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Dive Review of Castle Comfort Lodge in
Dominica/Roseau to Scotts Head

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Groarke, MT, US
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Report Number 6449
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Montana,So Cal, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, Utilla, St Croix, Thailand, Palau,
Truk, Raja Ampat, Australia GBR, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Followed computer profile for repetative dives for Advanced divers, for
others 100' max and up to 1 hr. total dive with manditory safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 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  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Given the partially cloudy days that you can experience here lighting is a
big concern.  When it is sunny it is great;  If it has been raining and you
are diving close in there is more material in the water reducing
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
We very much enjoyed the trip, the people are great.  The whole island is
trying hard to be enviromentally friendly and they are succeeding far
better than other islands we have visited in the area. Best critter variety
and photography we have seen in the Caribbean.  Crews are local and well
trained and knowledgeable.  Yes there are lion fish but they are killing
them on sight. 

One of the most memorial dives was one morning when we hear the whale song
the entire two dives and then saw them on the way back in. Have never heard
that before.

Weather can be cool in the morning and evening, say a sweater or a sweat
shirt.  We did wear our dive chamois between dives and on the way in.  It
can rain any day.  The forest is tropical but there are no venemous snakes
on the island.

If you plan on renting wheels remember they drive on the wrong side of the
road and the roads are windy and steep, this is avolcanic island with very
little flat land.  The honking is to warn people you are comming around the
bend not to tell them to get out of the way.

Carry spare parts and batteries, you will not be buying any there.  I wore
a 3-4-5 mm wet suit and my wife wore a 3 and we were OK but after three
dives we were tired.  None or very little current. The rental gear is in
good shape and the tanks are inspected, I would have no reservations using
their gear.  There is a new chamber installed at the local hospital in the
last year.  They only have 3 mm shorties for wet suits but there are some

Very few divers there but when it was only us, my wife and I, they still
cheerfully took out the boat for our daily dives.  If half of a couple was
a none diver they went out of their way to pick a site that could be
snorkled as well.  Night dive was great.

For non diving days you can hire a guide and driver and travel to a wide
range of mountain trails and interesting local attractions.  For the real 
adventureer use the local bus to get around.  Town is 2.00 East Caribbean
dollars and that way you meet some interesting people.  We used the local
bus to get up to Titou Gorge (don't miss this one) and lucked out since
there was no one there.  We swam up the gorge to the water falls.  One
caution, if possible avoid the cruise ship days when going ashore.  The
government has a deal that gives their tour parties preference at places
like the Titou gorge or the boiling lake.  We couldn't get to the upper
falls one day because of the crowd.  The desk has the cruise ship schedule.
 They provide dive services to the cruise ships and other operations but do
it with a different boat than the daily dive boat.

Anotehr way to spend a none dive day is a whale watch trip.  They saw
whales on all the trips while we were there and we got the lucky and saw a
sperm whale breech completly out of the water.  The cows had calfs with
them as well.

Because of the tropical nature of the mountains flying in can be
problomatic so I would suggest trip insurance.

The resort has everything a diver needs, remember the power is 240 v but
each room has one or two 110 v plugs.  The morning breakfast in the package
is  a full breakfast.  The rooms and beds are good.  Only down side of the
resort is it would have been nice to have a  refrigerators in the room. 
Email and the web are good but slow down in the evenings. Food is good and
they have a nice local beer or rum.
The water in the taps is potable and we drank it for the two weeks there
with no problems.

If you want night life and shopping this is not the place but for diving or
whale watching it is great.  Linda got some great pictures and we plan on
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Subscriber's Comments

By SwampDiver at Jul 28, 2013 10:38 EST  
Good review - thanks!  Can you tell me more about the diving?  Did the boat
go out in the morning & afternoon? Did you do shore diving? How many
night dives?
By Groarke at Jul 28, 2013 19:47 EST  
Been a while, I am over in Singapore working right now.  Water clarity was
good, boat went out three time a day if you want.  They were happy to go
our with only the two of us.  We did two morning dives and an afternoon
twice.  We also dove right off the dock at the resort, fast drop off but
lots of ells.  Linda (my wife) got good pictures most everywhere we went.
Lots of turtles. Not a lot of current, Hardly what I call drift dives.  I
would have no problem bringing beginners on all of the dives we did. Not a
lot of large fish, although we saw some large barracuda and heard but did
not see the whales the one dive.  We did one night dive and they picked up
another group from the large hote.  It was their last day and it was more
crowded than I like for a night dive, but then Linda (my wife) & I are
used to doing it by ourselves.  Plan to go back again once I have finished
this contract.  Be a nice place to spend the winter.

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