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“Worth the effort”

Ranked #26 of 109 things to do in Dominica
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Owner description: A short hike up the White River, a spectacular waterfall with a swimmable pool at its base.
Reviewed March 11, 2014

The falls are gorgeous. The hike is strenuous. NCL should have more than 3 levels of effort for excursions because this one is more like a 6 or 7 on a 10 scale.

You start with a 90 minutes bus/van ride if you are prone to car sickness either take meds or sit in the front or pick another excursion. Lots of twists and turns. Our guide shared information about the island as we went.

Once we arrived we started the hike right away. It took us over an hour to get to the falls. We crossed the river three times going and coming back. The water is cool but very refreshing as you are in a rain forest so it was warm and moist. The terrain is challenging. We went up and down the river bank many times. Once to the falls you can view them from the river bank area or go just a bit further to get in the actual pool the falls creates. If you are physically able it is worth is. Our guide was very helpful in getting us to the pool for those of us who wanted to go (half of our group went 6 out of 12 people). The hike back took a bit less maybe like 45 minutes. Just before leaving the river bank we had a vegetarian soup that was delish. Hot soup when already hot from hiking was interesting but I was so hungry by then it did not matter. Then a short hike back to the bus and another 90 minutes ride back to the port (quick stop a beach on the Atlantic to see the ocean).

I recommend bringing plenty of water none was provided at all...lemonade was available with our soup. Maybe a small snack like a protein or granola bar. There was only one bathroom stop which was on the way to the river....we were sweating so much not a big deal but we were gone for over 6 hours. We took this excursion on the Feb 24, 2014 NCL Sun 10 Day cruise.

Thank jkier1472
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Stunning waterfall. The trek through the jungle is about 45 minutes and a significant switch-backing drive from the port. Definitely would not have gone without a guide, and would choose better footwear than the flip flops I wore. Trail is narrow, slippery at times, and handrails (where present) were a joke. Well worth doing if you're spry! Actually traveled in dec. 2012.

Thank Plumeria_beaches
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

The path is narrow and at slippery at times. The route to the falls is not well marked, so it's best to hire a local guide. It's worth the trek when you see the falls at the end of the trail. Expect to cross the stream a few times, so wear water shoes.

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Challenging with a steep decline but so worth it to get to the falls! It was fun to cross the river/creek bed several times.

Thank mgherrington
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We were the only people, so there were no wet-footprints to follow while leaping from rock to rock. We took our doggie, and laughed all day long rescuing her as she got swept downstream in the currents. We kept getting lost and backtracking to find the trail. Finally made it to the base of a very tall waterfall.

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