Dive Dominica with Fort Young Hotel
Spring Break 2022 Kids Sea Camp family dive adventure Dominica
Dominica 2022: All April weeks 2nd to 9th or 9th to 16th or 16th to 23rd
Kids Sea Camp supports Dominica. We have fallen in love with this island and its people and are looking forward to welcoming you back to Dominica to enjoy some of the best diving and presentations of soft and hard corals in the Caribbean. With unparalleled top-side adventure, Dominica is a special off the well-beaten path family vacation that will far exceed your expectations. We are very proud to work with both Fort Young Hotel and Dive Dominica to create this year’s Kids Sea Camp family dive adventure vacations for you to enjoy.
We thank you for trusting in us to create your family dive vacations, and we hope you will join us in Dominica. Our family dive vacation is hosted at Fort Young Hotel. And Olivia Rapisand will be your adventure dive travel guide. We will be diving with Dive Dominica on private dive boats. Springtime is Sperm Whale season in Dominic so we are super excited to have this opportunity. These magnificent creatures are well known to Dominica and to her people. We have planned a very special whale watch for your family during these trips.
Kids Sea Camp representative, Josh Comay says, “It is some of the best diving I have ever done in the Caribbean.” Kids Sea Camp is excited and thankful that the island, the reef, and its wonderful people have recovered from one of the worst hurricanes in modern history.
A portal to the untrammeled beauty of Dominica, Fort Young Hotel facilitates the island’s most memorable adventures. Whether that be hiking the longest continual trail in the Caribbean, diving amongst unspoiled reefs, or rappelling down Titou Gorge. The weather on land or under the sea, Dominica is perfect for a family vacation.
There is no better place to relocate your inner serenity and revitalize your soul than Fort Young Hotel. As a self-sustaining island with nutrient-rich food, verdant natural splendor, and plenty of sunshine, wellness is at the core of our culture. From in-room massages to an oceanfront infinity pool, Fort Young Hotel is the ultimate setting to unwind and replenish
One of the odd advantages of the hurricane is there is now only one dive shop on island Dive Dominica. With the towering mountains and the lush rainforest as the background, Dominica is a unique diver’s paradise. Imagine you and your family being the only dive boat on the ocean all day long.
DOMINICA COVID INFORMATION
Open to US travelers on Aug. 7th. Submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival which asks for contact and travel information, as well as recent travel history. You’ll also be asked to share detailed medical information including current and recent health, as well as smoking and drinking habits. Present notification of clearance to travel in the form of a doctor’s note or similar document Submit a negative PCR test result recorded within 24-72 hours prior to arrival
Dominica Tourism Board information
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Dominica Health Questionaire
Fort Young Hotel COVID-19 information
Terms & Conditions: No refund policy applies to all payments made to Kids Sea Camp inc. This includes disruptions due to weather, illness, pandemic, epidemic, acts of God, war, government mandates, canceled/delayed flights, and all unforeseen circumstances outside of Kid Sea Camp inc control. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all trips. Kids Sea Camp is not an insurance company and does not collect payment for any insurance purchased with DAN, MASA, or USI. We provide links to sources that may assist you on our website www.familydivers.com
Dominica at Fort Young Hotel
The Fort Young is the ideal hotel for individual family scuba vacations adventure trips and Kids Sea Campers alike. Whether you are visiting Dominica for a family diving vacation. Caribbean hiking tour or a conference, our oceanfront location at the heart of our island’s historic capital Roseau makes Dominica’s finest heritage hotel the perfect place to stay. For scuba diving families, Fort Young is fully equipped with a PADI 5-star Dive Dominica dive shop and a jetty/ dock where the boats come to pick you up, whether you are diving, snorkeling, or heading off into the bay to go whale watching. Hikers can arrange a wide variety of excursions in close proximity to the hotel such as treks to waterfalls in the rainforest and bird watching trips from Fort Young Hotel’s own activities desk.
If you are looking for some traditional Caribbean relaxation, there’s Fort Young's rooftop jacuzzi, infinity pool, gymnasium, and spa. Add in the Palisades restaurant where you can dine while watching the sunset into the sea, as well as a buzzing cocktail bar and cafe.
- 7 Nights
- 5 days of diving - 2 dives daily
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- All rental gear for kids
- Unlimited shore diving
- Sunset cruise and sperm whale watching trip
- One night dive
- Sea Life cameras to use all week
- Dominica presentation
- Titou Gorge excursion
- Trafalgar excursion
- Sasy daily
- Seal team daily
- PADI, JOW/ Open Water program
- Airport transfers
- Opening orientation with live music and dinner
- Private dive boats
- Treasure hunt for the Seal and Sasy teams
- Pizza movie night during the night dive
SASY (PADI): Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth is for kids age five to seven. Essentially, SASY is snorkeling using scuba equipment instead of a snorkel. Once a child completes the SASY program they receive a SASY participant card and wall certificate.
