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Dive Review of Michael J. Millet/Castle Domfort in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J Millet, CA, USA
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Report Number 4224
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean plus Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Truk, Fiji, Galapagos,
Socorros, Vanuatu
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet; 1 hour; 500 psi  
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
The dive boats had dedicated camera rinse tanks but no camera table; the
shore facility had no camera rinse tank; used the hose to rinse camera gear
after diving
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The accommodations are fairly basic but the A/C worked as well as the WIFI.
The staff did a good job keeping the room clean and with fresh towels. The
water pressure was an issue if more than 1 guest was showering at a time.
The food was OK. Breakfast was the best meal. The kitchen staff had a
tendency to overcook just about everything including the nice fresh local
fish. In town, there are several very nice restaurants that have great
food. It's definitely worth the bus or cab ride into town (about a mile or
so). Don't try walking because there are no sidewalks and the local driving
is crazy. Also the restaurant next door at the Evergreen resort is very
nice and is a short walk.

The dive operation was SUPERB!!. Nice spacious boats with great crews. We
had a family group so we were assigned the same boat and crew for the week.
Aaron and Francis did a great job of taking care of us. The AM dives are 2
tanks. The boats have lots of fresh water but no fruit or pastries. Bring
your own snacks. 

The dive sites were easy to get to -- 20 minutes max. The reefs are in
great shape with lots of marine life. Lots of seahorses, frogfish, all
kinds of shrimp, hamlets ,drumfish, eels, jawfish, arrow crab, and lots of
hawksbill turtles. It is a fabulous place for macro photography.

The shore diving off the dock is pretty good down to about 40'. Lots of
eels, drumfish, shrimp, featherduster worms. Watch out for the long, spiny
urchins. I got nailed a couple of times trying to get that special photo.
Check out the dock pilings for juvenile fish and juvenile octopus.

The little bar is a great place to unwind and deco. Burrs, the bartender,
is a great guy and mixes a mean rum punch. Try a lime with the Kubuli

Our package included the whale watch trip and a land excursion. No whales
were seen but we did encounter a few dolphin. But we saw lots of dolphin on
the dive boat also. The land excursion was worthwhile offering an
opportunity to see the interior of the island. It included a swim up a
small canyon to a waterfall and then a short hike to some nice larger
waterfalls and hot springs.

Dominica is a beautiful island with very good diving. Castle Comfort is
indeed comfortable with a very gracious and helpful staff. I will happily 
be returning to both. 
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