Six great festivals in Dominica

Every year there are festivals in Dominica to celebrate what makes our island special. These are six of the biggest and most spectacular events taking place in 2015 that visitors shouldn’t miss.


Taking place usually in late February or early march, this is one of the most vibrant times to visit Dominica. As well as the calypso and steel pan music that you can experience all around the Caribbean, we still celebrate our traditional music and dances with masquerad songs called Chanté mas and Lapo kabrit, which is our own form of Carnival music, performed by masequerading partygoers in a two-day parade.

Dive Fest

Dominica is known to have some of the best diving in the Caribbean, and our annual Dive Fest in early July is the oldest diving festival in the region too. Join us for special The event whale watching trips and dive packages, snorkeling picnics, canoe racing, and marine educational tours.

Dominica Festival of Arts

This is a long running festival that stretches from April to June. It’s a showcase of our rich cultural heritage, with theatre and dance, along with theatrical and dance performances, concerts, and artistic workshops geared at developing local artistic expressions.

Hike Fest

Dominica is home to the Waitakubuli trail, the longest walking route in the Caribbean. In May each year locals and international visitors take to the trails – both long and short – to enjoy our rainforests and waterfalls, birdlife and beautiful views.

Jazz ‘n Creole

Held in the unique atmosphere of the Cabrits National Park, Jazz ‘n Creole is a celebration of some of music by local and international artists. As well as the main events in the park, there are always lots of fringe events, some of which take place here at the Fort Young each year.

World Creole Music Festival

For many this is the highlight of the festival year, taking place at the end of October. It’s the largest event in the world dedicated to all forms of creole music, from zouk to zydeco, and reggae to calypso, it attracts thousands of people each time, and the stars that turn out to wow the crowds are some of the biggest names in Creole music.

The Fort Young is involved in all these events, and each year we run promotions to help you celebrate each festival in style. Check our promotions page for more information.


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Five great Dominica Diving sites

Dominica is rightly known as the best dive location in the Caribbean, and one of the best in the world. We pick five of our favourite dive site in the waters around the nature island:

 1: Dangleben’s Pinnacles

Depth: 35-80ft

Description: A fantastic maze formed from five pinnacles, covered with yellow sea fans and black coral. These cone formation are of varying shares and sizes with rocky outcroppings covered sponges, rods and crinoidsl

Fish: Jacks, tuna, longsnout seahorses, creole wrasse, yellow tail snappers, turtles, barracuda.

2: Crater’s Edge

Depth: 32-130ft

Description: A not to be missed chance to dive inside an extinct volcano cone, in waters on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Fish: Schools of black margate, black jack, tuna, rainbow runners, yellowtail snapper, Creole wrasse, blue and brown chromis, barracuda.

3: L’Abym (The Abyss)

Depth: from 15ft down, down, down to a mile and a half

Description: A seemingly bottomless and coral covered wall.

Fish: seahorses, soldierfish, scorpion fish, copper sweepers, mackerel, jawfish, tuna and barracuda. The occasional manta ray or turtle too.

4: Champagne

Depth: 3-80ft

Description: Champagne Reef gets its name from the bubbles produced from the underwater hot springs, known as fumaroles, and divers (or snorkellers) swim in a never ending stream of bubbles escaping from the sea floor to the surface. it’s particularly spectacular at night, when you’ll be joined by giant crabs and lobsters.

Fish: seahorses, squirrel fish, frogfish, flying gurnards, squid; huge crabs and lobsters common at night

5: Rodney’s Rock

Depth: Max 50ft

Description: A shallow dive with patches of sand and seagrass that provides some of the best chances to discover a wealth of underwater creatures, from seahorses to snake eels.

Fish: Seahorses, frogfish, spiny and slipper lobster, crabs, morays, urchins, sea cucumbers, stingrays, spotted snake eels, batfish, grunts and snapper.

Diving while staying at the Fort Young couldn’t be easier. We have our own fully equipped dive shop on site; and the dive boats leave direct from our own jetty next to the restaurants each day.

We always have a range of dive packages available, such as the All Inclusive Dive Package, the 5 Night Dive Package, and the 7 night dive package.

Escape to the Nature Island

Escape to the Nature Island



5 nights pay for 4

Welcome drinks and treats

Welcome Dinner

Daily Full Breakfast

Relaxation Combo , Trafalgar Falls and Screws Spa


Starting at US$ 714 based on double occupancy

Booking Period Now till September 30th 2014.




Family Dive Adventure Getaway

Family Dive & Adventure Getaway


7 nights Accommodation pay for 6

Daily Full Breakfast

5 days of 2 tank Dives

Airport Transfers

Marine fees, weights and belts

Whale Watching, Snorkeling & Trafalgar Falls Tour

Package starts at US $1921.98 per person based on double occupancy in an Oceanfront Room.

Terms and Conditions

children 12 years and under  stay in room with parents free

Supplement of US$ 175 inclusive of breakfast , tours & Transfers

5 days of Diving US$ 470 inclusive of breakfast, Tours and Transfers

Cannonball Kids Club offering children services for kids 12 and under



Jazz and Creole Special

Let’s Paint the town and all that Jazz

3 nights Accommodation

Daily full Breakfast Ticket to the main stage Jazz and Creole event at Cabrits

Enjoy Jazz and Creole Fringe events


Package starting at US$ 350 per person in a Fort Room

Travel Period Now till May 8th 2014.