Waitukubuli National Trail
“Discover Nature for Heritage Development”
The Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) is a first of it’s kind – a long distance hiking trail in the Caribbean – and is located right here in Dominica, the Nature Island!
Fondly known as the WNT, the trail covers 114 miles, spanning and twisting the length of Dominica. From Scotts Head in the south to Capuchin in the north, the trail winds from one end of Dominica to the other. Along the way it will take you through coastal villages, up woodland hills, into lush rainforest, past waterfalls, down to rivers, back up to the mountains and then down again to the sea. Dominica’s unique and varied terrain will reveal her age-old secrets to you as you enjoy her natural beauty and vibrant, fresh air. You will also learn about Dominica’s history as you trek across the National Trail. The WNT passes through traditional Kalinago (Carib) villages, ruins of 18th Century French settlements, the renovated Fort Shirley at The Cabrits, the secret ‘Maroon’ passages where runaway slaves escaped and many more interesting historical and natural sites. The WNT was opened in 2011 while work continued. The official Grand Opening Ceremony was held at the Pond Casse Reception Center on May 10th, 2013. The Waitukubuli National Trail’s management falls under Forestry Division and the entire trail has been designated an Eco-Tourist Site. Effective July 1st 2013, all visitors and non-residents must obtain a trail pass (ticket) to access or hike the Waitukubuli National Trail.
Please note, as of February 2nd,2017, Segment 14 has been temporarily re-routed due to ongoing construction at the Cabrits Resort Kempinski in Portsmouth.
“Effective immediately, the route will continue onto the main road from the Douglas Bay area in Portsmouth, otherwise known as Belle Hall Beach, bypassing the previous trail alongside the beach. This route will continue straight in a southerly direction for a three-quarter mile and then proceed right onto the road which leads to Cabrits National Park near Monty’s Fish Grill & Bar. The route continues into the Cabrits National Park, ending near the Officer’s Quarters at Fort Shirley.
The Waitukubuli National Trail Management Unit thanks everyone for their understanding in this matter and apologizes for any inconveniences caused.”
Waitukubuli National Trail
Segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail
What to take:
- Water bottle and snacks (consider the distance, time and segment location you will be walking.)
- Wear comfortable clothing (it will be humid)
- Shorts or light pants
- Sneakers with good treads or (waterproof) hiking boots
- Waterproof rain gear (a poncho will also protect camera)
- Camera (width extra film and batteries, and somewhere dry to carry them)
- Insect repellent (but don’t worry, we’ve no poisonous creatures!)
- A hat or cap cap
- Swimsuit – you may want to swim along the way!
- Pack some extra clothes – socks, shirt etc to change into
Before the Hike
- Make arrangements to have someone meet you at the other end unless you plan to stay at many of the accommodations available at the end of the segment.
- Let someone know you where you plan to hike, it is best not to hike alone – complete the Hiker Registration form .
On the Hike
- Do not venture off from the trail
- Pack out what you pack in – do not throw litter or waste along the trail
- Respect the plants and wildlife
Watch out for:
- High rainfall can cause flash-flooding of even small streams. Even if it’s sunny, always look to the mountains for heavy cloud cover. For more information see our Weather page
- The dense rainforest can get dark quickly in the late afternoon – especially on eastern slopes
- Hikes often cross rivers – watch out for slippery rocks!
See our Planning Ahead page for more information about how to prepare for a trip to Dominica
Fees and Resources
Trail Passes are categorized as follows:
- Day Pass: To hike one or more segment at a cost of US$12.00 (EC$32.04) and is valid for one day only;
- Special Pass: For pre-sold organised tours and promotional events specifically cruise passengers at a cost of US$10.00 (EC$26.70) and is valid for one (1) day only;
- Fifteen Day Pass: For any of the fourteen (14) segments at a cost of US$40.00 (EC$106.80) and is valid for fifteen (15) days only. Check the Official Waitukubuli National Trail website and Facebook page for recent updates.
Trail Passes are available at the
Waitukubuli Trail Headquarters in Pond Casse and at Forestry and Wildlife Division (Valley Road, Roseau). Passes may also be purchased at various vendors throughout the island, near the trail segments.
See our list of emergency contact numbers for Dominica