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Dive Review of Dive Dominica/Fort Young in
Dominica

Dive Dominica/Fort Young, Feb, 2008,

by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 4395.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Micronesia, Hawaii, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Caymans, Curacao, Tobago, Bahamas, and Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth, time, follow the divemaster, and surface with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None 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 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments A separate rinse bucket for cameras is provided, but not all divers were aware. The boat we were on is covered so there is a noce dry area for working, but no table or work area provided.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dominica is not so easy to get to but is well worth the extra trouble. Coming from Colorado we always have to spend an extra night going and returning. We have always opted for spending the nights in San Juan, but hotels are not cheap there so staying in Florida is more reasonable. But San Juan is such a great place to visit!

Our last visit to Dominica was in 2002 and we stayed at Castle Comfort. This time we thought we would try Fort Young since it is right down town close to shops and restaurants. This may have been a mistake since there are now two cruise ships per day docking in front of the Fort Young Hotel. It is a good thing they leave before sunset. If you want to do some shore diving the only option is to stay at the Castle Comfort, and the shore diving is really good there. The Fort Young Hotel has a nice pool and three Jacuzzis, although only one Jacuzzi worked during our stay. Some of the time we had little water pressure and the temperature would go from hot to only warm bordering on cool in our room. Our friends reported the same in their room. There is a rinse tank at the Ft. Young, and drying racks, and they will store your equipment overnight in the dive shop.

When the ships are in Roseau gets really crowded and some of the tours are hard to get signed up for. Tour prices have increased four fold since 2002. Part of the reason to go to Dominica is the above water attractions. In 2002 you could put one to four people on a tour for $50.00 US, and now it is $50.00 US per person. You can do better by bartering with a cab to take you to the sites especially if you know the sites you want to see and dont need a guide. For $100.00 EC ($2.68 EC = $1.00 US) = ($38.00 US) the four of us were taken to Ti Tou Gorge and Trafalger Falls and back to the Fort Young. That was a good deal. Of course you lose the benefit of a guide that way. Food is still inexpensive. The most we paid for dinner with drinks for two was $108.00 EC ($40.00 US). Kabuli beers (8 ounces) are still $1.50 US. When compared to the rest of the Caribbean, Dominica is very inexpensive.

Dive Dominica services the Fort Young Hotel and has some nice large boats with lots of room and all the necessary safety equipment. There was always two buckets, one strictly for cameras. There is a head on the boat, though it is down below deck. Water is available, but we always take a couple bottles of water with us. Water throughout Dominica is safe to drink, even right from any stream.

Dive sites served are along the south portion of the island and are at most a half-hour from the hotel. Most have light to no current and lots of small fish. The usual suspects showed up such as frog fish, sea horse, turtles, squid, flat tail eels, etc. Next trip we will probably try the northwest dive sites. The 10 best sites are split five to the north and five to the south, although there was only one dive site we will skip, Coral Garden only had piles of rubble obviously the result of Hurricane Dean 2007.
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