Dominica’s Dive Fest – July 11-20, 2008
(May 29, 2008 - DTN) --The Caribbean’s longest running scuba diving festival, Dominica’s Dive Fest is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the annual event to take place July 11 – 20, 2008.
Many of Dominica’s dive centres are offering a ‘buy seven, get one free’ offer on diving and accommodation packages during Dive Fest. These include: Dive Dominica and Castle Comfort Lodge, Nature Island Dive and Evergreen Hotel, Al Dive, Sunset Bay Club, Cabrits Dive Centre and Anchorage Hotel & Dive Centre. Full terms and conditions, available dates, plus details of other special offers can be found at www.dominicawatersports.com.
Dive Fest is organised by the Dominica Watersports Association (DWA). The DWA’s President Simon Walsh comments: “Getting children into diving and snorkelling is one of our greatest aims, and seeing the excited reactions as they surface from their first reef dive never fails to reward. It is also a great means of educating people how to dive responsibly – both for their own safety and for the preservation of our reefs. Dominica is internationally recognised for the health of its marine life and we intend to keep it that way for future generations.”
Intermediate and expert scuba divers will also find plenty on offer at Dive Fest. The schedule for experienced divers includes underwater treasure hunts and photography competitions, plus the chance to borrow and test out new equipment such as underwater cameras by Sealife.
Flights from the U.S. with connections on international and local carriers are readily available via Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is served by American Airlines/American Eagle, Liat and Carib Aviation.
Known as “The Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls, boiling lakes and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’snatural diversity is truly unique. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.
Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21. National Geographic’sCenter for Sustainable Destinations ranked the island as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world. Most recently, Dominica was recognized by Islands Magazineand was included in its 2007 Blue List for being a leader in responsible tourism and ensuring an environmentally and culturally sound island for future generations.
For more information on Dominica contact the Discover Dominica Tourism Authority at 866-522-4057 or visit www.discoverdominica.com.
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