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Dive Review of Anchorage in

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Sherman, ID, USA
Report Number 2380
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Roatan, French Polenesia, Hawaii, Belize, Grand Turk, Bahamas,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
typically the dives were 45 min. My computer never left green and I usually
had 1200 lbs of air left  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The hotel had booked a large group plus did the cruise ships so it was a
real cattle boat. They only had 3 divemasters to run the boat and lead the
dives so we usually had close to 30 people diving together.They did their
best under the conditions, but the management is grossly incompetent.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
I booked with Anchorage because I read that Dive Dominica did the cruise
ships and ran cattle boats. It was just the opposite. They only had 2 large
pontoon boats and one medium size boat to run the dives and whale watching
for the hotel and cruise ships. They had a lot more than they could handle.
It appears the management believes that getting the most money right now is
more important than running a good operation. I was told I couldn't dive
the 1st day because they were over booked, even though I paid for a 5 day
package. Then they told the group of almost 30 that they couldn't dive 1
day because they had to do a whale watch and dive for the cruise ship.
There was a big protest and they took us out in the afternoon instead of
the morning. Our plan was to dive in the mornings and sight see the island
in the afternoons. It didn't work that way because they kept changing
things around so you never knew when anything was going to happen. Some of
the large dive group paid for upgraded rooms but received standard rooms.
They still were charged for the upgrade and the management refused to
credit them the difference. I could not recommend this operation to

Dominica is a beautiful island and the people are very friendly and laid
back, except when they are driving. Riding in a cab or bus is a real
thrill. They use the horn a lot more than the brakes.

The diving could be pretty good if they established a marine park. The
locals still make a living from the sea. You could see them fishing in
front of the hotel every morning. The result is few large fish. The reefs
are some of the better in the Carribean and there are a lot of small fish. 
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