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The Grand Soufriere Sulphur Springs gets hundreds of visitors every month from all over the world. Most of the people who visit the Sulphur Springs is there only to take advantage of the healing properties of the Sulphur deposit in the newly structured bathing pools at the bottom of the Soufriere valley. A lot them are unaware of the Grand Soufriere Sulphur Spring Trail.

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This attractive walk takes you between the villages of Tete Morne and Gallion via a large area of Sulphur Springs, 2.5 mile east of the village of Soufriere. Visitors can also start the trail by driving to Grand Bay (east side of the island), and then go up a hill to the viewpoint at the top of Tete Morne from which a small but easy path descends in the Soufriere bay.

Just like most of the visitors, Lydia and I was only interested in getting a view of the Soufriere Valley and Sulfur Springs. If you’re up to the challenge and would love to see the spectacular view from the heights of Soufriere, be ready to climb a very long narrow path up the mountain. The hike is a winding trail that has hundreds of stairs made from tree husks. It’s a very long and because hot deposits everywhere, it’s hot and humid, you work up a sweat right away.

When we finally get to the top of the mountain, the only thing I wanted to do was to sit down, relax and enjoy the spectacular view of the Soufriere Valley and the Caribbean Sea. (Damn, it’s beautiful up there) 🙂

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On our way back down from the mountain, we discovered this incredible natural hot spring pool flowing with warm sugar water. The water so comforting, I could just sit there for hours while warm water just runs over my body, but unfortunately we had to leave because it was beginning to get dark and it’s difficult to walk the trail then.

If you’re planning to visit the Soufriere Sulphur spring soon, bathing in the hot spring is definitely a must do, but until you do… here are some photos for your enjoyment.

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There is no doubt that the Trafalgar Falls are the most popular waterfalls in Dominica. Maybe because of their spectacular nature and the fact they’re just a few minutes way from the capital Roseau.

Monday we decided to go visit the Trafalgar falls again, and as always there were local Dominicans there together with wide variety of tourist. This is maybe my tenth time visiting the Trafalgar Fall and every time it never seems to amaze how lucky I am to be living on such a beautiful island.

Getting To Trafalgar Falls

Getting to the falls is relativity easy. You have the choice of either walking, which might take about an hour to get the falls or you can hire one of the local buses/taxis which will be happy to take you to the falls for a small fee. If you’re new to the island, I suggest you take a local bus/taxi to the falls.

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Take the valley road out of Roseau towards Laudat, turn right above Fond Cani through the village of Trafalgar (five miles from Roseau), then drive a further mile to the hydro-electricity plants adjacent to the Papillote Retreat Guest House with its fine garden of exotic plants and wild orchids. There is a small parking area on the slope, and easy ten-minute walk along a path that takes one to a viewing platform overlooking the falls. The twin falls are known as “mother” and “father” falls.

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Bathing in Trafalgar Falls

Bathing in the natural pools created by the falls water flow is of the most enjoyable experience, just be ready to climb a moderate to rough path which crosses rocky ground to the base of the “father” falls which is the best place people can bathe. If you’re unable to climb to the falls, you can always soak yourself in the hot springs. In September 1995 there was this huge rockslide which covered the hot springs that the base of the “mother” fall, but did not alter the flow of the river.

Though Trafalgar Falls is a fascinating experience to many visitors, people must also be aware of the dangerous the falls presents. After heavy rains, the flow of the water can still be very strong, and the rocks are VERY slippery, I strongly suggest that visitors be extremely careful and hire one of the local guides when crossing from the viewpoint to the other of the river.

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