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Dominica

by erin 20. July 2009 09:27

Dominica (not to be mistaken for Dominican Republic) is located inthe Eastern Caribbean between the French islands of Guadeloupe andMartinique and if you are the type of person who enjoys adventures andloves the water, then a visit to Dominica should be your nextadventure. Canyoning , snorkeling, deep sea fishing, rock-climbing,rappelling (even down waterfalls), Dominica has a lot of adventuretours available to those who are willing to try something different.

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The month of May is Hike Fest & Eco Fest, July is Dive Fest.Hikers will get to experience some of the most breathtaking andbeautiful trails on the island. There is even a point where you can seeboth the dramatic Atlantic Ocean and the cool calm Caribbean waters, atthe same moment; just turn your head.

Dominica is known as the Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbeanbecause of its prime location seeing whales and dolphins. Photographersenjoy coming to this part of the Atlantic because so many whales anddolphins use this area to feed, breed and play. Common whales anddolphins found in this area are sperm whales, pilot whales, pygmywhales, Atlantic spinner dolphin and spotted dolphin.

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The island’s precipitous drop-offs create depths just offshore thatshelter marine creatures like seahorses, frogfish and flying gurnardswhich are rarely seen in the other islands. The crests of its submergedpeaks are decorated with colorful corals and tropical reef fishes.

The rise and fall of the landscape is the same underwater too. Thewaters of Dominica are protected: the Southern end of the island is theScotts Head Soufriere Marine Reserve, the north being the islands firstmarine reserve, the Cabrits Marine Reserve. As with all sites here,“the slower you go, the more you will see”, the reefs are granitebased, so there are comparatively few spaces for nocturnal and hard tofind species to hide by day, this is what draws photographers andmarine creature watches to our island.

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