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 Dominica - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Yachting Essentials

Voltage:230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

East Caribbean dollar (EC$).

Effective 1 July 2015, the I cent and 2 cent EC coins will be withdrawn from circulation. The coins will no longer be valid either as consumers will not be able to conduct transactions using these coins. Persons can present the coins at any of the commercial banks which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) to receive face value.

A price rounding system will be implemented within the ECCU countries for the settlement of cash transactions only, whereby the total payment, inclusive of duties, fees and taxes, will be rounded symmetrically to the nearest five cents. Non-cash payments using cheques, debit andcredit cards will not be impacted and therefore will not be rounded.

Communications

International dialing code for Dominica is +1 767.

rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising through the islands using Digicel should be aware that you cannot top up a sim from one island in another as used to be able to. So if for example you want to use the sim bought here while cruising through other islands, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or you can set up an account and do it online, but you cannot get it topped up in another island.
You can top-up Digicel at
https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Transport

There are taxi tours available but very expensive. Best to rent a car.

See Airport information following hurricane damage in comments at bottom of page.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Plans are well on-stream to hosting the first ever Dominica Indigenous Cultural Festival from July 3rd – 5th, 2015.

This festival is expected to showcase Dominica’s indigenous people’s culture and traditional lifestyle.

Emergencies

Emergency: dial 999.
Hospital: Tel (767) 448-2231

Publications

IMRAY AND ALDARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Grenada to The Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Published by Imray (3rd Edition 2014)
ISBN: 9781846235818
See www.imray.com/publications
Fully illustrated with plans and photos, many of which are new for this third edition, the guide is packed with interesting and useful background information on the Caribbean; its history, tourism, geography and details on sailing in the islands.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles 2.0 (Volume III: Windward Islands)
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (March 2016)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

2013-2014 Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands: Martinique to Grenada
By Chris Doyle
Publisher: Cruising Publications (16th Edition, Nov 2012)
ISBN:978-0-944428-94-8
This guide features detailed sketch charts based on the author's own surveys, and aerial photos of most anchorages with clear and concise navigational information. Covers the islands from Martinique to Grenada, with dazzling scenic photography, unsurpassed onshore information, sections on exploring, provisioning, water sports, services, restaurants and photography. Information is linked to the author's website where you can download town maps, GPS waypoints from the sketch charts, and obtain links to local weather, news and more.

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

www.dominica.dm
Dominica Tourist Board Website

Discover Dominica on Twitter: @Nature_Island

http://www.distantshores.ca/news_files/category-yacht-security.html
Cruising Report (2013) with positive news of improved security for yachts, by Sheryl and Paul on "Distant Shores"

www.visit-dominica.com
Guide to Dominica's accommodations and attractions

www.avirtualdominica.com
Dominica travel guide with a what's on page

Good Hiking Resources
Detailed hiking guides are available at the park offices in the Botanical Gardens , Roseau.
https://www.facebook.com/HikeIntoDominica

Doyle's Guide to Sailors' hikes
Hikes in many of the Caribbean islands.

Dominica still needs help - we just didn't know!
Posted April 2016.

Dominica - Boat Boys, Rum Punch and Beautiful Scenery
December 2nd, 2015
Cruiser's report by the Blue Water Cruising Association.
Sailing Dominica by SAIL Magazine
A useful report written January 2015. Download the pdf here.

Update History

April 2016: Formalities checked.
October 2015: Immigration and Security Sections updated.
May 2015: Publications checked.
May 2015: Customs updated. Pet regulations checked.
April 2015: Updated information added to General/Money
March 2015: Updated fees confirmed by Hubert Winston.
October 2014: Fees confirmed by Hubert Winston of Dominica Marine Centre.
May 2014: SailClear and fees update from Johanna.
January 2014: Security section updated with latest activities of P.A.Y.S.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.

Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 10, 2017 11:34 AM

LIAT RESTARTS LIMITED COMMERCIAL SERVICE TO DOMINICA
Following the opening announcement by Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, LIAT will resume a limited commercial service to Douglas Charles Airport as we begin to normalize operations following Hurricane Maria.
The service will operate daily alternating between the hubs of Antigua and Barbados. Interim Chief Commercial Officer Audra Walker stated that this frequency is done as the airline has to work with several challenges as well as concern for its staff. “We were the first airline back into Dominica and our staff has worked tirelessly from the first flight two days after Hurricane Maria as well as when we did our relief flights even with their own difficulties. We are assisting them with getting back to a sense of normalcy.” She further stated that there were still challenges with connectivity from Dominica which would mean the use of a manual system for operations.
The re-introduction of the commercial service will also see the lifting of restrictions on who can travel into the Commonwealth of Dominica. Any person can now book via the website or Call Centre under the normal travel requirements.
The new schedule will see LIAT operating a return flight from Antigua to Dominica on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the daily return flight to Barbados will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This schedule will run until November 7th when the airline will review and update its schedule into affected territories for the winter season.

