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Roseau, the capital of Dominica, is on the west coast of the Island towards the southern tip. It has some wonderfully attractive old buildings, many of which have been recently restored. The whole town has an authentic Caribbean atmosphere.

Roseau has most of the major tourist sites including Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Victoria Falls, Sari Sari Falls, The Boiling Lake, Champagne Reef, Titou Gorge, Hot Sulphur Springs of Watten Waven, Boeri Lake, and The Fresh Water Lake.


15° 17’05″N, 61° 22’38″W (Anchorage)


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  1. February 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    John Mooney says:
    Feb 11, 2019 11:02 PM

    Dominica was not what was to be expected after the hurricane. Roseau has been nicely rebuilt but there are many abandoned building like on many of the other islands. We expected to see much worse conditions. In fact, it has the nicest Super Market we have seen on any of the islands. Pancho gave us a tour around the island and he was fantastic. Had a meal at the Drop Anchor and Guy made us feel like family.

    Would love to return to spend more time however Mr. Bean (Seacat Moorings) made it very uncomfortable for us. If we return we will head to Portsmouth instead of returning here because of Mr. Bean. Also, his mooring ball rates are varied depending on his mood and he charged us 80 EC for two nights plus money for his gas, it was a first that we have ever seen. Doyle Guide book says you can anchor in that area but Mr. Bean said no, and when questioned about the price for mooring he said the guide books are wrong and that is the price. Too bad Mr. Bean can ruin the whole experience of the island.

  2. October 9, 2018 at 10:38 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Sailed from Martinique to Dominica Roseau arrived at 430 pm Tuesday according to this site the overtime for customs was 25 XCD, but I was charged 1 officer/supervisor in attendance 4 pm to 5 pm 25 XCD and 1 Officer/Clearing ship 5-6 pm 25 XCD and Boarding Officer admitting to pratique at 420 pm 25 XCD total overtime of 75 XCD. So do not go to Dominica after hours.

    I understand 25 XCD extra but 75 XCD for arriving at 420 pm and done at 436 pm. Moorings are 40 XCD. If your going diving get a hold of the dive shop a week before or the price goes from 100 USD for 2 dives to over 400 if you try to book upon arrival.

  3. April 24, 2018 at 6:11 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    On 17 March ’18, we paid for a mooring buoy from Markus – all was OK. Our only remark is that there was a lot of wood drifting around in the bay – most probably locals who left all “debris” of their houses on the beach! Dangerous for cruising yachts. We do believe Roseau responsible can do better!

  4. March 30, 2018 at 2:14 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Yes, that legendary Marcus Augustus is still around. I used one of his buoys in Dec. 2017 and in Feb. 2018.
    I consider that guy as trustworthy. He really watches your boat day and night. At night time you see him patrolling with his boat and watching the area.

    So if you come to Roseau call him on Chanel 16 or tel. +1 767 285 3793.
    If you dock your dinghy on the (not restored) dinghy dock, cross the street right there. You’ll find a bar with a wifi hot spot you can use. Get a coke and they give you the password.
    Skipper Ingo from Germany, liveaboard on his boat named “Faule Haut”

  5. March 6, 2018 at 1:01 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Update: I was there again: Disco is closed, no more loud music at this place. Marcus (moorings…) said this will be permanent! Dinghy dock at customs, the one at Fort Young Hotel is NOT for guests…

  6. February 2, 2018 at 7:11 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Warning: just south of the Fort Young Hotel, there is a disco on the waterfront, playing terrible techno music all night! Extremely loud! It is impossible to sleep …

  7. February 1, 2018 at 11:46 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted by Eve and Tom on the main Dominica Page:

    We stayed in Dominica in January 2018.
    There is much devastation around the island: trees are ripped bare and many roofs are (partly) missing. Construction and repairs are in full progress, and the trees have new leaves on them already. People are very friendly and helpful. I think the best thing to do right now is to spend some money (go to a cafe, restaurant, get a mooring, do a tour) and spread the word about lovely Dominica.


    The Anchorage hotel is abandoned and the ‘conspicuous white roof’ described on Navionics is missing.
    The moorings in the north of the bay belong to Markus, and the moorings in the south to Seacat. Because of some initial confusion we accidentally took a Seacat mooring – after reading the messages here on Noonsite we wanted to moor with Markus. Markus wasn’t on VHF 16, Seacat was. The moorings were both 40 EC.

    Seacat doesn’t have tenders or a dock, so you have to take your dinghy onto the stony beach to pay them and to get to town. Markus uses the dock of an abandoned building, which we also used for our dinghy. The middle part of the dock is gone so you have to walk along narrow concrete beams to get to land. You have to pass through the abandoned building, which we did, also at night. It was not a problem, but we felt a bit insecure at first. We paid Markus 10 EC to watch our boat and gave him a couple of packs of cigarettes, which he was very happy with.

