North of Portsmouth on the north side of Cabrits peninsula, the snorkeling in the Douglas Bay marine reserve is known for its multi-colored coral and barrel sponges. There are huge coral covered boulders, with soft and hard corals. The main Douglas Bay snorkeling reef is located about 250 feet offshore, and is usually a boat-accessed dive. It is located about 1.75 miles south-southwest of Clifton and 2 miles north of Portsmouth.
After a long day of snorkeling at Douglas Bay on Dominica, try grabbing a cool drink at Chez La Doudou Beach Bar in Salisbury Beach, Papillote Rainforest Restaurant near Wotten Waven or Rogers Bar in Scotts Head.
To reach the snorkeling on Dominica by air, fly into Melville Hall International Airport (DOM), which is located east of Portsmouth and northeast of the, capital Roseau River. In case you are coming from Guadeloupe or Martinique, there is also a ferry available. In addition, there is a ferry called L'Express de Iles that interconnects Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Lucia.
While snorkeling on Dominica, there are over 200 fish species including batfish, squid, frogfish, seahorses, flying gurnards, moray eels, stingrays, sea turtles and whales among the hard and soft corals with plenty of sea fans. The best snorkeling in Dominica is from May to July for high water clarity and calm surf. If you are looking for a good snorkeling tour or snorkel gear, you can try checking out either Cabrits Dive Centre in Portsmouth or Dive Dominica in Rosseau. As a side note, keep in mind that none of the Dominica snorkeling dive sites are particularly good for beginners or young children.
Overall, Douglas Bay is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Dominica.