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Dive Review of Carbrits Dive Center/Comfortel de Champs in

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by C Vernon Hartline Jr, TX, USA
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Report Number 4496
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cayman(s),Belize,Bahama, Turks & Caicos,St Vincent,Dominica,Red
Sea,Mexican Caribbean and Pacific,Coco Island, Truk, Palau, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't run off and get lost - often we were the only two on the boat -
custom dive guide and buddy  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
I had my HD Video -crew helped with the camera on and off the boat - put on
board a separate rinse tank. No separate camera table but took special care
with our equipment. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is a our second trip to Dominica. 

On our repeat visit to Portsmith ,we stayed at a new B&B/Guesthouse
named Comfortel de Champs - owned by an ex-pat Dutch couple we met diving
last year. Great facility with a killer view of Portsmith harbor.
AC,ceiling fans, well stocked refrigerator, great new bathroom, great
cooked to order breakfast, "eco friendly" operation, great
Spanish wines by the glass and friendly Dominica knowledgable hosts. They
have chosen to live here, traveled as tourists in the country, and it shows
they love their newly adopted country. They are presently completing a new
bar and hot tub as an extra addition for their guests. 

Last visit was in November - we went this time in early October. It is the
rainy season and one day we chose not to dive because of storms including
storm including lightening. It rains in buckets. I guess it's the reason
this island is so incredibly green. But the rainy season had caused huge
potholes and sometimes rockslides onto the road. Drive on the left(holdover
from the Brits). This is the 30th year of independence from the British and
large celebrations are planned in early November. We rented an SUV (Rav4)
and can't imagine not having your own transportation. Lunch and dinner are
on your own. We had the best and cheapest meal at "Iguana" a
seaside shack owned bt rastas. No meat but great seafood (including grilled
lobster), pasta and vegetables. We also ate at the Purple Turtle, Blue Bay
, Tomato , Strawberry and the local "foodstalls" near the US
based medical school - Ross University. 

Diving: Helen and Peter ,the owners of Cabrits are passionate about quality
service for their clients. That attitude works down to the staff and crew.
Cabrits owns 3 dive boats (although we heard one was damaged severely after
we left by the backwash of Omar). John, Evan and Fabin are careful and
attentive divemasters. They do their best to point out interesting
critters,unique formations and sea life to make the diving enjoyable for
what ever level of dive experience you have. Portsmith does not have the
walls of the South but the sea bed is alive with sponges,tropical fish of
every kind (including an electric ray and flying gunard), turtles,
squid,eels (including the snake eel) and invertbrates. We even did a small
"ship wreck". Pole to Pole is still our favoritr dive - in spite
of the viz being lower because of rain. The underwater scene is equal to
the above water. Between dives Helen even sends her famous English tea
(milk and sugar) and "biscuits". Very elegant and classy. 

Dominica deserves the title "Nature Island" and it would be
missing a substantial portion of Dominica's underwater wonders to dive only
in the South. 
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