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Dive Review of ALDive/Rosalie Bay in
Dominica

ALDive/Rosalie Bay: "back to Dominica!", Jun, 2015,

by ann mcgrath, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 8247.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We have dived Dominica many, many times since the late 90s, and it never disappoints! Billy, Samantha and all the excellent folks at ALDive took good care of us, including my 82 year old mom.

We dove with Billy and some of his excellent divemasters, with Odel at the helm of their comfortable boat. ALDive is very safety conscious, which I appreciate. They are professional and friendly, which is why they are the only operation I dive with on Dominica. Check the reviews, you won't find anything negative!

Their dive shop/pier/boats are conveniently located just outside Roseau. You can leave your gear at ALDive during your stay, so you don't have to haul it back and forth to your hotel. The staff will rinse it and hang it securely each night, and it will be back on the boat the next morning.

Billy knows the best places to dive on Dominica! Even though I've been there many times before, we dove two areas I hadn't been before, and was impressed with both! One was a sheer wall covered with sponges in every color of the rainbow. We had a nice encounter with a green sea turtle there. The other spot is the sandy/grassy area under the Fort Young cruise ship pilings - this is a haven for juveniles (lion fish, angel fish), and there are several bat fish there as well (we saw three).

The dive sites here are gentle, good for beginners as well as experienced divers. There was a little current on the southwest tip of the island, but that's where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, so that's to be expected (and it wasn't much). The lion fish are kept to a minimum, thankfully, because most restaurants have them on the menu! (They are yummy, by the way.) I was happy to see plenty of juvenile spotted drums and jack knife fish, eels, crabs and lobsters. There was one large barracuda and one nurse shark, as well as a few sting rays. All in all, an excellent experience!

About Rosalie Bay Resort: This resort is absolutely beautiful, and we plan to come back every year. The only caveat for divers is that it's on the other side of the island, so you will spend about 45 minutes driving each way, and the minimum charge for Rosalie Bay to take you is USD$50 round trip (per couple), so it can get expensive. You can rent a car less expensively, but the roads are windy and full of holes, so we opted to let Rosalie Bay drive us.

The rooms at Rosalie Bay are spectacular, and the restaurant/pool bar is also excellent. Their new spa is amazing as well.
Websites ALDive   Rosalie Bay

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving almost everywhere
Closest Airport Melville Hall Getting There Seaborne Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The boat staff will rinse your camera gear with fresh water when you come up, and store your equipment in a safe place between dives.
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