Airport: Melville Hall Airport Airport Code: DOM is an airport located on the northeast coast of Dominica, 2 mi (3.2 km) northwest of Marigot, it is about one hour away from the second largest city Portsmouth. It is one of only two airports in the island nation of Dominica, the other being Canefield Airport located three miles (5 km) northeast of Roseau.
Canefield Airport Airport Code: DCF is the airport serving Roseau, Dominica.
Currency: Dominica shares its currency, the Eastern Caribbean dollar, with much of the region. The Eastern Caribbean dollar, fixed to the United States dollar, currently trades at a rate of $2.67(EC) to $1(USD). The euro trades for , 1 to $2.70(EC), and the British pound trades for £1 to $4.26(EC).
Climate: Dominica offers a tropical climate all year with temperatures ranging from 78° – 89°F, constant trade winds and an average sunshine period of 8 hours per day. Weather is predictable; there are two seasons: Dry (Jan – June) and Rainy (July – Dec).
Water Temperature: Ocean temperature ranges from 79® F in the winter months to 82®F in the summer.
Language: English is the official language, spoken with a melodic French lilt, but a large portion of the population speaks Kwèyòl (Creole), with a few northern villages speaking an English dialect known as Kokoy.
Signature Dive Sites:
|The northern region offers very diverse diving, ranging from the more traditional Caribbean coral reefs to the volcanic, boulder fields of the Cabrits. Here you will find fish and invertebrate species as diverse as the topography. The Cabrits Round is the highlight of the north, with its extinct volcanic cones rising from the sea floor. This area is also home to active volcanic fumaroles releasing streams of gasses into the sea. For the adventurous and very skilled, the Guadeloupe Channel awaits to be explored. Dive able only when conditions are optimal, the channel is the unexplored edge of Dominican diving, where you expect the unexpected.|
|Most sites in the central west coast of Dominica are directly off Salisbury, less than a 10 minute boat ride. The entire central coast diving area consists of more than 12 sites which offer some of the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean. These sites are pristine with a wealth of tropical and mid-water schooling fish. Larger predatory fish like rays, amberjack, and barracuda frequent the area to feed on the huge amounts of prey fish. This area is also home to normally rare species like batfish, frogfish, and seahorses. This entire area is less crowded than other areas, and the impact of divers, fishing, and boats on the marine environment is minimal.|
|- Rodney’s Rock and Castaways Reef are two shallow dives (maximum 55 feet) which are great “Critter dives”. The potential is always there for a great variety of marine life, including octopus, frogfish, seahorses, flying gurnard, lobster and all kinds or morays and other eels. The reefs are loaded with tropical grunts, spotted drums and trumpet fish of all colors fill the view.
|- Berry’s Dream is the deeper side of Castaways Reef and offers numerous mounds in the sand at about 85 feet of water. Excitement and anticipation is constant as one never knows what will be hiding around the next corner. Turtle and rays frequent the site.
|- Nose Reef and Whaleshark Reef are located on the south drop-off of Grand Savanne flats. Both sites have nice drop-offs starting at about 55 feet and cascading down to 130+ feet. Whaleshark offers a nice vertical face with barrel and tubes sponges galore creating a beautiful scene. These two spots are the outermost sites in this area and offer the greatest potential for seeing larger fish such as barracudas, Spanish mackerels and jacks.
|- Rina’s Hole is a great shallow dive offering a beautiful swim-through leading up to a cluster of rock formations in the sand. This is the ultimate critter dive, as nooks, crannies and overhangs prove ideal shelter for all kinds of marine life.
|The highlight of the southern part of the island, Soufriere Bay, is the most distinctive area of Dominican diving. The bay is formed from a submerged volcanic crater that reaches depths well beyond 700 ft., the east edge of the crater forming the shoreline, while Scott’s Head peninsula forms the southern edge. The northern edge is submerged, but nearly reaches the surface, providing dramatic and picturesque topography. For the adventurous and skilled there is the Martinique Channel to explore: Home to deep water pelagic and massive invertebrate life.|