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Dominica: a Caribbean paradise of tropical rainforests, hot springs, and unforgettable experiences

Affectionately known as the ‘Nature Island’, Dominica is a paradise for hikers and dream destination for divers. It is a place of incredible natural beauty and easygoing Caribbean charm. Dominica is home to a sensational bounty of natural attractions and a population of more than 70,000 people. Popular attractions include Trafalgar Falls, Boiling Lake, and Titou Gorge.

Get ready to experience the magic of raw nature with cheap flights to Dominica. The hub airport is Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM), which is a scenic 1-hour drive from the capital city, Roseau. DOM serves several airlines, including LIAT, Air Antilles Express, and Seaborne Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Dominica depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Dominica is approximately 40 hours and 40 minutes.

Why visit Dominica

dominica champagne reef

Champagne Reef

Known as Champagne Reef because of the geothermal bubbles streaming through the rocks, this is a truly unique underwater experience and the most famous dive and snorkel spot on Dominica.

dominica heavenly nature

Heavenly Nature

Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the jewel of Dominica. Wander between giant ferns and wild orchids in search of boiling lakes, mysterious gorges, enchanted spring pools, and mesmerising waterfalls.

dominica waitukubuli trail

Waitukubuli Trail

Stretching for about 180 kilometres, the Waitukubuli Trail is the longest hiking trail in the Caribbean. Hike through steamy tropical rainforest and camp under the stars on this dream route.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.22 XCD
Language English / Kwéyòl
Hub Airport Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM)
Time Zone GMT-4
Travel Adaptor Type D & G

Best time to visit Dominica

Dominica experiences a humid tropical climate almost year-round. The rainy season lasts from July to October and the dry season from January to May. The hurricane season runs from June to November. The best time to visit Dominica is during the dry season when the hiking trails are lush and inviting and the island bustles with activity. This is a great time to explore the natural landscapes and enjoy al fresco dinners and fruity cocktails beneath the tangerine tinge of Caribbean sunsets. Notable events include: Carnival (February or March), World Creole Music Festival and Independence Celebrations (late-October / early-November), Dominica Festival of Arts (April to June), Dive Fest (July), and the Nature Island Literary Festival (August). For cheap flights to Dominica, the best time to visit is during the rainy season or shoulder season from October to December.

Weather & Climate in Dominica

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 22°C
High °C 28°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 30°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 125 75 75 60 95 200 275 260 225 200 225 160

With about two-thirds of the island covered in lush tropical rainforests and the surrounding ocean blooming with colourful creatures and coral reefs, it is not hard to see why it has earned the title “Nature Island of the Caribbean”. Dominica is a place where nature reigns.

Even tour operators can’t help but be captivated by the natural beauty of this Caribbean paradise – they refer to rain as ‘liquid sunshine’.

If your idea of an idyllic holiday is hiking beneath the emerald canopy of tropical jungles in search of shimmering spring pools and swimming beside graceful rays and seahorses, then Dominica is the place for you.

It is also considered one of the ’10 Best Caribbean Destinations for Adventure’. Some of the exciting things you can do on Dominica include sailing, surfing, tubing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, freediving, horse riding, deep sea fishing, and canyoning.

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South African passport holders do not need a visa to visit Dominica for stays of up to six months. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and two blank pages for entry stamps.

The South African High Commission in Jamaica is accredited to Dominica.

Address: 15 Hillcrest Avenue, Kingston 6

Phone: + 1 876 620 4840

Fax: + 1 876 978 0339

E-mail: kingston@dirco.gov.za

Although visits to Dominica are generally trouble free, you should still take the same precautions you would anywhere else in the world and familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Remain vigilant of your surroundings, avoid venturing into isolated areas alone (especially at night), and avoid carrying large sums of cash and flashy displays of wealth. Roadside assistance is not widely available and the roads can be hazardous so you should take care when driving.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if you are travelling from an infected country. Mosquito-borne diseases are a risk so precautions should be taken to avoid bites. Recommended and routine vaccinations include: hepatitis A & B, typhoid, rabies, MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningitis, varicella, and polio.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Roseau
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 120.00 R 66.85
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 30.00 R 28.00 R 22.28
Cappuccino (Regular) R 24.26 R 25.72 R 13.25
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 15.00 R 22.28
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40.00 R 43.00 R 39.75
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