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Dive Review of Castle comfort lodge in
Dominica

Castle comfort lodge, Aug, 2005,

by peter bunce, mo, usa . Report 2918.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving andaman sea. fiji, yap, palau, red sea carribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]time and depth pretty presticted but not resentd
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments November 05
One flight a day in and out of Dominica.Had to spend a night in San Juan each direction. We stayed in Old San Juan( a reasonable cab ride from air port) in La Taverna, a nifty and affordable hotel and found really GOOD places to eat. Arrived early afternoon at Dominica. Met by the hotel's contracted van--an hour drive over the mountain to Castle Comfort. The drive is fun because this is a spectacularly beautiful volcanic island, with still active volcanic action---most notably a boiling lake which takes a day to hike to (we did not do it) and Champaign, a pretty dive spot with warm bubbles percolating from the shallow bottom. Over half of the island is a nature preserve, and it is verdant, mountainous and beautiful. An easy afternoon excursion to Trafalger falls was wonderful. If you go you'll know why.
Castle Comfort is a tight little self-contained dive resort; simple pleasant rooms, oriented toward the water around a small grassy courtyard with hot tub and bar . Food is not great but edible. We preferred to eat lunch and dinners elsewhere and found some pleasant simple places within walking or taxi distance. (Dominica is not a gourmet destination). The diving set-up is good and convenient, right at our doorstep. Divemasters are locals, competant and fun. We never were crowded in the boats-- same crew all week. They had fun. So did we. Underwater: No big stuff. lots of great macro--sea horses on every dive, yellow frog fish, black, spotted and snake eels, other good stuff and fairly lush underwater scenery teeming with life. (However a fair amount of bleached coral--which we had not encountered two years ago.)Visibility generally very good. This is a gemultlich destination, and not just for the diving.

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