Dominica, known as the “Nature Island”, has a picturesque landscape of tropical rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls as well as boiling pools and geysers. Dominica’s volcanic activity and unique geothermal properties mean that the island has many one-of-a-kind locations, such as Champagne Reef, a warm, shallow dive site that gets its name from the many bubbles emerging from the ocean floor. These deep coastal waters are also feeding grounds for at least six different species of cetaceans that are seen on a regular basis. The most impressive is the Sperm Whale, which is most commonly seen from November to March.
Project Focus: The purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Best Suited For: Divers, Snorkelers, and Non-divers.
Accommodations: Participants will be staying at Fort Young Hotel. Room types include Oceanfront, and Deluxe Oceanfront. The Oceanfront rooms offer double and king bed options, and a walk-through closet. The Deluxe Oceanfront rooms include a king or queen bed, and an expansive balcony, great for both sunrise and sunset. All rooms have Wi-Fi, AC, refrigerator, and TV. Please inquire with REEF Trips if interested in pricing for other upgraded room types at Fort Young.
Diving: There will be five days of two tank morning dives starting on Sunday, November 3. Unlimited shore diving is also available, and additional dives can be scheduled with the dive shop upon arrival. Nitrox can be added for an additional fee of $143. The average water temperature is in the low 80s and a 1-3mm wetsuit is recommended. Tanks, weights, and weight belts are included in the cost of the package.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
|Double Occ. Diver||$1,568||$1,622|
|Double Occ. Non-Diver||$1,069||$1,123|
|Single Occ. Diver||$2,198||$2,306|
Your Package Includes: The trip package includes seven nights of accommodation, 2 boat dives daily, unlimited shore diving, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, a waterfall tour, Marine Park fees, tanks, and weights
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and REEF survey materials.
Additional Fees - Not Paid to REEF: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from Dominica, optional Nitrox, optional whale watching, rental equipment, and meals outside of breakfast. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $500 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
Dominica Travel Info
Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM), arriving Saturday, November 2, and departing the following Saturday, November 9. Participants will be greeted at the airport and transferred to Fort Young. All participants are responsible for booking their own flights. REEF is not able to book airfare.
Transfers: Round-trip ground transfers between Douglas-Charles Airport and Fort Young Hotel are included in the package.
Passports, Documentation, and Visas: Visitors to the Commonwealth of Dominica must present a valid passport and show a return ticket on arrival. Please refer to the appropriate consulate for the requirements to enter Dominica.
COVID-19 Considerations: It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they understand and comply with all local requirements (for entry and visit as a tourist) of the host destination, and for exit and entry requirements for their home country. Be prepared for your plans to change. Be sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related issues. No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Please be aware that REEF is not a travel agent. We are doing our best to interpret the information provided by our trip vendor and the host country’s government COVID-19 webpages. We encourage everyone to do their own research, interpretation, and due diligence. Please see REEF’s COVID-19 Considerations and Vaccine Policies section in our REEF Field Survey Trips Policies page for more information.