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Group photo of hikers in Dominica

Hikefest this year ended with a hike the from beautiful village of Capuchin all the way to Cabrits National Park, showcasing segment 14 of the Waitukubuli National Trail.

Unlike the first two to hikes (Salybia to Pagau Bay and Soufriere to Scotts Head), this is a coastal trail which begins and ends within a historical setting from the Canna Heritage Park to the Cabrits Fort Shirley.

Some of the other interesting area along this trail includes the Connor Heritage Park, view of Les Saints & Guadeloupe, Old Church, Rhino horn, villages of Clifton, Toucari & Cottage Cliffs, and Belle Hall Beach.

It is a moderate hike (10.8 km.), although there are some areas along the coastal part of the trail that can be a bit tricky, and will you need to literally climb or drag yourself across if you don’t want to get wet. Look out for falling rock, and wear comfort shoes because 80% of the trail requires you to walk through stones.

All in all it was a Beautiful hike, with wonderful people on nice and sunny day. Just couldn’t be better. If you have a chance to hike Capuchin to Cabrits don’t hesitate to do it, you won’t be disappointed. As always, here are some photos from the hike…enjoy!

photo of hikers in Dominica

image of hikers in the Nature island of Dominica

collage of Dominica coastal views

photo of islet off the coast of Dominica

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The Old French Quarter which is a spectacular open savannah with views in DominicaSpectacular View of the Savannah at The Old French Quarter

The hike to Soufriere to Scotts Head was the second hike at this year’s Hike Fest and is the first segment of the Waitukubuli National Trail. Seven kilometers of continuously compelling nature, ideal for the entire family.

The hike begins with a 15 minute gentle climb to the Gallion road, the next 45 minutes is a steep climb and an excellent trail that will lead to the highest point of the hike.

After peaking the ridge the trail continues down to The Old French Quarter which is a spectacular open savannah with views in all directions. Following on the right or West side, the trail now continues on down to Scotts Head. This is a gentle descent on a good trail that has existed for years as a footpath; you can see some areas with extensive rock walls.

Upon completion of the hike, we all gathered at the Caribantic Building in Scotts Head to have lunch. As we were eating, we shared our experiences of what we got out of the hike. As for myself, I saw the hike in a positive light, and just fortunate to be apart.

To some people, hiking or any other form of outdoor activity can be seen as a drag or chore for them, particularly on the weekends when this time period is seen as an opportunity to sleep more. However, exercise as we all know is beneficial not just to our mind but also our body and spirit. And what better place than the nature island – Dominica! Below are some pics from the hike….Enjoy! 😛

A collage of Dominica's fauna and flora

photo of a rasta boy in dominica hold a soursop

Photo of hikers in Dominica

Image of a crab in Dominica

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Dominica dive fest 2009

Grab Your Gear and Go Diving – Dominica’s Dive Fest July 10-19

Dominica has unveiled a series of unbeatable packages/specials for families, divers and single travelers visiting “the Nature Island,” during Dominica’s 16th Annual Dive Fest.

Taking place July 10-19, this island wide event will encourage visitors to dive down and discover the beautiful landscapes and colorful marine life in the waters surrounding the island. Among packages and deals to travelers are:

Fort Young Hotel – Celebrate Dominica’s Dive Fest with the “Dive Fest 2009 Package” offered July 10-19. The package includes 7 nights’ hotel accommodations, full breakfast daily, 5 days of 2 tank boat dives, tanks, weights and belts, roundtrip airport transfers, marine park fees and all taxes and service charges. Rates start as low as $970 per diver. For more information visit www.fortyounghotel.com, email fortyounghotel@mindspring.com or call 1-800-581-2034.


Anchorage Hotel & Dive Center
– Save money with Anchorage Hotel’s “Dive Fest Special”. The package includes a welcome drink upon arrival, 7 nights’ accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, 7 continental breakfasts, 5 days of diving, marine park fees and unlimited shore diving on Anchorage Reef. Rates begin at $855 per person, based on double occupancy. For further information visit www.anchoragehotel.com, email reservations@anchoragehotel.com or call 767-448-2638.

Calibishie Cove – Calibishie Cove Resort will be offering their guests 10% off both room rates and dive packages purchased with Cabrits Dive Center, when booking accommodations at the property during Dive Fest. Room rates begin at $125 per night, based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.calibishiecove.com, email calibishiecove@gmail.com or call 813-417-8448.

Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments – Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments will be offering a 20% discount to all guests who stay at the property during Dive Fest. Rates begin at $50 per night/per person, based on double occupancy. For additional information visit www.caribbeanseaview.com, email info@caribbeanseaview.com or call 767-449-7572.


Sunset Bay Club & SeaSide Dive Resort
– Sunset Bay Club is offering one free night with their “Book for 7 pay for 6 Nights” offer. The package includes breakfast daily and 5 morning double tank dives per diver. Rates begin at $740 per person and are valid from July 1-31, 2009. For more information visit www.sunsetbayclub.com, email sunset@cwdom.dm or call 767-446-6522.

The Tamarind Tree – Save money with The Tamarind Tree’s “All Inclusive Dive Packages” special. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations, all meals, selected drinks, airport transfers, two complimentary dive fest activities of your choice; shore diving in the afternoon and 5 days/10 boat dives (includes boat, tank, weights and guide.) This package is valid from July 9-20, 2009. Rates begin at $1,139 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.tamarindtreedominica.com, email hotel@tamarindtreedominica.com or call 767-449-7395.

Budget Rent a Car – Budget Rent a Car is pleased to offer 20% off any vehicle rental to all guests during Dominica’s Dive Fest. For more information email budgetdominica@cwdom.dm.

The Sponsors of this year’s event include, but are not limited to; Dominica Watersports Association, Sealife Camera, Oceanic, Henderson Wetsuits and Dive Training Magazine.

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