UPDATE FROM 2017. Just a few weeks after our July 2017 trip to Dominica, the island
was devastated by the direct landfall of Category 5 Hurricane Maria. Farms, fields,
forests, buildings, roads, water, power were just wiped away. The two places we had
stayed, Castle Comfort Lodge (2015) and Fort Young Hotel (2017) suffered major
damage and will try to fully re-open in 2018. These photos are from both trips. The
beautiful sponge formations at Scotts Head Point are from 2017, they are shallow and
hopefully have survived. We want to get back there again and see how the
underwater features have fared. The rainforest referred to below has been
obliterated over most of the island.
THE ORIGINAL 2015 POSTING. Aptly named "The Nature Island", Dominica is a
volcanic formation in the eastern Caribbean on the border of the Atlantic Ocean.
There are 365 rivers and streams, lush rainforest above and some fantastic diving
below. There was a wide range of types of dive, big scenic sites on the Atlantic side
(only diveable when the conditions are right) and wonderful small crittery things that
lurk in the sand and seagrass at sites like Champagne (underwater volcanic bubbling
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