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Dive Review of Nature Island Dive/Evergreen Hotel in

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Vicky Polashock, GA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, FL Keys, Bonaire, Red Sea, French Polynesia, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
I traveled to Dominica in November with 3 other people. Our summary: the
island is beautiful, uncrowded, the locals are friendly, the diving is
great, and the rum is cheap. Dominica is very difficult to get to however -
we had to bounce through San Juan and Antigua first - hence the

The Evergreen Hotel staff are very friendly. You cannot make reservations
on-line; we emailed them and provided our credit card that way. Which, they
did not charge until a few days before our trip. They arranged our
transfers from the airport, and our diving at Nature Island. The hotel is
in Castle Comfort south of the main town of Roseau, and beyond walking
distance, so we ate most of our meals at the on-site restaurant. The staff
there were very friendly, and called us by name. Breakfast was included in
our package, anything we wanted off of the menu. Dinner options included
pricey entrees (which were pretty good), and more reasonable sandwiches. We
did get a shuttle to take us to a small grocery where we bought some food,
but the room did not have a fridge so we just bought non-perishables. One
of the staff drove us into town one evening so we could try a downtown
restaurant, and wander through the Fort Young Hotel (which looked very
nice, very tourist-y, and had a cruise ship dock right in front of it). At
the Evergreen, the rooms had A/C (though it didn't keep up with the
afternoon heat), showers, TV, and phone. We had a "seaview" room
with a balcony looking out over the water. The pool was nice and
refreshing. I would definitely stay here again. 

Nature Island Dive was a fairly nice operation. It is located in Soufriere
on the southern part of the island. We paid extra to get picked up each day
for our dives, and got to enjoy a beautiful scenic ride up over the side of
a mountain into Soufriere. Dives were one tank at a time, with the surface
interval spent at the dock. There is a lot of diving near Scott's Head so
the boat rides were typically very short. I would have preferred to stay
out for both tanks rather than haul everything in to shore each time, but
many of the other divers were from the cruise ships docked in Roseau and
were only doing one dive. Because of this, overall the diving experience
was slow, with a typical pick-up time of 8:30am and a return time of 3:30pm
after only 2 tanks. The boats generally had 10 to 12 divers but could fit
20 or more, so we weren't crowded. There were rinse tanks both on the boat
and on-shore, and if you were doing a second dive, the staff changed over
your gear to the next tank. We generally had enough surface time to wander
around the town a little. One of the divemasters was the son of the
manager, and he was very good (as were all of the DM's). Nature Island had
had some hurricane damage earlier in the year and had lost one dive boat.
During one of our dives, the engine on the remaining dive boat gave out,
and the boat was nursed to shore. Though the boats weren't in good repair,
the staff were on top of things, and the regs and BC's we rented were fine.
We did one night dive, which was fantastic - it was just our little group,
and we saw lots of critters - octopi, crabs, lobsters, huge parrots and
trumpets, spotted morays, and a banded moray that looked like a snake.
During the day we saw seahorses, turtles, drumfish, flounder, grunts,
wrasse, tangs, and frogfish, among others. Overall, I would say the reef
life is good and varied, and the hard corals are nice, and there was little
to no current throughout our stay. 

We spent a day off-gassing by taking a tour of the island, and going on a
whale-watching cruise. Ken's Hinterland Tours picked us up at the Anchorage
Hotel (which is a short walk from the Evergreen) and took us to Titou
Gorge, Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, down the Indian River, through the
town of Portsmouth, Cabrits National Park, and the Caribe Indian Territory
(where our guide lives). We took a whale-watching tour with Dive Dominica,
which left from the dock of the Castle Comfort Hotel. We were out for about
30 minutes when we saw the first whale, and ended up seeing 4 total. 

Regarding Dive Dominica, our only experience with them was the
whale-watching tour. Their dive trips leave from the Castle Comfort Hotel
next door to the Evergreen. They seem to put more divers on their boats
than Nature Island, but the boats are in good repair and leave earlier than
Nature Island, so they get to the Scott's Head sites earlier. So, if we
return to Dominica, I might consider Dive Dominica just for the
convenience, though I would miss the beautiful drive to Soufriere and the
friendly people at Nature Island.
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