Accommodation in the Commonwealth of Dominica
The diving in Dominica currently is nearly all on the Caribbean side of the island, so that is where to base yourself. Much of the accommodation is fairly basic: one room with beds, living area and "kitchenette". The kitchenette tends to be a couple of rings, a fridge and a sink.
Although there is good diving throughout Dominica, the best is in the South. We'd recommend spending some time in all areas: North, South and Middle. It is only a small island and you can travel from one end to the other in a couple of hours.
The dive operator covering the North of Dominica is Cabrits Dive Centre in Portsmouth. You can stay in Portsmouth or Calibishie is also popular. Calibishie is on the Atlantic Northern coast of the island half an hour's drive from Portsmouth. If you haven't hired a car you can catch a bus between the two, but you will have to get up early to be there in time. To be sure of getting to the dive centre for an 8.30 am start you will need to catch the 6.40 am bus.
Highly recommended. Owned and run by Harta who is a lovely character. There are six apartments arranged as three "cottages" in a garden next to the sea. Excellent food, although like in a lot of places in Dominica quite expensive. You can cook in your room though, or go to the shacks for takeaway Caribbean food, or visit one of the other nearby restaurants. Just a few minutes walk from the Cabrits Dive Centre.
Quite small rooms but close to Cabrits Dive.
Picard Beach Cottage Resort
Sunrise Garden Guest House
Sea Cliff Cottages
Villas and apartments close to, and owned by, East Carib Dive. Not far from Salisbury which is 30 minute south of Portsmouth and north of Roseau.
Chez la Doudous
Sits at the top of a 100 foot cliff looking over the Bay of Salisbury. Walking distance from East Carib Dive.
Tamarind Tree Hotel
All inclusive resort with their own dive centre. Pool, children's area. Managed by a Belgian family. English, French, German and Flemish spoken. Between Coulibistrie and Salisbury.
Sunset Bay Club Hotel
On a lovely beach short walk from Mero. Near Salisbury.
Castaways Beach Hotel
Five apartments above the village of Mero.
Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments
Owned by Nature Island Dive and within walking distance of the dive shop. Two cottages, sleeping two and four people.
Nature Island Dive
"Stayed at Nature Island Dive cottage - overlooking the bay with dolphins and turtles. You get bikes in the package for going back and forth to dive centre (10 min walk). Great customer service."
Three bedroomed house. Local cuisine and take away food are available in local restaurants and bars. Near to Nature Island Dive Centre.
Anchorage Hotel has its own dive centre and is about a mile south of Roseau (the capital). As it's out of town there is not much else to do at the location but dive.
Anchorage Hotel and Dive Centre
Next door to the Anchorage Hotel and home to Dive Dominica.
Castle Comfort Dive Lodge
This is a very good hotel, but you could be anywhere in the world. "You are in your own little box" according to one guest.
Fort Young Hotel
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