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Dive Review of Dive Dominica/Fort Young Hotel in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by john gibbs, MI, usa
Report Number 2912
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman,Little Cayman,Belize,BVI,s,Jamaica,Yucatan
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 feet max   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water rinse for cameras 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
    Most of the divers on our boat were from Castle Comfort (Dive Dominicas
homebase),but we opted to stay at the Fort Young Hotel on the edge of
Dominica's capital city, Rousseau. The hotel offers a small dive shop,
rinse tank and dock where we were picked up each morning at 0830 by Dive
    The Fort Young Hotel,although a bit pricier than a stay at Castle
Comfort, offers much nicer accomodations. Rooms are all air-conditioned,
most with refridgerators.Hot water is plentiful. Beds were clean and
comfortable. The hotel, built within the remains of an old fort, offers 2
swimming pools, a well stocked bar,an open air restaurant overlooking the
ocean, and another, the finest restaurant in Rousseau on site. The food was
always well prepared and varied.
    The diving is best around Scotts Head Point (Don't miss
'Condominiums')Both hard & soft coral large & healthy.Many schools
of varied fish,seahorses,turtles,etc...No pelegics. However,one day a
school of Frasier Dolphins followed us back to shore.Dive Dominica usually
runs with 8 to 10 divers on board.(One day a crowd of 16 divers on board
elicited cries of "cattlecar". The following day we were split
into two boats)The divemasters tend to change from day to day but all seem
knowledgible, very helpful and friendly.Fresh water and fruit juice on
board. Tanks always filled to 3000psi.
    As this was our 2nd trip to Dominica in as many years,it seemed evident
that many of the dive sites were worse for wear. Coral bleaching and algae
growth were evident as well as less plentiful fishlife, particularly on the
shallow dives. However, Dominica still offers some of the best diving in
the carribean, and the island is absolutely beautiful.      

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