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Dive Review of Castle Comfort Lodge in

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Serena Black, NY, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5587
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute maximum time, 100 feet maximum depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
[None]The boats had large fresh water rinse tanks and there was a dedicated
fresh water tank at the dive center. Boat crew was careful when handling
the cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Castle Comfort is a small resort about a 20 minute walk south of Roseau. It
has a bar, restaurant serving good, varied food at reasonable prices, 15
rooms and a dive operation.
The rooms were very clean, the beds comfortable, the A/C worked, there were
lots of outlets, both 110 and 220 volts  and some TVs even got cable.. The
beds provided the only work space for cameras. Wireless internet was free.

Dive Dominica is located on the grounds. Boats leave every morning at 8:45
for 2 one hour dives with a one hour surface interval. The 60 minute limit
is strictly enforced so the boats get back in time for lunch or to deal
with cruise ship people. Briefings were like the recorded safety
announcements on airplanes.  There was little site specific information
except reef on the right, ocean on the left. No sketch maps showing the
topography. These would have been useful since visibility rarely exceeded
50 feet. I was with a group of 6 divers who had visited CC numerous times
and we were all interested in creatures and small fish. Most of the time a
DM was assigned to this slow group but you still could not lag too far
behind and since we did not know where we were going you did not get very
far in front.
Current was occasionally noticeable but not memorable.
Nitrox was available but not necessary. 80 cu ft were standard and 63 cu ft
tanks available.
The boats all had a marine toilet, rinse tanks for cameras, a dry storage
area and plenty of drinking water.
In spite of heavy silting big colorful sponges were thriving and there was
some healthy hard and soft coral. When the light was good they were
magnificent.  Large fish of any species were absent. Corallimorphs and odd
anemones could be found on most dives.
A night boat dive was scheduled most weeks.
Unlimited shore diving day or night, from the hotels dock was included.
Grass beds started just north of the dock; 15-40 feet deep. Flying
gurnards, bat fish, garden eels, Atlantic long armed octopus plus the grass
dwellers: black ear wrasse, blue lip and buck tooth parrotfish and more.
Wow No dive masters, no time limits and since it was shallow no deco
Diving in front of the hotel was so good I skipped the whale watching and
inland hikes in favor of being underwater.
18 days was long enough to realize how little I know about the grass
environment. I am already planning a return visit.
Plus NO lion fish or breakins like Bonaire.
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