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Dive Review of ALDive/Cruise ship in

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Smithson, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6377
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Aruba, Virgin Islands, Catalina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No diving below 100 ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
They didn't have any rinse tanks for my camera on board, but the guys were
nice enough to rinse my case with a large bottle of drinking water--all was
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I was on a two-week cruise with my girlfriend and I wanted to dive at a few
locations.  I was finding that the cruise lines padded the cost of the
excursions a bit, so I decided to find a dive operator on my own. I read a
lot of good things here about Dive Dominica, but quickly found out after
contacting them that they would not allow me to dive with them since they
contract out to the cruise line.  I read a couple of reviews here for
ALDive and chose them.  It was a good choice as the experience was great. 
Turns out I met my dive buddy on the ship and the other three that joined
us were also from the ship.  Billy (the owner) was great as well and got
everyone set up with rental gear (I had my gear with the exception of
tanks, weights and wetsuit). The gear looked used, but not overly
so--everyone commented that the rental worked well, with one exception--our
one female diver's BCD had a very slow leak, but she was fine with it and
didn't bother her at all.  One diver had dived with ALDive before and
noticed a new dock--a huge improvement from before where boarding the boat
was a bit treacherous on the rocky shore.  Bobby and Alan were our crew and
they took us out in a small boat, but we could have squeezed a couple more
on board if needed. A very comfortable ride out to the marine reserve at
Scott's Head Point at the southmost part of the island with a total of
seven passengers and crew.  There were some pretty major currents there and
a safety line was put to good use.  We could have used a better weight
check as a couple of us weren't properly weighted, but we got it under
control quickly.   After a descent to about 20 feet, the drop off took us
down to about 95 feet.  I burned through my tank in about 40 minutes since
I was preoccupied with all of the things to photograph. Lots of fantastic
coral and sponges with small schools of snapper, trumpets and various
tropicals swirling around us. During the surface interval, we were treated
to fresh fruit from Bobby's own  trees.  The second dive brought us to the
Champagne Reef.  That was the best dive of the day for me, maxing out under
70 feet for close to an hour of bottom time.  I added a bit more weight and
that made it perfect for controlling my movements better while taking
photos.  We made our way along a shear cliff face covered with amazing
coral and sponges.  All kinds of fish here...parrots, snapper, angels, etc.
 Found a huge crab jammed back in a little cave.  Some puffers, morays,
shrimp, and trumpet fish zooming around.  Then we made our way to Chamagne
Reef...amazing watching the bubbles rising from the underground hot
springs.  A fun day of diving was had by all.  If you want a more intimate
experience, I'd recommend ALDive in Dominica.
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