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.