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“Fabulous diving, helpful staff”

Castle Comfort Diving Lodge/Dive Dominica
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Owner description: Castle Comfort Lodge is the epitome of a small intimate Caribbean dive lodge, located one mile south of the capital Roseau.We are a 14 room dedicated family owned and operated dive resort and also home to Dive Dominica.We are Dominica´s first dive center and lodging.Castle Comfort and Dive Dominica is your one stop shop to create your own Dominican experience Hikes, snorkel, whale and dolphin safaris and deep sea fishing excursions. Let us make your Dominican island experience treasurable !
Somers, NY
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Fabulous diving, helpful staff”
Reviewed November 5, 2010

On the advice of friends, we spent a week of diving at Castle Comfort Lodge / Dive Dominica last March, 2010. Our friends were right, and the diving was terrific. A variety of dive sites within a 15-20 minute boat ride along the coast, many in semi-protected waters. Some dramatic and fairly deep dives (80 feet) close to shore in the caldera of a flooded volcano. You don't see the typical fringing or barrier reefs here, but the mostly wall and pinnacle dive sites are spectacular, and there are a variety of habitats. And terrific wildlife including turtles, seahorses, lots of fishes (including garden eels), many invertebrates (including the "golden crinoids"), and oh those sponges. (We don't get very excited about sponges up north, but the Dominica sponges are beautiful, large, and abundant.) It's a great place for UW photographers.

The dive staff were also terrific -- friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. The dive boats are medium-sized (not giant cattle cars), well-designed, comfortable, and have heads. Castle Comfort is well set up for diving and Derek Perryman (owner) is hands on, helpful, and runs a good dive operation. We felt we were safe and in good hands, and the diving was easy and low-stress.

The included breakfasts were terrific. Up at 7:00, breakfast at 7:30, leave the dock at 8:30. Easy. The little restaurant overlooking the water is convenient for lunch after the morning dive. Things may have changed, but the lunch and dinner menu is limited, but still convenient. It's also easy to go into town for dinner. It's a 10-15 minute ride to Rosseau (flag down the frequent vans rather than paying much, much more for a taxi), which has several restaurants and the Fort Young Hotel. Also try the good restaurant in the opposite direction (and walkable) -- the Sea View Lounge, a real French restaurant on a veranda (pricey, but a treat).

Dominica calls itself "The Nature Island" and they have protected much of the interior as a preserve. There are excursions to the interior, but you can get a good feel for it on the hour-long drive from the airport, which crosses over the middle on mountain roads. We thought that the best thing about Dominica, and the best reason to go there, is the diving, which is spectacular.

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Bern, Switzerland
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“Scuba diving & whale watching at it's best”
Reviewed October 21, 2010

From Oct 10-13 we went scuba diving, snorkelling and two times Whale Wachting with Dive Dominica, every part a real pleasure. Those guys are pros, know their business and bring you to the best spots. Attentive, good-humored guides who have every reason to be proud on their beautiful "Nature Island" and like to share. On the first Whale Watch Tour we saw 3 sperm whales and on the second even 14! Respectful observation, no chasing of the animals as you can find elsewhere. We shared some outstanding moments and had a lot of fun!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews
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“Excellent Dive”
Reviewed September 16, 2010

Excellent dive in Dominica! Dive Dominica staff were professional and very friendly. You are in excellent hands!! Two tank dive was awesome! I would hightly recommend Dive Dominica!

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Plantation, FL
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“Diving Spectacular; Resort Quaint (but isolated); food/service inconsistent”
Reviewed October 12, 2009

Just returned from a week's stay at Castle Comfort - a picturesque and quaint dive resort, with spectacular dive opportunities, simple accommodations, inconsistent service and overpriced, limited eating opportunities. Having stayed at 8 land-based dive resorts throughout the Caribbean in the past 10 years, I would rate Castle Comfort in the middle of the pack, with a C+.

The resort's safe, professional, efficient dive operation - with friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff - is very good. Dive sites are pristine, and critters abundant and diverse; beach diving at the pier in front of the resort was equally good. Staff (including new divemaster Kevin) was very pleasant and genuinely interested in making dive experiences special. They also diverted our dive boat on several occasions to greet dolphin pods and mating turtles! A great diving experience is the reason to choose Castle Comfort.

However, it was obvious the resort was experiencing new staffing issues. There were only 4 of us in our group, and we had the entire resort to ourselves, as it was the first week Castle reopened for the season. With so few guests to accommodate, one would think that we would have had great service and attention - but, alas, that was not the case. The new bartender had no idea how to fix mix drinks (or even how to open and serve wine); wait staff were very friendly and engaging - but poor communication skills resulted in inconsistent meal orders. Some meals were outstanding; others were only passable - with little variety and bland taste; many of them were overpriced. As the resort is located about 4 minutes (by van/bus) from the central city, eating at Castle Comfort quickly became boring.

On a positive note, staff were quite attentive to our questions and requests (addressing problems with internet connections and transportation issues); were prompt and efficient in arranging airport transports (it's a 1-1/2 hour van trip to the resort!), and arranged for a very professional day guide for us so that we could experience local island sites. Staff also seemed concerned about making positive changes in their operation and training staff - seeking our opinions and listening to our suggestions.

We visited Fort Young Hotel on our last day and truly enjoyed a wonderful meal (very reasonably priced), as well as the central city site and beautiful resort decor. In hindsight, when visiting Dominica, I would have chosen to stay at Fort Young (which offered a similar dive/stay package at only a slightly higher price) because of its central location and more varied meal opportunities (including nearby city restaurants); and dived with Castle Comfort - they make daily stops at the Fort to pick up/drop off divers.

Dominica is a beautiful island; well worth a visit - especially since it is a truly pristine environment and the unspoiled Caribbean that we love.

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Turks and Caicos
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10 reviews
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“Wonderful Whalewatching trip”
Reviewed August 12, 2009

My husband and I recently returned from an anniversary trip to Dominica. Whilst there we enjoyed a whalewatching trip with Dive Dominica. The trip lasted about 5 hours, longer than expected as we did not see whales at the beginning of the trip. The crew were friendly and informative did their best to find the whales staying out longer than they needed until we spotted some. We were very lucky to see 2 sperm whales and enjoyed delicious rum punch on the way back to the dock.

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