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Dominica, part of the Lesser Antilles, creates the eastern boundary near the southern end of the Caribbean. It is, in fact, the youngest of this chain of islands, so it’s still volcanically active and still forming. Due to this unique characteristic, Dominica is dubbed “the nature island of the Caribbean”. Topside, there are bubbling hot springs, magical waterfalls and rich rainforests full of amazing animals, endemic to the island.
Beneath the blue, Dominica has some of the best diving in the Caribbean! Home to lobsters, jacks, tunas, turtles, octopi and critters such as frogfish, cleaner shrimp and seahorses, just to get started. The marine topography mirrors the island, with large sea mounds, steep walls and even hydrothermal vents! This allows for huge gorgorian fans, barrels and other soft sponges!
Barbados' portfolio of about 200 wrecks, cements itself as a dive destination that captures the interest of divers looking for something different. The Pamir, Friars Crag and the Stavronikita are the wrecks that should be at the top of your priority list, and some like the Pamir are at depths perfect for the newbie diver. The well-preserved coral environments attract sea turtles, parrotfish, rays and eels of many varieties, and time under the water is only depth dependent as the tepid sea rarely requires divers to wear wetsuits.Play Video Dominica, known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system; the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world possesses the most pristine wilderness in the Caribbean. - Dive Dominica HighlightsDetailsIncluded
In Dominica some dive sites, the sandy bottoms are even warm to the touch, such is the volcanic nature of the island! Many of the sites are just off shore or just a 10-minutes boat ride, accessing dive spots is super easy! Many start shallow and can be enjoyed by new divers and snorkelers alike.
Being on the fringes of the Caribbean, Dominica is part of a migratory route, and 2 out of 3 of all whale species will pass through here during the year.
Great for wreck diving, Barbados is also said to be home to the second-largest hawksbill turtle nesting population in the Caribbean. This is because of the Barbados Sea Turtle working to restore local turtle populations. They also protect leatherback and green turtles.
Although you probably won’t see big pelagics here, there are many interesting smaller animals including frogfish and seahorses. For prowling hunters of the sea, the site of Barracuda Junction delivers every time. The colorful corals and unusually-shaped sponges draw a range of fish species along with the predators looking for easy prey.
General Inclusions on Academy Expeditions:
• Scuba Diving Experiences
• PADI Continued Education & Full Course Certificate Completion
• Conservation/Ecology projects (where applicable)
• Completed diver paperwork and pre-dive administration
• Personal Dive Instructor
• Personal 24-hour UK and Overseas Dive Centre Support
• Sunken Dreams Member(s) of Staff
• Academy Membership Renewal
• Academy Expedition My Classroom Group Forum
• Overseas Transportation & Designated Local Transfers
• Nature/Marine Park Entry Fees
• Twin Share Accommodation
• *3 meals, water & soft drinks per day (*only school/youth groups)
• On site entertainment
• Island Tours, Local Heritage Visits
General Exclusions from the Academy Expedition Package:
• Dive & Travel Insurance
• Relevant Vaccinations
• Passport applications or renewals
• Transfers to Airport
• Supporting documents that might be required by non-EU nationals
• European or Global Health Insurance Card
• Costs for medications whilst on expedition
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• Basic Scuba Equipment Rental
• Dive & Trave Essentials Kit
• Optional PADI/SSI Specialty & Recreational Courses
• Dive & Travel Insurance
• Academy Expedition Clothing
• Sunken Dreams Expedition Handbook Guide
• Expedition Photo & Video Experience Albums
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