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Dive Review of Anchorage Dive Center/Fort Young/Papillote Wilderness Ret in

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Hall, Maine, US
Report Number 2335
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Mexico, Red Sea, Mediteranean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Small rinse tank on board
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
In order to experience all that Dominica has to offer, we decided to split
our stay between Fort Young Hotel in Roseau and Papillote Wilderness
Retreat 5 miles up into the rainforest. Fort Young is a 4 star hotel right
on the water with easy access to Roseau. The construction is completed and
the facilities are in good shape. The Oceanfront rooms are excellent with
the older side more spacious (although only 2 double beds) while the rooms
on the new side have king size beds but are a little smaller. The food at
the hotel was good (for Caribbean fare) but a little pricy. We also ate at
the La Robe Creole, which is across the street where the food was good and
inexpensive and they serve the best rum punch we had on the island. If you
want to experience the local food try the Guiyane, the local beer is a
$1.50 and the pastries are very good. There were cruise ships every day,
sometimes two or three at a time. Apparently Dominica has now been
We dove with Anchorage Dive center for 4 days and were very pleased. They
picked us up at the Fort Young dock (although they were always late even by
Caribbean standards) and the excellent dive sites around Scotts Head were
only a 15-minute boat ride away. Dives were all they were hyped to be, no
large animals but a tremendous profusion of life everywhere. The reefs are
covered with hard and soft corals and large barrel sponges abound. The
small fish cover the reefs with many schools exceeding twenty-thirty
members. We saw turtles on almost every dive along with many spotted
morays. Favorite sites were Danglebens Pinnacles, Village and Caribes
Lip. The hot springs at the Champagne dive site are interesting for about 5
minutes but the site is mostly a mud flat. The dive masters were very
friendly, upbeat and clearly enjoyed their job. They pointed out a lot of
sea life and allowed everyone to burn off the last of their air at the end
of the dive under the boat. Boats were well equipped, clean and always had
plenty of water and fruit juice.
The second half of the week we spent at Papillote, which is located up in
the rainforest in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Our room had an
incredible view down the valley and was comfortable but a little spartan.
This area is so dense with ferns, palms and all manner of tropical foliage
that you could imagine King Kong breaking out of the rainforest at any
time. The island is very mountainous and the flight in from San Juan takes
you through the passes with peaks on either side of the plane, shrouded in
clouds. The inn lacks AC or a pool but the evenings were always cool and
the hot springs baths make up for the lack of a pool. The meal plan at the
inn is your only real choice as there are no other restaurants in the area.
The food was ok but limited choices. We hiked to Trafalger Falls from the
inn but had to employ a guide for the rest of the hikes, a bit costly but
well worth it. Our guide would spend the entire hike explaining the various
flora and fauna while cruise ship excursions blew past us on the trail. We
did not try the boiling lake hike but we did the Fresh Water Lake,
Middleham Falls and the Titu Gorge trips and they were all fabulous. 
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