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scenes from Dominica hike fest 2010

Hike Fest in May, a series of events for hikers and outdoors fanatics from around the world can come discover why Dominica is referred to as the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean

Hikefest is also part of Dominica’s Tourism Awareness Month, organized by Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and the Ministry of Tourism.

This year’s festival highlights the upcoming Waitukubuli National Trail, which upon completion will be the first walking trail to traverse the entire Caribbean island.

What a better way to start Hikefest 2010 than with a moderate hike through the Carib Territory – Salybia to Pagua Bay. A distance of 15km.

This gentle hike offers an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of Carib culture and history by taking ancient trail. Some of the attractions along the way include, Carib Territory, Kalinago Barana Aute (Carib Model Village) and Horseback Ridge.

photo of Carib house in Dominica

There are also numerous breathtaking views, and intriguing Kalinago Myths throughout this varied terrain. Our Kalinago guide Prosper Paris was very knowledgeable, which added a bit of authenticity and humor.

collage with images of Dominica east coast

The hike lasted about four hours, afterwards we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Royal Hatton in the elegant and historic Silks Luxury Hotel, where they served up delicious lunches and cold Kubuli beers. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Beautiful hike, wonderful people, nice sunny (a bit humid at times) day. Just couldn’t be better.

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View of the Fresh Water Lake - Hike Fest 2009

The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, together with Discover Dominica will host its 3rd annual Hike Fest in May. The event celebrates the island’s best hiking and attracts hiking enthusiasts from around the world.

This years Hike Fest will highlight the upcoming Waitukubuli National Trail, which will be the only long distance walking trail in the Caribbean. Divided into 14 sections, the Trail runs from the north to the south of the island, covering approximately 185km. Hiking enthusiasts, who are up to the challenge can attempt to complete one section each day,and would take two weeks to complete the entire trail.

Hike Fest’s first hike will take place on May 1, 2010 and will be from Salybia to Pagua Bay in the north east of Dominica. Other festival hike trails will include Soufriere, Scotts Head, Cabrits National Park and Capuchin. Open to hikers of all ages and abilities, these trails vary in levels of difficulty for the novice to experienced hikers.

Hikes cost EC$40 each or EC$90 for all three hikes. Included in the price for each hike is transportation , t-shirt, tea and experienced guides.

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