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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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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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view of soufriere village in Dominica

Unlike the first hike of Hikefest 2009 – the Chemin Letang trail, where it rained for 3 hours straight, the Morne Vert Loop from Soufriere and ended at Soufriere Sulphur Springs was definitely one of the better hikes I’ve been on for quiet awhile.

The weather conditions on the day was ideal for hiking; not too hot but still clear enough to catch some spectacular views.

Morne Vert is located near the south coast of the island and the Soufriere Sulphur Springs.The area has an abundance of geological, as well as cultural history. A perfect example is the Bois Cotellete plantation is one of the oldest estates on the island, which dates back to 1700’s.The ruins are still there. Also apart of trail is the Palmiste Estate – an ancient track which was used by Kalinago Indians.

From the summit of Morne vert the trail continues down into the village of Tete Morne where there are breathtaking views down to Soufriere village. From the opposite side, you can see much of the south coast of Dominica- for example Grand Bay, etc

Hikers Note: Morne Vert Loop trail has been designated an intermediate level of difficulty hike.The terrain varies at time and can be quite steep in certain areas. Climate can be very hot and dry in this location and the smell of sulphur can be strong at times in some areas on trail.

Will I trek Morne Vert Loop Again?

To be honest, I will do this hike again any day of the week – that’s how much I’ve fallen in love with the trail and the southern part of the island.

So whether you’re an avid hiker or someone who is just starting out, the Morne Vert Loop trial has something interesting for every outdoor lover.

Here are images and short video from the trial, enjoy!

historic mill in Dominica

hikers on the morne vert loop trail

Dominica hikers

bois cotellete plantation

forest-trail

 view of grandbay village

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