Boiling Lake
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Said to be the second largest in the world, this hot springs lake is a caldron of gray-blue water at a temperature ranging from 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit; a full-day rigorous hike with a guide is needed to visit this awesome sight.
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  • Muddit P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So good it makes me angry!
    What a hike - I've hiked through rainforests a few times before but this is something else. It is tough, but you'll love it. Make sure to wear hiking shoes if possible (very muddy and slippery terrain), and leave clothes you don't want muddied at home. If you find yourself in Dominica, do this 1000%. And don't be silly, book Chadi as your guide - you can reach him directly at +1 (767) 612-4506, or Instagram @chadi.767treks. Absolute legend who'll make your hike 10x more enjoyable!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Peregrinationmere
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Epic.
    The hardest hike I’ve done in the Caribbean (including Soufrière, Gros Piton, and Mt Pelée), but it’s beautiful and very rewarding!! It took us nearly 8 hours round trip (including stops). Everyone I saw at the end was knackered but glad they did it. As a solo traveler, I wouldn’t have done it without a guide, and luckily I had a great one in Chadi. Such a nice and knowledgeable local guide! You can easily arrange with him on WhatsApp if you’d like, I recommend him! +1 (767) 612-4506
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 January 2024
  • USDivers101
    San Francisco, California32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Hike to Boiling Lake with Mio
    Incredible experience and well worth the hard work. The trail to and from was absolutely breathtaking and the view at the end at Boiling Lake is a once in a lifetime moment. Our hiking guide Miando was absolutely incredible. He knew every inch of the trail frontwards and back and made the journey that much more enjoyable. Would recommend his tour highly. So grateful for the adventure.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Lewis
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike, with the help of a guide
    My fiancée and I did this hike a few days ago (with a guide). We loved it. We're both reasonably fit people but the trail should be taken seriously. It's perfectly doable, but challenging - especially if you're still adjusting to the heat and humidity in the Caribbean. You're scrambling up or down rocks in certain locations so expect to get muddy. We both wore trail running trainers which were perfectly adequate. The trail is interesting as the terrain varies so much along the way. It sounds obvious, but bring water and snacks. We met a couple who had set in out very late, without a guide, no water and wearing some slip on espadrilles... Crazy. The guide who took us was Chadi Symes. I reached out to him due to there being so many great reviews about him, and we had a fantastic experience with him. Prior to arriving in Dominica, he was very responsive and answered any questions I had. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others planning the hike. He helped make this hike one of the highlights of our trip (so far).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
  • Amélie Ann P.L.
    Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible!
    Amazing landscapes and challenging hike, but totally worth it! The diversity of the forest and the final view of the boiling lake was awesome! We were guided by Chadi, an excellent and experienced guide that we recommend. The cost was around 70 US$/ each to be guided. His information is: @chadi.767treks (instagram) Enjoy your trek!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 March 2024
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Elsbeth P
Whitby, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wow - this was a challenging hike! Our group of 4 (a 51, 50, 49 and 38 year old) consider ourselves in pretty good shape - training for a half marathon, running and lifting weights regularly plus yoga - but this questioned all of our abilities for sure. I'm SO glad we hired our amazing guide, Chadi (@chadi.767treks on instagram, or +1(767) 612-4506 on WhatsApp). As he knew exactly where to put your feet, body and arms, when to rest, where to stop and how to answer our "how much longer" questions! He motivated us and even made sure we walked in a certain order to keep the pace going. As cruise ship passengers we had limited time and he knew exactly how quickly we needed to go to make it back in time. We saw a lot of couples along the way without guides who looked downright disoriented and quite lost. We gave them rough directions but I can't stress enough the importance of having a guide. We had used Chadi for another hike in Dominica last year and liked him so much, we wanted to use him again - but didn't think we NEEDED him necessarily. We were so wrong! The 14km hike (on my gps) has a lot of scrambling, climbing and lifting yourself over huge boulders, crossing rivers, and even some slight repelling. There is barely any level walking (985m of elevation gain which doesn't include the downhill...) so it was rough on the knees, hips and joints and our group still feels it 5 days later! All that being said... it was AMAZING! We are so glad we did it and the views were insanely beautiful. The changing landscape made the time fly by - especially the Valley of Desolation which was incredible and like nothing we'd ever seen before. Don't miss this if you are up to a challenge - but hire a guide!!
Written 24 March 2024
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Amélie Ann P.L.
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Amazing landscapes and challenging hike, but totally worth it! The diversity of the forest and the final view of the boiling lake was awesome!
We were guided by Chadi, an excellent and experienced guide that we recommend. The cost was around 70 US$/ each to be guided. His information is: @chadi.767treks (instagram)

Enjoy your trek!
Written 19 March 2024
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GLAMLYF
Washington DC, DC59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I want to add my 2¢ on the physical challenges of Boiling Lake bec. I really relied on others' comments. But first, a GUIDE REC, because ours was wonderful: Call Mio! He's at WhatsApp, +1 767-295-3565, or email miandolewis58@gmail.com. You can also request him through Khatts Tours.

