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Dive Review of Big Animals Expeditions/Anchorage Hotel & Dive Centre in

Big Animals Expeditions/Anchorage Hotel & Dive Centre: "Dominica Sperm Whales", Apr, 2017,

by Gregg Backemeyer, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9592.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We had no sperm whales for the first 4 days. Very disappointing. We did have false killer whales day 1 and pilot whales day 2. Sporadic pods of dolphins but none that were bold enough to swim with us. At 10:30am on day 5 we began to spot sperm whales, finally. Something had evidently spooked them out of the area and upon their return they were very shy. We had no close encounters as a result. There's normally 10 pods of sperm whales that frequent the waters off Dominica.

I fully realize that there are no guarantees with such trips as to the level of encounters. Nevertheless, for the expense of this trip, it was quite disappointing.

No criticism of Amos or Amanda or Izzy. Amanda, our trip leader, was great as always as was Izzy (local guide) and Captain Jerry. The boat was good. The small group was great. The Anchorage is a good place to stay. You can stay elsewhere and spend more but the Anchorage has the right island feel.
Websites Big Animals Expeditions   Anchorage Hotel & Dive Centre

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving French Polynesia, Mexico, Caribbean, Guadalupe Island, Socorro Island, Windward/Leeward Islands, South Florida, ABC Islands, Honduras, Hawaii, Panama, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas (Tiger Beach, Bimini, et al), BVIs, AVIs, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Solomon Islands, Galapagos Islands and more
Closest Airport Dominica International Getting There Through San Juan, PR for most on Seaborne to Dominica

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 75-82°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions N/A this was a swim/snorkel, only
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments This was a snorkel/swim only, not SCUBA, so a different environment. Lots of in and out of the water, sometimes quickly with little advance notice. As such, the cameras had to pretty much remain by the transom for rapid deployment.
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