November 22-29. 2014 (Thanksgiving Week): Dominica (pronounced dom-in-ee-ka) has, until recently, been one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. Word is getting out, though. Scuba Diving magazine rated Dominica Number One for “Healthiest Marine Environment” in their annual Top 100 Issue.
Dominica is an independent nation and should not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica lies between Guadeloupe and Martinique, shooting almost straight up from the sea.
In 1876 a traveler and writer by the name of William Gifford Palgrave visited the island of Dominica and put his impressions of the island into these words. “In the wild grandeur of its towering mountains, in the majesty of its almost impenetrable forests, the gorgeousness of its vegetation, the abruptness of its precipices, the calm of its lakes, the violence of its torrents and the sublimity of its waterfalls, Dominica stands without rival throughout the whole island catalog of the Atlantic and Pacific combined.”
The reefs of Dominica hold surprises for even the most seasoned of divers; Frogfish, Seahorses, Flying Gurnards, Snake Eels — these rare creatures become almost daily encounters. Mix this with seamounts, pinnacles, vertical walls, and coral reefs every bit as lush and exciting as any on earth. The result is some of the finest scuba diving anywhere not to mention that the snorkeling is phenomenal too.
Here is where you experience the warm volcanic waters bubbling from the ground creating a natural hot tub on land and underwater the water’s surface. There are walls over 1,500 feet deep, pinnacles soaring up from the depths, cloaked in schools of fish and gently sloping reefs that are suitable for all divers of levels.
While serious divers will choose Dominica for the quality of diving, there are some moments when one must come up for air. Here is where Dominica once again stands alone in the Caribbean. Often called the “Nature Island of the Caribbean,” due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, Dominca’s environment is protected by an extensive national park system. The most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are the cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world.
Make no mistake about it; Dominica’s amazing underwater spectacle has equal billing with its topside attractions. Precipitous mountains, vibrant scenery and craggy canyons adorning the island’s interior are cloned undersea.
The Evergreen Hotel is a charming sea-front inn located along Dominica’s west coast, only one mile south of Roseau, Dominica’s capital city. This boutique hotel affords perfect sunset views and cool ocean breezes and has been described as Petite and Charming…A Serene Blend of Island Beauty and All the Comforts of Home.
Whether enjoying a cocktail at the open-air lounge, taking an early morning dip in the pool overlooking the ocean, a visit to Dominica will be enhanced by your stay at this casually elegant island retreat. Diving and whale-watching are a step away.
Who is This Trip Ideal For?
This may be the perfect trip if you:
- Want the comfort and convenience of a land-based resort.
- May be traveling with one or more nondivers.
- Are seeking to do more than just dive on your vacation.
When Does It Take Place?
Our travel schedule is as follows:
- Our outbound flight departs Saturday, November 22 from New Orleans.
- We return to New Orleans on Saturday, November 29.
We are currently working on exact flights and times.
How Much Does it Cost?
Trip Pricing: Pricing for this trip is as follows:
- Base price, per diver (double occupancy): $2,500*
- For triple occupancy: Deduct $125
- For single occupancy: Add $350
- For nondiver/snorkeler: Deduct $300
- For ocean room upgrade: Add $225
- Pay in full by cash/check by Sept 15: Deduct $100
*Price subject to change based on air fare.
Deposit and Balance Due: Requirements are as follows:
- $1,000 due at sign up
- Balance due October 15, 2014
- Be aware there are no refunds after the Balance Due date unless we find someone else to take your spot
We will need a copy of your passport at sign up. Your passport must be valid for six months past the date of the trip and have at least two blank pages remaining. Divers must be able to present a certification card and proof of insurance.
What’s Included: The basic trip price includes the following (if applicable):
- Round-trip air fare from New Orleans
- Airport transfers at destination
- Welcome island cocktail
- Eight days/seven nights hotel accommodations*
- Hotel tax and service charges
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort
- One whale watching excursion
- Seaside barbecue
- Five two-tank boat dives
- Unlimited shore diving during shop hours
- Use of tanks and weights
- Marine park fees
Not Included: Travelers are responsible for the following (if applicable):
- Trip insurance
- Meals while in transit
- Crew gratuity
- Optional side trips to Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge, Indian River, Caribs National Park, Freshwater Lake, Boiling Lake
Whale and Dolphin Safari
Additional Requirements: Travelers must supply:
- Valid passport with six months left past date of return and two blank pages
- Diver and/or Nitrox certification cards
- Dive insurance
- Signed waiver and Statement of Understanding
- Personal dive gear
- Audible and visual surface signals, reel or spool
Sign Up or Get More Information
Space on Harry’s Dive Shop group trips is limited and offered on a strictly first-come/first-served basis. You can prevent someone else from getting your spot by signing up as soon as possible. To do so, or to get more information, stop by the store, call (504) 888-4882 or use the form below. Bear in mind, your space on the trip will not be considered confirmed until we receive a deposit. Use the form below.