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

ALDive/Titiwi Inn, Apr, 2010,

by Clem Clapp, AL, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 5472.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mainly Central America and Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay above 100' if possible
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments na

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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