The underwater landscape of Calibashie offers snorkelers something unique and exciting in the Caribbean thanks to the island of Dominica's volcanic origins. Whether you stick nearby and snorkel the north coast or make a trip to one of the west coast's nature reserves, you'll be privy to a world that is sure to leave you in awe.
Coral reef systems protect the beaches of Calibishie, making the conditions clear and calm – perfect for viewing a myriad of local sea life that includes coral, sponges, anemones, sea urchins (which are rare in the Caribbean these days), lobsters, crabs, and a huge collection of reef fish. On any given day it is typical to experience visibility of up to 100 feet, so even if you decide to skip shore snorkeling and tag along to a deeper locale with a group, chances are you'll still see plenty.
If you opt to sign up for a tour that is geared specifically to snorkeling, chances are you'll take a 20 minute drive over to Portsmouth where Cabrits Historical and Marine Park is located. Here, in addition to reefs you'll experience underwater hot springs that make the water bubbly and even warmer than is the norm, plus plenty of sea life that thrives under the government's protective hand.
You can bring your own snorkeling gear to the island with you, but even if you don't, there are plenty of places to rent everything you need for under $20(USD), and some accommodations even offer snorkels and masks to their guests free of charge.
If you're looking forward to exploring what's down below you should consider a visit to Woodford Hill Bay. Rough waters and a strong current make this a poor beach for swimming, let alone for snorkeling. Still, many people regularly brave the conditions to see the sites below. This snorkeling site is located in Calibishie.
Black Sands Beach is another option. The surf is rough, so only excellent swimmers and very well trained snorkelers should attempt this locale. If you can make it, the scenery is well worth your efforts.
Check the following table for information concerning 2 of the best places where you can experience snorkeling in this area.
|Woodford Hill Bay||2.0 mi. East of Central Calibishie|
|Black Sands Beach||0.5 mi. East of Central Calibishie|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Calibishie may not be the first town on Dominica you hear about when it comes to snorkeling the island's waters, but all you have to do is make your way to any beach, put on your gear, and dive in to see that the magic of the underwater world exists here just as wholly as anywhere else.
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