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Ecotourism in Dominica

Ecotourism in Dominica

Ecotourism generally appeals to persons who are conscious of the environment, community life and cultures. For many reasons, the island of Dominica found it challenging to compete with other islands in the English speaking Caribbean as a tourism destination. Some of those reasons being Dominica’s mountainous terrain, black sand beaches and relatively rainy weather, which causes the island to lack in extensive coastal areas of white sand beaches and vast areas of land for developing luxury resorts. As a result, Dominica lagged behind in commercial tourism and was further handicapped in raising sufficient funds to independently market and develop tourism on the island.

With increased calls to protect the environment and find preserve forests, Dominica became one of the first islands in the Caribbean and the world to be recognized for its preserved natural resources. In 1997 for example, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park National Parks and Forest Reserves were named Heritage Sites by UNEP, whilst other another natural environment namely the Northern Forest Reserve where Dominica’s tallest mountain is located was declared a National Park. Included in the national park is the Syndicate Forest where numerous species of birds in Dominica are found, as well as native species of parrots like Dominica’s national bird, the Sisserou Parrot, and the Jacquot. Bird watching is today a major aspect of ecotourism in Dominica and efforts to protect the environment.

Where ecotourism is concerned, Dominica is a leader. This island has preserved very much of its natural habitats and wildlife and is known for the best diving and hiking in the Caribbean. The economic citizenship program is a route available to anyone who interested in getting a second passport. This program has no residency requirement for citizenship and registered agents provide the support needed for applying. Dominica offers high interest rates on business accounts as well as lots of possibilities to preserve wealth. Moreover Dominica second passport encourages free movement. Citizens also enjoy greater visa free travel. business potential in other islands nearby. Dominica has zero gift tax and no inheritance tax nor do them put tax on capital tax gains.

Dominica’s preservation of its natural environment is not only inland; ecotourism in Dominica extends to the island’s coast. Consequently, Dominica ecotourism has grown to include diving, snorkeling, as well as whale watching. There are many types of fish for which Dominica’s oceans provide a healthy environment and secure habitat, to the extent that whales, dolphins and other large fish migrate through and breed in the island’s waters. The villages of Soufriere and Scottshead are two of the most popular dive sites on Dominica. These regions in Dominica are actively volcanic in nature and give rise to hot sulfur springs, dormant craters and smoke filled grounds in the interior, which stand as major aspects of ecotourism in Dominica. The coast offers lots of ecotourism attractions, as certain portions of the sea are remarkably warmer, forming small sulfur baths within the cool waters of the ocean. Diving activities and training programmes as ecotourism packages are organised by the Dominica Water Sports Association, which consists of dive instructors and certified dive masters. Dive Fest forms an important segment of Dominica ecotourism, as an annual event that is organised by the Association along with corporate bodies around the island. Ecotourism activities during Dominica Dive Fest run for several weeks and include swimming and diving classes, water sports and whale watching activities, which culminate into the major boat race. The boat race is traditional, and held in the southern fishing village of Soufriere so as to retain the activity’s eco friendliness and spirit of community. As a true ecotourism sport, boat races are done using regular hand crafted wooden oar fishing boats.

To develop ecotourism in Dominica, tourism agencies in collaboration with the government of Dominica have been on various drives to promote ecotourism awareness amongst locals in order to prevent and terminate pollution in certain areas by promoting cleanliness of surroundings, proper garbage disposal properly, flower planting, backyard gardening, noise reduction and growing organic produce. Agencies such as the Discover Dominica Authority and Invest Dominica Authority have been vital in promoting Dominica as an ecotourism destination by disseminating information to the international community about Dominica.

In keeping with importance of enhancing cultural integrity, Dominica ecotourism features the island’s culture and traditional practices expressed through song, dance, and architecture, and by its indigenous people. Carnival, the World Creole Music Festival, Independence celebrations and ‘Titiri’ Fest are a few of the main events during which Dominica’s ecotourism product and cultural talent are exhibited. As ecotourism products in Dominica, these activities give visitors a time of year to visit and experience music, song, dance and culture in Dominica. With regard to architecture, Dominica does not possess sky scrapers, and instead buildings are modest, combined with several historical wooden and brick structures that are evidence of Dominica’s British and French history. Dominica ecotourism is stimulated as well under the theme ‘Historic Roseau’ (Roseau, the capital of Dominica) by the Society for Architectural Preservation and Enhancement (SHAPE).

The possibilities of Dominica ecotourism extend to health and wellness ecotourism, which does not involve the concept of ‘luxury pampering’ in man-made pools and luxury five star water front resorts, but luxury pampering by Mother Nature. This aspect of Dominica ecotourism comprises Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Baby Massage, Doula, Ecotherapy, Neuro Linguistics Programming, Hypnobirthing, Oesteopathy, Reiki, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Physiotherapy, Sulfur Spring Bath and Weight Management in nature cottages and resorts snuggled in Dominica’s interior forests or forested coastal areas.