hike. For the next hour or so, we crossed all sorts of different and beautiful terrain. From there we traveled down some fairly steep gorges, between mountains. It was slow going as we picked our way over the rocks in what was reminiscent of a dried-out river bed. There were also sections of really muddy wooden stairs in some ‘near vertical’ areas – Not for the faint of heart! We then entered the aptly named “Valley of Desolation”… WOW – I felt like I was on another planet. It was totally surreal! The ground was rocky and an eerie grey colour, dotted with blues and greens and patches of orange-yellow-gold. It seemed like water was bubbling out of the ground, pretty much everywhere. The air was full of sulfur... nasty. We left Desolation Valley and walked past a small waterfall and crossed another river. We hiked some more… Up and down rocky trails and ridges like a slow-motion roller-coaster ride, until we eventually reached a flat plateau which overlooks the lake. An ‘unworldly’ site. We gazed at a tall thin stream of water falling dozens of feet into a 200 foot (60m) wide pool of grey water, which was yes – literally boiling in the centre. With steam rising off the surface of the water everywhere it looked like the world’s largest outdoor sauna. Boiling Lake is fed by a couple of streams, whose water seeps deep down through cracks in the rocky ground, were it meets the volcanic lava which boils the water forcing it back up to the surface, where it continues to boil and evaporate. Unbelievable - You have to see it to believe it An amazing "bucket list" hike for sure... Problem is, now we had to go back... I gotta tell you, this hike “started to get old” when we reached the final stretch of the trail - We were exhausted!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LilaPetiteherbe wrote a review Jan 2020
Nantes, France23 contributions17 helpful votes
If you are in Dominica and in relatively good shape, you should definitely do this hike and you should do it with Nigel George from Calibishie. It was the nicest day of our vacation, thanks to the beauty of nature and also thanks to Nigel who really knows his island and every secret of the hike to boiling lake. We cooked eggs in the hot water on the way which gives them a really special flavour we enjoyed very much, he took us to a wonderful warm natural pool where we could relax before hiking back. I have to admit that after hearing about the difficulty of the hike (which took us 7 hours with breaks included) I was a little scared of it and not sure if I'm fit enough, because yes, I do walk a lot, but only in big cities with paved roads and I haven't done any sports in two or three years (except for dancing at rock concerts for entire nights)... but the hike isn't THAT difficult and as the landscapes change constantly, it's interesting and beautiful every minute. It was great to have a guide who knows his stuff so well, we saw much more than we would have on our own, because he knows where to look, where to swim, where to put your feet etc. The hike has 3 or 4 very different parts: First the walk through the jungle with beautiful lush vegetation, then after breakfast river you have to climb a mountain which will give you wonderful views of the landscape (we were very lucky with the weather!), you cross the valley of desolation which is a fascinating place that doesn't look like anything I've ever seen before (and we boiled the eggs there!) and then you get rewarded with the view of a lake that is actually boiling like a pasta pot. You can get the freshest and nicest drinking water from rivers on the hike - a great refreshment! Also the trail is very well kept, much better than any other trail we have seen in Dominica. The hike ends with Titou Gorge where you can jump into the refreshing water and swim through a cave to the waterfall. To give a résumé, Nigel is the best guide ever and we spent a brilliant day with him on the hike! I can't recommend it enough, it was definitely the highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Eli wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
Not for people who do not hike often. Very hot and long, but awesome! We had an excellent guide as well. Take a guide or a GPS, the trail in not always obvious.
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Date of experience: January 2020