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Location

This small village lies about 6 miles up river from Paramaribo and is where cruising boats should proceed to on arrival. Clearance in Paramaribo can be done from Domburg.

Facilities for yachts improved greatly here during 2013, with new moorings (part of Harbour Resort Domburg - see photo) installed off the village in the river, new services ashore plus a marina further upstream.

At weekends, the normally sleepy Domburg livens up a little with many locals enjoying the waterfront, eating out in the many small restaurants.

Location 05° 42.47'N, 55° 05.17'W (off the village)

Clearance

See the main Suriname Clearance page for full details of how to complete clearance from Domburg.

Paramaribo can be reached by bus from Domburg,  mornings only (approx. SDR 2.50). Start the process early in the morning as it can take up to 4 hours to complete all the stages and all government offices close at 14:00.

Last updated June 2017.

Docking

Take note of the tides in the river. See Pilotage & Local Info for advice on timing.

The best anchorage is off the village in about 10m, but allow plenty of scope and swinging room. Take care as this anchorage is reported to be littered with debris (nets, ropes and small logs). The dinghy can be left at the wooden steps in the stone wall or at the excellent new floating dinghy pontoon at Harbour Resort Domburg.

The jetty is only for the use of ferries and official boats.

Harbour Resort Domburg started operating late 2013 (see photos right and above). This offers visiting yachts moorings (brand new in September 2013), a dinghy dock, a restaurant, laundry, shower block, WiFi, swimming pool, plus a number of other services. See their listing below.

Within 300m of the dinghy dock you can find 3 supermarkets, a doctor, a bank with ATM, a fuel station, hairdresser, engine repair, police station and several churches.

The whole Harbour area is a protected area and has a good security.

Upriver from Domburg, a small new marina, part of the Waterland resort, opened in December 2012.

The marina is in a fairly isolated area, however it is very easy to rent a car close to the resort for approx. Eu 12 per day, or appoint a local driver for the same amount to run you around. Some new shops have also opened near the resort.

Last updated June 2017.

Harbour Resort Domburg
Tel:Jenny 00597-370734 / Hubert 00597 8726198 or 0031637029967 ,VHF Channel 31
Founded in 2nd half of 2014 in centre of Domburg: 14 moorings (be sure to check once secure); dinghy dock; harbour restaurant & guest house with complete library; bathrooms, washing machine; free Wi-Fi; swimming pool; car hire; tourist services. Prices are 8.5 euro a day for the first week, going down progressively as you stay longer. Gas refills possible in town. No water supply to boats.
Marina & Resort Waterland
Muurvarensweg 52 , District Para, Suriname
Tel:00597-(0)8786938 / 6802241 ,VHF Channel 12
Opening hours: Office: Mon-Fri 08.00-16.00.
This is the first marina in Suriname, a few miles up river from Domburg (see photo left). Floating jetties with 10-15 berths, with electricity and water, shower & toilet, laundry, WiFi, bar and restaurant, bike hire, taxis, some provisions. Bilingual staff and tourist info. Max. length 70ft, draft 4m. Full 24hr security 365 days a year. The marina is part of a small private resort with 7 houses, a lounge/restaurant & beach, in a fairly isolated area. A new supermarket opened 2.5km from the resort in Jan.14. Secure place to leave the boat during hurricane season. Best to call in advance.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Jul 21, 2017 07:01 PM

Posted on behalf of Bertus
The Marina Waterland Resort lies 5 Miles up stream of Domburg on the Suriname rivier. It is a fantastic place to be. Beautiful resort, good pontoons, great hospitality.

maarten
maarten says:
May 23, 2017 05:55 PM

Marina Resort Waterland Update - May 2017.
The facility is very good - see all the comments below. I have my boat there at present for 6 months at reasonable cost.
The owner personally checks every week if all boats are safe and not taking on water. There are several boats that have been here for a long time, two are 60+ ft sailing yachts so draft is no problem.
The staff are very helpful and can organise transport on short notice. The supermarkets within driving distance are very good for stocking up as prices are low. Conclusion: a very nice place to be, off the beaten track.
S/v windsofchange

