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I'm so glad I found this board. On behalf of my husband, who is a fairly new open water diver (he has already dived in Jamaica. Bermuda, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel and Bali), where are the best places for  him to go during our 7 day Azamara cruise Nov. 30 - Dec. 7? One or two ports would be fine. Our ports are:

Barbados

St. Lucia

Dominica

Nevis

St. Barts

 

It's just for him; not for me -- just give me a beach and I'm fine.

Thank you!

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http://cosol-tours.com/tours.htmlhttps://www.westsidescuba.com/I haven't been to Nevis or St. Barts, I have nothing for you there. 

 

I would rank the other three as Dominica a STRONG first.  Since the hurricane, many great dive operators have closed.  However, Nature Island Divers does a great job.  They provide port pick-up and return, and are really friendly people.  The diving there never disappoints.  The dive shop is connected to a sort of restaurant and hotel in Soufriere, which is about a 25 minute drive from the port.  I wouldn't say the beach was amazing, but if you want a relaxing day away from the ship's crowd you may want to join your husband.  (http://natureislanddive.dm/)

 

Barbados and St. Lucia are both great, but quite different one from the other.  I guess I'd call them a tie, although if I had to pick, I'd choose Barbados. 

 

In Barbados, you want West Side Scuba Centre.  They have the advantage for you of being located at the Boatyard Beach, which has a full service beach resort, so you could easily combine diving and a beach day there. The dives to do in Barbados are several really fun wreck dives, with the crown jewel being the Stavron Ikita.  Peter and Heather Grannum as West Side are fantastic people, and again provide port pick-up and return.  (https://www.westsidescuba.com/)

 

St. Lucia has excellent reef dives, with quite amazing topography.  There are several impressive pinnacles.  Another nice thing here is the dive boat picks up at the same dock the cruise ships tie up at, so it's easy-peasy.  The boat ride from the port to the dive sites is probably a $100.00 excursion if you book it through the ship 🙂  You get to travel the coast until you're int he shadow of the pinnacles.   I've had the best luck with Eastern Caribbean Divers.  ( http://www.easterncaribbeandivingstlucia.com/index.html

 

If you want a fun land tour in St. Lucia, contact Cosol tours, and book their all day island tour.  Pay the relatively small amount extra, and get the private van, you can have up to six people, and it's a much nicer experience.  You go literally everywhere, including the volcano and mud baths, and you'll go to the beach, where you can go snorkeling if you like.  Ask for Livingston to be your guide.  (http://cosol-tours.com/tours.html )

 

Harris

Denver, CO

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Dominica.......best diving in the Caribbean!  Spent a week there twice with my dive club and again on a day dive from a cruise ship.  It doesn't get any better!  Take an underwater camera!

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My husband has been calling and emailing the divers you mentioned in Dominica but no one responds. Any suggestions? Our cruise is a week from today and he wants to book something.

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Like so much in Dominica, they are still getting back to normal after the hurricane. 

 

The email I have is natureislanddive@gmail.com

 

They have a Facebook page at:

 

https://www.facebook.com/natureislanddive/

 

Simon, the owner should be your point of contact. 

 

Harris

Denver, CO

 

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