SEAL Team (PADI): This is a confined water scuba experience for ages eight and up. Kids learn basic scuba skills and do “AquaMissions” in a pool where they are limited to a maximum depth of 12 feet (3.6m). Children who progress and accomplish more skills become a “Master Seal” and are then certified to a maximum depth of 20 feet (6m) with an instructor.
JOW (PADI): Children 10 and up can take the full PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course with specific age limitations for scuba diving. Kids can progress to Junior Open Water diver, which allows them to dive with a PADI-certified parent, guardian, or professional to a maximum of 40 feet.
A general schedule for Dominica
SAT: (ALL DAY) Arrival at DOM airport pickup and transfer to Fort Young resort. Resort orientation and check in to your room. Check-in at Fort Young, get your lockers, equipment, and dive waivers turned in. 6:30 PM: Private dinner reception for Kids Sea Camp families. Welcome from Fort Young GM, Food and Beverage, and Dive Dominica.
Sunday to Thursday: Diving for adults and kids begins early at 8 am after breakfast, 2 tank morning dives, afternoon dives, or excursions. One night dive will be provided with a Pizza movie night. Presentations and slide shows throughout the week in the evenings. Whale watching & Sunset Cruise. Seal Team courses, Jr. Dive Master courses, Jr. Open Water courses, UW Naturalist courses, and digital photo courses being run. If you purchased a course you are already signed up and if you are interested in a course please email or call us to let us know and we will sign you up based on availability. Max 4 students per course.
Friday: Family day diving, graduation, and final slide show and poetry presentations and prizes.
Saturday: Say goodbye and see you again soon. Post and share your photos of your amazing time at Kids Sea Camp.
A detailed schedule is subject to change with excursions, dinners, and tours that will be provided in your documents package.
Rooms with an awesome view
Ocean Front Suites: Our finest accommodation. Each of our suites is named after a key figure from Dominica’s past and is fit for those appreciating a bit of grandeur today. All suites combine spectacular views from the bedroom and balcony with a giant double bed, a walk-through dressing room, along with two bathrooms, featuring both a whirlpool tub and shower. And for those wishing for some privacy to entertain in their exclusive quarters, the dining room table seats eight.
Ocean Front Rooms: Combining breathtaking views (some with wraparound balconies offering 270-degree vistas), there’s nothing but sky separating the balconies of our oceanfront rooms from the turquoise seas below. Families are well catered for, as four of the rooms interconnect, and every room comes with a bath with shower, cavernous cupboards to store your clothes and possessions, coffee making facilities, and a color TV.
Amenities and Features
- Air conditioning
- Balcony or patio
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- Cable TV service
- Ceiling fan
- Coffee/tea maker
- Connecting/adjoining rooms available
- Daily housekeeping
- Free WiFi
- Free bottled water
- Free toiletries
- Free wired high-speed Internet
- In-room childcare (surcharge)
- In-room climate control (air conditioning)
- In-room massage available
- In-room safe
- Iron/ironing board
- LCD TV
- Premium TV channels
- Private bathroom
- Rainfall showerhead
- Room service (limited hours)
- Turndown service
Here are 2022 rates for the Kids Sea Camp for the two weeks in Dominica over spring break.
|Room Types||2021 Divers rates||2021 Non-divers|
|One Bedroom Ocean Front (Double rate)||$3,100||$2,350|
|One Bedroom Ocean Front (Triple rate)||$2,900||$2,170|
|One Bedroom Ocean Front (Single rate)||$3,800||$3,080|
|One Bedroom Ocean Suite (Double rate)||$2,900||$2,275|
|One Bedroom Ocean Suite (Single rate)||$4,100||$3,500|
|JOW Program Includes ScubaPro BC, while supplies last. (Ages 10-17)||$2,125|
|Certified kids (Ages 10-17)||$2,125|
Be the only dive boat on the water
By the time you have been driven across the island from the airport to the hotel, you will already be stunned at the sheer rugged beauty of Dominica. These overwhelming sensations of The Nature Island are just a precursor to your introduction to the best half of Dominica: the underwater world! The dramatic mountains you have traversed are mirrored in the topography of our underwater dive sites. Cliff faces plunge into the Caribbean Sea and descends straight down 1500 feet (460 meters), pinnacles rise up from the surrounding depths almost to the surface, and volcanic ridges slope off into deep blue water.
These dive sites are covered in thriving healthy coral reefs and schools of midwater fish like Chromis, Creole Wrasse, and sergeant majors. Larger pelagic patrols the outer edges of the reefs and barracudas, turtles, and stingrays frequently swim right through dive groups causing delightful photographic chaos.
