The Island of Dominica

Located in the Lesser Antilles (an area made up of small islands forming the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean), some 2,300 km southeast of Miami, the island nation of Dominica is the gem of the Caribbean Sea.

Although it is only 750 square kilometres, it is abundant in wildlife and natural beauty. Known as “The Nature Island,” Dominica is an adventurer’s paradise with endless outdoor attractions, the Caribbean’s only long distance hiking trail, 365 rivers, 1,200 plant species and the first UNESCO World Heritage site in the eastern Caribbean—The Morne Trois Pitons National Park. 

Why Dominica?

The island of Dominica is one of the youngest in the Caribbean and is still evolving due to geothermal volcanic activity (including the second-largest actively boiling lake in the world). With very few sandy beaches and resorts and a plethora of rainforests and volcanic peaks, Dominica has remained somewhat untamed by tourists, unlike its neighbouring islands. The country’s economic development relies mostly on travellers looking to enjoy the island’s unparalleled tropical beauty through hiking, diving and ecotours. Dominica has not been influenced (very much) by mass tourism and its development; instead a unique island personality is flourishing, making Dominica a priority destination for adventure travellers.

The View

From the top of the highest peak to the bottom of the sea, the Dominica terrain has amazing views no matter where you go. Below sea level, Dominica boasts one of the best diving experiences in the world, with volcanic vents, sea turtles and colourful coral reefs among the many attractions. Above ground, Dominica has tropical rainforests, waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes and even bubbling mud baths.

Team Outpost has decided to experience as much of the island as possible, through diving, hiking and exploration—as we continue in our search for the best views on Earth. 

The Team

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MEC Gear Spotlight

Clif Bar

Delicious Energy

Between the rugged coastlines of the Atlantic, the calm waters of the Caribbean and the lush rainforest that rises in between, the potential for adventure in Dominica is as endless as the beauty of the island. With so much to see and so much to do I need to stay properly fueled and hydrated so my body can keep up with my passion for adventure. That’s why I use Clif Bar Trail Mix Bars, Builder Bars, Clif Shot Bloks and Clif Shot Electrolyte Hydration Drink Mix. Effective and delicious, Clif Bar is a must on any trip I take.

Pictured: Clif Bar Energy Bar
From the MEC Energy Bar Collection

Toad&Co Coolant Short Sleeve Shirt

Open Weave Organic Shirt

Traveling to Dominica means much more than beautiful forests, tall waterfalls and warm waters, it's also about experiencing a unique culture. Being able to easily transition from outdoor adventures to rich cultural experiences is a modern travel standard that should not be overlooked. That means having clothes, like Toad & Co’s Coolant SS Shirt and Rover Shorts that are durable and stylish. They perform well under the rigours of long day hikes and then easily transition for cultural excursions. 

Pictured: Coolant Short Sleeve Shirt
From the MEC Short Sleeve Collection

MEC Istrum Shorts

Rough Handling Shorts

Hot, humid and constantly drawn towards the warm waters of the ocean, I live in my shorts whenever I visit the tropics. As is the case here in beautiful Dominica, there are countless occasions where I transition between being dry while hiking to jumping in a pristine emerald pool or churning waters of the sea. The MEC Istrum Shorts complement this style of spontenaity well. Quick to dry and comfortable to wear the MEC Istrum Shorts are my new favorite, and are highly recommended for any trip south of the 30th parallel.

Pictured: MEC Istrum Shorts
From the MEC Shorts Collection

Gear List

Our travels through Dominica will require us to hike, dive and explore to fully appreciate what the island has to offer. As always, since quality, durability and ease of use is a primary consideration for this project we will be using MEC as our supplier of choice.

Apparel

Toad&Co Tops

Toad&Co Bottoms

Swimsuit

Footwear

 

Equipment

Sleepingbags

Cookwear

Packs

Dry Bags

 

Health

Survival

Water

Sun

Sanitation

Emergency

Nutrition

CLIF Bars

Meals

Filters

Beverages

 

Dominica Expedition Map

Map of Dominica

Dispatches From Dominica

Dominica Is An Island, Entire Of Itself An Island, Entire Of Itself

There are more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean. Dominica might be just one of thousands of tropical paradise islands, but it definitely stands out as being one of the most unique and varied experiences in the Caribbean.

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The Island Less Travelled The Island Less Travelled

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking, if not boyishly bragging, about my upcoming trip with Outpost to the small Caribbean island nation of Dominica. On each occasion that I get to mention this trip, I am filled with as much curiosity as I am excitement.

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Dominica Dreamin' Dominica Dreamin'

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking, if not boyishly bragging, about my upcoming trip with Outpost to the small Caribbean island nation of Dominica. On each occasion that I get to mention this trip, I am filled with as much curiosity as I am excitement.

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First Impressions First Impressions

The most striking of first impressions, at least for me, is what I am going to call from here on out, mostly because I expect if not hope to speak of it again, island hospitality. Although I am sure the phrase exists it is nonetheless new to me.

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Rosalie Bay Wavine Cyrique

Black and silver sand, soft like freshly cut grass, covered the short and narrow half-moon bay. Large and small waves danced erratically along the shore, spilling over each other and the sharp lava and breccias.

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Mountain Rainforest Mountain Rainforest

Black and silver sand, soft like freshly cut grass, covered the short and narrow half-moon bay. Large and small waves danced erratically along the shore, spilling over each other and the sharp lava and breccias.

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Apothecary's Bounty Apothecary's Bounty

After almost 8 hours of hiking I have come to terms that this island is a paradise not only for its beauty but also its bounty.

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Culture of Positive Vibrations Culture of Positive Vibrations

While rivers, oceans, lakes, hot springs and waterfalls have all shaped Dominica into the physically defined island that it is, the island’s culture is more amorphous, yet just as beautiful.

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Indian River Indian River

The Indian River, although no longer used by the indigenous populations of the island, remains a relevant feature on this paradisiacal island and is protected by the government because of its ecological beauty and historical significance, something that the three of us feel very fortunate to experience.

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