About 8% of the GDP of Dominica was from tourism in 2010
Over 55 species of butterflies live in the rainforests. Many of the plant and animal species living in the rainforests cannot be found in other rainforests in the world.
Especially in Roseau, deforestation was the worst.
Dominica: the Caribbean Islands ( Leiya Salis)
Dominica- the Caribbean
By: Leiya Salis
February 19th , 2013
A bit about Dominica
Dominica is a very mountainous island located in
the Caribbean Sea, north of the island St. Lucia.
It is also greatly covered in lush tropical rainforests.
It suffers from heavy rainfall, especially during the
late summer season, where many hurricanes
attack the island.
The hurricane-free dry season is from January to
may, and is quite popular with tourists.
Dominica- the Nature Island of
The Northern Forest Reserve and the Morne Trois
Pitons National Park (WHS) are two popular
rainforests in Dominica.
Trafalgar Falls, Morne Trois
Pitons National Park
Northern Forest Reserve
Dominica “hot” spots
There are many geothermal areas with hot springs.
(eg. The Boiling Lake, located inside the Morne
Trois Pitons National Park)
The Boiling Lake; people actually boil eggs
Deep sea Delights
Dominica is also popular for whale-watchers,
divers and snorkelers.
Champagne Reef (the bubbles are
actually undersea volcanic gases)
Disadvantages of Tourism in
The new pier in Portsmouth, at Prince Rupert Bay
has increased the number of cruise ships coming
to Dominica. This has caused the increase in
littering and overcrowding of beaches.
The increase in the number of large hotels has
caused the loss of unprotected rainforests around
Overfishing is also a major problem, since seafood
platters are the most demanded dishes in resort
Since tourism is seasonal in Dominica (January to
May) unemployment occurs in the latter months of
Positive Impacts of Tourism
Before tourism became a major source of income
in Dominica, the rainforests were being destroyed
◦ The Morne Trois Pitons National Park and the
Northern Forest Reserve now protects these
It promotes the use of renewable energy,
composting and other eco-friendly ways of living.
◦ The Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge uses only
biodegradable products in their lodges and limits
Some more positive impacts
Tourism has actually taught the locals of Dominica
to conserve the environment. For example, the
Rosalie Eco Lodge teaches all workers how the
ecosystem in Dominica works.