Scotts Head Dominica

Scotts Head Dominica is a small fishing village located on the southern tip of the island of Dominica, overlooking Soufriere Bay. A peninsula located west of the village is also called Scotts Head and is the meeting point of the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The area was so named when the British took the island from the French and named the peninsula after Colonel George Scott. They established a garrison on the headland of the peninsula, and although the fort eventually collapsed, some of the ruins can still be seen on the cliff overlooking the ocean.

Scotts Head Dominica is famous for some of the best snorkeling and diving in Dominica. Not only are the tourists few, but the marine scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. Many snorkelers and scuba divers start in the town of Soufriere Dominica, a small town located near Scotts Head Dominica, which offers many professional dive shops and guides, as well as accommodation, should you need it. You can access these great dive sites on a day trip from Roseau, but staying in Soufriere Dominica allows you to enjoy all of the marine attractions the area has to offer.

Soufriere Bay is a protected area of the Soufriere Scottshead Marine Reserve, and thus has some of the most beautiful, pristine and untouched diving areas of the island. Soufriere Bay was actually formed by a volcanic crater, and has some beautiful rock pinnacles and formations, such as at Scotts Head Pinnacles, that can be viewed underwater. The coral and soft sea sponges in the Bay are unparalleled in their vibrancy and color, and an abundance of colorful fish can be seen here as well. The warm Caribbean waters of the Bay are wonderful for swimming and snorkeling, even if you are not a diver. Dolphins often frolic in the waves of the Bay, and their graceful bodies arcing into the air is a splendid sight. There are also opportunities for ocean kayaking on the Bay, and if you're curious about the cooler waters of the Atlantic, you can head over to the other side of the peninsula where you can see larger fish and marine animals.

The famous dive site of Champagne is located near Soufriere, where mild volcanic activity sends bubbles of warm air up through the water, and divers can swim in a so-called goblet of Champagne. However, if you are staying in Soufriere Dominica for more than a day, many of the other dive sites are just as spectacular, if not more so. Be sure to check out Scotts Head Pinnacles, Crater's Edge, and other dive sites.

If you're not a diver, there are nevertheless plenty of attractions in the Soufriere Bay area. Hiking in the fertile mountains above the Bay and exploring the ruins of the old Scotts Head Fort can easily take a day or two, with a refreshing dip in the waters of the bay afterward.

As in all nature areas, be respectful of the fragile balance of the ecosystem. Do not damage the coral and dispose of all garbage properly. Be sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the Soufriere Scottshead Marine Reserve, including an admonition to avoid using jet skis or spear guns. This will help ensure that the beautiful underwater sights of Dominica stay pristine for years to come.

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