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Dive Review of Cabrits Dive Centre/Calibishe Lodges in

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA
Report Number 3138
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
BVI, Cayman, Cozumel and Mexican Yucatan, Antigua, Saba, St. Vincent &
the Grenadines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Diving the boulder-strewn, northwestern bays of Dominica is a voyage of
discovery. The sites are pristine, uncorrupted by human civilization.
Besides the usual suspects, it's easy to spot strolling octopus, squid,
friendly balloonfish, flying gunards, frilly nudibrachs, beautiful crinoids
and more during the day. Cabrits' two-tank, twi-night dive trip is icing on
the cake. At night, we saw many species of cardinalfish, a multitude of
hunting trumpetfish, scorpionfish, colorful stars, tube-dwelling anemonies
and huge coralymorphs. Currents and surge are a rarity on sites that are
primarily sloping dropoffs and are interesting at all depths, right up to
the 15' safety stop.

Cabrits is run by Helen Repp, an energetic Brit who offers her encyclopedic
knowledge of the area at a mile-a-minute pace. If you want to know where to
eat lunch, ask before your mind is dulled by nitrogen. Service is
top-notch. The store offers a dry changing/clothes storage room, bathroom,
fresh-water outdoor shower and secure storage for gear and valuables. REEF
ID books are available. The full-service shop also sells cold drinks,
including Kubuli, the outstanding local brew. Cabrits will set you up with
anything you need: Lodging, take-out, laundry pick-up and more. For
week-long visitors with non-diving children, Helen offers a combo scuba
school/babysitting package. The pier is a short drive away via one of the
shop's vehicles. The staff takes care of gear transfers, setup and rinsing.
Helen prepared hot tea (with milk and sugar) and cookies for the chilly SI
-- a very pleasant and delicious surprise. During our trip, groups were
small and the divemasters allowed us freedom and max bottom time.

Calibishe Lodges gave us good value for our money. The hotel is very close
to Melville Hall airport on Dominica's eastern shore. The property is
beautifully landscaped and maintained. Each unit is a one-bedroom suite
with living room, kitchenette and front porch. Full breakfast is included
in the rate. Units are not air conditioned but there are fans in both the
living room and bedroom. Beds are equipped with mosquito netting which
wasn't used because tradewinds fresh off the Atlantic kept the room cool
and bug free during our February stay. Onsite, there's a pool and very good
bar/restaurant. A small market for staples is a short walk away. Fresh
produce and other items are readily available near the dive shop in
Portsmouth. The drive to the dive shop takes 25-30 minutes.

The northern half of Dominica has many unique sites to explore, including
some very nice beaches. Car rental is a must. We rented from Courtesy and
were extremely satisfied with their rates, service and quality.
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