Clearing the trail | Escape

Dominica’s Waitukubuli National Trail is the jewel in the Nature Isle’s ecotourism crown. 2017’s Hurricane Maria devastated the trail — along with the rest of Dominica — but now an unusual breed of “voluntourists” are helping restore it. Paul Crask meets two of them

The Boeri Lake Trail in the high montane forest of Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park is one of several iconic hiking routes now clear and recovering. Photo by Paul Crask

Caribbean volcanoes: fire down below

Shaped by subterranean forces, the islands of the Lesser Antilles are an arc of volcanoes — some extinct, some dormant, some still active. And among their dramatic forested peaks, crater lakes, and hot springs, amateur vulcanologists (and ordinary tourists) can find ample evidence of our planet’s restless energy

Saving the Sisserou

Dominica's Sisserou seems to a relic from an earlier time: it doesn't quite look, or behave, like the parrots people in the Caribbean often see squawking across the sky on evenings - and, unlike its cousins, the Sisserou is endangered. But the Sisserou has some good friends who have found a way to help save this remarkable bird. Peter Rickwood explains
Last captive Sisserou held in the aviary of the Botanical Gardens, Roseau. Photograph by Paul Reillo/RSCF

Kweyol Greetings

It's the back-to- business period before we begin the lead-up to Christmas and Carnival festivities. In some of the islands, it's time to assert our Kweyol identity, in music, song and culinary festivities. Simon Lee celebrates the heritage of the French Antilles, Haiti, Dominica and St Lucia
King and Queen of the Festival of St Rose of Lima (Fét La Woz), a flower festival held in August. The Feast of La Marguerite, another popular flower festival, is held in October. Photograph by Chris Huxley