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Dive Review of Castle Comfort Lodge in

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by MetriRN, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, etc. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Lots of fresh water available at all times for camera rinse barrels on the
day dive boat and on shore. Crew careful & helpful with camera gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is a great little place nestled between two hotels on the water with
its own pier and on site dive operation. No beach.  While the property is
compact, the rooms are large and the place is very well laid out. Oceanview
rooms have a lanai, other rooms do not.  There is neither a view nor a
garden outside the "gardenview" rooms, but they are huge,
comfortable, nicely appointed, with a decent bathroom. Minus: no in-room
fridge for bevs.  Food is delicious, but a lot of fried stuff. Some options
for vegetarians/vegans. Nice tiki bar at water's edge with good selection.

Staff are warm, hospitable, responsive, and attentive. Good wi-fi service.
Tiny gift shop, no dive accessories or gear. Rental gear available: BCDs,
footie fins, regs, masks, wetsuits, lights. Anything else, bring spares,
they don't have it. Nor in town (1 mile away). 

The dive operation is first-rate:  good fills, Nitrox, gear loading and
set-up, and they'll provide extra assistance if required. Their gear
storage area is nicely set up, locked yet accessible for random diving, but
a bit difficult to use because they store the filled tanks in the center of
it, leaving not much room to get to/from your PVC-tubing cubby area. DMs
helpful, not obstructive. Bring a mesh bag for your mask, fins, etc. gear
to make it easy to store.  Staff get it on/off the boat. 

The best part is the diving:  really the best in the Caribbean that I've
seen in a long time.  Sponges galore, including stupidly big barrel
sponges, great diversity in reef fish and eels, crabs, mantis shrimp,
juveniles of all kinds, some nice hard/soft corals, crinoids, basket stars,
pipefish, turtles, rays, flounders.  Lionfish have arrived, but not yet
decimated fish population.  Crew very good at hunting and killing, but they
won't be able to keep up for long. No sharks, no pelagics except some sperm
whales we saw from the boat. 

The house shore diving is great muck diving, (esp. night diving) with all
kinds of critters--octos, batfish, eels and crabs, etc.  You can dive for
hours alongshore and see tons of stuff and not run out of air as it's all
within 5-30 feet. They'll let you shore dive as much and as often as you
like on regular air. 

Caveat---On the flight OUTBOUND from Dominica, the baggage limit changes
and is strictly enforced.  Total 70 lb. weight limit (not per bag) and no
bag can weigh over 50 lbs. Bags pick up significant moisture weight while
in Dominica, so plan accordingly. Check with the resort for the latest
baggage info.

I recommend this place--loved it! Would definitely go back. Good value for
the great diving.  Can be a bit hard to get to--most itineraries require a
one-night layover to & from. 
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