Our party of 5 - two U.S. couples and a solo traveler from Saint Lucia - were randomly assigned to one another and to Mio, and happy for it! Mio knows the trail like an old friend and has a lovely manner and sense of humor. He's a font of info on plant and animal life, history + geography, but more important, He Can Tell You Where to Step. Sounds dumb, I know ( I was skeptical when others said it), but this trail is slippery, rock-strewn, alternately dry scree or mud that will suck your shoe off. You likely WILL slip and maybe land on your butt (so don't wear clothes you care about). We did other Dominica hikes sans guide, but for this challenging trail, being shown the best way down, up or around the tricky parts made all the difference. Mio had a good sense of who needed advice or a hand to grab and when, yet let our more capable hikers do their own thing. He kept us together and smiling. [And Dominica guides like him are *licensed,* trained in First Aid, etc., and quizzed on their knowledge of the area.]

The hike is gorgeous: mountain views + wildly mixed terrain -- rain forest, cloud forest, rivers, streams, waterfalls, sulfur springs in the "Valley of Desolation" and then up again to a clifftop view of the mind-blowing cauldron. It covers dirt paths, mud tracks, log steps, stone "steps," rock scrambles and actual bouldering, plus stream-crossings. That's ~3+ hours. Then you picnic and ... do it all in reverse. It's a supposedly 13.65 mi. round-trip w/total vertical ascent around 2,000+ feet.

So how hard is it? As a 60yo woman who works out, does weights, and routinely jogs 3-4 miles, I can say that it is damn hard. On the return trip I "bonked," possibly from dehydration, panting and nauseated w/heart racing. Could manage maybe 20 steps at a time. This is when Mio really proved his mettle, encouraging me and offering a hand up until we reached the last descent and, w/water and raisins and chocolate, I recovered enough to hike normally again, if slowly. Our group's other female hiker, also fit and a few years younger, slowed down as well. We spent 8 hours total; the men would have taken about 7. Then we revived ourselves in Titou Gorge.

I am so happy I did it, with zero regrets. But maybe not twice!
Written 19 February 2024
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Lewis
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My fiancée and I did this hike a few days ago (with a guide). We loved it.

We're both reasonably fit people but the trail should be taken seriously. It's perfectly doable, but challenging - especially if you're still adjusting to the heat and humidity in the Caribbean.

You're scrambling up or down rocks in certain locations so expect to get muddy. We both wore trail running trainers which were perfectly adequate.

The trail is interesting as the terrain varies so much along the way.

It sounds obvious, but bring water and snacks. We met a couple who had set in out very late, without a guide, no water and wearing some slip on espadrilles... Crazy.

The guide who took us was Chadi Symes. I reached out to him due to there being so many great reviews about him, and we had a fantastic experience with him. Prior to arriving in Dominica, he was very responsive and answered any questions I had. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others planning the hike. He helped make this hike one of the highlights of our trip (so far).
Written 9 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

USDivers101
San Francisco, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Incredible experience and well worth the hard work. The trail to and from was absolutely breathtaking and the view at the end at Boiling Lake is a once in a lifetime moment. Our hiking guide Miando was absolutely incredible. He knew every inch of the trail frontwards and back and made the journey that much more enjoyable. Would recommend his tour highly. So grateful for the adventure.
Written 25 January 2024
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Peregrinationmere
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The hardest hike I’ve done in the Caribbean (including Soufrière, Gros Piton, and Mt Pelée), but it’s beautiful and very rewarding!! It took us nearly 8 hours round trip (including stops). Everyone I saw at the end was knackered but glad they did it. As a solo traveler, I wouldn’t have done it without a guide, and luckily I had a great one in Chadi. Such a nice and knowledgeable local guide! You can easily arrange with him on WhatsApp if you’d like, I recommend him! +1 (767) 612-4506
Written 2 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Muddit P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
What a hike - I've hiked through rainforests a few times before but this is something else. It is tough, but you'll love it. Make sure to wear hiking shoes if possible (very muddy and slippery terrain), and leave clothes you don't want muddied at home.

If you find yourself in Dominica, do this 1000%. And don't be silly, book Chadi as your guide - you can reach him directly at +1 (767) 612-4506, or Instagram @chadi.767treks. Absolute legend who'll make your hike 10x more enjoyable!
Written 1 November 2023
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Edward W
Edinburgh, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Hike is around 6 hours round trip. Very physical and involves bouldering and using every muscle. Quite dangerous in places as there are some sheer drops. Hike is muddy and wet and you will need sturdy footwear. Recommend using a guide as it would be easy to get lost (there's a notice board at the start showing a tourist who hasn't been seen for months).
Written 23 October 2023
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Amay M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Me and my friend ( who has a prostesis in the leg) decided to do the boiling lake trail with Chadi, who accompanied us through this long hike. We really took our time (about 9hours total) and Chadi was patient and understanding. I would say its not that hard as hike but its definetly long. Its all worth it as you will see magical stuff,amazing views, valley of desolation : mothers nature beauty. Reach out to chadi on instagram chadi.767treks a great guide , thanks for everything
Written 18 May 2023
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Can't compare to Yellowstone's boiling lakes but this is a miniversion of what you would find there. The sulfur smell is there also.
Written 29 March 2023
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