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Cabrits Dive Centre

Picard Estate
Portsmouth
Dominica
West Indies
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.
cabritsdive@yahoo.com

http://www.cabritsdive.com




Castle Comfort Lodge

P.O. BOX 2253
Roseau
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, Advanced
dive@cwdom.dm
http://www.castlecomfortdivelodge.com



The Champs
Picard, Portsmouth
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 balcony.
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
info@HotelTheChamps.com
http://www.thechampsdm.com/




Fort Young Hotel

P.O. Box 519
Roseau
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 Dominica’s mountainous landscape, is the Fort Young Hotel, Dominica’s 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.
fortyounghotel@mindspring.com
http://www.fortyounghotel.com




Papillote Wilderness Retreat
PO Box 2287
Trafalgar Falls Road
Roseau
Dominica
811
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 pool
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

papillote@cwdom.dm
http://www.papillote.dm


About Dominica

In 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 very experienced.

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

Getting There

Air Travel

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 .

LIAT

Winair

Seaborne Airlines

Air Sunshine


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 LIAT 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.

Ferry

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.

Entry Requirements

Immigration 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 identification card.

Visitors 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.

Visitors who will remain on Dominica for less than 24 hours (including cruise-ship passengers) do not require a visa to enter.

Visitors coming from the countries listed below who intend to stay for 21 days or less, do not require a visa:

Argentina
Belgium
Costa Rica
Denmark
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Taiwan
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela

Please 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).

Car Rentals
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.

Travel Tips

Electricity
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
Water is safe to drink.

Climate
Dominica has a year round tropical climate and lots of sunshine. Remember to pack your sunscreen.

Currency
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). Everywhere on the island businesses accept United States Dollars, British Pounds, and Euros.

Credit Cards
Most tourism related business, such as hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and car rental agencies accept Master Card, Visa and American Express credit cards, including Traveller's Cheques.

Safety
Dominica enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the entire Caribbean; however visitors are encouraged to practice common sense

Business Hours
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.

 


 
 

 


 










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