Scuba Diving Near Dominica

Vacationers won't want to pass up the opportunity to go under the sea

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 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.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth looking into can be seen down below.

Dive Shops Near Dominica
Name Phone Location
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
Seaside Dive Resort (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.

Maps

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 Operators Near Dominica
Name Phone Location
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

Dive Services

The table below lists the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
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

Dive Sites

The table right below shows some key facts regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Dominica
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Balibou Bay -- -- -- 15.611011639 -61.3517093846
Baroui Point -- -- -- 15.4432170579 -61.4563369939
Cabrits Marine Reserve -- -- -- 15.5899529994 -61.4774122616
Castle Comfort Excellent -- 44.9 15.2851666667 -61.3757333333
Champagne Beach Excellent -- 55.8 15.2444833333 -61.3739666667
Cironier -- -- -- 15.2862985111 -61.3823509404
Coral Gardens South Excellent -- 49.9 15.2381 -61.3711166667
Dangleben's Pinnacles Good Open Water / CMAS * 129.9 15.2371166667 -61.3727833333
Danglebens North Excellent -- 98.4 15.2422 -61.3743833333
Dubuc Point -- -- -- 15.6024143541 -61.3304233739
L'Abym Very Good Rescue / CMAS *** 186.0 15.2344833333 -61.3660833333
La Sorcière Excellent -- 60.0 15.23455 -61.3660166667
La Taille Bay -- -- -- 15.5905098264 -61.321840305
Macoucheri -- -- -- 15.4203818366 -61.4517021367
Mero -- -- -- 15.4210437625 -61.442260761
Pointe Guignard Very Good -- 85.0 15.2409 -61.3729833333
Rodney's Rock Very Good -- 62.3 15.3796166667 -61.412
Salisbury -- -- -- 15.4255117065 -61.4491272161
Scott's Head Dropoff Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 100.1 15.21455 -61.3714833333
Scott's Head Pinnacle Excellent -- 140.1 15.2156166667 -61.3770666667
Scott's Head Point Excellent -- 129.9 15.2164833333 -61.37295
Solomon Reef Good -- 68.9 15.2724299823 -61.3752692394
Soufriere Pinnacles Very Good -- 100.1 15.231 -61.3621

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.

Tips

  • Pay attention to currents and how your body responds to them; you don't want to drift too far off course.
  • Wear a water proof watch to ensure you don't lose track of time, which can be easy to do underwater.
  • Don't feed the fish or touch the animals or coral, this could cause their protective layers to be stripped away.
  • Never stand or walk on a reef, and tread carefully in shallow water around reefs. Shuffle your feet to avoid stingrays, and watch out for sea urchins, spines.
  • Never wear jewelry. Caribbean fish, barracudas especially, seem to be drawn to shiny objects that look like their natural prey, small silver fish.
  • Avoid jellyfish, fire coral, and other stinging creatures.
  • Never reach into holes or crevices; animals - especially moray eels - like to make their homes in them.
  • Shark sightings are rare, and sharks that are spotted are usually passive. If you do see a shark, stay calm, and if necessary, move slowly out of the water.
  • Never remove anything from dive sites and reefs.
  • Wear waterproof sunblock. Sunburns are a common side effect of the hot Caribbean sun, even under water.

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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