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Diving with… Virginie & Rémi Granger, Cabrits Dive Centre, Dominica

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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Virginie & Rémi Granger

What is the name of your business?

Cabrits Dive Centre Ltd, Portsmouth, North Dominica

What is your role within the business?

We are the 2 owners.

How long has the business operated for?

It opened in 2000, we bought it in February 2017 and restarted it in June 2017.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

We started to dive in 2009. We are FFESSM Instructors 2*, CMAS 3*, we are PADI Instructors and Virginie is MSDT.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Reef diving, wreck diving and finally every kind, we just love to be underwater.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

An exceptional destination off the beaten track, Dominica is a delight for all those who like exploring underwater depths, whether snorkeling or with tanks. The area near Portsmouth offers a magnificent variety of unspoiled underwater wealth of fishes and corals which is rare to ­find. Seahorses, frog­fish, morays, barrel sponges, tube sponges and massive coral reefs animate these waters. Eighteen large sites have been identi­fied by the past dive centre and there are still many to be discovered.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Toucari – The topography is really special, which means a multitude of refuges for underwater life and abundant marine life.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Coral Gardens, arches, tunnels and a great pier.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

To share our passion with others, and show our underwater wonders.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Shrimp, frogfish, octopus, turtles,…What we like the most to watch is the underwater creature’s behaviours.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

3 hotels are coming soon, and a restart of the nearby university.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

No problems at the moment, but maybe soon, it will be to find good employees.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

We do regularly beach cleaning, and underwater clean-ups. After hurricane Maria, we have done a voluntourism package and included a lot of clean-ups, specially at Toucari bay.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

We did not have time to develop these activities very much. For the next season, we should have an freediving partner who should bring us new divers.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

Stunning underwater worlds where flora and fauna flourish present a great richness that is unique to this part of the world.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

You can reach us on our website: www.cabritsdive.com

or on facebook : www.facebook.com/CabritsDive/

or on whatsapp : +1 767 276 53 73 / +1 767 617 40 77 / + 33 6 72 41 23 73 / +33 6 63 61 41 43

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New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

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It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

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The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.

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As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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