If you intend to stay for a few days in the south-west of Dominica, don’t miss a visit to the underwater site of Champagne Bay. It could also be a stop during a tour to Scott’s Head or the Soufriere volcano.
Diving in the collapsed crater of a volcano
You will have the opportunity to practise various water activities in all safety, namely enjoying the beach, kayaking and snorkelling. This is a place of remarkable beauty where you will enjoy diving in the collapsed crater of a volcano whose slopes tower above the sea. You can even consider spending the whole day on the beautiful Soufriere Mountain, which has excellent and well marked out trekking tracks, and later on come to recover from the day’s efforts in Champagne Bay.
If you do not have the required equipment, you can rent some from IRIESAFARI. The beach is pebbled but a wooden pontoon makes circulation comfortable all the way through. You will get in the mood as soon as you get into the water with various fish of all types, barracudas, angel fish, sea horses, bluefin trevallies, yellow jacks, cuttlefish, etc. A multitude of sea fans, clingfish and sea sponges brings a special atmosphere to the small reef situated about a hundred metres off the coast. Closer to the shore, the seabed is yellowed by sulphur deposits carried over by the hot water resurgences that spring from the volcano. You can feel the heat by sliding your hand above the small natural cavities from which the water steams out. The gases liberated from a stream of bubbles that ceaselessly rise from the bottom and create an almost unreal atmosphere. Judging by the multitude of fish that can be found there – some of them remaining motionless among the bubbles near the orange-hued bottom as if in a spa –, the place does not appear to be harmful.