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 24, 2015 02:37 PM

Posted on behalf of T Scott:
We spent one week in Domburg and found it very nice here. All the moorings were taken upon our arrival, but can anchor easily in 10m with good holding of hard sand and mud. Be sure to anchor downriver (closer towards the bridge) as there is one nasty local who lives on the upriver side of the moorings who will come out on his porch and yell at you to go away! Otherwise, every local we met was very nice. The owner and staff of the little marina here were all friendly and helpful, and the bar makes for a nice hang out for happy hour, a mixing of locals, cruisers and local Dutch boaters that have settled here. The marina just recently built a swimming pool, which is popular with boats with kids. Care hire is available locally for around 10 euros/day, and the drive into Paramaribo is easy enough. The local bus only departs when full, so catching it on a schedule is difficult, especially if coming back from the city. We got our Tourist Pass while in St Laurent, French Guiana (at the Suriname office) which eliminates having to do it here. That made things easier with just one stop at MAS, and one stop at the Military Police.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 19, 2015 01:58 PM

Posted on behalf of Flying Fish - May 16th, 2015
Just returned from Suriname having left our yacht at Waterland Marina. Wonderful resort in the forest with very well built pontoons (room for around 12 yachts), secure gated site, and reasonable cost (300 euros/month for 6 month stay 12.5m length). Helpful resort manager organised car hire for us. The registration process has changed again recently. We went to MAS (maritime police) 1st for thorough check of boat papers and filling of several forms, then on to Immigration for Tourist pass ($25 or 20 euro fee- no SUD allowed), and finally military police for passport stamp. All offices are within easy walking distance in central Pramaribo.

Roelof Crevecoeur
Roelof Crevecoeur says:
Jan 25, 2015 09:58 AM

You can fill your gas bottles with INGAS, locaterd on the road from Domburg to Paramaribo,Adress: Sit Winston Churchillweg 247, District Wanica, Suriname. Driving from Domburg it is on your right hand after you passed the Sttatsolie.

Roelof Crevecoeur
Roelof Crevecoeur says:
Jan 24, 2015 07:35 PM

We stayed both at Huib in Domburg and in Waterland. We liked both places, Huib is now buiding a swimmingpool which will be ready by the end of january 2015. To get clearance we were sent towards the MP in the Henck Arronstraat after we got our tourist card to stamp it. The MP was very willing to stamp it but they stamped it with Zorg and Hoop, the local airport. Later the Vreemdelinge Politie in the Jaggernath Lachmonstrat told us that this was wrong. So don't go to the MP to stamp yur Passport/Touristcard when you arrive by boat, but go to the Vreemdelingenpolitie.

We rented a car by Richy, phone +5978620048 for only Euro 10,00 a day. It was a bit old but good car. Both at Waterland and at Domburg we found it very handy to have a car.

Debswoods
Debswoods says:
Dec 02, 2014 03:32 PM

We stayed at Waterland Marina for ten days whilst waiting for parts. Noël the owner could not have been more helpful helping us to locate parts and even picking them up for us in Paramaribo. It is very secure and I would have no worries about leaving my yacht there. Each berth has water electricity and good wifi and an excellent Sunday lunch is available at certain times. Noël also directed us to some excellent restaurants in Paramaribo organising the bookings and taking us there. Car hire is readily available for 12euros a day delivered to the Marina and Noël is happy to organise trips up river, into Paramaribo and perhaps most importantly in Suriname he arranged transport to facilitate checking in and clearing out...nothing is too much trouble. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and never felt isolated just very relaxed listening to the Howler monkeys and watching out for sloths.A great place to tie up your boat!
SV Orion1

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 12, 2014 12:43 PM

Posted on behalf of Patrick Piret, S/Y Rih Malti

If you are on a budget and you want to socialize and don't mind using your dinghy for everything, then Domburg is perfect. Huub invested in a small shower and toilet block and a cosy meeting /drinking place. You are in the middle of the small market place of Domburg.

If you would like to tie up, have water, electricity, wifi etc., leave your boat behind for a while, need assistance with inporting spare parts, want the quietness of the jungle with its howler monkeys, the birds, love the luxury of Noel's Bar and food - then I would recommend Marina Waterland. They have canoes at a small beach available for watersports and the jungle resort is fantastic to walk around. A lot of wild life can be seen there from time to time.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 28, 2014 03:17 PM

I heard that some cruisers think that the marine resort waterland only take big groups of sailors, but that's not true. I was there alone for about one year.
And is was great there.....it's wonderful to stay there with a good staff and internet.
Johan Siemensma

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