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Dive Review of Anchorage Dive Center in

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Leanne Wells, Texas, usa
Report Number 239
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Los Roques, Venezuela; Galapagos islands;Costa
Rica;Cozumel;Sulewesi,Indonesia;Tukang Besi,Indonesia;Komodo Island,
Indonesia; Indian Ocean,Tanzania; Sea of Cortez,Mexico;Malpelo,Colombia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemasters suggested profiles during dive briefings but experienced divers
with computers were allowed to follow own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Dominica (pronounced "Dom-in-ee-ka) truly lives up to its nickname as
"Nature Island". NO chains or high rises. No beggers or
panhandlers. Populace are eager to attract ecotourism and are hospitable
and gracious. Diving is effortless and relaxing but there are high octane,
high current dives available upon request by experienced divers. We had
some inexperienced divers with us,so did not seek out the more challenging
dives. Most of our dives were within a volcanic crater open to the sea on
one side, so the sites were protected from surge and current. No large
critters, no large schools of fish. Coral is healthy and there are some of
the largest barrel sponges I have ever seen; big enough to accomodate a
standing man easily. Some unusual small critters. Have never seen so many
bristle worms! Sperm whales and pilot whales were spotted from our boat and
the sperm whales even put on an aerial show for us, rising halfway out of
the water and returnig with a resounding SPLASH. Several schools of spotted
dolphin, but none stayed around long.
We were aboard private sailboat and anchored just off of the Anchorage
Hotel and dive shop so had no use for the hotel or restuarant facilities.
The dive shop personnel were very friendly and accomodating. I would not
hesitate to use the shop again. Pancho, who lives next to the dive shop
even picked up shopping lists from our catamaran and returned in his little
boat with our groceries!
Do not dive this island without seeing its interior! Dominica has not yet
sold its soul to the cruise ship/tourism dollar gods and it remains a
beautiful,lush volcanic rainforest with pure waterfalls and rivers. Hiking
is the only way to see much of the island and knowledgeable guides are
readily available. Or go by yourself! 
A wonderful family island with something for everyone to do:
swim,snorkle,dive,hike,kayak,hire a driver and tour the easy way, or do
nothing and enjoy the friendly ambience. 
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