Scuba Diving/Snorkeling#5 in Best Things To Do in Dominica
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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 addition to being incredibly impressive, they're also easily accessible for the most amateur hikers and adventure seekers. The upper waterfall (colloquially referred to as "Father") cascades dramatically from the Trois Pitons River, across the Titou Gorge and empties into hot sulfur springs, while the lower waterfall ("Mother") flows gently from the river into a natural swimming pool.
The park has standard facilities, including bathrooms and a parking lot. Sometimes, young locals loiter around the park entrance or at the base of the falls, offering to assist you on your tour of the area. Keep in mind that taking them up on their offer will cost you more than the meager entrance fee to the park, and in the case of the Trafalgar Falls, is probably not necessary. The trek to the waterfalls is only a short walk. If you do decide to purchase a guided tour, be sure to remember to negotiate a fee for the tour before agreeing to one.
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