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Dominica above water is an island of mountains, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. It has to be the most beautiful and different of all the Caribbean islands. It is incredibly lush with bananas, oranges, grapefruit and other fruits hanging from heavily loaded limbs and just waiting to be picked. Underwater Dominica is the "Adventure Dive Destination" with walls, drop offs, pinnacles, underwater hot springs and excellent visibility.
Overall, it's our favorite Caribbean destination!
Dominica is characterized by very rugged and steep terrain. The northern half is dominated by the cone of its highest mountain, Morne Diablotin (4,747 ft), only five miles from the coast. Four of Dominica's mountains rise over 4,000 feet. A chain of seven other mountains extends from the island's center to the south. The topography is also characterized by a large number of ridges and deep, narrow river valleys. Flatter areas restricted to the coast
al areas of the northeast and center of the island.
Similar to volcanic islands in the Lesser Antillean Archipelago. Volcanic activity is present in regions
of the Valley of Desolation and Boiling Lake, Wotten Waven and the Soufrieres. Coral limestone areas are almost nonexistent and are restricted to small outcrops and uplifted areas on the west coast.
Humid tropical marine. It is characterized by little seasonal variation in temperatures and strong, steady trade winds. The island is among the wettest in the Caribbean. The seasonality of rainfall has lead to two seasons: the dry season and a rainy season, December/January being the driest, June/July the wettest.
National Parks, Forest Reserves and Natural Resource Legislation
As far back as 1975 Dominica established its first national park, Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The park covers nearly 17,000 acres and one of its stated functions is protecting samples of the island's flora and fauna.