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Dominica dive fest 2009

Grab Your Gear and Go Diving – Dominica’s Dive Fest July 10-19

Dominica has unveiled a series of unbeatable packages/specials for families, divers and single travelers visiting “the Nature Island,” during Dominica’s 16th Annual Dive Fest.

Taking place July 10-19, this island wide event will encourage visitors to dive down and discover the beautiful landscapes and colorful marine life in the waters surrounding the island. Among packages and deals to travelers are:

Fort Young Hotel – Celebrate Dominica’s Dive Fest with the “Dive Fest 2009 Package” offered July 10-19. The package includes 7 nights’ hotel accommodations, full breakfast daily, 5 days of 2 tank boat dives, tanks, weights and belts, roundtrip airport transfers, marine park fees and all taxes and service charges. Rates start as low as $970 per diver. For more information visit www.fortyounghotel.com, email fortyounghotel@mindspring.com or call 1-800-581-2034.


Anchorage Hotel & Dive Center
– Save money with Anchorage Hotel’s “Dive Fest Special”. The package includes a welcome drink upon arrival, 7 nights’ accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, 7 continental breakfasts, 5 days of diving, marine park fees and unlimited shore diving on Anchorage Reef. Rates begin at $855 per person, based on double occupancy. For further information visit www.anchoragehotel.com, email reservations@anchoragehotel.com or call 767-448-2638.

Calibishie Cove – Calibishie Cove Resort will be offering their guests 10% off both room rates and dive packages purchased with Cabrits Dive Center, when booking accommodations at the property during Dive Fest. Room rates begin at $125 per night, based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.calibishiecove.com, email calibishiecove@gmail.com or call 813-417-8448.

Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments – Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments will be offering a 20% discount to all guests who stay at the property during Dive Fest. Rates begin at $50 per night/per person, based on double occupancy. For additional information visit www.caribbeanseaview.com, email info@caribbeanseaview.com or call 767-449-7572.


Sunset Bay Club & SeaSide Dive Resort
– Sunset Bay Club is offering one free night with their “Book for 7 pay for 6 Nights” offer. The package includes breakfast daily and 5 morning double tank dives per diver. Rates begin at $740 per person and are valid from July 1-31, 2009. For more information visit www.sunsetbayclub.com, email sunset@cwdom.dm or call 767-446-6522.

The Tamarind Tree – Save money with The Tamarind Tree’s “All Inclusive Dive Packages” special. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations, all meals, selected drinks, airport transfers, two complimentary dive fest activities of your choice; shore diving in the afternoon and 5 days/10 boat dives (includes boat, tank, weights and guide.) This package is valid from July 9-20, 2009. Rates begin at $1,139 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.tamarindtreedominica.com, email hotel@tamarindtreedominica.com or call 767-449-7395.

Budget Rent a Car – Budget Rent a Car is pleased to offer 20% off any vehicle rental to all guests during Dominica’s Dive Fest. For more information email budgetdominica@cwdom.dm.

The Sponsors of this year’s event include, but are not limited to; Dominica Watersports Association, Sealife Camera, Oceanic, Henderson Wetsuits and Dive Training Magazine.

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The Caribbean isn’t in very good shape right now. More and More the air is getting polluted. The Caribbean Sea is becoming plastic soup. We’re in a financial crisis. Things don’t seem to be looking too good for the entire planet.

Yesterday the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has outlined a renewable energy plan that it says will help it promote a more energy secure region.

According to Director of Sustainable Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Garfield Barnwell:

“The Secretariat’s energy programme is structured in a manner to build a foundation that could lead the region to provide its people with available, affordable reliable and sustainable sources of energy based mainly on the region’s indigenous resources.”

Don’t get me wrong, I believe a renewable energy plan for the Caribbean Region is a great idea. But there are a lot of people that have a lot of answer. Everyone thinks their answer is right. We need cleaner, natural sources for energy. We need biodegradable products that if dumped, will simply disintegrate within a few weeks. As far as the financial crisis goes, that’s a whole other story by itself. Some people say we need more regulation. Others say we need more jobs. Others still say the cost of living is increasing too fast for our incomes to keep up.

Everyone has answers.

The problem is, none of these answers address the fundamental problem. The answer isn’t in better solutions, fixes and different angles. The answer is… we need to do less.

See, the reason why we’re in this big mess is really simple. It may seem like there’s so much we need to do, to make things right. And that’s the problem right here. We don’t need to do more. We just need to make more of an effort to do less.

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A number of people, including my friends who live abroad ask me about life in Dominica. So today, I’m going to share with you a little about me, my home – Dominica, and some insightful information that might be useful to you when you do decide to Visit Dominica.

A Little About Me and Dominica

While I was born in Guadeloupe, I spent most of my life here on Dominica. It’s a fairly small tropical island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, gained it’s independence in 1978 from England, a very catholic but highly politically motivated island.

I spent most of my childhood here, and have lived here my entire adult life. Both my mom and dad are 100% Dominicans. My mom lived most of her childhood years in Antigua, and then returned. My dad grew up in a small village called Newtown (charlotteville), which is just on the outskirts of the Capital city Roseau. Dominica is my home, the only home I’ve ever known.

While I’m thinking of moving to Canada or New Zealand in the near future – but Dominica will be my final resting place, I imagine. While not all of the 70,000 people here know each other, we are fairly close-knit community. If you happen to meet someone you don’t know, most of the times it only takes a few minutes to find type of connection – either you are related to them somehow, or they know one of your family members, your neighbor is their good friend or something like that.

I love Dominica and its people, although I don’t love everything about the island. We have our problems like anywhere else — we have government corruption sometimes, but have mostly honest government workers. We have problems with potholes and trash sometimes, but usually things run fine. There is a lot of trash and things that can be cleaned up and stray dogs in some areas, but above all the natural beauty of the island shines through. It can be very hot and humid here at times, but mostly it’s just stunningly beautiful weather in the 70s and 80s and sometimes 90s.

Nature Isle of Dominica

Think of Dominica as a little slice of Heaven 🙂 , but Island-style. Dominica is not like most the other islands, with huge malls and fast food restaurants (we have few of them, but not all), and Internet access practically everywhere. We have roads and power and British-style schools and everyone speaks English (though you will find some people speaking in a Creole dialect). And while we don’t vote for president, we are democratic and as patriotic as any other Caribbean island.

We are much very Caribbean in many ways, we’re also not in others. We have a lot French and Catholic traditions, for example. We celebrate Catholic holidays, and village feasts all the time, and many people speak Kwèyòl, a blend of our native language and French. We are very family oriented, but in a much extended family way, including not only second and third cousins and more, but a very extensive system of godparents and godmother.

More than just being French influenced, we are native islanders. We have a long tradition of being connected to the sea, of being connected to the land, of being very tribal in many ways through the Carib Indians who still live on the island to this date.

And so we are none of these things completely — French, Spanish,Carib, islander — but all of them at once. We are a changing community, from the more traditional elders to the more modern youngsters, with their Nintendo DS and MySpace and texting cell phones and Wiis and XBoxes.

I could actually write about Dominica for days, but I’ll stop here and answer any questions you have in the comments. In the meantime, if you to want learn more about Dominica, you can visit dominica.dm – not too long along the Discover Dominica Authority which is apart ministry of Tourism launched a new marketing campaign and website for the island. Anyway, go over there and take a look, if you’re interested in more about Dominica. It’s a great resource that will continue to grow in the years to come.

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