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Diving in Dominica is characterized by some of the best island diving to be found in the Caribbean.

 

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Discover The

Undersea World

SCUBA DIVING LORETO
Loreto National Marine Park is home to over 800 species of fish, as well as invertebrates, Humboldt squid, sea lions, dolphins, sea turtles, whales, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. There are also wonderful colored sea fans and black coral. The underwater cliffs of Los Candelleros, a triad of rocky mounts to the east of Danzante, drop precipitously to a rocky bottom at 200 feet.

Diving is mostly conducted around the five uninhabited islands across the bay from Loreto (Carmen, Coronado and Danzete are most visited, while Monserrate and Santa Catalina are farther south and require special-request trips), their 50-mile stretch making up the Loreto National Marine Park. Depending on wind and waves, the three islands closest to town take between 20 and 45 minutes to reach.

 

Explore The

Undersea World

The islands are volcanic resulting in rocky shorelines, massive underwater rock formations, finger reefs of rock and coral and great wall dives. A good part of the dive sites are quite shallow making them ideal for the beginner. But that’s not all there is. For the more adventurous and experienced diver there are some spectacular walls that are covered in sea fans and sea mounts that rise to as shallow as 50 feet/15 meters.

In January every year the Loreto National Marine Park is home to 9 different species of whales.Humpback, Minke, Finback, Sei, Blue, Sperm,Pilot,Orcas, a few California Gray Whales and last but not least, large schools of Bottlenose Dolphins that sometimes show up in thousands. These wonderful creatures stay within the park until late March and sometimes don’t start their journey until May.

Carmen Island

The island of Carmen is over 18 miles long and once had a large salt mining operation on its backside. Now a ghost town, a 120-foot fishing boat wreck sits in its bay of BAHIA SALINA. In only 35 feet of water, the wreck has become home to a variety of marine life and schools of fish. This season, a whale shark even hung around it for a few days. It is a great site for photography. The boat trip is a longer ride out, but the tour of the ghost town and the wreck dive makes it worth it.

Punta Lobos

Sits at the north tip of the island. The depth begins at 20 feet and works its way down to an intermediate slope. One can find bass, parrotfish, angelfish and scorpionfish. This is also a more protected area from wind. Since Isla Carman is so big, there are many sites that make for good diving and snorkeling.

Danzante Island

The island of Danzante is much smaller and lies south of Carmen. FARO NORTE is on the northeast side of the island. The underwater terrain is a series of stair-stepped walls that eventually drop to over 100 feet. The deep canyons and crevices are lined with both soft and hard corals. The shallow block-like environment makes wonderful homes for both octopus and moral eels.

Piedra Submarino

Looks like a submarine from a distance. Located off the south tip of Danzante, this rock is made up of short walls with intervening crevices running back into the rocks. Parts of this rock drops off quickly. The ledges and undercuts provide a habitat for colorful murex snails, sea stars and if you look closely, the staghorn crab that looks like tiny bits of staghorn coral crawling around.

Los Candelleros

Is a great area for diving around the huge rocky fingers that rise about 5 miles/3km southwest of Puerto Escondido and are characterized by vertical facades dropping to depths of almost 200 feet/60 meters. Deep crevices and lots of structural cover below the surface making a paradise for fish of all kinds and sizes.

Coronado Island

The island of Coronado has some incredible looking formations. Huge volcanic rocks cover the island, many of which have been formed into majestic steeples.

Las Tijeretas

This dive site is on the southeast side has a small wall down to about 75 feet. It is made up of huge rocks, some appearing to be giant pillars standing up cemented together, creating a rock wall 40 feet high. There is a myriad of fish and playful sea lions that will usually be frolicking around you. Pufferfish hide in the rock fissures as does an array of invertebrate life.

La Lobera

Also located on the southeast side of the island is a great wall dive. Entering on the north side of the site (current permitting) you will head south with the wall at your right side with a depth to about 100 feet. Beautiful sea fans and black coral trees blanket the wall. Small caverns dot throughout. Large grouper, moray eels and pargo hide out in the crevices. The exit on this dive is in a little cove where more sea lions like to hang out.

Dominica Dive

Highlights

  • Carmen Island
  • Punta Lobos
  • Danzante Island
  • Piedra Submarino
  • Los Candelleros 
  • Coronado Island 

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  • Las Tijeretas
  • La Lobera                                             
  • Piedra Blanca
  • Punta Coyote
  • World War 11 Minesweeper
  • Las Galeras                                                

Piedra Blanca

Located at the north end is an excellent dive site. The current can pick up but the panga (Mexican boats) drivers follow the bubbles and will pick you up, as it is usually a drift dive. Massive boulders appear to have toppled like dominoes down the declining wall. At 60 feet a steep drop-off starts, continuing down into the depths. This wall is fractured with deep slices and wide fissures, along with drooping overhangs. Purple gorgonian sea fans and clumps of black coral grow more profusely in the deeper water. Rock scallops are scattered across the ledges along with a variety of invertebrates. Triggerfish, angelfish, sergeant majors, and other reef fish, along with the large bumphead parrot fish can be seen. It’s a great spot for photography. At certain times of the year, expect to see schooling tuna and yellowtail.