Our reefs are made up of volcanic formations of ledges, crevices, and swim-throughs. These formations give refuge to a myriad of small critters considered rare in other destinations. Seahorses and frogfish are common and almost guaranteed sightings for divers on a week-long package. Other rarer critters like batfish, flying gurnards, yellow head jawfish, upside-down jellyfish, and flamingo tongue snails can be found if you carefully search the reefs.
Our reputation as the region’s most colorful diving is due to the profusion of sponge life and crinoids. First time divers in Dominica will be amazed at the variety of color, from yellow tube sponges, azure vase sponges, pink vase sponges, green finger sponges, lavender rope sponges to crinoids of every hue.
You might think that Dominica’s multitude of rivers and lush interior would lead to limited visibility, but once again Dominica defies logic. Due to our very deep waters close to shore and heavy sediments from our volcanic sands, our visibility averages over 80 feet (24 meters) year-round. After heavy rains, the sediments subside within hours and you can be back in the water enjoying good visibility.
Water temperatures vary from a high of 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) from July through December to 76 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) from January through June. The windy season is around April. Our rainy season is in the summer months from July to September. Despite the possibility of tropical storms during these months, the weather is often dominated by flat calm seas, sunny skies, and perfect diving conditions!
The reality is that there is no bad time of year for diving in Dominica. Good visibility, warm seas, excellent marine life along with uncrowded dive sites, and excellent dive staff ensure that most divers simply cannot wait to come back.
Scott's Head Pinnacle: Recently listed as one of the top dive sites worldwide by Scuba Travel in the UK, there are very few who would disagree with this assessment. If truth be told, most dive staff would dive here every day were it not for the sometimes challenging winds and currents. On those days when conditions are perfect, divers are in for a special treat. This pinnacle sits on the edge of the volcanic crater and you can actually swim through the crater wall into the interior. The wall is covered in gorgonians, giant barrel sponges, and whip corals, and it is often patrolled by pelagic like horse-eye jacks, barracudas, turtles, yellowtail snappers, and ceros. The problem with Scott’s Head Pinnacle is knowing where to look!. This site is better for intermediate and advanced divers unless there are perfect conditions.
Champagne Reef is another reflection of the sheer raw volcanic power simmering just out of sight. In shallow water, just 15 feet (5 meters), volcanic vents spew forth hot water and bubble creating the effect of diving in champagne. The surrounding reef is well known for critters like seahorses, frogfish, reef squid, and lobster and also makes an excellent night dive. You will usually tour the Champagne Reef first and then enjoy the bubbles during your safety stop. Look out for the resident reef squid and expect to see snorkelers over your head here! A good dive for all skill levels.
Nose Reef: This sloping reef in the central part of the West Coast is so named for three protruding ledges somewhat reminiscent of a nose. The deepest ledge sits at 120 feet (36 meters) and the shallowest at 40 feet (12 meters), but it is best at about 80 feet (24 meters) on top of the deeper nose. This ridge sticks out into the current and is, therefore, home to thriving sponges of every color and size. The sheer density of corals and sponges here makes it a favorite place for divers, as well as turtles and pelagic to hang out!
Real Caribbean dining
The place to be (and be seen) in Roseau. Our destination dining restaurant combines the finest of local cuisine with the latest twists on international classics, in a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavors. Try tantalizing Caribbean dishes such as locally caught seafood, pumpkin, and ginger soup from the pick of our island’s farms, or perhaps our take on a Dominican classic – hearty Provision Pie. With mouthwatering views from every table on the terrace, along with Roseau’s only air-conditioned restaurant inside for those that prefer, the Palisades is an unforgettable place to dine.
It just got easier than before
Direct flights from Miami to Dominica on Wednesday and Saturdays as Jan 10th, 2022.
Getting to Dominica can be done through St. Maarten (SXM) You could book from most places in the US to SXM then connect on Winn-Air to DOM.
San Juan Puerto Rico (SJU) There are many flights daily with that connection.
Costs: Round trip from SJU is about $400 to $600 and from SXM $300 to $500. You can check on www.hopper.com and another good source is www.cheaptickets.com. Winn-Air is the best source from SXM http://www.fly-winair.sx/contact-us.html
Take the Ferry: Ride with the locals across from St. Lucia! It's will take a little longer (3 hours) and yes you are traveling across the Caribbean Sea. So on a bad day, you may run into a few rollers and white caps. But the trips only cost about $50 per person.
Please give us a call if you need some help at 803-419-2556
A perfect balance of land and sea
- Waterfall hikes
- Deep-Sea fishing
- Whale watching
- Bird watching
Please note these are add-ons and not included in the KSC package.