    The cruise dock is being used again. We witnessed the first cruise ship dock since the hurricane. The whole town was working and rushing to make everything look fine for the tourists. The hotels near the cruise ship dock are in the final stages of being repaired and the central market place has just opened up again.
    Customs and immigration are in the cruise ship terminal. We paid 85 EC for the formalities (2 persons, including a cruising permit). It is possible to check in and out at the same time if you stay less than a week.

    Seacat offers tours, but if you’re walking along the road you get plenty of other offers for tours as well. The best offer we got was 100 EC for the waterfalls (for two persons). You can also take a local bus up to Wotton Waven, but they don’t run on Sundays.

    It is amazing to hear first-hand stories about the hurricane from the (locals) and very inspiring to hear how the country is getting back on its feet.

  8. May 5, 2017 at 1:12 PM
    noonsData Entry1 says:

    Overnight security patrol for moored yachts in Roseau, Dominica.

    Moorings just south of Roseau, Dominica with overnight security patrol. MARCUS 767-285-3793 or VHF CH-16

    MARCUS visited us last night in his small boat. He’s been doing all night security patrol for this Roseau mooring field for several years at no charge to the cruising yachts. He’s very diligent and has a bright spotlight; available all night on VHF CH-16 if you should ever need overnight assistance of any kind.

    If you’re on someone else’s mooring, MARCUS is asking for a donation of only $5 EC for outboard fuel because he monitors every yacht in the whole area all night. Moored yachts on MARCUS’ own mooring balls will be watched at no further charge.

  9. February 3, 2017 at 12:54 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    I heard about the moorings issue and I believe more yachts broke off from the same mooring field prior to the incident you witnessed. From what I was told by the marine security, the moorings that broke off all belonged to SeaCat. There are many other moorings in the area, such as those from Dive Dominica, Marcus and Dominica Marine Center (checked and double checked every month using 1-1/2″ twisted nylon with no shackles and swivels – meaning no weak points).

  10. January 27, 2017 at 2:51 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    We spent three nights on a mooring 100 meters North of Anchorage Hotel. On the second night, the wind shifted North East and a North swell came into the bay. On the third day, the shackle on two different moorings around us broke. One boat crashed on shore at around 5 am and another was saved just in time by the boat boys in the afternoon. When we realised our mooring had moved about 20 meters, we left the bay knowing that we would eventually be in the same situation.

    The moorings are too deep (10m or more) to check and they are badly designed so that when a swell comes into the bay, the boat put a lot of pressure on the shackle and, eventually, it breaks. Whatever they tell you, don’t stay there when a North swell comes into the bay. Apart from that, the people are nice and the area is wonderful.

  11. April 10, 2015 at 8:06 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted by Chris Doyle ( on the Dominica Cruisers Facebook Page:
    Unfortunately, Roseau does not have the benefit of PAYS. Security is provided with my Marcus, who used to be paid for the full security he provides but now only gets a fraction and sometimes has to buy his own gas. But he loves the job and does it well. So if you are stopping in Roseau please give him a call (285-3793) and give him a tip. We have figured $5 EC per boat per day would go a long way towards helping. It will be a suggestion in the new guide, but that is a long time for him to wait!

  12. March 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    When is a fish trap actually a yacht trap? When the float is connected by a far too long floating black line. When as soon as you’re entangled, a man comes alongside suggesting payment for damages to the fish trap, and when he’s back a couple of minutes later with a couple of divers. Since my cat is driven by outboards, I had then lifted and the line almost untangled by the time the guy came back with the divers.

    I think the divers were a little embarrassed themselves at being called to such a spurious job. No real harm is done – but leave a lot more room for those traps than you’d expect. There are currently three scattered amongst the yacht moorings outside the Anchorage Hotel.

  13. January 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Thanks, Ivarekseth … do visit Roseau and join us at THE LOFT! free internet, book exchange, weather information café and art gallery all in one. Yes, we have the fuel dock with water, ice, bakery and groceries all on site. The Loft is part of Dominica Marine Center serving the best shrimp pizzas in the Caribbean 🙂

  14. January 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Spent the last week in Dominica Yacht Club. The moorings seem to be in good shape, and as the sea turns almost 360 degrees, a mooring is a good idea!

    There is a new restaurant/bar at the end of the fuel dock which just opened this week. The good is very very good, but still, the real gem is the two people running it. Hubert and Tiffany are Amazonas, offering great tips and generally just being helpful for all things you need, small or big. If stopping in Roseau, this is the place to stop!