Boiling Lake

Photo Credit: © Jean & Nathalie CC

Notable as the second largest boiling lake in the world, Boiling Lake is located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Despite taking about six hours round trip to get to this spot, most eco-tourists say it is worth the trek.

Boiling Lake is set in a volcanic crater filled with grey water and is often misty. Approximately 200 feet across, the lake is so hot at between 180 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit around the edges that it does indeed boil. The center of the lake, which seems to be the hottest, has never been temped, and we know that it goes at least 195 feet deep.

The trek to Boiling Lake is an arduous one, and it is recommended that you take a guide with you.


Situated near the center of the island of Dominica, 6.3 miles east of downtown Roseau, Boiling Lake always welcomes local residents and vacationers who are lodging on this part of the island or close by. However, even if you aren't staying very close, you are free to drop by to enjoy a great time. In case you're wondering, Roseau is six miles (nine and a half kilometers) to the west.

With no road leading to the lake, the only way to get there is to hike the seven mile trail through More Trois Pitons National Park.

Nearby Restaurants

If the time you spend visiting this lake leaves your stomach stomach growling, don't fret -- you're going to find an impressive array of food offerings in this area. The most frequented nearby eatery to Boiling Lake is Cafe Mon Plezi, which serves Creole dishes. Roxy's Restaurant and Riverside Cafe offer additional dining options close-by. At Riverside Cafe you can eat some Caribbean meals and experience the culture of Dominica.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who like lakes, and have the energy to view some others, ought to think about FreshWater Lake and Miracle Lake; the first and closest of which is 1.9 miles to the north-northwest of this page's natural attraction. You'll find some additional activities in the area, including Valley of Desolation, which is a couple hundred yards away near Roseau. Also consider heading to Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which is another attraction close by.

Lakes are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit on Dominica. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Boiling Lake
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Valley of Desolation Other Attraction 0.1 mi. (9.5 km) W 5.9 mi. East of Roseau
Morne Trois Pitons National Park -- 0.3 mi. (10.1 km) E 6.3 mi. East of Roseau
Sari Sari Falls GeoFeature 1.6 mi. (12.3 km) ENE 7.6 mi. East of Roseau
Bolive Falls GeoFeature 1.8 mi. (12.5 km) E 7.8 mi. East of Roseau
Ti Tou Gorge Fall GeoFeature 2.1 mi. (6.9 km) WNW 4.3 mi. East-Northeast of Roseau
Morne Trois Pitons Hiking Trail GeoFeature -- -- 6.4 mi. Northeast of Roseau
Boli Falls GeoFeature -- -- 8.4 mi. East of Roseau
Victoria Falls GeoFeature 2.5 mi. (12.1 km) SE 7.5 mi. East of Roseau

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Although the park is open year round, the best time to make the hike to Boiling Lake is between March and May.

Location: Dominica


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