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Dive Fest: Dominica’s Annual Scuba Diving Festival hosted by the Dominica Watersports Association is set to begin July 9th and runs until July 18th, 2010.

Dive Fest is now in its 17th year, making Dominica’s Dive Fest the longest running diving festival in the Caribbean. This year’s festival begins with a “Red and White” Happy Hour at the Fort Young Hotel on July 9th from 6pm. The Grand Finale, as always, takes place on the final Sunday, July 18th at Soufriere with the famous Kubuli Carib Canoe Race and Beach Party. You Don’t Want To Miss This!

Here is a complete listing of all scheduled events/activities at DIVE FEST 2010:

Dominica dive fest 2010 schedule

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Experience the Caribbean’s longest running diving festival at Dominica’s Dive Fest, which takes place from 10th – 19th July 2009. Dive Fest is organised by the Dominica Watersports Association (DWA) and aims to raise awareness about the diving opportunities and unique marine life in Dominica, as well as bringing scuba diving to a wider audience.

The festival is open to both experienced and beginner divers, with a number of taster sessions available throughout the week for adults and children who have never dived or snorkelled before. Some of these sessions are free of charge and suitable for children as young as eight.

Intermediate and expert scuba divers will also find plenty on offer at Dive Fest. The schedule for experienced divers includes underwater treasure hunts and photography competitions. Festival sponsors Sealife Cameras will run photo competitions throughout Dive Fest, giving divers the opportunity to try out their latest technology. The best photo from each shoot will be entered into a grand prize draw with the winner announced at the photo exhibition at the end of the week.

Alongside the scuba diving there will be a number of other activities, including a whale watching excursion, a children’s treasure hunt, a photo competition, the annual and hotly contested Kubuli Carib canoe race, and the climax to Dive Fest, the Soufriere Kubuli beach party on July 19th.

Dominica’s west coast boasts thriving healthy reefs covered in colourful sponges. Seahorses, frogfish, flying gurnards and scorpion fish are commonly spotted in these waters but are rarely seen around other Caribbean islands.

To view the full schedule of events during Dive Fest, see dominicawatersports.com, or for more information about Dominica visit discoverdominica.com.

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Dive Fest 2009 – A Ten Day Event Set to Kick Off July 10th to 19th.

(Click here to see photos from Dive Fest 2008.)

The longest running Dive Festival in the Caribbean kicks off on July 10 for an action-packed ten days of activities focused on scuba diving and other associated watersports.

Primary festival organizer, the Dominica Watersports Association, encourages visitors to dive down and discover the beautiful landscapes and colorful marine life found in the waters surrounding the island.

“Dive Fest was established to showcase the renowned marine environment of Dominica to visitors and residents alike, and is now one of the island’s signature events,” comments Colin Piper, Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority. “Visitors are invited to join in and experience the best the island has to offer, with endless adventures both above and below the surface. If you need a reason to visit Dominica, Dive Fest is it.”

Would-be divers and snorkelers as young as eight can participate in pool or ocean-based introductory sessions to learn the basics, with some trial sessions offered completely free of charge. Intermediate and expert scuba divers will find a schedule that includes underwater treasure hunts, photography competitions and the chance to borrow and test out new equipment such as an underwater camera by Sealife.

Activities will take place along the entire East Coast, from Scotts Head to Portsmouth, as well as at selected locations around the island. Although Dive Fest has an environmentally-oriented focus, it has widespread appeal due to the variety of planned activities such as barbecues, wine tasting, whale watching, sunset cruises and more.

Dive Fest culminates with the traditional Carib Canoe Race, where highly competitive teams race custom built craft to be crowned champions; often with a few capsized crews along the way. To view the full schedule of events during Dive Fest, visit http://www.dominica.dm/site/divefest.cfm.

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

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