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Dive Review of Nature Island Dive/Itassi Cottages, in Roseau in
Dominica/Soufriere Bay

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John G. Herring, VA, USA
Report Number 649
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Maui, Bermuda
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were required to stay with the guide because the dives were within the
reserve, but the guides were flexible and we dove our computers/air.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Nature Island Dive is a terrific, small operation with well-trained,
experienced divemasters.  It's the perfect place to dive the Soufriere Bay
area, as the boats have only a 5-15 minute ride to the sites; surface
intervals in the beautifully maintained courtyard of the dive shop are a
nice touch.  The boats are small aluminum pontoon craft with awnings:
perfect for the short trips, and great for the keeping the groups small. 
The corals in Soufriere bay are the healthiest I've seen in the Carribbean,
and the diversity of species of small reef fish is amazing.  The bay is a
collapsed volcano with the center going down at least 2500 feet.  The sites
are around the edges (inside and out) and include walls, pinnacles, and an
amusing "champagne" site with sulfurous bubbles filtering up
through the sand.  Big schools of black-bar soldierfish in swim-throughs, a
few arrow blennies, lots of crinoids, lobsters at night, and all the usual
denizens, in colorful profusion.  Having Nature Island rinse, store &
set up our gear was new to us (and quite welcome).  We stayed at Itassi
Cottages in Roseau, about a 25-minute drive from the dock.  The
accomodations there were spacious and well-equipped,  the view was out of
this world, and the price was very low, but some travelers may find it more
rustic than they like.  Don't leave your fruit out on the kitchen counter
unless you don't mind sharing it with the birds. No AC, but a nice breeze;
mosquito nets in both bedrooms.  Great market in town and a few good
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