With Diving That Feels Like It’s Been Preserved
Where Underwater Volcanic Bubbles And Warm Water Emanates
Called the Nature Isle, Dominica is the Caribbean of yesteryear, not only in its down-home charm but with diving that feels like it’s been preserved for future generations. A high volcanic island covered with lush, green rain forests, Dominica has hundreds of waterfalls and rivers, and two boiling lakes. Thermal springs erupt around the island including underwater where volcanic bubbles and warm water emanates from certain sites. A big attraction is the pod of sperm whales that stay close to the island from November to March. If you’re looking for a vacation that provides interaction with unspoiled nature both above and below the water, Dominica is the place.
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Visibility – Visibility is usually good and ranges from 15-30 metres/50-100 feet.
Water Temperature – The water averages 25°C/78°F in winter and 28°C/82°F in summer.
Weather – Diving is good all year. It’s calmer and dryer in the winter months and the rainy season lasts from June through October, which is the Caribbean’s hurricane season. The air temperature ranges from 22°C/73°F in winter to 28°C/82°F in summer.
Featured Creatures – Sperm whales, the world’s largest toothed mammal, is seen off the sheltered west coast from November through March. On the reefs and pinnacles, look for flamingo tongue shells, frogfish, flying gurnard, Creole wrasse, seahorses, eagle rays and sting rays.
Marine Reserve Fee – To dive in Dominica’s three Marine Reserves, dive operators charge a small fee ($2US) for each diver. This fee goes toward the protection of these valuable areas.
Recommended Training – The PADI Underwater Naturalist, AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation and AWARE – Fish Identification courses aregood choices for diving the Nature Isle.
Language – English is the official language, but a French-based Creole, Patois, is widely spoken.
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC). Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – There are two airports that receive flights from other Caribbean nations – Melville Hall Airport and Canefield Airport. International guests fly into one of the Caribbean hubs and then hop to Dominica.
Electricity and Internet – 220/240 volts, 50Hz, though hotels may have 110 volts, 50Hz outlets. Internet is sporadically available.
Topside Attractions –Trafalgar Falls, Victoria Falls and Emerald Pool are the best waterfalls. Stop at one of the geothermal baths, called sulphur springs, around the island. Hike through the Morne Trois Pitons National Park rainforest to the Boiling Lake.
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