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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Center/Fort Young Hotel in

Buddy Dive Center/Fort Young Hotel: "Dominica is a Diving Diamond in the Rough", Nov, 2015,

by Gregory S. Yarnik, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8998 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Kona, Little/Grand Cayman, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport Douglas-Charles Airport Getting There Unfortunately, it is not an easy trip to Dominica from the states, even though it is only a mid-chain Caribbean destination. From Chicago O'Hare, we had layovers in Charlotte and San Juan. Once we arrived on Dominica, it was then a 1.5 hour van ride to the resort in the southwest shore town of Roseau. Total travel time was between 15 and 16 hours.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions - just stay w/your buddy and meet back at boat with 500 psi in tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Separate camera rinse tank and plenty of room on-board to stage equipment. ... 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 3 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
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Beginners 4 stars
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Comments The island of Dominica had been on our wish list of Caribbean dive destinations for some time, and we finally went for it last November and December, 2015. We had planned to go in August but Tropical Storm Erika decimated much of the island and infrastructure, setting it back years and unfortunately destroying entire towns and killing 50 people. By the time the airport and most island roads reopened later in the Fall, life was mostly back to normal. I had been staying in touch with folks at the resort (Buddy Dive on Bonaire just opened up there) and they urged us to come in November as the island was recovering and open for business. Known as the "Nature island," Dominica is volcanic in origin and has very little tourism infrastructure (which, once one arrives, is mostly a good thing): one good-sized airport and one cruise ship dock in Roseau for a single, small cruise ship that arrives daily. The island slopes in elevation from arou ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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