Just south of Roseau is where visitors will find what is arguably the top snorkeling on the island. Located within the protected grounds ofthere are numerous places to snorkel, but one has been recognized around the world as the top site in the Caribbean.
That site is called, and it is well loved because of the hot springs and warm sea vents that make the water bubble like a bottle of champagne. Somehow visibility remains uncompromised, and snorkelers can view nearly 200 species of fish, sea urchins, lobsters, crabs, sea anemones, sponges, coral, and more. Also within the marine park is an underwater volcano ridge that has been covered with coral.
There are plenty of reasons to recommend snorkeling in Roseau. Visibility can be up to 100 feet on any regular day, but with so many sites to see so close to the shore, you rarely need to see that far. Add in the fact that water temperatures rarely dip below 76 degrees Fahrenheit and that renting your snorkeling kit will usually cost under $20(USD), and you can see why this is such a popular pastime – not even counting the beauty of the underwater landscape.
If you've never been snorkeling before, this is a great time to learn. You may feel more comfortable hiring a tour guide to take you to the best spots for your skill level, but most beginners feel perfectly comfortable snorkeling off the calm beaches of Roseau. A snorkeling tour will typically cost around $30(USD).
If you'd like to explore below the water's surface you might want to visit Champagne. Named for the bubbly water that is a result of streams of air effervesce, this site is certainly a unique one. Underwater, snorkelers will see hard and soft coral alive with lobster, frogfish, sea horses, sea anemones, yellow sponges, sea urchins, and schools of juvenile fish. This snorkeling site is located easily reached by taxi South of central Roseau.
is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. Although technically on the outskirts of the marine reserve, most visit this reef as part of their trip to the park. Here, you'll find volcanic rock formations in addition to coral reef. Throughout this habitat are brightly colored fish that include creole wrasse, brown chromis, squirrel fish, trumpet fish, puffer fish, arrow crabs, sea cucumbers, sponges, coral shrimp, and much more.
A third site to consider is. While you will typically see coral reef teeming with brightly colored reef fish when you snorkel, this area is known for bringing out the more unique sea life including octopus, sea horses, and lobsters.
A fourth place to go snorkeling is. With a maximum depth of 15 feet, this shallow site has a great diversity of marine life to explore including sea anemones, moray eels, and sting rays. If you want to experience it for yourself, this site is situated easily reached by taxi South of central Roseau.
Take some time to look through this table for a quick overview of 4 of the most popular places where you can go snorkeling in this area.
|1.9 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Champagne||4.2 mi. South of Central Roseau|
|4.5 mi. South of Central Roseau|
|4.8 mi. South of Central Roseau|
For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.. Enjoy a relaxing day of sailing the beautiful waters off the coast of Dominica, or sign up for a tour that will take you on a hunt for whale sightings.
Another option to investigate is Anchorage Dive and Whale Watch. The main product from this dive center is their scuba tours and whale watching. They are also able to give you basic diving instructions that will enable beginners to also go out and dive. They're located in Roseau.
A third option is Waitukubuli Eco Tours. Offering ecologically friendly sailing adventures, W.E.T. takes guests out on custom rigid inflatable boats for tours of the island and its waters.
Glance through the following table for a listing of boat operators that offer snorkeling opportunities.
|Anchorage Dive and Whale Watch||(767) 448-2638||1.1 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|(767) 440-2628||1.1 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.||(767) 440-2628||Downtown Roseau|
|Waitukubuli Eco Tours||(767) 275-7001||Roseau|
If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with Dive Dominica. Don't take for granted all of the wonders that Scotts Head Marine Reserve has to offer. This tour group specializes in helping snorkelers see the best of the best within the reserve based on the day's conditions. They are located in Roseau.
Another place that offers snorkeling related services is Al Dive. A small, family-owned shop, this dive operation cares about making sure its guests see the beauty of the waters surrounding the island. That is why they also offer snorkeling certification and tours on a daily basis.
A third place to consider is Fort Young Hotel Snorkeling. Whether you want to tag along with a scuba diving tour or grab some gear and snorkel a nearby reef system on your own, they can make that happen for you here. They're situated in downtown Roseau.
Some information about 6 companies that provide snorkeling services are shown down below.
|Al Dive||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(767) 440-3483||1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Champagne Reef Snorkel||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(767) 440-5085||4.2 mi. South of Central Roseau|
|Dive Dominica||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 448-2188||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Fort Young Hotel Snorkeling||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 448-5000||Downtown Roseau|
|Irie Safari||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 440-5085||4.1 mi. South of Central Roseau|
|Nature Island Dive||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 449-8181||Soufriere, 5.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Roseau|
For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Once you glimpse the slightly rippling, crystalline waters off the coast of Roseau, you'll see for yourself what draws others to want to learn more about what goes on beneath the surface of Dominica's sea. You can be one of them simply by bringing along or renting a snorkeling kit and jumping in.
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