Bubbling Dominica: Wotten Waven, Soufriere Beach, and Champagne Snorkel
- Wotten Waven: Relax in bubbling sulfur hot springs, mud baths, and cool river waters, each a rejuvenating and therapeutic delight.
- Soufriere Beach: Home to more than seashells, there you find serious bubble action, with a hot spring just offshore.
- Champagne Reef: Raise your glass to snorkeling a reef that spits bubbles, thanks to a hot spring beneath the ocean floor.
About this Roseau tour
Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere – that's what you get when your island is home to nine volcanoes, seven more than any other Caribbean island. A plethora of geothermal activity simmers below, which means many hot sulfur springs, which means this tour will tickle your fancy, and your body.
You'll start atop the Caldera known as Wotten Waven (no, that's not Elmer Fudd's pronunciation of rotten raven). There, you'll soak in a tub of cool river water, in hot geothermal-powered sulfuric springs, and if you've a hankerin' for muddy waters, a detoxing mud bath.
On Soufriere Beach, you'll find more than black sand and stellar views. You'll find more bubbles right at the ocean's edge and below the surface. Pop on a mask and snorkel and you'll quickly see how the Champagne Reef got its name.
Wrapping up your bubble-filled adventure, glasses will be raised, and filled with a different vintage entirely. Don Ho was right. Tiny bubbles do make you feel fine.
What a wotten name
Named after its sister location in England, Wotten Waven was once a 362-acre estate manned by 32 slaves. Owned by a British family, they grew coffee until an 1840s blight and then switched to sugar. After emancipation and apprenticeship, former laborers settled there, and British landowners begrudgingly sold their properties to local elite multi-racial merchant families.
Staying at a hotel or on a cruise ship, please meet the dispatcher outside the Visitor Information Center, opposite the Cruise Terminal. They will have a sign with your name on it. Docking at Woodridge Bay? Meet outside the Security Gate, on the right.
Bring a change of clothing. Participants are provided with all snorkel equipment but can use your own as well. Each individual will need to disclose their physical fitness and sign a waiver. Dark swim wear is advised for bathing in the sulfuric pools as garments can become stained. Jewelry may be stained or ruined so it is advised to remove jewelry prior to bathing in the pools. Some of the roads travelled on this tour may be bumpy and winding so travelers that are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary medication prior to the start of the tour.
Involves walking to the natural sites over unpaved uneven surfaces. Due to the nature of this activity, it is not suitable for guests who utilize canes, walkers or wheelchairs.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Beach
Beverage - Sparkling Wine
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Suitable for travelers weighing up to 250 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
Sulphur baths are very warm and women over 3 months pregnant should limit their time in the baths.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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