We are located in a small village on the south of the island called Pichelin, approximately twenty-five (25) minutes from the capital city of Roseau.
We will endeavour to make your time on the Nature Isle a fun filled and pleasurable one.
The island of Dominica (Dom-in-ee-ka), known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is located between the two French Islands of Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south. Despite of the closeness to these island the main language spoken is English, we also speak Creole (Patois), which is a combination of French, African and English. The island is about 29 miles long and 16 miles across at it's largest point, with an areas of 289 sq miles (749 sq KM).
Dominica is rich in its untouched natural beauty, with more than fifty percent (50%) of the island is still covered with lush tropical vegetation. The topography of the island is very mountainous, because of this; we are richly blessed with our many rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Dominica boasts of having three National Parks, Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is the first known natural heritage site in the Eastern Caribbean. Therein lies, the one of the worlds largest Boiling Lakes, the islands second highest mountain, other lakes as well as several of our waterfalls.
More About Dominica
Currency: - The currency used on the island is Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC), but US and Euro are widely used and accepted.
Political:- Dominica is an Independent State - it gained its' independence from Great Britain on November 3, 1978. It still remain a member of the British Commonwealth group of countries. We are a democratic country with three main political parties, where elections are held every five years.
Climate: - Temperatures range from 22 to 32 degrees Celsius or 71.6 to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. We have only two seasons, the dry and rainy. An annual rainfall average of 350 inches.
Wildlife: - Though we have lots of forest, there exist only few wild animals. One hundred and seventy five (175) species of birds can be found of the island, one is our national bird - the Sisserou parrot. Four species of snakes, (none of which are poisonous), the larget of which is the Boa Constrictor.
People and Culture: - Among the first settlers of the island were the Amerindians - Caribs and Arawaks who Columbus meet on the Island when he first sighted in 1493. Today Dominica boasts of the largest population of Carib Indians. They can be found in the north eastern part of the island on 3,782.3 acres of land reserved especially for them in 1903. The Caribs are good farmers and fishermen but they are well known for the skilled craft works.
In Dominica we celebrate our independence on the 3rd of November after gaining our independence from England on 3rd November 1978, but our celebrations begins early in October. During the independence celebration you will find Dominicans engaging in traditional dances while wearing the National Wear, which is the Wob Dwyiet.
Festivals: - Dominica has one of the Worlds most original Carnival, with activities stretching over three weeks. Carnival celebration are held in the month of February or early in the month of March every year. These activities includes Calypso Shows, Beauty Pageants which includes the Miss Dominica Pageant, Ole Mas Show, La Pou Kabwit Fete, and two days of street Jump Up. On the first day of the street jump up, we have the various costum bands and the Tuesday the T-shirts bands, which brings us to the end of the Carnival celebration.
The last weekend in October bring people from all over the world to Dominica to enjoy three night of pulsating music at the World Creole Music Festival, which features bands from all over the world including Dominica.