Tel. 767 445 3010
Fax. 767 445 3011
Number of Dive Boats: 1
Maximum Number of Divers: 10
Number of Tanks per Day: 2
Gear Provided: Sherwood and Aqua Lung
Rental Gear Available: Sherwood and Aqua Lung
Type of Diving: Serene Caribbean Diving
Nitrox Available: No
Total Dive Sites: 20
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 5
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 20
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: Open Water to Dive Master
Cabrits Dive Centre offers a wide variety of sites including
swim-throughs, volcanic vents, coral and sponge gardens,
muck diving and large boulders. Our diverse marine life
includes a delightful mix of Caribbean marine life and
some rarer species such as flying gunards, batfish,
sea horses and frog fish.
Castle Comfort Lodge
P.O. BOX 2253
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel. 767 448 2188
Fax. 767 448 6088
Castle Comfort Lodge is located directly on the water,
just one mile south of the capital Roseau. We offer
comfortable lodging, excellent local cuisine, fabulous
diving and tropical tranquility. Family owned and operated,
we take great pride in providing superior service and
hospitality. Unlimited shore diving are offered on all
of our dive packages, with incredible dives right off
our own dock.
» Number of Dive Boats: 5
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 20
» Gear Provided: Tanks and weights
» Rental Gear Available: BCD, Regs and Wet Suits
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Walls, Pinnacles
» Total Dive Sites: 20
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 20 mins.
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 40 mins.
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: Discover Scuba, Open Water,
Dominica, West Indies
Tel. 1 767 445 4452
The Champs is a comfortable hotel with 5 double bedrooms.
Located on Blanca Heights in Picard (Portsmouth) the
hotel has a stunning view over Picard, Ross University,
Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth and the hills of Cabrits.
Comfortel De Champ is a 3 star hotel and the staff is
happy to give you a 5-star personal service.
Amenities: All rooms have splendid sea view and private
In rooms: Air conditioning, ceiling fan, free wireless
and wired internet, personal safe, mini-bar, lcd-tv
with cable, complimentary bathroom amenities. Each room
has its own cell phone. Room rates include full extensive
breakfast and all taxes.
On premises: Restaurant, Bar, complimentary use of Leisure
& Jacuzzi area.
Diving: We can make your reservations with Cabrits Dive
Center (see Cabrits listing above). Divers staying in
the hotel get a compimentary shuttle service to and
from the dive center.
Number of Rooms: 5
Check In Time: 2pm
Check Out Time: 12noon
Fort Young Hotel
P.O. Box 519
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel. 767-448-5000 / Toll Free: 800-581-2034
Fax. 767-448-8065 / US Office: 954-462-4100
Award- Winning Diving, Luxurious Old World Charm! Nestled
at the edge of the cliff, overlooking the Caribbean
Sea and cradled in the beauty of Dominicas mountainous
landscape, is the Fort Young Hotel, Dominicas
premier hotel. All 70 rooms are fully air-conditioned,
with ceiling fans, direct dial telephones, internet
service, cable TV & a terrace or balcony. Room categories
include the cozy Standard, the comfortable Oceanview,
and the spacious Deluxe Oceanfront. Hotel facilities
include 2 swimming pools, sun deck, Jacuzzi, duty free
shopping, business center, dive centre on premise, massage
& wellness centre, bars, & restaurants were
you can enjoy weekly entertainment by a local live band.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
PO Box 2287
Trafalgar Falls Road
Tel. 767 448 2287
Fax. 767 448 2285
Number of Rooms: 6
Check In Time: 11 AM
Check Out Time: 10 AM
Amenities: 4 natural hot mineral pools and 1 cold
2 waterfalls on premises
4 acres of botanical gardens
full service restaurant
15 minutes by car from Roseau
Papillote Wilderness Retreat is a small, secluded Inn
perched at the head of the Roseau River Valley with
comfortable rooms overlooking gardens, mountains, waterfalls
and pristine rainforest wilderness.
Diving: We do arrange diving
recent years, Dominica has earned the reputation as
one of the top five dive destinations in the world.
In addition to unique dive sites like "Champagne"
which features a bubbling, underwater hot spring,
Dominica's reefs are full of gorgeous multi-coloured
hard and soft coral, an abundance of reef fish and fascinating
marine life such as seahorses and frogfish. The underwater
terrain is unique and diverse, providing dive sites
suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to the
Diving off Dominica offers an amazing diversity of reef,
wreck, dramatic wall, pinnacle and drift dives. Dominica
has a profusion of sponges and unique creatures... Seahorses,
Frogfish and Snake Eels.
