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Dive Review of Anchorage dive/The Anchorage Hotel in

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Tom and Deb Wiles, Maine, USA
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Report Number 4522
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, St.
Croix, Bahamas, Little Cayman, Bermuda, Maine
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No more than 110 feet, do not touch, do not harrass  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There was no camera table on boat, and not until end of the week did they
put a cooler with fresh water, on the boat.  There was no photography shop
on the premises.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
To start, Izzy, the dive master and Dave, the captain were super!  Very
friendly, helpful, and environmentally concerned which made the diving that
much more fun.

The diving was wonderful!  Corals abundant, healthy and very colorful. 
Fish numbered in the 100's in each school.  Saw 1 nurse shark, spotted
moray eels were everywhere (saw 4 or 5 on every dive), Many scorpion fish
were sighted.  Up to 2 turtles were spotted on every dive, and one of them
probably weighed 400 or 500 pounds.  Obviously very olds, barnacles all
over its back.  Saw one electric ray and one yellow frog fish.  Saw 3 or 4
sea horses, a couple great barracuda and a couple big crabs.  There is a
cave that goes in about 45 feet, and dozens and dozens of lobster can be
found in it, crawling all over each other.  Very strange sight.  Macro was
great.  Lots of beautifully colored lettuce leaf slugs, arrow bennies. 
Champagne Reef, a must!  Water in the immediate area was over 90 degrees,
due to the volcanic activity deep in the earth.  Bubbles coming up thru
every nook and cranny.  The sulfur has tinted the sandy bottom yellow in
that area.  If I had to pick one word to describe diving in Dominica, it
would be WOW! 

The biggest warning I would give is watch out for traffic!  They drive like
maniacs, even in the city.  The roads are only about 12 feet wide and the
cars/vans pass each other at great speeds.  Quite scary, since airport in
an hour and 1/2 from the resort area.  Because Dominica is very
mountainous, the roads are extremely curvy, with switchbacks and you're
going up and down and around these curves going at great speeds for the
conditions.  I would greatly suggest NOT renting a car!  Oh
better run across streets, as vehicles won't slow down or stop for you to

The Anchorage Hotel was clean, but a bit run down.  The room did a hav a
fridge, air, fan, TV, with a few channels, and a phone.  Curtains and
bedspread fairly new, but walls needed paint and the bathroom need
attention.  We noticed a bit of mold here and there in bathroom.  The front
desk people were very nice, as all people in Dominica are, but they didn't
seem to know much about the running of the hotel.  The food manager was
very inappropriate when she ripped the waitress a new one, right in front
of us.  The pool, although small, was serviced every day, and was very
clean and clear.
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