holrobert
holrobert says:
Mar 15, 2017 02:18 AM

During our stay on March 10 2017 an old neglected coaster sank in Prince Rupert Bay. It is just under the surface. Coordinates 15 34 66N, 61 27 75W. We left Rupert Bay on the 11th, the danger was not yet marked by then.

Knuth
Knuth says:
Feb 24, 2017 12:47 AM

we had so huge expectations in Dominica, BUT...
1. no more a 'secret island' - it is very, very touristic!!
2. too much boats at Portsmouth/Prince Rupert bay! Minimum > 70 Y's creating lots of traffic and, and, and...
3. horrible night, since the disco music nera PAYS started at 09:00 pm and did not stop before 04:30am !!!!! And it was so noisy, no chance to sleep!
4. very choppy and swelly, every day, independent there was no wind at all.
5. you pay for everything, also for every waste bin you want to get rid of ...

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 10:05 PM

We stay in Dominica in May 2016, half of the time in Portsmouth, half of it in Roseau. We loved it: Very respectful boat boys, very helpful and kind,especially with the kids. The same applies to the local population in Portsmouth and surrounding villages:Always a smile and a few nice words. People are generous, we recived a lot of fruits or veggies when hiking. We always felt safe, even in Roseau, despite there are a few beggers. The island is very clean, no litter (there has been a lot of education made on that matter lately). Overall, we found people very nice and respectful, probably due to the influence of the rastafarism culture, very present over there.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 18, 2016 12:43 PM

DOMINICA'S FIRST YACHTIE APPRECIATION WEEK
February 14 to 21, 2016
Organised to celebrate the installation of a new mooring field in Prince Rupert's Bay. All visiting yachts will receive free moorings, discounted island tours, and nightly socials. As a bonus, St. Maarten Yacht Club will help organize a Rally/Race to get boats from the island of Dominica to St. Maarten in time for the St. Maarten Heineken regatta.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 14, 2015 09:39 PM

The Islanders still need help following tropical storm Erika that devastated the island in 2015. If planning on visiting Dominica, read the news item adjacent re. items that are still urgently needed (including diapers/nappies for children, school items, Christmas toys, female products/pads, and other basics.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 09, 2015 12:29 PM

Posted by Chris Doyle on the Dominica Cruisers (PAYS) Facebook Page
Indian River

It does not matter how many times I go up the Indian river, it is still as magical as ever. The addition of the Calypso's hut which grows organically out of the mangroves is a lovely addition. It is is a crying shame that the land surrounding the river has is privately owned and has no protective ordinance. Some of this land is now being sold off and some of the drainage swamp for the area is being filled. When it rains this means more water will pour down the river changing its ecology. This could end up being a tragedy for a site that is unique in the eastern Caribbean. Go enjoy it while you can!
www.doyleguides.com

DominicaMarine
DominicaMarine says:
Mar 18, 2015 09:16 PM

No one likes to hear arguments but arguments are what they are until being resolved. I believe Roseau is not immune from arguments such as any capital city or country side in the World. Why is someone posting on Noonsite about two guys arguing is beyond me. Litter is an issue for me because I love a clean place . We are resolving it till there are no paper or plastics on our beaches and road drains. Still not worthy for Noonsite as we are not immune to litter.

DRoss
DRoss says:
Mar 15, 2015 04:34 PM

I have to post that we find the exact opposite. We were in Portsmouth for 2 weeks and now in Roseau for 10 days. The PAYS guys are wonderful in Portsmouth and, while not so organised, we're happy with what we have found in Roseau. In addition we're traveling with other boats (5 in Portsmouth, 3 in Roseau) and we are all quite happy here. Go figure!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 16, 2015 07:06 PM

Posted on behalf of Vivianne Perazelli (Canada)
Hi, I finally decided to send you an update on this paradise island, as they like to call it here. We arrived here 6 weeks ago and due to our broke down engine, we are here for a while. On a morring in Roseau ( Newtown), we just about had anough witnessing to constant battles between the "canoe boys". It is not fun to hear ...I will shoot you you f..... For us it's the last time we come here. The streets are filthy, garbage everywhere, taxi drivers that never leave you alone. Not fun !!!

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