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The Caribbean’s longest-running diving festival is currently underway on the Nature Island. Dominica’s 18th annual Dive Fest runs through July 17 as the island plays host to one of the most fascinating diving experiences in the Caribbean.

Experienced and beginner divers alike learn firsthand why the island is rated as one of the Top 10 dive locations in the world, boasting a variety of dive sites that feature dramatic walls and pinnacles, pristine reefs and Champagne snorkeling.

Dive Fest is a great time to experience world-class diving on a budget, with many Dive Fest activities offered free of cost or available at a considerably reduced rate –– including diving sessions for both adults and children (click here for full schedule of events).

photo of the starting point of the canoe race - dive fest 2008

Dive Fest also offers plenty of excitement for non-divers, including whale watching, a children’s treasure hunt and the hotly contested annual Kubuli Carib canoe race. The excitement culminates with the Soufriere Kubuli Beach Party on July 17.

Learn more about diving and other adventure activities on Dominica by visiting http://www.dominica.dm/site/diving.cfm, or visit Dive Fest Dominica Facebook page to catch all the latest action from this year’s Dive fest.

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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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