Dominica

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Dominica
Just 400 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico and situated between the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique lies Dominica. The island is of volcanic formation and has mountain ranges that span from one end of the island to the other. The jungle typography will blow you away.

Below ground, you will find some of the healthiest reef systems in the Caribbean. The waters are calm and are home to a diverse set of landscapes that feature fumaroles, high walls and natural hot springs.

What To Expect

Scuba Diving

Dominica is an excellent destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. The island’s unique location in the Caribbean Sea and its volcanic geology make it a fascinating place to explore underwater.

Two of the most popular dive sites include L’Abym which has a steep wall and submerged volcanic crater and Champagne Reef, where divers can experience the sensation of swimming through a sparkling sea of bubbles created by volcanic activity.

With its warm Caribbean waters, fascinating underwater landscape and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dominica is a truly unforgettable experience.

You might see:

  • Grouper
  • Sea turtles
  • Eagle rays
  • Barracuda
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Angelfish

Recommended Specialty Courses

  • Boat diver
  • Perfect buoyancy
  • Night & limited visibility
  • Photo & video
  • Nitrox
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Conservation Efforts

Dominica recently banned all single-use plastics from the island and has become more self-sufficient by developing their own geothermal energy sources. Also, Dominica’s tourism industry is heavily focused on ecotourism and sustainable tourism practices. The government and various organizations work to promote responsible tourism that supports conservation efforts and protects the island’s natural resources.

Fort Young Hotel

The Fort Young Hotel focuses on supporting the local economy and practicing sustainability. When Diventures stays at Fort Young Hotel it generates a significant, positive impact on the local economy by engaging local service providers to deliver tours and excursions, offering culinary and cultural experiences outside of the hotel so local businesses can benefit, sourcing local food and beverages to supply the on property restaurants and implementing smart energy and waste practices to ensure a sustainable and low impact on the surrounding natural environment. Read more here.

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Jungle Bay

One of the resorts Diventures visits often is Jungle Bay. Jungle Bay maintains a significant commitment to sustainable tourism in Dominica. Everything from the resort’s design to operations is considered in line with responsible tourism and environmental awareness. Jungle Bay is certified at the highest level for sustainable tourism and quality standards with Dominica’s Nature Island Standards of Excellence (NISE). The resort works to reduce their carbon footprint, are active in biodiversity conservation and works to be good stewards of the environment. Read more about Jungle Bay’s sustainability and conservation efforts here.

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Nature Island Dive

Nature Island Dive participates in a variety of conservation efforts including lionfish control, reef surveys, reef monitoring, mooring installation and maintenance, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) monitoring, coral restoration and more. Read more about their efforts here.

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Dive Dominica

Dive Dominica offers thrilling scuba diving, snorkeling, and whale watching on the Caribbean’s Nature Island, focusing on safety and memorable experiences. With a team of certified boat captains and dive masters, they provide tailored dive services and private charters using their fleet of 5 boats. Located on Victoria St in Castle Comfort, it’s a quick 6-minute drive from downtown Roseau, welcoming divers for any duration.

 

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Nature Island Dive

Nature Island Dive is well known for diving in small groups and for their personalized customer service. The crew will make sure everything is taken care of, including setting up your gear on the boat and rinsing, drying, and storing your gear. Nature Island Dive is also well known for their conservation efforts that include lionfish control, reef surveys, reef monitoring, mooring installation and maintenance, and more! 

 

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Fort Young Hotel

Where city, reef and rainforest converge, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is a full-service, heritage hotel on the Caribbean Sea. From seaside al fresco dining, entertainment and duty-free shopping on the resort’s waterfront, to the neighboring French Quarter’s Saturday markets and unfathomable adventures at your doorstep — waterfall hikes, hot spring soaks, rainforest walks and world-class scuba diving right off the dock — Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is your gateway to experiencing Dominica by both land and sea.

 

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Jungle Bay

Staying at Jungle Bay is an adventure and wellness trip all in one. Your private hideaway is set in a tropical forest overlooking the marine sanctuary of Scotts Head and Soufriere. It’s the perfect spot to unplug from everything, as you reconnect to yourself, one another and nature.

 

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Culture

Dominica is home to a colorful and vibrant Creole society. Music plays a large part in the culture as well as local cuisine. The mountainous jungle, rich culture, and crystal-clear water make Dominica a dream destination. 

Morne Trois Pitons National Park

Explore the lush rainforest in Morne Trois Pitons National Park and be transported to another world. There are a variety of highlights to see in the park including the Boiling Lake, Emerald Pool, Middleham Falls and the Valley of Desolation. With rushing rivers and colorful flowers, this national park is unforgettable.  

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Kalinago Barana Aute

Visit Kalinago Barana Aute to learn about the culture of the Kalinago people of Dominica. Here, you will find traditionally built structures, food and music aiming to create a greater awareness of the Kalinago culture. Immerse yourself in the beautiful culture while in Dominica. 

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Whale Watching

While on the water, lookout for sperm whales as Dominica is one of the only places in the world where sperm whales can be found year-round. Along with whales, you may also come across dolphins!

What prior travelers say
“Diventures is a great organization. Our first trip with them was spectacular. They handled all of the boring parts of travel and left the fun parts to us. I truly felt that they went above what was expected in resolving the unexpected.”

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Know Before You Go

Dive Insurance

Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.

Passport

Must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of trip and a return ticket is required. No Visa is needed at this time.

Electricity

In Dominica the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You cannot use your electric appliances in Dominica without a voltage converter. 

Money

The official currency of Dominica is the Eastern Caribbean dollar; however, the US dollar is equally accepted (1 US dollars = approx. 2.68 EC dollars). Credit Cards may be accepted in major town centers, such as Portsmouth and Roseau, however, we recommend carrying Eastern Caribbean dollars or US dollars in small bills while traveling around the island. Jungle Bay, accepts all major credit cards as well as cash in the form of US, EC or Euros.

Dress Code

Dress at Jungle Bay’s restaurant is island casual with everyone generally keeping to comfortable clothing. Ladies will not want to wear high heels as the trails are a bit uneven.

Language

English is the official language.

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