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Dive Review of Nature Island Divers/Gallette Cottage in

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dale Treadway, NE, USA
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Report Number 2369
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Lembeh Strait, Bali & Komodo Indonesia, Palau, Indonesia, Bvi, Bonire,
Cayman Islands, Belize, Cozumel, Nassau, Venezuela
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No water bucket on boat but back to Dive Shop after each dive as only 5 to
10 minutes to dive sites.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Getting there from USA requires a lay-over night in San Juan unless you
start from the East Coast. Best Western Airport is very convenient with Old
San Juan shops & dining worth a few hours.

Gallette Cottage is owned by Dive operation and it was fully equiped, clean
and located right on the ocean. We had the top level of cottage and lower
level was separate. The wave action on the rock coast was loud. We ejoyed
but it might bother some. It was an easy 5 minute walk to fishing village
of Soufriese / Dive shop and a 15 minute walk south to the fishing village
of Scotts Head. This is the less traveled tourist area so few tourist and
nice interaction with friendly locals. A highligh of our trip. 

From airport our taxi stopped in the Capitol of Roseau to purchase stables
for breakfast & snacks. Tony's cafe in Surfriese had wonderful fish and
fries.  Forest Bistro is a "taste of Dominica" experience. In
addition there was several cafe's in the village of Scotts Head with fish
& chicken as main menu items. 

The dive operation has great boats that are spacious, great ladders, short
times to dive sites and small numbers of divers.  Many dive were just wife
& I, but never more than 5. They handled & cleaned all dive gear,
were safety minded and helpful if needed.  Dive briefing was good and then
they tended to lead the dive pointing our a few things but mostly letting
you do your own dive. With weather conditions in mind they let you choose
dive sites.

Diving was as good as any Carribean diving except a shortage of large fish.
 Many schools of smaller fish and all the small tropicals. There was
amazing coral color and micro life.  Several great wall & pinnacle
dives. Nice swim-throughs and cleaning stations.  Overall relaxing easy
diving.  It is not Asian Pacific diving but cheaper and with the right
expectations a great trip. 

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