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Dive Review of Fort Young Dive Center in
Dominica/Southwest (leeward) side

Fort Young Dive Center: "Great diving, wonderful people and suburb accommodation: Dominica", Nov, 2014,

by Edmond Kay MD, WA, US ( 1 report). Report 7952.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific Northwest, Fiji, Australia's GBR, Little Cayman, Roatan and Bonaire
Closest Airport Douglas-Charles Airport Getting There Flights to Dominica all land first in Puerto Rico and from there a Caribbean Airline (LAIT) takes you on an unpredictable "milk run" through the islands until you reach your destination. "Island Time" guarantees a very unpredictable departure so best leave a huge layover in PR when going home so you do not miss your connection. From the airport in Dominica you take a bus or taxi for a 90 minute ride through the rain forest. Sit in the front seat if you are prone to motion sickness.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 87 to 89 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Recommendations for each site given in thorough intro before each dive. Dive Master carried high visibility slate and pointed out sights of interest frequently during the dive. Accommodations could be made for the more adventurous.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Well equipped shop and knowledgeable staff (note: I am not a photographer but I heard no complaints) ... 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 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments With good visibility, calm seas and an incredible profusion of tropical fish this was a five-star dive to remember. One of my benchmarks for a high-quality dive is to see at least one juvenile spotted drum, and on this trip I saw 20 or more (I lost count). All sizes and shapes from a tiny newly hatched baby, to multiple juveniles and many adult Drum. Of course, the wide variety of fish and sea snake was mind-boggling. We saw seahorses on almost every dive, and unusual sites like the Caribbean octopus showed up frequently. At Champagne Reef volcanic hot water bubbled out of vents in the seabed to create a very unusual effect (hence the name). The sea temperature was 87 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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