Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. This area was established as a national park by the Dominican government in July 1975, the first to be legally established in the country. The National Park is named after its highest mountain, Morne Trois Pitons, meaning mountain of three peaks.
Located in Dominica
About Morne Trois Pitons National Park
- The park is a significant area of volcanic activity. Features within the part include the Valley of Desolation, a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers; the Boiling Lake, Titou Gorge, and Emerald Pool.
- With its precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, 50 fumaroles, hot springs, three freshwater lakes, a ‘boiling lake’ and five volcanoes, located on the park’s nearly 7,000 ha, together with the richest biodiversity in the Lesser Antilles.
- Water from the Boling Lake flows into the White River, named because of its pale opaque colour, which continues beyond the park to join the Pointe Mulatre River flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.
- Morne Trois Pitons National Park presents a rare combination of natural features of World Heritage value.
- The most frequently seen terrestrial mammal is the Agouti, a tailless forest rodent with dark fur and pink ears, not unlike a tallish guineapig, often seen rummaging around for food on the forest floor. The Manicou is a species of opossum, which does have a tail. Though probably just as common, it is less often seen, as it spends more of its time in the trees and is largely nocturnal.
- Many trails have been developed to sights of natural beauty and interest within the park, though some are more popular and better maintained than others. Most popular with the large number of cruise ship visitors is the Emerald Pool, whilst the more active of our stay-over visitors enjoy the all day hike to the Boiling Lake.
- Whilst Boiling Lake is the only hike in Dominica on which you MUST be accompanied by a qualified guide, it is nevertheless advisable to engage a guide for all hikes other than the Emerald Pool, especially if you attempt any of less well used trails – around the peaks of Morne Trois Pitons, the summits of Morne Micotrin (4,006ft.) or Morne Watt (4,017ft.).
- Most of the popular hikes commence from or near to the village of Laudat, at a cool 2,000ft., about a 20 minute drive from the capital Roseau, via the Roseau Valley.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is during the dry season from December until April or May, June may also be a good option with fewer tourists and lower rates there.
Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. A Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea is often known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. Calibishie city of Dominica attract visitors through the picturesque fishing village of Calibishie to the crashing surf of the Marigot beaches, the Calibishie Coast is one of the few areas in the world where you can travel from the seashore to the littoral forest to the rain forest in little more than a mile. Experience palm-fringed beaches, freshwater rivers with secluded bathing pools, tumbling waterfalls and the soft wonder of the rain forest with its exotic birds and lush vegetation, all in a days’ walk.