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Let’s face it – there are just some things in life that no matter how many times you’ve had the experience, you will always be left wanting more. On the island of Dominica, the hike to Boiling Lake is just that! And no two visits here are ever the same. For the fitness fanatic, your visit to “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” is simply incomplete without concurring this challenging hike.

A journey to this magnificent destination is guaranteed to provide trekkers loads of adventure, excitement, spiritual gratification and fulfilling solitude (peaceful isolation that can only be appreciated in the depth of nature). Hikers to Boiling Lake should be armed with fitness, fortitude and the mental grit necessary to go beyond some unforgiving trail paths that lie ahead. But this 7-hour hike (round trip) is not one without its rewards.

Taking hikers through a series of picturesque terrains depicting rolling mountains, scenic waterfalls, the Atlantic Ocean and the island’s flourishing ecosystem. Navigate through crystal-clear river streams and push through the very testing, steep uphill & downhill climbs. Maneuver down a dare defying cliff drop (where crawling is often required) and enter The Valley of Desolation – another phenomenal location in its self.

Your halfway mark to arriving at the Boiling Lake. The Valley of Desolation is a volcanic area with interesting features and lots of geometrical activity. Once here, hikers will note the strong smell of sulfur in the air (smells like eggs boiling). Steam can be heard hissing and seen escaping from beneath the earth surface from numerous vent pockets across the valley. The vegetation here DISCOVER flourishes and stands out with a distinctively striking green.

There are also several scattered mini boiling sulfur-water pots, hot springs and sulphuric mud which is said to have great skin benefits. It is extremely beautiful here. Upon arriving at the Boiling Lake, which resembles a giant boiling pot… stand in awe and marvel at the world’s second largest lake of this kind. The grayish-blue lake of boiling water can be viewed safely from a wide and flattened clifftop ledge.

The hiking experience to the Boiling Lake will vary dramatically depending on the climate, but I guarantee that this hike will never cease to amaze you, no matter how many times you complete it! This hike must ALWAYS be done with extreme caution.

Fun Fact
Boiling Lake is the second largest lake of its kind in the world, after Rotorua in New Zealand. There is a hike in Dominica for everyone!

Toya’s Tips
Wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothes. Have a walking stick, a change of clothing (which you will leave in your transportation), snacks, refreshments, (water-resistant) camera and waterproof packaging to safely store all your electronics. I also strongly recommend that all hikes be done with 3 or more people for safety purposes… and preferably with people who hike at your similar pace. Take your time to look around, and allow yourself rest stops. Enjoy! Start this hike in the early hours of the morning. I strongly recommend that Boiling Lake be explored with a certified tour guide. Please Do Not Litter.