Dive Dominica: January 2021
January 23, 2021 - January 30, 2021
Join us in Dominica January 23 – 30th, 2021. We first traveled to this island back in 2016 and fell in love with it’s volcanic terrain and traditional Caribbean vibe. We are excited to head back to this beautiful island to dive the Champagne reef and infamous Scott’s Head. This trip is great for those who love to dive and snorkel but also for those who like some adventure. The island offers short walks to beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous botanical gardens and for the more adventurous canyoning! After a day of diving or hiking, you can visit the hotel spa for some R & R.
Built to protect the island, Fort Young Hotel has always commanded a position like no other. Located in Roseau, Dominica’s capital and only “downtown,” it sits in the main marina with the ferry port and market just a minute’s walk from its entrance. Fort Young Hotel has ideal exposure to Dominica’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and activity in the marina, yet affords its guests a luxurious sense of seclusion. From your room’s balcony, the sights and sounds of the capital vanish, replaced by the gentle lapping of waves and endless expanse of the sea and sky.
Fort Young Hotel embraces a rich and soulful history that reinforces the hotel’s welcoming and homely ambiance. While the hotel first opened in 1964, the land upon which it sits dates back to 1699. Having evolved from a military fort to a central police station and, presently, a hotel, the land has been inundated with an undeniable sense of character; a colorful and cultural vibrancy that defines Fort Young Hotel.
The Palisades Restaurant
Indulge in the fresh and flavorful cuisine of the Nature Island while dining al fresco at Roseau’s only seaside restaurant. Here, panoramic ocean views are paired with inventive dishes that showcase the natural bounty of the island, including locally-sourced ingredients straight from nearby farms and, of course, the Caribbean Sea. Among the top-rated culinary experiences on the island, The Palisades Restaurant delivers on its reputation as the must-try Dominica dining destination.
Revel in a delectable array of Caribbean dishes such as locally-caught Lion Fish Bon Femme, our signature Fort Nut soup blended with carrot, ginger and callaloo coconut from our preferred island farm or, perhaps, the Char Grilled Lobster with lemon butter and seasonal greens.
Beneath the Palisades Restaurant, with a view to match, Warner’s Bar combines a relaxing and casual seaside setting with cocktail sophistication. Warner’s Bar’s staff offers five-star service and a range of signature cocktails, inclusive of our legendary rum punch—a prized recipe that’s always on tap.
Deluxe Ocean View Rooms & Ocean View Rooms
Ocean View Rooms
Combining breathtaking views (some with wraparound balconies offering 270 degree vistas), there’s nothing but sky separating the balconies of the oceanfront rooms from the turquoise seas below. Every room comes with bath with shower, cavernous cupboards to store your clothes and possessions, coffee making facilities and TV, hair dryer, small fridge and air conditioning.
Deluxe Ocean View Rooms (Bigger balcony, sitting area, better location)
The Deluxe Oceanfront Room flaunts well-appointed, generous living space in tandem with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea from the extensive waterfront balcony. Every room comes with bath with shower, cavernous cupboards to store your clothes and possessions, coffee making facilities and TV, hair dryer, safety deposit box, sitting area, small fridge and air conditioning.
Our dive sites are teeming with thriving, healthy coral reefs and unique schools of fish, while barracudas, turtles and stingrays frequently swim through dive groups along the reef rim, causing a delightful photographic frenzy. Comprised of gnarled volcanic ledges, crevices and swim-throughs, our reefs are a refuge for a myriad of small critters considered rare in other destinations. Here, seahorses and frogfish are almost guaranteed sightings for divers on a weeklong package. Other rarer critters like batfish, flying gurnards, yellow head jawfish, upside-down jellyfish and flamingo tongue snails can be found if you carefully search the reefs.
With Dominica’s incredibly warm seas and vibrant marine life, along with uncrowded dive sites and an excellent dive staff, Fort Young Dive is amongst the most premier diving operations in the world.
There are an abundant amount of other activities to do around the island. Here are some highlights you might want to visit.
Pool: Lounge by the pool as you gaze out onto the beautiful blue waters and green mountains.
Whale Watching: With this package you get a 1 afternoon of whale watching! Sperm whales and dolphins are seen frequently.
Champagne reef is one of Dominica’s “signature” dive sites. Shallow enough to be enjoyed by snorkelers and scuba divers alike, the water temperature over the vents found throughout the reef can reach 90 degrees, making the sea floor warm to the
touch!The constant bubbling of gasses creates a truly unique experience – like being in a hot tub in the middle of the ocean!
Trafalgar Falls: These famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from Roseau. It’s a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the visitor reception area, where you can photograph both falls from a viewing platform.
Titou Gorge: The hike through Titou Gorge, is actually a short swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural “rooms and ponds” formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees. The undulating sides of this deep, narrow gorge were formed as molten lava cooled and split apart.
Emerald Pool: An easy 15-minute hike takes you through magnificent overhanging trees and lush vegetation to the shimmering pool, which appears green in the tree-filtered sunlight. If you go for a dip, you can swim right up to the waterfall!
Canyoning, otherwise known as canyoneering or waterfall rappelling, is one of the most fulfilling and exhilarating ways to explore the magical depths of Dominica. Descend into the island’s canyons and discover the lush rainforest and waterfalls within the ins and outs of striking rock structures. Fort Young Hotel’s concierge is happy to arrange a canyoning adventure in which you will put on a wetsuit, harness and helmet and traverse into otherworldly nooks of the Nature Island.
How to Get There
You can take American Airlines or Jet Blue. Typically there are 2 stops if taking American Airlines through Philadelphia and San Juan. JetBlue will fly direct from Boston to Barbados or Boston to San Juan. Then you take a smaller plane to Dominica. Flights usually leave around 7:00am and get into Dominica around 5:30pm-7:30pm. We can suggest the best route for you.
Airfare costs Approximately $700-$900.
- 7 Night Accommodation at Fort Young
- Round-Trip Airport/Hotel Transfers
- Daily Breakfast
- 5 days of 2-tank diving
- Marine Park Fee
- Resort Taxes and Service Charges
- Undersea Divers Guide: Whitney Boyle
- Personal Dive Equipment
- Meals & Beverages Not Specified
- Travel/Dive Insurance
- Departure Tax of $14
Deluxe Ocean Front Room (1 or 2 beds)
Diver Double $1575
Single Diver $2499
Non Diver $1199
Ocean Front Room (1 Bed per Room)
Diver Double $1495
Single Diver $2190
Non Diver $1050
Payment Plan: Pay a $500/per person deposit at the time of registration and pay the remaining balance 90 days before the trip date.
Pay In Full: You will pay the full price at the time of registration.
*Limited Spaces Available
*Travel Deposits & Payments are Non-Refundable unless spot is filled 90 days before trip
How To Register:
Give us a call at 978-927-9551 to register or for more information.