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Dive Review of AlDive/Evergreen Hotel & Rosalie Bay Resor in
Dominica/Scott's Head

AlDive/Evergreen Hotel & Rosalie Bay Resor: "Always a pleasure", Jul, 2016,

by ann mcgrath, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 9001 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The diving is always excellent on Dominica, which is why I return most every year. They are doing an excellent job of controlling lionfish, I only saw one adult each day. The reefs are healthy and vibrant.

The staff at AlDive are very safety conscious - they are the only dive shop I use on Dominica, for good reason. But I have a cautionary tale from this trip - make sure you don't change your plans!

I had to reschedule my trip from May to July. I let AlDive know I was changing my plans, and reconfirmed several times. I arrived on July 9, ready to dive on July 10. I called, texted, emailed and even sent FaceBook messages, all to no avail. Only the boat captain responded, saying they would be open Monday. The management at AlDive never responded. I even walked down to the dive shop, but there was absolutely nobody there. Finally, at 11pm on July 10, I got a text: "Are you on Dominica?" Are you kidding me?

By this time, since I couldn't reach anybody for days (I started contacting them days before I left), I had already changed my flights to leave early, and made a reservation at Rosalie Bay, on the other side of the island. (If you want my story about Evergreen, contact me separately.) So, they agreed to pick me up on July 11, and I was able to get in two days of diving (my original plan was to dive five days). Note: the accommodation ratings below are for Rosalie Bay.

So, it cost me a hefty, unreasonable cancellation fee at Evergreen (NOT the cancellation fee posted on their web site), and also cost me extra because I changed my flights, but I'll be back next year. I just won't change my dates again! Apparently that is a very big problem for the business owners on this small island.
Websites AlDive   Evergreen Hotel & Rosalie Bay Resor

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Thailand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Galapagos
Closest Airport Melville Hall Getting There From DC, through Philly, Miami or Charlotte to SJU and then Dominica. Avoid LIAT at all costs.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-75 Ft/ 9-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions recreational depth limits, which isn't a problem because the reefs aren't deep
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The crew will rinse your camera gear if you like, and take very good care of photography equipment at all times.
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