Dominica: Paradise Above and Below

Soufriere, Dominica

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Apr 3 - 10, 2021
Group size: 5 - 14
Dominica: Paradise Above and Below
Soufriere, Dominica

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
48 reviews

Apr 3 - 10, 2021
Group size: 5 - 14

About this trip

Join us in one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets! Dominica is absolutely stunning both above water and below: green rainforest-covered mountains drop down to gorgeous pristine reefs. Between the diving, whale watching, hiking and other topside adventures, this is one trip you won’t forget.

Dominica 

Known as “The Nature Island,” Dominica sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. Tropical rainforests cover two thirds of the island and are home to 1,200 plant species. This volcanic island is still actively evolving with continuous geothermal activity.


The island is currently regulating its COVID-19 protocols by requiring tourists to participate in the Safe in Nature managed tourism experience. This directs divers and non-divers alike, to stay with COVID-19 Certified properties and operators, which are regulated and certified by the Environmental Health Department of Dominica.

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more. No large boats here! A tailored experience is what Dominica is known for, and the chances of seeing other dive boats or groups on the same site as you is almost unheard of!


The underwater topography of Dominica mirrors the beautiful landscape above: massive underwater boulder fields and volcanic craters accompany steep walls and pinnacles, setting the stage for some of the best diving in the Caribbean. And it’s macro heaven! Encounter seahorses, frogfish, flying gurnards and other species rarely found in other Caribbean diving destinations.  Huge stands of coral and sponges are home to golden crinoids with feathery, radiating arms. Batfish, electric rays, Caribbean reef squid, and sea urchins add to Dominica’s list of undersea inhabitants.


Conditions underwater are very typical of other more popular Caribbean destinations. Water temperature is usually in the high 70s to low 80s and visibility ranges from 50 to upwards of 100 feet. While currents do exist on some dive sites, the majority of the time spend underwater will be within the protection of the island itself - offering calm surface conditions that translate to relaxing, easy diving.

Other Activities

There’s plenty to keep you occupied top side as well. Watch sperm whales swim just off shore, hike through rainforests to swim below waterfalls, relax in natural hot springs and so much more. Kick back by the pool and look for rainbows (seriously, you see them all the time). Or maybe take a yoga class before visiting the hotel's spa. 

Jungle Bay

Nestled on the hills of Morne Acouma Soufrière, the eco villas of this resort all have one of the best views on the island: overlooking the Scotts Head Marine Sanctuary. Redefining what a luxury eco-conscious resort can be, Jungle Bay was built and upgraded over the years with sustainability and the preservation of Dominica in mind. This was accomplished by using guidelines set forth by National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). The primary mission if this resort is to improve the island's natural environment as well as the livelihood of surrounding communities.

Travel

You should plan to fly into Dominica's Douglas-Charles (DOM) airport on April 3. From there, it's an adventurous couple hour's ride south, across the island, to the resort. You can fly home at any time on April 10.
 

International flights from the U.S. can be tricky -- some U.S. carriers have code share agreements with the local Caribbean airlines so your bags get checked all the way through. However you may find it's less expensive to fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) the day before and then take a local carrier into Dominica. There's also a ferry that runs from Martinique and/or Guadeloupe directly into Roseau. 


Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

What’s included

  • 7 nights at Jungle Bay
    Double or single occupancy available
  • 10 boat dives
    5 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Yoga
    Free Yoga Class
  • Full breakfast daily
    At Jungle Bay
  • Airport transfers
    Round trip transfers from DOM airport
  • Marine park fees
  • Flights
    International flights to Dominica
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; additional gear available to rent
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Villa Room, Double Occupancy
only 3 left

Double occupancy in a room with full bath, coffee maker, small refrigerator, ceiling fans, Jungle spa bathroom, Wifi,  and patio.  Rooms have one king bed or two extra-long single beds.


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for a discount code!

$1735
Deposit: $500
Villa Room, Single Occupancy
only 2 left

Single occupancy in a room with full bath, coffee maker, small refrigerator, ceiling fans, Jungle spa bathroom, Wifi,  and patio.  Rooms have one king bed.

$2690
Deposit: $500
Villa Suite, Double Occupancy
4 left

Double occupancy in a suite with full bath, chaise lounge, coffee maker, small refrigerator, ceiling fans, Jungle spa bathroom, Wifi,  and spacious patio.  Rooms have one king bed.


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for a discount code!

$2450
Deposit: $500
Villa Suite , Single Occupancy
only 2 left

Single occupancy in a suite with full bath, chaise lounge, coffee maker, small refrigerator, ceiling fans, Jungle spa bathroom, Wifi,  and spacious patio.  Rooms have one king bed.

$4120
Deposit: $500


Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Dominica

Arrive at the DOM airport and adventurous transfer across the island to Soufriere Bay. Check into your villa at Jungle Bay.

Your Organizer


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Blue Planet Scuba
48 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi King for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
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Well organized, including from a CV19 safety perspective. Fun! I wasn't getting certified, but we had loads of wonderful dives. Turtles, Sharks, Scorpion Fish, all the tropicals, a wreck. It was wonderful to be diving again and have such splendid camaraderie after so many months of being dry at home. Plus, the Cenotes were breathtaking.
Hi Ren! We are so glad you had a wonderful time. It is always a pleasure to have you join us on trips. We are also incredibly happy that you felt safe and were very comfortable with our Covid-19 safety protocols. We hope to see you underwater again soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Jan, 2021
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Everything was perfect, honestly. Christina and Jeff were amazing instructors, the resort was very nice and took COVID concerns seriously to keep us safe, and the dives were beautiful. I’m so glad I signed up for this trip!
Hi Boone! Thank you so much! It was a pleasure introducing you to the world of diving. We are also incredibly glad that you were comfortable with our Covid-19 safety protocols and hope you join us on another trip again in the future.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 30 Jan, 2021
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Great trip, very covid safe and a total bargain! St Croix is beautiful, really nice reefs and wrecks, the dive operator Cane Bay Dive Shop was very professional friendly and were great hosts to our group. The lodging at Cottages by the Sea are located on a lovely white sand beach perfect for swimming or just floating in turquoise water was very comfortable and chill, each unit has full kitchen, staff were friendly and welcoming, and there's a nice casual restaurant next door with friendly owners and staff. Thank you again to Blue Planet for planning a wonderful safe trip despite the challenges of travel in 2020, I am glad to be able to contribute to safely keeping the dive and travel industries and related conservation work alive through our efforts.
As always, Blue Planet puts on a great trip. Thanks Heather!
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