Segment 1: Scott’s Head/Martinique Channel
15.215001°, -61.374371° 5km
Community Tourism Group: Scott’s Head Improvement Committee
The Sea Trail commences on breathtaking Marine Park of Scott’s Head Point, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean. This is a popular diving and snorkeling spot where stunning marine life can be observed. Only a short paddle away from Segment Two, this is a wonderful day trip paddle, should one choose.
Take a hike up to the top and follow the interpretive signage to learn more about the area. If you like snorkeling, be sure to walk up the Caribbean side of Scotts Head to the beach and snorkel out to the point for some of the best reefs in Dominica.
Segment 2: Soufriere
15.232480°, -61.361686° 3.55km
Where the Soufriere Outdoor Center is located! Get outfitted for your paddle and stay at Soufriere Guesthouse or Jungle Bay. Enjoy the warm welcome from the village people and understand what Dominica truly is. Be sure to soak in the beautiful Bubble Beach after paddling Segment One. One of the few places in the world with a geothermal heated beach with warm baths.
Recommended Accommodation: Soufriere Guesthouse, Rosehill Heights, Jungle Bay, Rodney’s Wellness Retreat
Segment 3: Champagne Beach
15.245272°, -61.72853° 10.6km
Stop and see some incredible marine life. A wonderful spot to take a day trip or stop for a snorkel along the way. Snorkel to see the famous champagne bubbles rising from the sea floor.
Recommended Accommodation: Ocean’s Edge Hotel, Anchorage hotel, Sea World Guesthouse.
Community Tourism Groups: Newton Association of Yacht Security, Wotten Waven Development Committee, Morne Anglaise Community Tourism Group
Segment 4: Roseau
FY: 15.295434°, -61.387002°
SW: 15.288296°, -61.376736°
Things to do:
- Botanical gardens
- Old market square
- Morne Bruce
- Trafalgar Falls
- Titou Gorge
- Boiling Lake
Segment 5: Canefield/Donkey Beach
15.332757°, -61.3947804° 8.97km
A beautiful beach that was once a popular spot in the 90’s. While it still boast an incredible shoreline, the area is surrounded by an industrial park.
Possible hotel/accommodation options with transport in Canefield.
Segment 6: Mahaut
15.353149°, -61.393966° 8.22km
Mahaut is the know as the village that never sleeps. A lively village with lots of action on the main strip. There is a lovely beach on the northern end of the village near to the L&O Guesthouse.
Recent paddlers were able to land near a small dock ‘jetty’ and store their boats with the fishermen. It’s always a good practice to offer a drink in exchange for a service like that!
Recommended Accommodation: L&O Guesthouse
Community Tourism Groups: Layou Improvement Committee, DCTAI
Segment 7: St. Joseph/Layou
15.395386°, -61.425922° 8.32km
Where paddlers can have a bit of fun catching some waves. Stay at the beautiful Beach House in Layou, which is right off the beach and features a rooftop hot tub. All conveniently located right next door to Boyd’s famous bakes! Enjoy local activities such as bird watching with Dr. Birdie. Layou is a recommended two day stay! Groups can opt for a stay a Jennifer’s House, a popular AirBnB with transportation provided.
Recommended Accommodation: The Beach House, Jennifer’s House
Community Tourism Group: Salisbury Fisheries and Tourism Committee
Segment 8: Salisbury
15.433980°, -61.437257° 5.98km
A gorgeous beach that has been recently developed by the community. Excellent snorkeling to the North of the beach. A fun bar is open on the weekends towards the south of the beach.
Two paddlers found an AirBnB in the village and were able to secure their kayaks on the beach at one of the shops.
Recommended Accommodation: The Tamarind Tree
Segment 9: Batalie Beach
15.451227°, -61.447003° 8.79km
A secluded little beach with good ‘rock gardening’ along the cliffs. Be sure to bob and weave your kayak along the base of the cliff enjoying fun kayak maneuvers between the rock outcroppings. Be on the look-out for iguanas in the area. They are spotted frequently.
Recommended Accommodation: Sunset Bay Club
Segment 10: Colihaut
15.486308°, -61.464993° 7.19km
A friendly fishing village to experience a true Dominican welcome ashore. You will find local community tourism such as boat and snorkeling tours and a fabulous beach to kick back and relax at. Fun fact: back in 1828, Colihaut boasted 12 billiard tables and 16 taverns!
Recommended Accommodation: Sea and Sun Retreat (right on the beach), found on AirBnB and Facebook.
Segment 11: Dublanc
15.516606°, -61.470288° 10.3km
Home of one of the loveliest seaside playfields in Dominica. Make a quick stop to explore this quaint fishing village.
Community Tourism Groups: PAYS, NDETC
Segment 12: Portsmouth/Picard Beach
15.554145°, -61.402191° 9.82
Dominica’s second city! Lots of good restaurants and two very popular beaches. Be sure to stop at Secret Beach and paddle through the gorgeous arch at the beach.
Things to do:
- The Cabrits National Park
- Fort Shirley
- Indian River
- Secret Beach
- Purple Turtle Restaurant
Recommended Accommodations: Picard Beach Cottages, Secret Bay, Kempinski, Fort Shirley
Community Tourism Groups: PAYS, NDETC
Segment 13: Toucari
15.609572°, -61.464282° 7.42km
Land on a beautiful sandy beach and fill your belly up with true Caribbean cuisine. Go for a sunset snorkel and finish the night off by falling asleep in a hammock listening to waves crash on the beach. A truly authentic Caribbean experience.
Recommended Accommodations: Keepin’ It Real
Community Tourism Group: Capuchin Community Tourism Group
Segment 14: Capuchin/Guadeloupe Channel
15.629432°, -61.463458° 8.93km
Finish the trail on the northernmost point of the island! You will paddle north to the most dramatic coastline in Dominica. After viewing the the mesmerizing Guadeloupe Channel, you will land at the most Northern Fishing beach at Capuchin next to the remains of a jetty. This quaint fishing beach is the perfect ending to an epic adventure. Walk down the road to Peter’s Bar and have a celebratory drink.
- Celebrate at Peter’s Bar, Capuchin
Visit Canna Heritage Park.