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If Dominica calls out to eco-tourists around the world, then it practically screams for scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Volcanic activity, clear water and relatively few tourists make Dominica's coast particularly ideal for underwater expeditioners.

Champagne Reef, located on Dominica's southwestern coast, is the island's most popular spot for underwater exploration. Snorkelers and divers have reported seeing everything from seahorses to squid to dolphins at this particularly active spot. Even on a slow day, visitors can explore the old shipwreck, which is only 25 feet underwater. Past visitors claimed that it's best to explore the area early in the day and when cruise ships aren't docked to avoid potential crowds.

Scott's Head Pinnacle is one of the most famous dives on Dominica. Located in the village of the same name, about 11 miles south of Roseau, this dive's main area is filled with soldier fish, gnarly rocks and coral-infested waters and only reaches a depth of 35 feet. Keep swimming and you'll reach "the pinnacle," a 120-foot drop-off and swim-through full of lobster and grunts. Be sure to take pictures: Recent visitors claimed the site's popularity is due to its excellent visibility. Scott's Head Pinnacle is a moderately difficult dive, so only practiced, certified scuba divers should attempt it alone.

There are a variety of other areas to explore, so you're best consulting a company for the snorkeling or scuba trip that best matches your ability and how long you're hoping to spend in the water. The cost of a supervised tour depends on the company you choose. Some of the more popular watersport agencies include Dive Dominica and ALDive & W.A.T.E.R. Sports.

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#1 Trafalgar Falls Located on the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park (around 6 miles from Roseau), the jaw-dropping Trafalgar Falls are two of the most-visited sights on the island. In ... Read more » Pilip Dumas / Getty Images

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Trafalgar Falls dominate the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Pilip Dumas / Getty Images

Hiking to this fumarole, Boiling Lake, in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park will take all day. The most common starting point is in the town of Laudat.  youngvet / Getty Images

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Mero Beach is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike due to its fine, black sand.  Zoroasto Felix / Getty Images

Scotts Head Pinnacle is a world-class dive site. The large rock formations allow for a unique dive that is packed with aquatic life. dsabo / Getty Images

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Fort Shirley is close to being completely restored and is located in Cabrits National Park, Dominica. evenfh / Getty Images

The Emerald Pool in Morne Tois Pitons National Park is a popular spot for families and day-trippers. evenfh / Getty Images

The Kalinago are the indigenous people of Dominica. Approximately 3,000 Kalinagos live on the north-eastern cost of Dominica. Philip Dumas / Getty Images

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