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Dive Review of Castle Comfort Lodge in

Castle Comfort Lodge, May, 2014,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 71 reports with 27 Helpful votes). Report 7595.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC, returned a year after our only other visit to Dominica. We flew from Charlotte to San Juan on USAirways without any problem. We were to connect with LIAT for a continuation thru Antigua, on to Dominica. However, the flight from San Juan was 3 hours late & we missed our connection. To LIAT's credit, they overnighted us at Halcyon Cove & it was very nice. We had a 3:00 am wake up to get to the airport for a 6:00 am flight to Dominica. However, we went to St. Lucia first, finally arriving in Dominica about 10:00 am. We then went over the mountains to Roseau & the roads were definitely better than a year ago.
The Castle Comfort staff prepared breakfast & arranged for 2 pm dives the day of arrival. The food at Castle Comfort is excellent, with banana pancakes,my favorite. Local fruit juices & fresh fruit are daily staples. The food was really good & we ate at the hotel nightly.
The diving was very nice. 2 dive masters are in the water & Imron showed a lot of really neat critters. The viz was quite good, & no current was noted. We had 14 divers on our boat & it did not seem crowded at all. Cameras were cared for & the dive staff was helpful.
Unfortunately, my wife & I had to leave urgently due to a death in the immediate family & Arienne & her staff were extremely helpful with arrangements to return to the US as was our group leader, Serena Ogburn.
We want to return to Dominica again. Our group did a night dive, whale watching ( success!) & a tour of a Calibishie village the rest of the week, & all were happy with our experience.
The only unusual thing on the way back was that my loose cable ties in my carry-on were confiscated in Dominica as a security threat!?! Go figure!!??!! This is a very good dive operation & basic clean hotel & we will return, despite LIAT's deficiencies.
Websites Castle Comfort Lodge   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Truk, Australia, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments My wife had no complaints.
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