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Dive Review of Castle Comfort Lodge in
Dominica

Castle Comfort Lodge, Aug, 2014,

by Jim Willoughby, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 7753.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I had heard many stories about how difficult it is to get to Dominica. I did not find this to be the case. I have been on trips where the travel was much more challenging. After an uneventful, although very long series of flights we arrived and were promptly picked up by the shuttle van. After a very beautiful 1 1/2 hour drive from the airport to the resort we were greeted by a friendly staff where we were quickly checked in and shown to our rooms. I was leading a fairly large group of 18 and the resort did a good job of meeting our needs. We did have to over flow into the neighboring hotel where the rooms were not as nice but still acceptable. I personally found the food to be above average for a small remote island. More than satisfying even if it was pricey. The wait staff were very accommodating and friendly. The house keepers kept my room clean and tidy. The diving over all was quite good for the Caribbean. Most of the dives that we did had healthy coral, not much trash which is saying something for the Carib and a fair amount of sea life. I was disappointed to see fish traps on many of the dives with panicked beautiful tropical fish trying to escape. It was sad to see this especially in what is supposed to be a marine preserve. The boat crew were competent, very safety oriented and helpful when asked. Other wise it was pretty much hands off. We changed out our own gear, got our tanks on with out much assistance and frequently climbed back on the boat with fins under arm as no one was there to help. None of that was really an issue for our group as we were all experienced divers. My only real complaint was the strict adherence to the bottom time. All of the dives were relatively shallow, our group had the boat to ourselves and many of us were getting back on the boat with 1500+psi in our tanks. I could understand if we were a mixed group or if we needed to fit a time schedule but we were only doing 2 dives and when we got back to the dock, the dive crew sat under a tree for the rest of the afternoon after unloading the boat. Over all, I was happy with the resort and the boat. The price of the package was reasonable. Food is very expensive, much more so than any other Caribbean Island I have been to. I am glad that I went. Would probably not go back as I can go to Asia for less money and have much better diving but for those that are restricted to the Caribbean for their international dive trips, Dominica is a good choice.
Websites Castle Comfort Lodge   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Lembeh indonesia, Bunaken Indonesia, Anilao Ph, Ticao Island Ph, Malapascua Ph, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Bimini, Bahamas, Roatan, Utila, Saba, St Kitts, Nevis, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes max bottom time. back on the boat with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments there were no facilities at the dive shop for cameras other than a rinse tank that was usually so murky I would not put my camera in it. There was no where in the room to work on my camera. I had two beds and was only using one so the extra bed became my camera table. There was a rinse tank on the boat but no where to set your camera while getting ready to dive. The dive crew did do a very good job of getting me camera too me in the water and taking it from me at the end of the dive.
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