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Dive Review of Seaside Dive Center/Sunset Bay Club in
Dominica/Batalie Bay

Seaside Dive Center/Sunset Bay Club: "Sunset Bay Club/Seaside Dive Center", Apr, 2017,

by Henry O Ziller, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9588.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia, and Fiji.
Closest Airport Melville Hall (DOM) Getting There Denver (DEN) to Miami (MIA) to Barbados (BGI) on American then Liat from BGI to DOM around $585.00/PP round trip

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No bucket on the boat, but I am sure if you asked they would provide one. My little point and shoot was fine without. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Dominica is not so easy or inexpensive to get to coming from Colorado. We did find inexpensive airfare going to Barbados on American then using Liat to Dominica. You do need to stay overnight in Barbados, but it has so much to offer you may want to plan a few extra days either going or on the return as we did. We did save over $1000.00 on airfare for two.

Our last visit to Dominica was in 2008 and we stayed at Fort Young since it is right down town close to shops and restaurants. At that time there were two cruise ships per day docking in front of the Fort Young Hotel. This trip we decided to try the middle portion of the island staying at Sunset Bay Club Beach Resort on an all-inclusive plan. The resort is about halfway between Roseau and Portsmouth in Batalie Bay on one of the few beaches in Dominica. The beach can disappear after heavy rains as the Batalie River that runs along the north side of the resort tends to change the delta from one to three washing away the sand. The river also sends a lot of mud into the sea making visibility poor but it clears up amazingly fast usually in one day. We missed one day of diving due to these conditions. We were not allowed to make up the day, but were offered steak and lobster dinner at no extra cost.

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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at May 20, 2017 11:10 EST  
Great report-- Thanks for taking the time to post!
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