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Castaways Beach Hotel is Dominica's foremost beach hotel. Located in the middle of the west coast of the island, all of Dominica's famous attractions are within easy reach. Sites such as the Cabrits National Park in Portsmouth, the Syndicate Nature trail in the parrot habitat, Emerald Pool in the Northern Forest Reserve and Trafalgar Falls east of Roseau are all just 30 to 45 minutes away from the hotel.

Looking at a map of Dominica, Castaways is located about 1.5 miles north of the mouth of the Layou River, between the small vilages of St. Joseph and Mero. A 25 to 30 minute drive down the coast will take you to Canefield Airport and the capital city, Roseau. A one-hour drive through virgin rainforest puts you at Melville Hall airport.



The 26 rooms of the hotel are set in a lush, tropical garden on a beautiful gray sand beach. The attractive and spacious accommodations offer calming Caribbean Sea vistas. When Mr. Bill Harris purchased the hotel some 25 years ago, he took great pride in personally landscaping the entire grounds. The result is a truely beautiful hotel setting, unmatched in Dominica.

After a day of hiking, sightseeing, birdwatching or diving, it is a pleasure to return to Castaways and enjoy the atmosphere. Relax and sunbathe on one of Dominica's finest beaches, or for those who still have energy it is possible to have a game of tennis or horseshoes. The watersports activites at Dive Castaways are always an option as well.

The Almond Tree restaurant, Rhum Barrel Bar and Castaways Beach Bar are the social gathering areas of the resort. The Almond Tree and Rhum Barrel are open on a daily basis and are located in the main building of the hotel. Both offer spectacular ocean views giving many their first sampling of seeing the green flash.

A wide range of cuisine and tropical drinks are offered, specializing in the particular blends of spices and flavors of produce grown in Dominica. The Castaways Beach Bar is the prefect place to relax. It is the setting for the bar-b-ques which are held on occasion throughout the week, and every Sunday which is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy grilled lobster, fish or the best ribs on the island in very comfortable surroundings. If you're be celebrating a birthday or anniversay while staying with us, let us know and we'll help you make the occasion a special one.


Tours of all sorts can be arranged through the Castaways Activities desk. Full day trips which include hiking to cascading waterfalls or two-hour trips which include the tours of a local rum factory and coconut husk mattress factory are available. The possibilites are endless. The majority of our tours are done through Ras Tours, starring the best tour guide on the island, Bobby Fredericks (for proof, see the November/December 1996 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine).




For the discriminating traveler, Dominica is a must. Nowhere else in the Caribbean will one find the blend of magnificent beauty on land, coupled with majestic sea settings, both below and above the water. Let Castaways be the gateway for your wonderful experience in Dominica. As it is well stated in most businesses, the three most important factors are location, location and location. Simply, when it comes to location, the setting and ambience which Castaways has to offer cannot be matched.




Dive Castaways

The perfect choice for your next Caribbean adventure. Together with Castaways Beach Hotel, Dive Castaways offers diving connoisseurs full-service access to the unmatched beauty of Dominica's pristine coral reefs. Dive Castaways is a small operation offering personalized service.



Intimately acquainted with the Caribbean for close to 30 years, Divemaster and Managing Partner Kurt Nose has spent literally thousands of hours on her reefs. Kurt grew up on diving, working in his father's dive shop in St. John in U.S.V.I. in the early 70's. With expert knowledge of Dominica's undersea geography and a vast experience of leading dive groups, Kurt is also deeply involved in efforts to preserve Dominica's underwater character by establishing permanent moorings in order to avoid damage to the reefs, and working to establish marine reserves. Kurt, along with his personable staff will do all possible to ensure your time with Dive Castways is rewarding and enjoyable.


PADI Courses

We can take you from your very first dive... all the way through Divemaster. Our one-day PADI Resort Course equips you with the skills needed to enjoy the underwater world to depths of 40 feet/13 meters. Or one can hook on to the theme of having a 'do something' vacation and take the full PADI Open Water Certification course.

After an intense, but enjoyable, three days of training, one can enjoy the rest of the vacation diving as a fully certified PADI Open Water Diver. Open Water course referrals (doing the text work and confined water work at home and then coming on vacation to do the open water portions) and Advanced Open Water courses are common at Castaways as well. Courses are availble in English, French and Spanish.

Kurt has been diving for over 25 years and has, to the best of his recollection, completed 5,000+ dives. Of all the aspects of diving, he enjoys teaching the most. And he promotes his facility as a training center. While many dive operations shy away from students or novice divers, Dive Castaways welcomes them. Kurt is certified by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) to train divers of all levels of experience. Dive Castaways is also a PADI International Resort Assocation (PIRA) member, which ensures certain standards are maintained at the facility. PIRA membership is a quality assurance program under the watchful eyes of PADI.

The topography of the island leads to easy diving. As tradewinds remain constant in this area, the east coast of the island is usually windy and the seas fairly rough. The west coast of the island however, tucked away behnd 4,500 foot peaks, is a wonderful lee shore with calm seas, sporting ideal diving conditions for beginner and advanced divers alike.

Whatever your level - our focus on the individual ensures your underwater comfort , safety and enjoyment.


Watersports Activites

Ocean kayaks are available for rent from Dive Castaways. Enjoy a cruise up and down the coast of Dominica. Rent snorkeling gear and take it along to check out the great snorkeling spots along the coast. The adventurous types can paddle south along the coast past the villages of St. Joseph and Layou, and then attmept to make their way up the mouth of Dominica's longest river, the Layou.

A sunfish is available for sailing along the coast. Kurt from Dive Castaways is around for lessons if one wishes to learn. The winds can be a little tricky... but that is half the fun.

Boats with captain are available for charter from Dive Castaways. If one wants to take the family for a cruise down the coast to Scott's Head or up the coast to Portsmouth, or if a couple wants to do a romatic sunset picnic cruise while sipping champagne, that can all be arranged.


For information and reservations please contact:

Castaways Beach Hotel & Dive Castaways
US Reservation Office
PO Box 21625
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335

Toll Free number: 888-227-8292
Direct Line: 954-489-7751
Fax Line: 954-351-9740

In Dominica:

Castaways Beach Hotel & Dive Castaways
PO Box 5
Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica

Tel: 767-449-6244 / 767-449-6245
Fax line: 767-449-6246

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