The Green Giant
Dominica is an island of great natural beauty.
Its volcanic formations create magnificent physical features making it the most mountainous and unique of the Caribbean islands.
Dubbed as The Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica's seclusion has allowed it to preserve its natural areas providing for some of the finest hiking,whale watching scuba diving, and snorkeling in the Caribbean.
The terrestrial flora and fauna are not the only attractions of Dominica; the underwater life is equally magnificent.
It is often noted for it's wide variety of species including exotic and rare marine critters such as sea horses, bright yellow frogfish and polka-dotted batfish.
The volcanic activity on the island has created underwater landforms that never erupted Egiving way to some of the finest deep sea diving.
Hot springs, pinnacles and dramatic topography are part of the undiscovered underwater world on the island of Dominica
Official Name: Commonwealth of Dominica (used to distinguish itself from the Dominican Republic.)
Capital: Roseau (pronounced Ro-zo)
Official Language: English. Creole (a French-based patois) is widely spoken on the island.
National Bird: Sisserou, also known as the imperial parrot.
National Flower: Bwa Kwaib or Carib Tree (Sabinea Carinalis)
Dominica's Coat of Arms: Apres Bondie Cest La Ter: "After God, it is the Earth".
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC $). The current exchange rate is EC$ 2.67 to US$ 1
Population: 71, 000
Time Zone: Dominica falls under the Atlantic Time Zone.
Electricity: 220/240 Volts AC. 60% of Dominica's electricity is hydro generated. Three-prong European style outlets are most common on the island.
Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, this mystical island is nestled between the two French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean and is one of the few islands to have preserved its natural splendour.
The Caribs, native to the islands call it Waitikubuli meaning, tall is her body.
Christopher Columbus who stumbled upon the island on a Sunday (Domenica in Italian) in 1493, renamed it after the day, Dominica, pronounced Do-mi-neeka, 29 miles long and 16 miles wide, covers an area approximately 290 square miles.
Morne Diablotin is the highest mountain peak at 4,747 feet..
Business hours are from 8am-1pm and 2-4pm Monday to Friday.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the local currency in Dominica, American dollars are widely accepted around the island, as are major credit cards such as Visa, American Express, and MasterCard.