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Dive Review of Dive Dominica/Castle Comfort in
Dominica/Eastern Carribean]

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, USA
Report Number 1724
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire,Cayman,Tortola,Belize,Tobago,Yap,Palau,Fiji, New Guinea,Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers with Computers-1st Dive 100 ft Max-1 Hor Bottom Time;Second Dive-Max
50 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
	I did 13 dives with Dive Dominica. I was a bit disappointed in the
repetition of the dive sites visited. I did three dives each at Witches
Point and Champagne. I would have preferred more variety in dive sites.
Mostly saw smaller reef fish on dives. Saw a couple of good-size turtles
and an occasional barracuda.
	Nitrox is available. The charge for using it is $90 for 10 dives.
	Im finding out that it is better to pay cash than using a credit card for
supplemental expenses incurred at diving resorts. The hotel gave you $2.60
EC for each US dollar. However when I was billed, the hotel, Castle Comfort
used $2.71 as the exchange rate for using a credit card. I had a similar
experience at Wallindi Plantation last year.
	Breakfast was included in my package. However the rest of the meals were
not included. Lunch had to be preordered at breakfast. You could obtain a
large vegetarian pizza at lunch for $13 US. However suppers were $28 plus a
service charge. I enjoyed the food at the Taiwanese restaurant close to
Castle Comfort. The food at the Fort Young Hotel was very good. You could
sit in the bar vicinity and purchase good food at moderate prices. However,
eating in their dining room was rather expensive.
	I tipped the head of diving $50 and asked him to distribute tips to the
boat crew and dive guides. I doubt if he distributed the tip according to
my wishes. I think it is better to tip dive crew and guides before leaving
boat after diving.
	Dominica is a poor island and I was occasionally approached by beggars
while walking from Castle Comfort to town center.
	I visited Titou Gorge (Trafalger waterfalls and hot springs-great trip)
and saw 8 sperm whales and many dolphins on the whale watching cruise.
	I had a good time in Dominica and would consider returning for diving 
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