Climate 75 - 90F 24 - 32C Water Temp 78 - 83F 25 - 28C
Can reach 100+ ft 30 m depending on river runoff
There are no nonstop direct flights to Dominica
from the mainland US or Europe, mainly due to the
fact that the airports (there are two) cannot accommodate
jets. Connections with local carriers are readily
available from nearby island gateways such as Antigua,
Barbados, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St,
Maarten and St. Lucia. These gateways are served by
international carriers including .
The Melville Hall Airport is on the northeastern coast,
almost diagonally across the island from the capital,
Roseau, on the southwestern coast. Melville Hall is
a 1 1/2-hour taxi ride from Roseau, a drive that takes
you across the island through the forest and coastal
villages; the fare is $18 per person when there are
four passengers. On your own, the fare could be $50.
The newer Canefield Airport is about a 15-minute taxi
ride north of Roseau. The 2,000-foot airstrip accommodates
smaller planes than those that can land at Melville
Hall. From here, the typical taxi fare into town is
$15. There's also a public bus (with an H that precedes
the number on the license plate) that costs only $2
per person; buses come every 20 minutes and hold between
15 and 18 passengers.
For many from the U.S., the easiest way to reach Dominica
is via the daily American
Eagle flight from American's hub in San Juan.
From Antigua, you can board one of the five daily
flights to Dominica. Another possibility would be
to fly via St. Maarten. From there, LIAT offers
one nonstop flight daily and two other daily flights
with intermediary stops.
You can also fly to Guadeloupe and make a connection
on Air Guadeloupe, which has two flights a day to
Dominica except on Sunday, when there is no morning
flight (flying time is 30 minutes). If you're in Fort-de-France
on Martinique, you can take a LIAT flight to Dominica.
A 300-seat catamaran operated by L'Express
des Îles ferries passengers between Dominica,
Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia. The ferry departs
and arrives at the Roseau Bayfront, a short walk from
the heart of the capital.
officials require most visitors to the Commonwealth
of Dominica to present a valid passport on arrival.
All visitors need to show a return ticket. Canadian
citizens can show documents certifying proof of citizenship
that also bears a photograph, and French nationals
can stay for up to two weeks by presenting a valid
arriving from countries that are members of the Commonwealth
of Nations do not require a visa. However, nationals
of Nigeria and other exempt nationalities will often
require proof of visas into Dominica from Third Countries
in order to disembark as in-transit passengers in
these countries. Nationals of Haiti and the Dominican
Republic require a visa to enter.
who will remain on Dominica for less than 24 hours
(including cruise-ship passengers) do not require
a visa to enter.
coming from the countries listed below who intend
to stay for 21 days or less, do not require a visa:
note that the following nationalities now require
visas: China, India, and Nigeria.
Travel Around the Island
Public transportation is readily available in the
form of the ubiquitous mini-bus (look for number plates
that begin with 'H'); the Old Market in Roseau is
the 'terminus' for busses travelling south; the West
Bridge for those travelling north. Fares are set by
the government and range from EC$1.50 to EC$10.25.
Buses are great transportation and run frequently
during the day, but they are not good for night travel.
Taxis are available at the airports and in Roseau,
and can be arranged all over the island. They are
easily identified by the letters, H, HA or HB preceding
the registration numbers on the number plates. There
are standard fees from the city to both airports.
The fare from the Melville Hall Airport to Canefield/Roseau/Newtown/Portsmouth/Picard
is EC$65 (US $26). From Melville Hall Airport to the
Carib Territory/Concorde/Atkinson/Calibishie, the
fare is EC$40 (US$15); to Castle Comfort/Loubiere/Wallhouse
EC$70 (US$28) and to Salisbury/ Batalie/Coulibistrie/Colihaut
EC$100 (US$40); Canefield to Roseau EC$25 (US$10).
There are a number of car rental agencies on the island
offering vehicles for rent. But before you get on
the road, you will need to obtain a driver's license
which cost $30 (US$12). You must be between 25 and
65 years old, with two years' driving experience to
qualify for a driver's permit. Traffic use the left
side of the road, most of which are well maintained.
Electricity is 220/240 volts, 50 cycles. American
appliances popular, but require transformers for voltage
conversion. Many accommodations offer both outlets,
but you should check in advance to confirm if they
are set up for both.
Water is safe to drink.
Dominica has a year round tropical climate and lots
of sunshine. Remember to pack your sunscreen.
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar
(EC$). Everywhere on the island businesses accept
United States Dollars, British Pounds, and Euros.
Most tourism related business, such as hotels, restaurants,
tour operators, and car rental agencies accept Master
Card, Visa and American Express credit cards, including
Dominica enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the
entire Caribbean; however visitors are encouraged
to practice common sense
Businesses open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday
to Friday with a lunch break from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00
p.m. Banking hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
from Monday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
on Friday. On Saturday, the banks are closed but merchants
open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.