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The Emerald pool is with out doubt one of the most popular attractions, and is perhaps one of Dominica’s most photographed natural site.

Emerald pool as its name suggest is also known as ‘Crystal Pool. This small waterfall and natural pool is located on the northern edge of the Morne Trois National Park, is filled with glistening clear spring water.

Buses pass the Emerald Pool on their way to the villages of Castle Bruce and Carib Territory, and can be caught be the west outbound bridge in Roseau. Bus fare:EC$6.50 adults and children EC$3.25.

If traveling by car, once at the Pont Casse roundabout take the road to Castle Bruce and Carib Territory. Lookout for the road sign on the left-hand side of the road at the junction.

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Take a short stroll through the rainforest along a easy track, which takes you through magnificent overhanging trees and lush vegetation. Midway of the hike there’s a spectacular overhead view of the pool to the right.

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Some steps up and then eventually down, lead to the waterfalls. Be careful, the rocks around the pool can be very slippery – use your hands to maintain your balance and follow the signs.

Emerald Pool

On warm and sunny days the crystal water turn greenish blue and turns pale green in the evening. Bring along your swimming suit and a towel because you’re going to be utterly seduced by the intensity of the pool’s turquoise colored water, and taking a cool refreshing swim is a definitely a must. Beware that the water is quite chilly, but once you are in, it is quite a good experience. 😀

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Morne Trois Pitons National Park, located in South central part of Dominica, was the first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean in 1997.

With its precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, fumaroles, hot springs, freshwater lakes, a ‘boiling lake’ and five volcanoes. The park presents a rare combination of natural features of World Heritage value.

Visiting Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a wonderful adventure for many each year. A vast number of sights await around every curve and over every mountain in the park. Here are three must see attractions if you are planning to visit:

The Boiling Lake and The Vally of Desolation

Dominica’s Boiling Lake is the Second-largest of its kind in the world. It’s a flooded fumarole approximately 6m in diameter with a magma chamber beneath the surface, causing the fresh water to boil.

The Boiling Lake trail has changed considerably over the years, these days the path is much improved and far more accessible to a broader range of walkers. Nevertheless, three hours (each way) of walking can still takes it toll. Having a knowledgeable guide is high recommended.

Emerald Pool

The Emerald Pool is one of most visited attractions. This small waterfall and crystal-clear pool is perhaps on of Dominica’s most photographed natural sites. Located on the northern of the national park; the Emerald Pool is a very accessible and beautiful rainforest attraction.

Middelham Falls

A beautiful waterfall, and a nice gentle hike (one hour both ways) from the village of Laudat, in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. There is a viewing platform offering great photo opportunities and the waterfall’s pool is deep and refreshing. The Middleham Falls are well worth a visit.

No matter your fancy, Morne Trois Pitons National Park provides the visitor with views of nature like no other island in the Caribbean. It is surely a natural wonder. If and when you visit Morne Trois Pitons National Park, you will realize why 10,000-15,000 visitors go there each and every year.

Learn more about the Morne Trois Pitons National Park and all it’s attractions by getting your copy of the Dominica (Bradt Travel Guide). Filled with excellent maps and descriptions of hikes, snorkeling, places to explore and dive sites in Dominica.

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Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park can be described as a Luxuriant natural tropical forest in harmony with volcanic features of high scenic appeal and scientific interest.

The park is also known for its diverse flora with endemic species of vascular plants, its volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, illustrating ongoing geo-morphological processes with high scenic value.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park was also the first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean in 1997.

It was also the first of the islands’ National Parks to be legally established, in July of 1975, by an act of parliament.The Park is 13.4 km long by an average of 5 km across and covers the southern end of the mountain backbone of the island.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park was named after its highest point – a 1,437m volcanic stub, includes large tracts of the most extensive undisturbed tropical forest in the Lesser Antilles and the headwaters of most of the major streams and rivers of southern part of Dominica.

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Its range of five volcanoes contains a rare combination of precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, the richest biodiversity in the Lesser Antilles with freshwater lakes, 50 fumaroles, hot springs, a boiling lake, and spectacular scenery.

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Other outstanding features of the site include the Emerald Pool fed by the Middleham Falls, Stinking Hole, a lava tube in the middle of the forest; The Boiling Lake, a 200-foot-wide flooded fumarole with grey-blue water that bubbles; Titou Gorge, a small waterfall located in a water-filled Gorge near the boiling lake, and the Freshwater and Boeri Lakes, separated by Morne Macaque.

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Morne Trois Pitons National Park is by no doubt, one the most highly scenic tracts of undisturbed tropical forest in the Lesser Antilles. Its no wonder Tourist numbers are increasing every year. Approximately 10,000-15,000 visitors a year walk to the Emerald Pool, and another 2000 make the 6 km hike to the Boiling Lake from Laudat village.

Morne Trois Pitons Trail

Come explore Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and you will discover a number of ancient trails or footpaths, cross the Park roughly east-west between mountains or north-south along ridges. Some of which were used in the recent past before roads to the east were completed in 1960 for access to Roseau and by hunters. Now used for sightseeing such as to the Valley of Desolation, for trekking, cycling and riding. Canyoning and much more.

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