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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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