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The DWA’s 17th Annual Dive Fest will begin on July 9th, 2010 at 6 pm at the Fort Young Hotel. The Happy Hour event is the traditional kick-off to Dive Fest.
Saturday, July 10th features the Discover Scuba Event at the Anchorage Hotel, where you can take a dive AND meet the Scuba Radio Mermaids.
Sunday July 12th through Thursday July 15th puts the spotlight on Sea Life Cameras and gives you a chance to experiment with underwater photography.
The “Jing Ping Ting” has returned this year and will take place on Thursday July 15th at the Evergreen Hotel.
Friday, July 16th is the Photo Exhibition & Happy Hour at the Anchorage Hotel where you can see all the great pictures that have been taken throughout the week.
Then it’s on to a fun-filled Saturday, July 17th with more Scuba Diving, Whale Watching Trips, the Kids Snorkel Treasure Hunt and more.
The Grand Finale, as always, takes place on the final Sunday, July 18th at Soufriere with the famous Kubuli Carib Canoe Race.
A week late due to bad weather over the final weekend of Dive Fest the Pirate Wine and Cheese Cruise was a perfect send off to Dive Fest 2009. A good size crowd enjoyed a sample of excellent wines and cheeses on Board “Stingray” from Dive Dominica. DJ Jeffers had the crowd dancing to some classic beats and without a doubt the night was a great success. Perfect weather and starry skies, good company and conversations as we headed down to Scotts Head before turning around. Many thanks to the staff at Pirates who served the crowd with charm and good humour and also to Captain Dan and the staff of Dive Dominica. Personally I got to enjoy a wine and cheese cruise for the first time in years as there was no Dive Fest event the next day!
Despite a huge Caribbean-wide weather depression the weather held off and the ocasional showers did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. While fewer corporate teams showed up for the actual races, by sunset the crowd was huge and Club DVD kept them dancing till late. Cars were parked halfway to Scotts Head on the new seawall and traffic was not a problem with the new system. Congratulations to Dominica Coconut Products for winning this years Kubuli Canoe Races!! And To Kubuli for taking second place and CCP for third place.
Due to inclement weather on Saturday night the wine and cheese cruise was postpponed to next Friday night, July 24th. That gives you more time to get your tickets!!!
Wow! With the new Sealife DC1000 camera, good visibility and healthy reefs it is amazing what even novice divers can do. After 3500 photos were sorted to about 100 contenders for the slide show, then final 10 and top three. Congratulations to Karen Anderson for her photo of wrasse predating damselfish eggs. Karen wins the complete Sealife DC1000 Pro Kit with Camera, housing, Wide angle and strobe.
Second place goes to Agne Marudinaite for this excellent wide angle shot that really made maximum use of one strobe to light the scene. Agne wins a Selife Camera DC1000
Third place goes to Sheena Toor for this wide angle shot with diver as background. She wins a canyoning adventure for two from sponsor Extreme Dominica, and lunch for 2 at Corner House Cafe in Roseau.
Honourable mention goes to Lise Van De Camp for this excellently timed photograph of her husband backrolling into the sea.
We had heard that one of the main reasons the mermaids were coming to check out Dominica was because our offshore waters, lakes and rivers have such pure water. Like seahorses they are very particular to a healthy environment. We believe that this has now been confirmed with this authenticated photographic evidence. We all know the cleanest best tasting water is Loubiere Spring Water, need any more proof! Man I’m thirsty!