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Dive Review of Fort Young Dive Center in
Dominica/Southwest (leeward) side

November, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Edmond Kay MD, WA, US (1 report)
"Great diving, wonderful people and suburb accommodation: Dominica"
Report Number 7952
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Pacific Northwest, Fiji, Australia's GBR, Little Cayman, Roatan and Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There
Flights to Dominica all land
first in Puerto Rico and from
there a Caribbean Airline
(LAIT) takes you on an
unpredictable "milk
run" through the islands
until you reach your
destination. "Island
Time" guarantees a very
unpredictable departure so
best leave a huge layover in
PR when going home so you do
not miss your connection. From
the airport in Dominica you
take a bus or taxi for a 90
minute ride through the rain
forest. Sit in the front seat
if you are prone to motion

Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
87   to 89    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommendations for each site given in thorough intro before each dive.
Dive Master carried high visibility slate and pointed out sights of
interest frequently during the dive. Accommodations could be made for the
more adventurous.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Well equipped shop and knowledgeable staff (note: I am not a photographer
but I heard no complaints) ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Value for $$
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With good visibility, calm seas and an incredible profusion of tropical
fish this was a five-star dive to remember.  One of my benchmarks for a
high-quality dive is to see at least one juvenile spotted drum, and on this
trip I saw 20 or more (I lost count).  All sizes and shapes from a tiny
newly hatched baby, to multiple juveniles and many adult Drum.  Of course,
the wide variety of fish and sea snake was mind-boggling.  We saw seahorses
on almost every dive, and unusual sites like the Caribbean octopus showed
up frequently.  At Champagne Reef volcanic hot water bubbled out of vents
in the seabed to create a very unusual effect (hence the name).  The sea
temperature was 87  ...
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