Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
08/05/2007 3.39 Anchorage Dive Center pier Dominica, Caribbean
I would like to mention two other sites real close to the Anchorage dive center. Just south of the anchorage (if you are driving it is easier to reach) there is Champagne Beach. They will rent you snorkel gear, also there is a minimal park entry fee, but if you get there later in the day 4pm+ there is a chance that they will be closed. However you can still get down to the beach, easy 1 min walk. There is a long wooden pier, where you can walk along the beach, all the way to the end and more (on the actual beach). At the end you will see some rocks, that is where you'll be heading, there is the entry. They have long sheets of rubber going in the water supposedly to make it easier to enter the water as there are small rocks and stones everywhere; this is not your sandy beach! But as soon as you enter there is lots of sea life with medium visibility 30-50feet. About 20 feet in we found a sting ray about 4 feet wingspan, just laying down. But you will see the bubbles coming up everywhere-- very very unique. You can stay as long as you want, and if you have torches you can easily turn this into a night free dive You can just explore at will this easy free dive spot. There is no current, easy for everyone, you can also swim in a bit further, but the nicest part is the bubbles. At night no facilities though. Much much more worth than the $85 night dive trip where they will bring you out to the same spot -by the way- they just started getting ready as soon as we were leaving, around 6:30 pm. Wonderful experience, also very economical. The other site is Scott's Head marine reserve park, another 15 minutes driving to the south will bring you to this beautiful fishing village. Drive to the very very end (no more road and you are there). Walk to the end of the beach, couple of locals hanging there (friendly) will tell you it is their beach…so you can rent from them snorkel gear..just ignore them in a friendly way. Walk into the end of the beach (Caribbean side) and you are in snorkel heaven. Lots of fishes. If you swim in a bit further and look down you will see the wall, starting at about 20-25 feet deep. You can easily free dive and you will see even a lot more sea life. Same thing, the dive boat just got out there to explore the wall. $120/2 tank..ouch. But looking down at the wall I wish we would have done it. But again it is very easy - even for beginners and if you make it to the wall, free diving it can make it a nice challenging trip. Dominica is beautiful very pristine, enjoy the locals, (Creole and Patoue spoken here). Food is a challenge though, but kubuli will make up for all that.