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Dominica's Best Aquatic Adventures

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Heavy rainfall keeps the rain forest thriving and the nation's alleged 365 rivers—"one for every day!"—flowing. Experience them by boat or inner tube... or just float in a waterfall-fringed pool. Divers and snorkelers delight in the warm, clean waters, healthy reefs, and vibrant fish. Go in the dry season, mid-December to mid-April, for the best underwater visibility.
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Geothermal springs on the ocean floor release curtains of bubbles at one of the world's most famous and unusual dive sites. Shallow enough for snorkelers and folks new to scuba, this spectacular reef has lavish sea life, from sponges to parrotfish...
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Soufriere Bay, Dominica
Six-hour tours head offshore—sometimes just a half mile or mile out—to angle for big pelagics including tuna, kingfish, blue marlin, and skipjack. Lucky fishers land delicious dorado (mahi-mahi) and tarpon, one of the world's most exciting,...
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Soufriere Bay, Dominica
Two of Dominica's top scuba sites snuggle together in southwestern Soufriere Bay: La Sorcière (Witches Point) and, just to its north, L’Abym (the Abyss). Both are dramatic wall dives, poised between steep topside cliffs and the submerged crater's...
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Soufriere Bay, Dominica
Lovely sea mounts—the Danglebens Pinnacles—fringe the northern edge of the submerged volcanic crater. This large flat reef connects them and shelters finger corals, large bright sponges, nurse sharks, and schools of horse-eyed jacks. Watch for...
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Soufriere Bay, Dominica
This spectacular wall dive starts shallow with longsnout seahorses flitting among the seagrass. Then it launches into the submerged volcanic crater lined by azure vase sponges. A moderate-level descent, Scotts Head includes a swim-through full of...
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Toucari Bay, Dominica
Explore underwater arches, tunnels, and grottos at this north island dive site, one of Dominica's most popular descents. Blackbar soldierfish and glasseye sweepers patrol a sweep of exceptionally healthy and vibrant hard and soft corals. Make sure...
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Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica
Already a popular day trip, this jade-colored waterway rocketed to fame as the site of Calypso's house in Pirates of the Caribbean. Hire a guide and colorful rowboat—most seat up to eight passengers—for this one-mile excursion upstream. Watch for...
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Layou River, Dominica
Paddle the country's largest, longest waterway to the Caribbean Sea. Three-hour expeditions include gear, guides, training, and two-person sit-on-top play boats. Yes, some light rapids ripple the river, but they're gentle enough that kids used to...
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Layou River, Dominica
Make a splash in the "Land of 365 Rivers!" This high-energy—and highly organized—outfitter sends its guests swirling downstream. Ride the clear waters of the country's longest, deepest river, which empties into the Caribbean Sea. The three-hour...
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Roseau, Dominica
Fourteen species of marine mammals shelter in Dominica's waters, known as the whale-watching capital of the Caribbean. Their star: sperm whales, gentle giants despite being the world's largest toothed animals that still exist. A unique protein in...
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Soufriere Bay, Dominica
Current often gets kicky at this famous crater dive within sight of the lovely Soufrière Church. Drop into a cleft in the reef, emerging into "The Fish Bowl." Packed with barracuda, porcupinefish and scrawled filefish, it's a popular hangout for...