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Dive Review of Nature Island Dive in
Dominica/Scotts Head

Nature Island Dive, Oct, 2003,

by Chuck Kerl, MN, USA . Report 943.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bay Is., Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Is., Cozumel, Curacao, Guadeloupe. Hawaii, Palau, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Diving was outstanding, easy and reasonably priced. We dove with Nature Island Dive located in Soufriere, south of the capital, Roseau.

We rented a cottage on the water's edge from Nature Island Dive. The cottage was fabulous. Karen at natureislanddive.com can arrange cottage, jeep rental, etc. Photos on the website are very accurate.

There are at least 20 dive sites within a 5-minute boat ride from the dock in Soufriere. The dive area, called Scotts Head, it is a volcanic caldera. The reef is exceptionally healthy. Great colors. There are lots of small reef fish. Larger fish were absent; due to fishing. There were plenty of turtles, but no sharks during our week. We had great bottom time on the dives - all dives were at least an hour. Nature Island's routine is two daily dives.

Downside is that the island infrastructure is minimal. The closest good restaurant is back in Roseau which is a 30 minute white knuckle drive from Soufriere. The roads are in poor condition, narrow, fallen rocks, and, by the way, drive on the left. We were unable to see much of the island because we didn't finish diving until 1:30 PM, our location in the far south of the island and the narrow, mountinous roads.

This is a destination for divers willing to put up with a third world environment, prepare some of their own meals, and go with the flow. It is a pretty good trade-off.
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