Snorkeling in Dominica

Natural Wonders and Hidden Treasures

Float over the lip of an underwater canyon to take in the big picture, or zero in on the small creatures that seek shelter in the corals. Dominica rewards snorkeling adventures large and small, delivering clear waters, dramatic underwater landscapes and amazing marine life. Discover a submerged volcanic crater now decorated with multi-hued corals and sponges; float in clouds of bubbles that emerge from deep underground fumaroles; look close to find a fish that would rather walk than swim. These underwater wonders and more are found within protected marine preserves that have earned this island the reputation as one of the finest snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, watersports and spa enthusiasts & adventurers from soft to rugged
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier January - April
  • Weather: Trade winds and forests keep temperatures mild throughout the year. Wintertime lows run in the mid 70s, while summer rarely sees daytime temperatures above the mid 80s

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Snorkeling in Dominica Overview

Snorkeling takes place on the island's calm western shore within a trio of marine reserves. Reefs being close to shore and can drop from shallow to impressive depths in short order. The most popular area is the Soufriere-Scotts Head Marine Reserve, where the underwater landscape includes the remains of an ancient volcanic crater.

Snorkeling in Dominica Tips

Champagne Reef is Dominica's must-do snorkel site, but don't just focus on the bubbles. An exploration of the reef will reveal a historic shipwreck with cannons, and a wealth of marine life that includes unusual finds such as frogfish and flying gurnards. Dolphins have also been known to visit the site, so be sure to glance out into open water every so often.

Best Places for Snorkeling in Dominica

At Champagne Reef, gasses escaping from deep volcanic vents filter through the sea floor to envelop snorkelers in streams of effervescent bubbles. More than 200 types of marine life can be found at Coral Gardens South, including stingrays and garden eels. At L’Abym snorkelers can drift above a cliff face that begins close to shore and plunges to depths of 1500 feet. Pointe Guignard is known for attracting unique species of marine life.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Dominica

Choose slipper-style fins because they are more streamlined and easy to put on when snorkeling from a boat. A rash guard or water shirt to protect a bareback from sunburn. A soft cloth or mesh carry bag for gear and towels. A waterproof case for keys and smartphones.

Specials

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Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica

CABRITS NATIONAL PARK, PORTSMOUTH - OPENING SPECIAL, STAY 3 PAY 2 includes 7 nights Superior Moutain View accommodation, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives. Breakfast daily, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers including a dedicated customs agent, private airport lounge and luxury transportation, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 10/14/19-12/21/19.
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Tamarind Tree Hotel

SALISBURY - 5-NIGHT EXPLORER PACKAGE includes 5 night standard accommodations, breakfast, lunch and daily including selected drinks, two days of guided hiking including site passes and transportation, half day whale watching, one day full island tour, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/15/20-8/31/20 & 10/15/20-10/31/20. Add $63 per person for travel 11/1/19-4/14/20.
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From $1,407 per person double occupancy

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Tamarind Tree Hotel

SALISBURY - 7-NIGHT EXPLORER PACKAGE includes 7 night standard accommodations, breakfast, lunch and daily including selected drinks, two days of guided hiking including site passes and transportation, one day whale watching, two days of island tours, one day snorkeling trip or diving including gear, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 8/31/19 & 10/15/19-10/31/19.
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Hotel The Champs

PORTSMOUTH - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 5 nights Garden Room accommodations, welcome cocktail, breakfast daily, complimentary cell phone, one full day tour with choice of itinerary, one whale watching tour, one in-room couples hot stone massage, complimentary shuttle service in Picard, roundtrip airport transfers or ferry pick-up, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 6/1/20-11/15/20.
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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

SOUFRIERE - SPECIAL OPENING RATES includes 5-night Eco Villa Suite accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner and all non-alcoholic drinks daily, daily scheduled hikes and activities with tour guides, transportation and National Park passes for Dominica attractions, 30-minute daily spa treatment, daily yoga class, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 12/18/19. Add $161 per person for travel 1/5/20-5/15/20
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Secret Bay Dominica

PORTSMOUTH - CELEBREIGHT SPECIAL includes 5 nights Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, choice of two complimentary experiences including massage, Waitukubuli by the Sea, fishing tour, snorkeling tour, night snorkeling, Zing Zing Experience, Cooking class or In-Villa Private Chef, complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, mountain bikes & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid through 9/27/19. Add $384 per person for travel 9/28/19-12/13/19.
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Secret Bay Dominica

PORTSMOUTH - 7TH NIGHT FREE DIVERS PARADISE includes 7 night’s Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages), welcome dinner, 1-syndicate trail hike, complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid 9/28/19-12/13/19.
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Packages

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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

SOUFRIERE - JUNGLE WELLNESS & ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7-night Eco Villa Suite accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner and all non-alcoholic drinks daily, daily scheduled hikes and activities with tour guides, transportation and National Park passes for Dominica attractions, 30-minute daily spa treatment, daily yoga class, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Tamarind Tree Hotel

