More Activities in Soufrière
The village of Soufrière is nestled along the south west coast of Dominica, on the edge of the Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve, which runs from Scotts Head (the southernmost point on the leeward coast) up to Champagne Reef, just south of Pointe Michel.
Geologically speaking, the Soufrière Bay was formed from a submerged volcanic crater. This gives birth to many of the area’s wonderful attractions.
In addition to being a World Class Scuba Diving location, the Soufrière Bay is now home to Freediving. If you’ve never tried freediving, the time is now!
Simply put, freediving is taking a breath on the surface and then going below the calm sea for as long as you can on that single breath. With world-reknown Freediver champion Johnny Sunnex and his team at your side, this is both a safe and ethereal experience.
Blue Element Freediving offers several options for your Freediving experience:
- A single lesson in a day – the “Discover Freediving” Class
- A Freediving Certification Course
- Training Camps for serious freedivers
Blue Element also hosts a Freediving Competition in Soufrière each November. This year’s event will be November 2oth to 27th 2019. Learn more about this event on Facebook – Blue Element 2019
You can also get in touch with Johnny at BlueElementFreediving@gmail.com
Bubble Beach Spa
In front of the Soufrière Church, you’ll find Bubble Beach Spa – a lovely place to relax in the warm sea water, as underwater fumeroles gently warm the water at the edge of the sea. Bubble Beach Spa has changing facilities, a snackette and bar. Beach chairs are available for hire and while there is no entrance fee, donations are appreciated. Be sure to stop by the Photo Bench to memorialse your visit!
Sea Kayaking and Open Water Swimming
Weston Moses is a professional Kayak Instructor and a Swim Coach. Most recently, he kayaked from St Lucia to Martinique; a 22 mile crossing that took 7hrs 01mins! He can take you on a Sea Kayaking Excursion for beginner, intermediate and advanced sea kayakers. Intro to Sea Kayaking and beginner sea kayaking lessons are available. Sea Kayaks, spray skirts, life jackets paddles, tow ropes & helmets can be rented to ACA and BCU certified sea kayakers.
Open Water Swimming is another of his passions and there is no place more beautiful for a long swim than stroking across the Soufriere Bay on a perfect Caribbean afternoon. Whether you are a beginner or master swimmer, he can help you select the right open water swim for you.
For more information, contact Wes at email@example.com
Thanks to the crater and Soufrière’s unique origins, our mountainous coastline also provides some wonderful hiking.
- Galion Viewpoint – This short but steep hike up from the coast to the village of Galion will give you incredible views of the Soufriere Bay.
- Scotts Head Point – An easy walk to the top of Scotts Head Point will bring you to the site of an old cannon where a Fort once stood more than 200 years ago. Great views up the length of Dominica’s coast to the north. On a clear day, you can also see Martinique – our French neighbour to the south.
- Waitukubuli National Trail (Segment 1) – The Caribbean’s longest hiking trail starts right here, in the village fo Scotts Head. While parts are under repair since Hurricane Maria, if you are very fit, you can hike Segment 1 from it’s starting point, up and over Morne Crabier, and back down to the Soufrière Sulphur Springs in the valley behind Soufrière. Be sure to get up to date information before attempting this hike!