Whether you're a beginning or advanced snorkeler, there's one thing for sure: you've never snorkeled like THIS. It's a one-of-a-kind Dominica Champagne Reef Snorkel Tour that takes you from your ship on a short 15-minute drive south of Roseau, through the picturesque village of Pointe Michel, to the diving facility at Champagne Reef.
Champagne is Dominica's premier diving and snorkeling site, and rates among the top five snorkeling sites in the Caribbean. Underwater geothermal springs vent gasses in the form of thousands of warm bubbles, giving you a feeling of swimming through a giant glass of champagne and the reef here is quite spectacular. You can expect to see a myriad of sea life including sponges, lobster, parrot fish and a resident population of hawksbill sea turtles and green turtles. You may also view seahorses and the remains of a 17th-century Spanish shipwreck.
Upon arrival at the dive shop, you will be outfitted with high-quality snorkeling gear and given an orientation of the facility and the adventure that awaits you on the reef.
You will swim out to the reef right from the shore. Your tour of the reef is led by professional PADI-certified dive masters who will instruct you on the correct use of your gear and brief you on what you are likely to see and experience once in the water.
After your tour you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of the dive center with showers, changing rooms, refreshments, gift shop and a sundeck overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea. You will then return to the cruise pier.
The day was gray and the water a little rough but the company did the everything they could to get us in the water. Instead of Champagne Beach we went to Bubble Beach. Very different. Giant sponges that a person could fit into and a 2000; deep diving platform. The guides were very nice and they were very watchful for all of us as it was a long swim 200-300 yds. I would never suggest this unless you are a good to moderate swimmer. Not for little kids or older folks with health issues. They provide all the equipment and it was good quality. Note that to catch them for this tour you must go straight out of the cruise ship arrival area one block up the street. The are a few other companies up the street advertising different activities behind a small low barrier. Not to worry just look for the sign and they will have you name on a list. Super nice people and safe.
Reviewer: William Mercer
Good spot with great views of the reef. Lots of fish to view with a trainer who goes with you. The walk out into the ocean is rocky so your need to be careful if the water is rough. The facilities are good
We have been on 9 cruises but this was the first time that we booked excursions through Expedia Shore Excursions. We felt spoiled on this excursion because we were the only 2 people from our cruise ship who booked the Champagne Snorkel. We were met outside the pier by Andrea, our driver. She took us to the Champagne Reef beach and escorted us to meet our snorkelling guide, Vaughn Lewis, at the buildings above the rocky beach. We were wearing our closed toe Keen sandals which were perfect for walking over the rocks to the large rubber mat that was in place to help us tourists take off our footwear, put on our fins and get into the surf. All of the guides at the beach helped us tourists keep our balance which was much appreciated!
Amazing Experience. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
Reviewer: 2 sask guys
We were one of three people on the excursion, so essentially a snorkeling adventure with a private guide (and made us glad we weren't part of the 50 or so ship people who showed up as we were leaving) ... the people at Champagne Reef Dive and Snorkel were amazingly friendly. Only caution is that you go in on a very rocky beach (no sand). The reef was beautiful and the variety of coral and sea life was amazing