SALISBURY - EXPLORE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard or Superior room accommodations, 2 days guided hiking including site passes (Central Tour Emerald Pool/Middleham Fall/)and 1 day Whale Watching, 2 days island tours (scenic drive-thru Volcano/Boiling Lake), 1 day snorkeling trip in Champagne Fall or discover diving on Salisbury Beach including gear, all transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, selected drinks, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, service charges and tax
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Secret Bay Dominica

PORTSMOUTH - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages), welcome dinner, 1-syndicate nature trail hike, complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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Resorts

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Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica

CABRITS NATIONAL PARK, PORTSMOUTH - The 151-room five-star luxury resort is surrounded by Cabrits National Park, the unobtrusive design of this peaceful, hidden away five-star luxury resort in Dominica preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of this unexplored volcanic island. CABRITS NATIONAL PARK, PORTSMOUTH - Breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica features world-class accommodation with access to the island’s 365 rivers, countless waterfalls and natural boiling springs.
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Tamarind Tree Hotel

SALISBURY - Experience Dominica's underwater world while staying at the conveniently located Tamarind Tree hotel. The Tramarind Tree is in the center of Dominica’s west coast atop a 100’ cliff offering a beautiful view of the Bay of Salisbury and Morne Diablotin.
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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

SOUFRIERE - Jungle Bay Eco Villas is an award-winning adventure wellness boutique resort located on the nature isle of the Caribbean. Jungle Bay was built and is operated in alignment with international Geotourism and Ecotourism guidelines. The Mission of Jungle Bay Resort is to enhance the natural environment and improve the livelihood of surrounding communities so that the region is improved in a sustainable way, while providing quality, comfortable nature-based experiences for our guests. Design your vacation with the perfect blend of adventure, cultural experiences, delicious organic local cuisine, spa pampering and yoga to help rejuvenate you! The ecotourism island of Dominica offers hot springs, waterfalls, volcano hikes, world class underwater snorkel or dive adventures, and the most hospitable local people you have ever met!
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp. No visa is required for stays of less than 6 months with proof of onward or return ticket. See the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you’re coming from the U.S. Before traveling check the CDC here.

 

Culture and Customs

Dominica is known as "the Nature Island" for good reason. It is a land of unspoiled rainforests, volcanic hot springs, wild rivers and waterfalls. More than 60 percent of the island is covered in lush tropical vegetation and protected within three national parks, including the Morne Trois Piton National Park, which has been named a World Heritage Site. The mountainous landscape rises to almost 5,000 feet above sea level to harvest moisture from passing trade winds. Water is one of the island's most abundant natural resources, and more than 350 rivers gush out of the mountains to create dramatic gorges and spectacular waterfalls that spill into emerald pools. Among the most popular are Middleham, Victoria, Trafalgar and Sari Sari Falls. This landscape creates a mecca for the adventure traveler. Tours and activities range from kayaking, bird watching and hiking to jeep/ATV safaris and mountain bike treks. For the rugged hiker, there is the cross-island Waitukubuli Trail, or the climb to Boiling Lake, one of the world’s largest volcanically-active bodies of fresh water. With a glimpse of pre-Colombian culture, a visit to Carib Indian Territory provides a chance to interact with the largest remaining population of indigenous people in the Caribbean. For a take on the island's current culture, plan a visit during Carnival season, when calypso crooners and dance troops take to the streets. Dominica has earned a reputation as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean. Sperm whales can be seen in the waters of Dominica through the year, but prime viewing months are between November to March, when mothers arrive to nurse their calves. Other marine mammals often seen in the same area include pilot, pygmy, and false killer whales, plus spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphin.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The island operates on 220/240 volts - 50 cycles, so both adapters and transformers are necessary for U.S. made appliances. However, many hotels have dual 220/110 voltage, with 110V US style outlets in the room, along with 110 outlets available in the dive shops for camera equipment. Approximately 70% of Dominica’s electric power supply is hydro generated. Diesel generators provide the remainder.

The island area code for Dominica is 767. There are 3 mobile service providers on the island, check with your local provider to see what plans are available or roaming charges will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Tap water is safe to drink, if you prefer bottled water, it is available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language though much of the local population speaks Creole (French based Patois). The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$ or XCD) is the currency used locally. Check the current exchange rate here. United States Dollars, British Pounds and the Euro are accepted. ATMs are available and dispense EC Dollars. Most vendors will accept foreign currency and give your change in local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Dominica is on Atlantic Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Dominica is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Dominica is a sovereign island country that is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located SSE of Guadeloupe Islands and Northwest of Martinique. Dominica is 289 square miles, roughly 29 miles long and 16 miles wide at it's widest point.

Dominica's population is 73,016 (2016).