Punta Coyote

Is situated just outside of Escondido Bay. There’s a deepwater drop-off to approximately 115 feet/35 meters of large rocks and boulders along a good length of the point. The rocky crevices are home to a lot of reef fish. Also typical of this dive site are the sea fans and gorgonians.

World War II Minesweeper:

Was sunk as an artificial reef about 1.5 miles south of Puerto Escondido. It lies about a half-mile offshore about 30′ below the surface, although portions of the vessel are 70′ down.

Las Galeras

North of Monserrate Island. The rocky outcroppings have steep walls typical of many of the great Loreto dive sites with boulders and large tabletop slabs of underwater rocks. Nearer the rocks themselves the waters are shallow but beyond, the waters drop rapidly to depths close to 100 feet/30 meters with finger reefs along the bottom providing excellent diving and photography opportunities.

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Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in Dominica is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

The island of Dominica in the Caribbean has it all. Dominica is known for her mixture of rugged, dark sandy beaches and classic white-sand Caribbean beaches.

 

Swimming

Mero Beach is Dominica’s most popular beach thanks to its proximity to the island’s capital city of Roseau. The busy beach is packed with bars, music and tasty restaurants.

Sunbathing

Douglas Bay is one of the best beaches in Dominica due to it’s stunning, white sand beach that’s part of Cabrits National Park.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in Dominica. Romantic weddings on a sand beach, rich sunsets and some of the most beautiful bays in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, Dominica is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and Dominica is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Dominica has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the land and marine environment in Dominica. Easy to learn and a sure way to have great fun in the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Dominica’s pristine fresh waterways and the tranquil Caribbean Sea make kayaking an ideal way to explore Dominica. With over 365 rivers, there is a river for every day.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Dominica is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Considered one of the top ten countries for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of Dominica offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.

Scuba

Explore the depths among the colorful coral reefs that are home to anemones, eels, giant stingrays, sharks and turtles.
If you bring the whole family, try snorkeling in shallow water perfect for the little ones.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

If you love sportfishing then we have the trip for you! Troll for sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado in the teeming waters of the Caribbean Sea!

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to Dominica is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Don’t let the prospect of no golf on Dominica turn you away. Go, explore the island, soak in the sun, and relax. Who knows, you may just enjoy your time away from the links with the many activities and attraction Dominica offers.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Explore the rain forest on horseback. Rainforest Riding Dominica offers rides on the Waitukubuli National Trails through the Cabrits National Park, as well as rides on the beach.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungle trails.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through countryside full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering Dominica as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider Dominica for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Dominica has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in Dominica for entrepreneurs. Beachfront and ocean view houses and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of Dominica has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

 There is no better place to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture than on Dominica. Dominica is a vibrant blend of European and African cultures, with the Caribbean’s only remaining population of pre-Columbian Carib Indians, the Kalinago.

Culture

Dominica has been influenced by different cultures over the course of its history. Originally inhabited by Arawak and Kalinago people, colonized by the Europeans and a strong African influence during the 18th century,

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Dominica is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Mamajuana

The most popular Dominican drink – Mamajuana. Mamajuana is a potent drink native to the Dominican Republic that is purported to have strong medicinal qualities.

Beer

Kubuli is a golden lager brewed in Dominica using the water from Dominica’s own Loubière Springs. The unofficial beer of Dominica, the beer’s name is derived from the Island Caribs name for the island, Wai‘tu kubuli, which means “Tall is her body.”  

Rum

The rum shop is often the center of community life. On a small island like Dominica, locally-made brands of rum like Macoucherie (the only one made with local cane), Soca and Red Cap share the market.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

If your idea of recreation is a healthy dose of relaxation, Dominica offers world-class amenities with old Caribbean charm. With unlimited experiences on land, on the sea and in the sea. You choose, Dominica has you covered.

Resorts

As a traveler in Dominica you can enjoy a full array of spa services, fine regional dining or sunning yourself at the beach or by the pool. Dolphin and whale watching expeditions are an extra special vacation treat not to miss.

As one of the top ten diving destinations in the world, Dominica has so much to offer divers of any experience level. There are calm shallows to explore, where curious seahorses cling to coral branches.

 

 

Deeper waters make a home for over 20 species of whales that frequent these seas. A big attraction is the pod of sperm whales that stay close to the island from November to March.

 

 

Special Trips, Tours & Events:  Dominica

Taste of the Carribbean 

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Romance

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Activities

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Beach Time

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