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Dive Review of Dive Dominica/Fort Young Hotel in
Dominica

Dive Dominica/Fort Young Hotel, May, 2006,

by john gibbs, MI, usa . Report 2912.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Belize, BVI, s, Jamaica, Yucatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 120 feet max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh water rinse for cameras

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Most of the divers on our boat were from Castle Comfort (Dive Dominicas homebase),but we opted to stay at the Fort Young Hotel on the edge of Dominica's capital city, Rousseau. The hotel offers a small dive shop, rinse tank and dock where we were picked up each morning at 0830 by Dive Dominica.
The Fort Young Hotel,although a bit pricier than a stay at Castle Comfort, offers much nicer accomodations. Rooms are all air-conditioned, most with refridgerators.Hot water is plentiful. Beds were clean and comfortable. The hotel, built within the remains of an old fort, offers 2 swimming pools, a well stocked bar,an open air restaurant overlooking the ocean, and another, the finest restaurant in Rousseau on site. The food was always well prepared and varied.
The diving is best around Scotts Head Point (Don't miss 'Condominiums')Both hard & soft coral large & healthy.Many schools of varied fish,seahorses,turtles,etc...No pelegics. However,one day a school of Frasier Dolphins followed us back to shore.Dive Dominica usually runs with 8 to 10 divers on board.(One day a crowd of 16 divers on board elicited cries of "cattlecar". The following day we were split into two boats)The divemasters tend to change from day to day but all seem knowledgible, very helpful and friendly.Fresh water and fruit juice on board. Tanks always filled to 3000psi.
As this was our 2nd trip to Dominica in as many years,it seemed evident that many of the dive sites were worse for wear. Coral bleaching and algae growth were evident as well as less plentiful fishlife, particularly on the shallow dives. However, Dominica still offers some of the best diving in the carribean, and the island is absolutely beautiful.


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