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Dive Review of Dive Dominica/Fort Young in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4395
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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

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth, time, follow the divemaster, and surface with 500 psi   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
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):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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