Dominica Dive Fest Diaries: Diving in the north


In the second part of our Dive Fest Diaries, we visit the north of the island to dive with Cabrits Dive Centre.

We were staying at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, and so we had an early start to drive to Portsmouth in the north of Dominica. But the diving to be had in this more remote area is well worth the journey, as we were to find out…

The reef was, once again, in incredible condition, with sponges of all colours packed in around the hard and soft corals. A kaleidoscope of colour hits you as soon as you descend. We only had two dives in the north, and so the team from Cabrits Dive Centre picked what is considered the best reef dive in the north: Toucari Caves for us do explore on our first dive. It did not disappoint!

Unusually, it was perfect for either wide angle or macro photography, with colourful seascapes and lots of tiny critters to find.

Our second dive saw us head to a jetty, where there had been recent sightings of multiple frogfish. We love diving pier structures as they always have something to offer and this one was a real treat. A barracuda hunted at the surface, while we peered at the legs of the pier to try to find the masters of disguise. It was not long before three frogfish had been found.

Before long we heard a clanging that signalled it was time to ascend and head back to shore. To our amazement we found we had been diving the small jetty for 90 minutes and we were now running late for the final part of our day – a boat tour along Indian River.

This tranquil trip is famous for being where parts of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, as well as for its rum tasting; however it was the scenery that really took our breath away.

To see the full feature about our trip to Dominica in the new Autumn 2019 Dive Travel Adventures magazine click here.

For more information about Dominica click here. To visit the Cabrits Dive Centre website click here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit

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