Aptly named the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean, the lush and unspoilt island of Dominica overflows with natural romance and wonder for couples seeking a rejuvenating yet adventure-filled getaway. Far less developed than many other Caribbean islands, Dominica offers an authentic tropical experience that casts a magical spell on all who visit. The perfect basecamp […]Read more
The new year brings countless new adventures, and we at Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort are thrilled to unlock your 2024 dive bucket list. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned pro, Dominica offers a wealth of jaw-dropping dive sites teeming with vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life. From dramatic wall dives to scenic underwater volcanic terrain, here are the top spots to add to your dive bucket list this year.
Scott’s Head Pinnacle: South
First up is the spectacular Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve, located on Dominica’s southern tip along the edge of a volcanic crater. Recently listed as one of the top dive sites in the world by Scuba Travel, Scott’s Head boasts towering coral pillars, sea fans fluttering in the current and clouds of chromis fish. Watch for flying gurnards gliding along the reef and keep an eye out for spotted eagle rays and turtles.
Champagne Reef: South
Perhaps Dominica’s best-known dive site, Champagne Reef offers an unbeatable underwater topography shaped by geothermal forces. In just 15 feet of shallow water, volcanic vents spew forth hot water and bubbles creating the effect of diving in (you guessed it!) champagne. Descend into a surreal seascape and discover everything from seahorses and frogfish to reef squid and lobster. This site is great for all skill levels.
Photos by John Butland
Nose Reef: Central
Don’t miss exploring the vibrant Nose Reef in the central part of Dominica’s west coast. It’s named for three protruding ledges reminiscent of a nose, the deepest at 120 feet (36 meters) and shallowest at 40 feet (12 meters) with stunning sponges of every color and size. Turtles and pelagics frequent this beautiful site, making it their home.
Pole to Pole: North
Pole to Pole offers a one-of-a-kind underwater experience swimming from point A to point B under the Cabrits Cruise ship jetty. Perfect for all levels of diners, the poles are covered in seahorses, shrimp, crabs, sponges and more. Be sure to keep an eye out for batfish, flying gurnards and garden eels along the seafloor!
Fort Young Shore Diving
Last but certainly not least is shore diving right here at Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort. We’ve created a new shore dive environment for our divers and guests, all designed to protect and grow our local coral habitat. We believe the best way to educate is through firsthand experience, and this new shore diving project allows divers of all levels to explore our seafloor while learning the importance of coral reefs — and how to continue to protect them for years to come.
With Fort Young as your basecamp, exploring the wonders of down under is easy. Let us be your guide as you dive into your 2024 bucket list — get in touch today to start planning your ultimate Caribbean diving vacation.