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Dominica, Caribbean

Dominica offers superb coast and shore scuba diving holidays in the Caribbean. A small island in the Antilles chain of the Caribbean and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. It was the last British colony and gained independence in 1978. It has since become a nature lovers paradise. There are 2 diving areas, in the north and the main diving area in the south west with the Scotts Head marine park offering a variety of sites. both inside volcanic craters and on the Atlantic coast. Deep walls, pristine, shallow coral fields and unusual marine life such as frogfish and seahorses with huge numbers of unsual species ideal for underwater photographers.

Ecologically minded, the islanders have created three marine reserves of which Soufriere is the most well known. The small fee to access the parks is used to maintain the reef. The main sites are situated off the south-west coast. Here diving features shoals and a mixture of deep wall to shallow coral fields. Unusual marine life such as frogfish and seahorses are regularly seen. The Champagne dive site provides the diver with a unique experience of diving through warm yets of water, produced by undergroudn volcanic channels giving the effect of Champagne bubbles. The Danglebens Pinnacles in the south are five coral stacks on which large numbers of coral and sponges sit one against another. Starting at 10m, usually with some current, The pinnacles provide a variety of wall, caves and swim throughs full of sponges, corals and sea life. The deep coastal waters are the feeding grounds for pods of deepwater squid, sperm whales, humpback whales in season. The Guadeloupe Channel offers more advanced dive sites in the right conditions.

Culture and Activities
Dominica is a relatively undeveloped and natural island. Known for it's eco island credentials, visitors will enjoy a range of activities from hiking in the natural rainforests, with 300 miles of trails up visiting spectacular waterfall sites and volanic lanscapes. The islands is 29 x 16m with highest peak Morne Diablotin at 4,747ft and day excursion or hiking trails on offer. Choose from easy walks (15 minutes) to the Trafalgar Falls, to all day 6 mile hikes to the Titou Gorge or  Boiling Lake in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park depending on your fitness. The visiting local fishing villages or markets in the capital Rouseau are friendly and relaxed with local restaurants offering the catch of the day along with a selection of the islands excellent spiced rums. Here you will find one of the original Caribbean botanical gardens. Cultural visits to the Carib territory offers a fascinating insight into ancestral crafts, cuisine with colorful Creole architecture and historical sites.


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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: tYear Round

Average Air temps: 29°C

Average Water temps: 27°C

Visibility: 18-25m 

Top Dive Sites: Dangleben's Pinnacles, Champagne (escaping volcanic gasses), Scotts Head Pinnacle, Coral Gardens.

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Daily boat diving, night diving, full range of PADI courses from Learn to Dive to specialist courses, snorkelling packages.

Great Reasons to Dive in Dominica

  • Morne Trois Pitons National UNESCO Heritage site
  • Whale & Dolphin watching
  • Spectacular underwater Volcanic topography
  • Dives for novices & more experienced
  • Vertical walls, caverns & swim throughs.
  • Accompanied snorkelling boat trips.




Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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