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Archive for November, 2010


Dominica Calendar 2011

It’s hard to believe, but there are only six more weeks left in 2010! With the Holiday Season fast-approaching, we’ve finalized the design of our free printable Dominica island 2011 Calender.

As a gift to all our Dominica Weekly readers and friends, we would like to share our 2011 Dominica Island Calendar, which is filled with beautiful scenes from around the nature island.

The calendar is free to download for to print or to put as background image on your computer desktop. To get your copy of Dominica island 2011 calendar, simply click one of the links at the bottom of the post.

The calendar will then be loaded on your screen — using you mouse simply right click on the image and click “save Image as” to save a copy of the calendar in other to print, or you can set click “Set As Desktop Background” to automatically set the of calendar as your desktop background image.

Here are some ways you can use Dominica Weekly’s 2011 Calendar:

  • set it as your background image on your computer desktop,
  • print a large copy and hang it up on the wall,
  • Tell you friend about calendar and send them a copy of the Calendar.

Click links to download calendar – (JPG Format):

Click links to print calendar – (ZIP format):

We would love to hear any comments readers might have on how we can make next years calendar better. So please, share your ideas in the comments below.

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Spanny Falls in Dominica

A waterfall is always a lovely thing to see. Spouting water attracts anybody’s attention and may keep it for a really long while. Infinitely diverse, falling water will always be as vivid as dolphins, as iridescent as pearls, as calmative as breathing seas… Dominica has all these.

Between Pont Casse and Bells, there are two beautiful waterfalls. They are known as Penrice Falls, both located close to Bells. Each one may be compared to a 7-storey building in height. The one with a deep pool (which is pretty good for bathing) is ten feet higher.

These waterfalls are not widely known. It’s not too hard to get to them, so that is kind of strange. The Penrice Falls are glittering with water sparkles among trees and grass; each one is similar to a silver stream, tight at the top and fluffy at the bottom… Many tourists won’t visit the place because they are not aware of its beauty or even its existence per se. But you are, and directions may come in handy.

Image of Penrice known as Spanny Falls in Dominica

When heading from Pont Casse to Bells, you are going to run into a chain of dwellings on the left side at the distance of 2.5 miles. That’s where Spanny’s Bar is located… It’s a good reference point. Twenty yards southward, there is the beginning of the track which leads to a banana plantation. A traveler will not even get tired when he or she reaches it.

When you pass the plantation by, next thing you encounter will be a forest. It’s not a forest you can easily get lost in, but it is neat and thick. Your path will bring you to the cute wooden bridges and stairs with handrails. Watch out when going down. You don’t want to slip, do you?

The next thing you’ll see is the Pagau River pouring over a rock covered by a fern mat and then falling from the heights of 60 feet. It’s the lowest of Penrice Falls. Take your pictures, but don’t stop there!

Don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty and go ahead. You are going to climb up a little bit… The rope and the tree roots will make a good support. It usually takes 5 minutes (your walk to the first waterfall would take about a third of an hour).

first-penrice-pool

That’s it, you are at the second waterfall, 70 feet in height. Remember I told you there is a pool? It really is good for bathing and swimming, but it’s 10 feet deep. You got to be careful. The best precaution is to get somebody with you.

The waterfalls are worth of visiting. You can just visit them and leave, or you can stay nearby, at Vena’s Paradise Resort (call 449-2001). Or you can do whatever you want. Just don’t overlook these waterfalls.

The journey from Spanny’s Bar to the second waterfall will be almost half an hour long. But it terms of distances, it’s just half a mile. It’s a slow track, even though the trail is made comfortable. After all, visitors have to climb.

Oh, by the way… When you catch those handrails and ropes, remember they did not appear out of the blue. There are people who put them in service and who maintains the track. So, it would be nice if you visited Spanny’s Bar for refreshment or to donate something.

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The idea of an extreme activity takes on a new meaning, when it comes to a Dominica vacation.

Would it be taking a walk on the beach? Small Chance. Eating lunch delivered poolside? Maybe. Hiking into gorges and across valleys, climbing up to 4,000 foot mountains? Definitely!

Dominica is for people who need sweat and grit in their tropical vacation.” – Outside Magazine.

But beyond the sunning and swimming and the usual surf-side water sports, Dominica offers a number of activities that will test your strength, stamina and stomach. Most of these adventures are not for kids, and it’s best to be fairly physically fit. But if you’re brave enough, you may just find yourself pushing your limits.

Dominica, a tropical rain forest island, has seven active volcanoes, mountains with elevations of nearly 5,000 feet and more than 300 sources of water, including Boiling Lake, billed as the second-largest hot spring in the world. Over the years, the water has carved hundred of canyons into the rock, some reaching 200 feet long, that Richard Metawi, the owner of Extreme Dominica, calls “almost cathedral-looking.” And the only way to get inside is to go canyoning: a combination of hiking through the island’s verdant forest, rappelling down waterfall walls and plunging into canyons filled with crystal clear water, all while wearing a wet suit, helmet and harness.

Canyoning in Dominica

Extreme Dominica’s canyoning tour ( $150 a person) takes three to four hours. Though there is no official certification, all participants receive training before the expedition begins. Previous canyoning experience is needed for a more advanced trip, like one that includes an overnight stay and a 270-foot waterfall.

So get your blood pumping and make your next exotic vacation a Dominica vacation – one you will never forget!

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