- Published: Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:31
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.
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.
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.
MEC Gear Spotlight
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
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
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
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.
Dominica Expedition Map