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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Center/Fort Young Hotel in

November, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Gregory S. Yarnik, IL, US
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"Dominica is a Diving Diamond in the Rough"
Report Number 8998 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Little/Grand Cayman, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Aruba,
Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport
Getting There
Unfortunately, it is not an
easy trip to Dominica from the
states, even though it is only
a mid-chain Caribbean
destination. From Chicago
O'Hare, we had layovers in
Charlotte and San Juan. Once
we arrived on Dominica, it was
then a 1.5 hour van ride to
the resort in the southwest
shore town of Roseau. Total
travel time was between 15 and
16 hours. 

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions - just stay w/your buddy and meet back at boat with 500 psi
in tank.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Separate camera rinse tank and plenty of room on-board to stage equipment.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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The island of Dominica had been on our wish list of Caribbean dive
destinations for some time, and we finally went for it last November and
December, 2015. We had planned to go in August but Tropical Storm Erika
decimated much of the island and infrastructure, setting it back years and
unfortunately destroying entire towns and killing 50 people. By the time
the airport and most island roads reopened later in the Fall, life was
mostly back to normal. I had been staying in touch with folks at the resort
(Buddy Dive on Bonaire just opened up there) and they urged us to come in
November as the island was recovering and open for business. Known as the
"Nature island," Dominica is volcanic in origin and has very
little tourism infrastructure (which, once one arrives, is mostly a good
thing): one good-sized airport and one cruise ship dock in Roseau for a
single, small cruise ship that arrives daily. The island slopes in
elevation from arou ...
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