Champagne Beach
Champagne Beach
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Dynamicjohn
Tampa, FL357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I've done plenty of snorkeling and this was OK at best. Just to get in the water is challenge because of the crashing waves. Once in with the tour I kind of went on my own. There are jellyfish and you will probably get stung. I did about 5 or 6 times. Once we got to the bubbled it was pretty neat. You could feel the heat coming from them. I saw plenty of fish but nothing to spectacular. Before you book the snorkeling find out how rough it is. I think it's still worth the trip if your a pretty good swimmer. Definitely drink plenty of water!
Written March 16, 2023
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FlintyDerby
Derby26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
When you get there and find it - it is great. However it is not that easy. Be warned. If you go in a taxi (as we did) it is a fairly long, very difficult walk along an extremely rocky beach.
The taxi will drop you off at a very nice area (small fee) with a bar and sunbeds but the bubbles are way up the beach. Where the buoys are.
I would recommend you go via boat. Much easier.
Snorkelling is not much better than anywhere else but the bubbles are worth seeing.
Written March 18, 2024
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2Tvlrs0kids
Colorado55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Of all the places we have snorkeling, we have never seen such a variety of different species of fish.
The Champagne bubbles were not so great the day we went, however it was worth it for the snorkeling.
Take one if the local guides that are there at the beach and ready to go. They were extremely welcoming and helpful!!
Go early! It gets crowded
Written February 6, 2024
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bakerofgoods
Massachusetts81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Like another reviewer, we also encountered murky water. The bubbles were cool to see but the fish and coral were not exceptional. Unlike another review, the Dutch woman went out of her way to tell us about how to safely get in and out of the water. It didn’t help, we got roughed up anyway. I did a spin cycle and still have scrapes and bruises. It’s very rocky and hard to get in and out.
There is a local guy selling “entrance tickets”. I think he was renting out snorkeling equipment and maybe providing guides. It looks like he’s taking care of the beach- planting trees and such.
Written January 21, 2022
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John A
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The water was murky the day we went and this paled in comparison to all the other great snorkeling on the island. But we also witnessed a very troubling incident, when the Dutch couple who ran one of the beach concessions tried to kick locals off part of the beach. If you go there, please support the other concession - run by a friendly local guy - and don't support the foreign business. The cruise ships use the Dutch couple, which is unfortunate, as there is no reason why local businesses should have to compete with wealthy foreign business owners, who were uptight and unfriendly.
Written January 4, 2022
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Nick v
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The sea was little rough when we were there.
However check the place were you can more easily in the sea.
On the left after the 2 rocks you will see when snorkeling the champagne bubbles rising from the earth.
Some nice coral and fish are also worth a visit. It is not like the Seychelles but still a must see for the bubbles and some coral.
Written February 24, 2020
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CornishWR
Slough, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Unfortunately the previous reviewer is correct the hurricane destroyed this beach and there is no longer access to the beach at all bar sliding down the jagged rocks. The site beside the beach is also closed. Best avoided until repaired.
This review is purely to warn others away as its a dangerous place to visit in its current state.
I visited 17 March 2018. Refer to the photos to see what is left.
Written March 25, 2018
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SKIonhols
Belfast891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
We visited Dominica for one day from a cruise ship and Champagne Beach was the last stop on an island tour. The beach is a short drive down the coast from Roseau just below Point Michel. There are a few car parking spaces at the side of the road at the entrance to the beach, with a bar/cafe and toilets. As the beach is a protected area, there is an entrance fee ($2 ) payable at the bar.and you are given a ticket. You can hire snorkeling gear ($15 for set) at the bar, but we had our own so I can't comment on the quality of the hire gear.
The beach is accessed via a wooden boardwalk, which goes alongside small sandy cliffs, which have a lot of iguanas living on them.. We handed our ticket in at the end of the boardwalk to get onto the beach.
The beach is very rocky with coarse sand and is not really the sort where you would go for the day to lie sunbathing and going for a swim to cool down. In fact, it was very difficult to get into the water due to the shoreline being covered in small , loose rocks which wobbled when we walked on them. Very sore on my feet and I would recommend wearing reefwalkers when going in- but we couldn't have got our fins on if we had. These stretched for at least 15ft into the water. However, the whole purpose of going to this beach was to snorkel in the "champagne bubbles". The island of Dominica is volcanic and gas forces it's way up through the seabed at Champagne Beach, creating bubbles. It was like swimming in a glass of fizz.- he bubbles tickled as I swam through them! They made quite a noise too. The he biggest concentration of bubbles are by a spit of rocks going out to sea at the end of the beach..
There is also quite a good reef offshore. with a good variety of corals and sea-life. To the left of the spit you can see a red buoy about 40m out- its recommended not to go past there. Our tour allowed us an hour here but we could have quite happily snorkeled for much longer. We had a really enjoyable time on our tour and snorkeling here was a lovely way to round off the day. If you enjoy snorkeling then it's a must-do, but if you want a stunning tropical beach for sunbathing etc then avoid.
Written June 22, 2011
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flyfisherwoman
New Mexico, USA56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011
We were on a cruise, so we got a taxi at the port. The cost was $20 pp RT, although I think I could have bartered. It was about a 20 minute ride to the beach. There are facilities there: food, drink (Rum Punch $3 US, Kibuli beer $2 US), snorkel equipment rental, scuba diving, bathrooms, changing rooms and showers. There is also an access fee which I didn't record, but it was reasonable. The rocky beach (rocks are smooth) is accessed by a boardwalk. You can snorkel on your own or hire an onsite guide (again I didn't record the fee, but once again I think it must have been reasonable, or I would have noted it). We opted for the guide: he dived down to a vent, collected water in his snorkel, and brought it to the surface so we could feel how hot the water is (it's hot enough to make you pull your hand away). One reason I think the guide is invaluable is the bubbles that give this beach its name are not widespread, so Donny led us right to them. There is not a lot of coral; but lots of barrel sponge, yellow multi-tubed sponges, sea fans, gorgonians, featherduster worms, parrotfish, butterfly fish, yellow tailed damsel and schools of brown chromis and blue creaole wrasses. We also saw a few yellow tailed snappers, a rock beauty and a peacock flounder. Donny also took us to the drop off, which is awesome.
Written September 18, 2011
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464fionam
Folkestone, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
I absolutely loved my visit to Champagne Beach, it was possibly the best afternoon I spent on the lovely island of Dominica. The beach itself isn't all that exciting, but you don't go here to lie on the beach, you go for a unique snorkelling experience. The presence of underwater fumeroles means that there are patches of water which feel just like you are swimming in a glass of Champagne, the little bubbles rise and ping against your skin, it's a lovely feeling. In addition to the novelty of the fumaroles, there is some really good snorkelling here, the coral is in great condition, none of the die-off you see in so many places now, and there are many types here too: fan coral, brain coral, pipes and so on. The variety of fish was great too and very colourful. We even saw an iguana by the walkway to the beach. In summary, if you like snorkelling, this is unmissable.

Top tips:
1) Grab a local bus from by the craft market in Roseau for only $4 EC per person. Taxis will charge a lot more and there's no need really, the bus service is frequent and good for a bit of local colour. 2) When you get there, to find the fumaroles walk to the very end of the walkway, by the rocks, ignore the sandy bit. There are rubber mats laid out to make walking in over the rocks easier and the fumaroles are out about 10-20m and on the left hand-side, at the end of the headland.
Written January 25, 2015
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