South of Roseau and southwest of Soufriere on southwestern coast of Dominica, the snorkeling at Champagne Reef is known for its effervescent bubbles streaming up from fissures in the volcanic seafloor. This is a boat-accessed snorkeling site with usually calm waters ranging from a couple feet to 10 feet deep. The bubble region is spread over about 250 square feet. The dive site is located roughly 3.8 miles south of Roseau.
When snorkeling in the Champagne beach region of the Scotts Head Marine Reserve, you may see plenty of parrotfish, seahorses, frogfish, hawksbill turtles and Caribbean lobster. There are not many rocks or coral to provide habitat for typical marine life. But, just to the south of the champagne bubbles about 150 feet, there is an old wreck with cannons in 20 feet of water.
The geothermally active Dominica is home to nine volcanoes, crowned by Morne Diablotins (4,750 feet). The Government is establishing Marine Reserves to preserve and protect the marine environment for all users. There is one marine reserve in the South (Soufriere Scotts Head Bay), one underway in the North (at The Cabrits) and a third proposed reserve along the Central coast (Salisbury area). Each of these marine reserves have designated snorkeling areas.
After a long day of snorkeling at Champagne Reef 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 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, Champagne Reef is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Dominica.