More than ever before, vacationers are planning dive trips to the island in order to see the wealth of underwater landscapes. Acknowledging the popularity of its watersports, the Dominica Watersports Association, in conjunction with the Fisheries Division, continually strive to ensure that marine life on Dominica remains respected and protected.
Dominica law states that scuba divers must dive with a local dive shop. This not only ensures the safety of the diver, but helps respect the environmental laws. Divers should expect to pay about $95(USD) for a resort dive course, $60(USD) for a single tank dive, and between $80 and $100(USD) for a two tank dive. Divers can expect vertical drops from anywhere between 800 to 1,500 feet about a half mile off the island's shores. Many of Dominica's divers head straight to Scott's Head Marine Reserve where they can explore the crater of a volcano, but other excellent dive sites include Brain Coral Garden, Cabrits Drop-Off, Cabrtis Marine Reserve, Nose Reef, Salisbury Falls, and Toucari Reef.
...divers must dive with a local dive shop...
There are 7 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 23 interesting dive sites to choose from.
The dive shops worth looking into can be seen down below.
|Al Dive||(767) 440-3483||1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Cabrits Dive Centre||(767) 445-3011||Portsmouth, Northwestern part of Dominica|
|Champagne Reef Dive And Snorkel||(767) 440-5085||2.2 mi. North of Central Scotts Head Village|
|(767) 446-6522||0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Salisbury|
If you're ready to go diving, you can check with East Carib Dive. A small, independently owned dive center, East Carib Dive is operated by Herald and Beatrice, who have a combined total of 23,000 dives. Highly certified, this couple speaks German, English, Italian, and Spanish, which allows them to open their doors to many customers from around the world. They are located in Salisbury, Dominica.
Another good option is Nature Island Dive. Nature Island Dive operates out of the Soufriere/Scottshead Marine Reserve, which puts you right in the center of some of the most beautiful protected lands around and within easy reach of over 20 different sites. They also offer dives that cater to cruise ship passengers, picking up cruisers from the docks at 8:30 a.m. You can call them at (767) 449-8181.
Still another option is JC Ocean Adventures. JC Keeps a cooler on the boat packed with snacks and soft drinks, but you are welcome to bring your own. Dives are available for certified divers, and PADI scuba diving education courses are available both for those who are not certified and those who are but want to advance their learning. They're situated in northwestern Dominica.
The following chart shows a few details concerning the area's dive operators.
|Dive Dominica||(767) 448-2188||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|East Carib Dive||(767) 449-6575||0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Salisbury|
|Fort Young Hotel Diving||(800) 581-2034||Downtown Roseau|
|JC Ocean Adventures||(767) 295-0757||1.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Portsmouth|
|Nature Island Dive||(767) 449-8181||1.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Scotts Head Village|
|SeaSide Dive Resort||(767) 446-6522||0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Salisbury|
|Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.||(767) 440-2628||Downtown Roseau|
The table below lists the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 55.0||$ 110.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 75.0||$ 112.0|
|Night Dive||$ 30.0||$ 95.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 390.0||$ 470.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 48.0||$ 82.0|
The table right below shows some key facts regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites.
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||129.9||15.2371166667||-61.3727833333|
|Very Good||Rescue / CMAS ***||186.0||15.2344833333||-61.3660833333|
|Excellent||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||100.1||15.21455||-61.3714833333|
To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both beginners and experienced divers, check out our comprehensive guide to scuba diving in the Caribbean.
The waters off the coast of Dominica offer divers the opportunity to explore sites that have been ranked as some of the top underwater landscapes in the world. Whether you spend a few hours or a day diving, if you visit Dominica, this is truly an activity you won't want to pass up.
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