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Dive Review of Nature Island Dive/Itassi Cottages, in Roseau in
Dominica/Soufriere Bay

Nature Island Dive/Itassi Cottages, in Roseau, Apr, 2003,

by John G. Herring, VA, USA . Report 649.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Nature Island Dive is a terrific, small operation with well-trained, experienced divemasters. It's the perfect place to dive the Soufriere Bay area, as the boats have only a 5-15 minute ride to the sites; surface intervals in the beautifully maintained courtyard of the dive shop are a nice touch. The boats are small aluminum pontoon craft with awnings: perfect for the short trips, and great for the keeping the groups small. The corals in Soufriere bay are the healthiest I've seen in the Carribbean, and the diversity of species of small reef fish is amazing. The bay is a collapsed volcano with the center going down at least 2500 feet. The sites are around the edges (inside and out) and include walls, pinnacles, and an amusing "champagne" site with sulfurous bubbles filtering up through the sand. Big schools of black-bar soldierfish in swim-throughs, a few arrow blennies, lots of crinoids, lobsters at night, and all the usual denizens, in colorful profusion. Having Nature Island rinse, store & set up our gear was new to us (and quite welcome). We stayed at Itassi Cottages in Roseau, about a 25-minute drive from the dock. The accomodations there were spacious and well-equipped, the view was out of this world, and the price was very low, but some travelers may find it more rustic than they like. Don't leave your fruit out on the kitchen counter unless you don't mind sharing it with the birds. No AC, but a nice breeze; mosquito nets in both bedrooms. Great market in town and a few good restaurants.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Maui, Bermuda
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82-0°F / 28--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We were required to stay with the guide because the dives were within the reserve, but the guides were flexible and we dove our computers/air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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]
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