Champagne Snorkel Excursion
- 50 US dollarsUS$50
- Soufriere Scotts head Marine Reserve
Your adventure begins from the moment you board one of our comfortable and spacious vessels where a detailed briefing is given. Once on site our knowledgeable PADI trained Dive Master and Dive Instructors will give you a site orientation and issue equipment provided. Moored in the Soufriere Scotts head Marine Reserve the sandy bottom is only a few feet below. The main reef is south of you and about the size of half a football field. Extending from shore, and in places as close as 2ft (60cm) from the surface, on the outer edge the reef forms a dramatic wall of 60ft (18m) depths to the sea floor. A Myriad of reef fish swim around you, Sergeant Majors in their black yellow and white livery swarm, waterfalls of blue Creole Wrasses stream off the reef into the depths and other schooling reef fish abound. In the depths larger fish may be seen. Follow the guide as he points out the various fish, coral heads and passing larger fish. There is an old shipwreck for those who wish to free-dive, you may see cannon and chain, lying there for 300 years. At the Champagne reef the guide will then take you towards "Champagne bubbles", put your head into the water as you approach and hear the sound of rushing water, it's hot vent gasses being squeezed from the sea floor, warming the reef and creating glistening net curtains of warm bubbles; giving the site it's name. It is one of very few places in the world where you can swim in active volcanic activity. The second site is called La B'ym a local patois word for the "Abyss", the mooring is in 20ft of water but the edge of the reef drops into a volcano with a charted bottom of 15,000ft, this is a snorkeling into the blue experience, a really dramatic encounter with the sea. On one side the reef, and shallow water, the other the Caribbean and inky black below. One never knows what will swim by, turtles, eagle rays, it is never known. Each snorkel is a 40 minute duration, all safety equipment is provided and a thorough briefing is given at each site.