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snorkeling in DominicaPhotos by: Cisc1970 via Flickr

Diving in Dominica is a must for any serious SCUBA enthusiast as well as for those just about thinking of taking on the underwater sport.

With so many awesome dive sites, Dominica has been dubbed as one of the world’s top five diving destinations in the world, and has consistently top scored in the SCUBA DIVING Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Top Macro Life, Dive Destination, Healthy Environment and Underwater Photography among other categories.

Dominica is also home to the longest running Scuba Diving Festival in the Caribbean. Dive Fest (2010) will be the 17th consecutive year that the Dominica Watersports Association has presented this event.

Every year, certified scuba divers and people with a penchant for tropical fun and adventure come to the area, drawn by the promise of scenic views both above and below this nature island’s waterline.

Diving off Dominica is as rich and varied as its on-land attractions, as the hills and valleys continue deep beneath the surface creating havens for fascinating sea creatures.

From volcanic vents spewing bubbles and hot water to submerged volcanic craters with dramatic vertical walls. Dominica offers and underwater attraction for every type of diver.

underwater photo at champagne beach in Dominca

There is only one official Marine Reserve in Dominica – the Soufriere Scott’s Head Marine Reserve located in the south. The Marine Reserve protects the marine resource of Dominica for all users and ensures that Dominica will always have the thriving marine environment.

Some of the most popular Dominica diving sites are located off the Northwest and southwest coast of the island. The Scott’s Head Pinnacle is one of the island’s most famous dive sites – the dive begins on Swiss Cheese, a larger rock formation home to the well-known soldierfish cave, and the L’Abym(La Sourcier), a 457m wall that descends in the sea from a cliff above the surface.

underwater image of Dominica's marine life

Diving in Dominica Tips and Things to Remember

Local laws only permit diving with one the locally run dive centres. Also, all certified divers must bring along their ceritification card. And if it has been awhile since your last dive trip, do the sensible thing and take a short refresher and local orientation dive with an instructure before jumping off a boat.

Here are two dive centers certified by the Discover Dominica Authority:

Al Dive & Water Sports
Location: Loubriere
Tel: 767 440 3483
Email: aldive@aldive.com
Website: www.aldive.com

Castle Comfort Lodge/ Dive Dominica
Location: Castle Comfort
Tel: 767 448 2188
Email: dive@cwdom.dm
Website: www.castlecomfortdivelodge.com

So whether you’re a recreational diver or a shore snorkeling enthusiasts you’re sure to have the time of their life in Dominica. With its magnificent diving destinations and excellent adventure vacation sites, it is no wonder why Dominica Island is a prime spot for Caribbean vacations.

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Comment by Jessica
2011-06-11 12:49:49

Great post, i´ve just comeback from the island and i´ve been just amazed by the diversity and variety of dives that it has to offer. I´ve to recognize although it Champagne reef is great for beginners, Tocari Bay was the one i enjoyed the most

Great blog, i will keep following you.

Thanks,

Jess

 
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