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Dive Review of Nature Island Divers/Gallette Cottage in
Dominica/Soufriese

Nature Island Divers/Gallette Cottage, Mar, 2006,

by Dale Treadway, NE, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2369.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Lembeh Strait, Bali & Komodo Indonesia, Palau, Indonesia, Bvi, Bonire, Cayman Islands, Belize, Cozumel, Nassau, Venezuela
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No water bucket on boat but back to Dive Shop after each dive as only 5 to 10 minutes to dive sites.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Getting there from USA requires a lay-over night in San Juan unless you start from the East Coast. Best Western Airport is very convenient with Old San Juan shops & dining worth a few hours.

Gallette Cottage is owned by Dive operation and it was fully equiped, clean and located right on the ocean. We had the top level of cottage and lower level was separate. The wave action on the rock coast was loud. We ejoyed but it might bother some. It was an easy 5 minute walk to fishing village of Soufriese / Dive shop and a 15 minute walk south to the fishing village of Scotts Head. This is the less traveled tourist area so few tourist and nice interaction with friendly locals. A highligh of our trip.

From airport our taxi stopped in the Capitol of Roseau to purchase stables for breakfast & snacks. Tony's cafe in Surfriese had wonderful fish and fries. Forest Bistro is a "taste of Dominica" experience. In addition there was several cafe's in the village of Scotts Head with fish & chicken as main menu items.

The dive operation has great boats that are spacious, great ladders, short times to dive sites and small numbers of divers. Many dive were just wife & I, but never more than 5. They handled & cleaned all dive gear, were safety minded and helpful if needed. Dive briefing was good and then they tended to lead the dive pointing our a few things but mostly letting you do your own dive. With weather conditions in mind they let you choose dive sites.

Diving was as good as any Carribean diving except a shortage of large fish. Many schools of smaller fish and all the small tropicals. There was amazing coral color and micro life. Several great wall & pinnacle dives. Nice swim-throughs and cleaning stations. Overall relaxing easy diving. It is not Asian Pacific diving but cheaper and with the right expectations a great trip.


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