Trafalgar Falls is definitely one of the top three most visited tourist attractions in Dominica, due to its proximity to town, easy hike and a few other reasons.
Recent pictures and videos of the site showed that it had changed quite a bit since Tropical Storm Erika, but I needed to see for myself, and so we drove up there one weekend.
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Where is Trafalgar Falls?
These popular twin falls are a 20 minute drive from Roseau, into the Roseau Valley. It is quite easy to get there.
Along the way you’ll go through the settlements of Bath Estate, Fond Canie, Shawford and Lily Valley. You’ll know you’ve almost arrived when you see the DOMLEC power station on your right and Papillote Wilderness Retreat on your left.
This government run site is free of charge for residents, but visitors are required to pay a Site User Fee to access the site.
|Type of Pass||Fee|
|Site Pass||US $5|
|Weekly Pass||US $12|
Passes are available from Cruise Agents, Tour Operators, Car Hire Agencies and at various other locations around the island.
Passes can also be bought from officials at the sites themselves or from Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division on Valley Road or in the Botanical Gardens, Roseau (266-3817).
The Visitor’s Center and parking lot were empty and hadn’t changed much since our last visit before the storm. Here’s a photo of the area:
We walked for about 10 minutes into the rain forest towards the familiar viewing platform, but I stopped along the way to capture this image:
From the viewing platform we were able to see the stark difference between Trafalgar Falls now, and the falls before Tropical Storm Erika. Here are before and after shots of the same location:
We scampered up the boulders and I captured the following images:
I was able to witness with my own eyes, the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika at Trafalgar Falls.
Do you remember the sulfur pools just below the viewing platform…? They were completely covered by falling rocks and boulders during the storm.
On the bright side, an old sulfur deposit at the foot of the father falls was reopened and I hope to take a closer look in a future visit.
Here’s a short clip shot while standing on fallen rocks in between the two falls: