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Dive Review of DIVE DOMINICA/Fort Young Hotel in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Jarocki Jr, FL, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4132
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the dive leader, max 100' for 60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Alot of small critters, soft corals, very few large fish, no pelagics
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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