Dive Fest: Dominica's Annual Scuba Diving Event

Dive Fest 2016: July 8th to 17th

Dive Fest is an annual event hosted by the Dominica Watersports Association. Its purpose is to educate the public about scuba diving, which is one of Dominica's main tourist attractions... and to have lots of fun while doing it!

Dominica's Dive Fest is the longest running Diving Festival in the Caribbean. 2016 marks the 23rd consecutive Dive Fest!

  • Learn more about the DWA and Dive Fest.
  • See images and read updates from previous Dive Fests under "Related Links" (at right).
  • Don't miss the grand finale event on the last Sunday: the Kubuli Canoe Race in Soufriere.

Dive Flag

Dive Fest Fun!

The DWA created Dive Fest in order to give Dominicans a fun and educational way to learn more about scuba diving. Through its Discover Scuba, Discover Scuba Diving and Discover Snorkelling programs, children and adults can take the plunge and experience diving first hand.

Education about the marine environment is an important part of Dive Fest. In past years, school children have attended slide shows on marine life and participated in lectures about marine ecology, and taken boat tours of the Soufriere Scott's Head Marine Reserve.

Dive Fest provides fun for everyone...

  • Athletic events such as Swimming Races, Kayaking Races, and Pwi Pwi Races have all been a part of Dive Fest over the years. The most famous event is the Kubuli Canoe Race where teams of four compete in traditional fishing boats. The grand finale is held in Soufriere each year on the final day of Dive Fest. You don't want to miss it!

  • Family events such as the Beach Bar-B-Qs, the "Jing Ping Ting" (an evening of good food, good fun, and dancing to traditional Jing Ping Music), the Kids Snorkel Treasure Hunt, and Family Fun Day with Turtle Hatchlings are also part of the event.

  • Of course, there's plenty of Scuba Diving!
    Free lessons and discounted rates for making a real dive. Try out new Diver products (cameras, masks)

  • Discounted Whale Watching Tours - experience the 90% success rate of Whale & Dolphin tours in Dominica.

    Special Dive Fest Vacation Packages for visitors. Visit the DWA's website for details.

Contact a participating dive centre for more information.

Click here for the Dive Centres listed on a virtual Dominica.

Kubili Carib Canoe Race
Victorious Kubuli Boat!

Related Links


Dive Fest on Facebook
2011 - Present

Dive Fest 2010

Dive Fest 2009

Dive Fest 2008

Dive Fest 2007

Dive Fest 2006

Dive Fest 2005

Dive Fest 2004

Dive Fest 2003

Dive Fest 2002 Review

Dive Fest 2001 Review

Soufriere Scott's Head Marine Reservel

Diving & Whale Watching Operators in Dominica

In Crystal Blue Waters - Home
A Guide to Diving & Whale Watching

What To Do in Dominica

What's Happening in Dominica Calendar

Underwater e-Postcards

The Dominica Watersports Association Presents


Click to view 2016 Dive Fest Schedule of Activities

Dive Fest Activities

Follow the action! Join Dive Fest on Facebook

For Previous Years Visit the Dive Fest Blog.

Call your local Dive Shop for more information or tickets.

Or visit the Dominica Watersports Association's website for more information.

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