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Nestled in the southern branch of the Caribbean archipelago is Dominica, a diver's dream. Envision pristine reefs, dramatic walls, underwater hot springs and spectacular marine life. This isle also boasts a dive culture characterized by excellent service, professionalism and environmental awareness.
One of the first things you might notice on your first dive in Dominica is the healthy and vibrant reefs. This is reflected by an explosion of color rarely seen on Caribbean reefs and is always one of the lasting memories divers take home. The sponge life is truly spectacular and on every dive you will see sponges of many colors. Pink azure sponges, red rope sponges, yellow tube sponges and purple vase sponges are just some of the colors that will catch your eye. Another unusual aspect of diving in Dominica is an incredible number of crinoids all over the reefs. The variations in color from yellow to red or gold also contribute to the explosions of color and provide for amazing underwater photography opportunities. These are just some of the many reasons to bring your SeaLife camera!
There are three main diving areas on the West Coast, South, Central and Northern side. Volcanic remnants, beautiful caves and coral archways are all part of the stunning seascape that Dominica has to offer divers. In addition, Dominica has an amazing amount of marine life including seahorses, scorpionfish, eels, barracudas, jawfish and much more.
There are many dive operators located in Dominica, each offering something different. All belong to the Dominica Watersports Association and adhere to strict operational and safety procedures. Below is just a sampling of the local dive centers that can help you explore the many reefs and caves Dominica has to offer.
Sunset Bay Club
Sunset Bay Club's seaside dive center offers various watersport activities such as diving, snorkeling, and whale watching. Located on the west coast, it gives you the opportunity to explore the wonders of the marine life in Dominica.
Fort Young Hotel
Fort Young Hotel Dive Shop is located on the outskirts of Roseau and offers daily diving, snorkeling, certification courses, whale watching and equipment rental.
Cabrits Dive Centre
A PADI 5 Star Dive Center, and the only operation located on the north western end of Dominica. Their unique location provides a serene diving experience, leaving you with a sense of true discovery.
Castle Comfort Dive Lodge
Castle Comfort provides a multitude of watersports activities from whale and dolphin safaris to diving in submerged underwater volcanoes.
The Discover Dominica Authority and SeaLife have teamed up to offer dive retailers a unique group trip opportunity for 2013, combining an amazing dive destination and a SeaLife camera to capture it all. Visit discoverdominica.com/sealifedive for all the details, including a "Buy 5, Get 1 Free" promotion where the sixth diver on your trip is free!