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Dive Review of ALDive/Titiwi Inn in
Dominica/Soufriere/Scott's Head

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Clem Clapp, AL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5472
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mainly Central America and Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay above 100' if possible  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Janet at my B & B recommended AL Dive after Nature Island no-showed me
on my first day of diving. NI said they had no record of me even though I
had a 20 minute conversation with them regarding rental gear availability,
pricing and diving dates confirmation just 7 days prior to arrival. Another
couple where I stayed said they had no response from a couple of emails to
NI so they ended up with AL Dive as well. 
AL Dive proved to be a credible and responsible op. They had a rental bc in
good repair and it fit well. They went out of their way to make you feel
like they appreciated your business. I was the only diver one day and they
said that was ok since I purchased a package on the front end. They have an
older, center console boat with dual 90 outboards that will take six divers
at a max or another or two if they use another boat as a tank tender. The
"Vigilant" is an open boat but they can put on a canvas cover if
need be.  They handle, store and wash your gear throughout the dive week. I
only touched mine at suit-up time.
AL Dive was located in Loubier, just south of Castle Comfort and the other
diver's hotels. Titiwi Inn was just to the north, a one minute drive away.
Diving was just a few minutes away from the dock and all done to the south
near and around Scott's Head. There was little or no current on all dives.
Viz could have been better but was satisfactory. Most of the diving was on
large pinnacles with safety stop done on top of the pinnacle on most dives.
There was a very good variety of both coral and critters. Nothing large to
see except for the turtles which were seen on most dives and routinely on
the surface. Saw a nice yellow frog fish on one dive and sea horses(brown,
yellow, orange and brown) on 4 dives. One eagle ray was seen as well as
several spotted drum of various ages. Lots of urchins on all sites as well
as banded coral shrimp and arrow crabs. Watched one trumpetfish buddy hunt
with a parrotfish and grab a snack from something the parrot stirred up.
I was very satisfied with the diving, AL Dive and Titiwi Inn. My non-diving
wife and I agreed that the people we met from one end of the island to the
other were the friendliest of any place where we had visited. There were
many encounters with them since there were very few road signs and stopping
for directions is a routine to be expected. No one ever minded taking their
time to speak with us. Never felt safer on any trip although the local
drivers could give you an occassional surprise as you negotiated the many
switchbacks while driving on the left side of some pretty narrow roads. The
north of the island we thought was prettier as we traveled about. We stayed
at Calibishie Cove on the windward side for the last few days. Very nice
accomodations with a constant breeze from the Atlantic. Nice kayaking on
the Hodges River and between the beach and Treasure Island. Reasonably
price good food throughout the village and the island. I did not dive to
the north around Cabrits or in the central west region. Another couple with
whom I dove who did dive the other ares said the diving in the south was
better overall diving in their judgement.      
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