Dominica: Paradise Above and Below

Roseau, Dominica

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Mar 16 - 23, 2019
Group size: 5 - 14
Dominica: Paradise Above and Below
Roseau, Dominica

Blue Planet Scuba
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36 reviews

$1625
Deposit: $500
Mar 16 - 23, 2019
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 Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more. 


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, sea snakes and sea urchins add to Dominica’s list of rare undersea inhabitants.

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. Experience the rich history and architecture of the capital city, Roseau, full of great restaurants, shopping and the Botanic Gardens.

Fort Young

Set along a serene coastline amidst Roseau, stands Fort Young Hotel, a proud staple of the island’s heritage. This military fort turned gorgeous hotel is right in the heart of Dominica's cultural center, an easy walk to the local market, restaurants and shops. After we're done diving, come back and relax in the infinity pool and jacuzzi, indulge in a spa treatment or partake in a yoga class. 

Travel

You should plan to fly into Dominica's Douglas-Charles (DOM) airport on March 16. From there, it's a one-hour ride to Roseau. You can fly home at any time on March 23.
 

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!  

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights at Fort Young
    Double or single occupancy available
  • 10 boat dives
    5 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Whale watching trip
  • Friday waterfalls tour
  • Full breakfast daily
    At Fort Young
  • Airport transfers
    Round trip transfers from DOM airport
  • Marine park fees
  • Flights
    international flights to Dominica
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Oceanfront Room, Double Occupancy
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a room with full bath, walk-through closet, coffee maker, small refrigerator, safety deposit box, etc..  Only rooms with one king bed are available.


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$1625
Deposit: $500
Oceanfront Room, Single Occupancy
Sold Out

Single occupancy in a room with full bath, walk-through closet, coffee maker, small refrigerator, safety deposit box, etc. Only rooms with one king bed are available. 

 

Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$2375
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Oceanfront Room, Double Occupancy
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a room with the same amenities as an Oceanfront room but with an expansive balcony and fully accessible by elevator. Two beds in each room.


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing! 

$1675
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Oceanfront Room, Single Occupancy
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a room with the same amenities as an Oceanfront room but with an expansive balcony and fully accessible by elevator. Two beds in each room.

$2480
Deposit: $500
$1625
Deposit: $500

Oceanfront Room, Double Occupancy
Past Trip

Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Dominica

Arrive at the DOM airport and transfer across the island to Roseau. Check in to the Fort Young Hotel.

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Reviews

The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
Another great Caribbean dive trip with Blue Planet. Dive shop, dive masters, and the BP staff made sure we had fantastic dives and fun as a group. Was a good value for the money too!
Awesome trip! Delicious food! Amazing crew! Great group! Well equipped vessel! Diving was good. 5 dives a day - sweet! Got to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, manta rays, tiger shark, many frogfish, nudibranchs and much more. Completed many night dives, including a Blackwater dive. All crew were highly knowledgeable, caring and interactive 24/7. I will never forget being covered with a warm towel post every dive :). Super trip with an awesome dive team and divers.
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