Snorkeler at Champagne  Reef. Photo by Discover Dominica Authority

Snorkeler at Champagne Reef. Photo by Discover Dominica Authority

Champagne Reef, located near Pointe Michel, has been named among the top ten Caribbean Snorkeling Destinations for 2013.

The list was formulated by Caribbean Journal in its inaugural Snorkeling List for the region.

The publication describes Champagne Reef as a “spot is unique in the region.”

This is how the spot was described by Caribbean Journal, “Dominica’s subterranean geothermal activity pushes up through small cracks on the sea floor, filling the water with small, warm bubbles – hence the name. But the underwater scenery, particularly the sponges, makes it a particularly tasty snorkeling cocktail.”

According to the Discover Dominica Authority’s website, Champagne Reef is “Shallow enough to be enjoyed by snorkelers and scuba divers alike, the water temperature over the vents found throughout the reef can reach 90 degrees, making the sea floor warm to the touch!”

The area is described as a “hot tub in the middle of the ocean” due to the constant rise of hot bubbling gasses creating a “truly unique experience.”