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Dive Review of DIVE DOMINICA/Fort Young Hotel in
Dominica

DIVE DOMINICA/Fort Young Hotel, May, 2008,

by Steve Jarocki Jr, FL, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4132.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving CARIBBEAN, SOUTH FLORIDA, BAHAMAS
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the dive leader, max 100' for 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Alot of small critters, soft corals, very few large fish, no pelagics

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments From South Florida we left our house at 3:00am to catch a flight out of Miami Internat'l Airport at 6:00am, then a lay over in San Juan for 3 hours, arrived in Dominica around 2:00pm and then the hotel van drove us to the hotel an 1 1/2 hour away. The Fort Young Hotel is located on the opposite side of the island from the Airport, I would consider the hotel one of the nicest on the island. Skip the standard room and book the deluxe direct ocean view upgrade suite. Our initial assessment of the hotel staff was that they did not appear to be very friendly, however, by the end of our trip we found the complete opposite. Ken coordinates the dive operation out of the hotel and also owns the company that provides the hiking tours, he does a first class job. If you are uncertain as to the number of days you want to dive, book the minimum, you can always purchase the remaining dives ala carte, the rate is the same. Dive Dominica will not allow you a transfer unused dives to another person, even your spouse. The dive operation will pick up at the dock located behind the hotel around 8:30am, you return around 1:00pm - 2:00pm, only 8 to 12 divers aboard the boat most days with plenty of room. Dives were limited to 100' for 60 minutes, atleast 1 hour S.I., second dive was approx. 60' for 60 minutes, you had to follow the Dive Master on a tour of the reefs (after a few days when they were confident in our diving abilities they were more lenient, provided we informed them of our dive plan). Lots of interesting critters, frog fish, seahorses, anemonones, sponges, not too many large fish and no pelagics. Others have stated that Dominica is inexpensive, I would not consider that correct, it maybe cheaper than other Caribbean destinations but not cheap. Over all we had a wonderful trip.
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