Was on a Celebrity Cruise at the end of April 2013 and one of the stops was Dominica! Honestly, when looking at the itinerary before the trip, I didn't give much thought to Dominica because I didn't know much about the island. Well, let me tell you, Dominica is a beautiful contrast to the beach stops on our cruise (St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Barbados, etc.) because it is very green with mountains and rainforests. It reminded me of a tropical rainforest straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean.
While in Dominica, my wife an I went on this excursion that took us to the TiTou Gorge. Once I jumped into the water at the mouth of the gorge, I felt that I was in a tropical rainforest! The gorge itself was about 15 feet to as much as 30 feet in some places. At the end of the gorge (about 100 feet or so) is a beautiful waterfall. In fact, a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean movie (Dead Man's Chest) was filmed in TiTou Gorge. The water (being fresh water in the mountains) was cold at first but you got used to it very fast. If you aren't a strong swimmer with good endurance, I'd suggest you pay for a guide to tow you along the way. The walls of the gorge are slippery and go straight up so there isn't a place to stop and rest (maybe one spot along the way). A swim to the end of the gorge rewards you to a beautiful waterfall!
The only minor negative is that there are no lockers or storage for your shoes and/or backpacks when you decide to swim into the gorge. I'd suggest wearing water shoes that you can swim with and getting a cheap $20 cover for you cellphone so that you can take that with you on your swim to take pictures.
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