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Dominica

Getting there & away

Sea

Roseau is a regular stop on the cruise ship circuit. There are ferries between Dominica and the nearby islands of St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Portsmouth’s Rupert Bay is the main sailboat and yacht mooring.

Cruise ship

There are three cruise-ship docks in Dominica – one at Roseau, one just north of Roseau and one at Portsmouth – but the Roseau dock is far and away the most commonly used.

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Water

Ferry

There are ferries to Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Lucia, all departing from Roseau.

L’Express des Iles (448-2181; www.express-des-iles.com; c/o Whitchurch Travel, Roseau) connects Dominica with both Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe (€67/100 one way/return, 2 hours, once daily Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Fort-de-France in Martinique (€67/100 one way/return, 2 hours, once daily Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday) on modern catamarans. Both services do return trips on the same days. There’s also a service to Castries in St Lucia (€67/100 one way/return, once daily Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

These schedules change frequently; it’s important to confirm departure times a couple of days in advance to avoid getting stranded on the island.

There are discounts of 50% for children aged under two; 10% for students and passengers under 12 years old; and 5% for passengers younger than 26 or older than 60.

Brudey Frères (in Guadeloupe 590-590-90-04-48; www.brudey-freres.fr) in high season has a daily (except Friday) service at 9:30am between Dominica and Guadeloupe for €55/80 one way/round-trip.

The company has daily crossings, except Monday, to Fort de France, Martinique (one-way/round-trip €55/80).

Brudey also offers discounts for youths and elders. Schedules change, so check current timetables.

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Entering the destination

Entering Dominica

Most visitors to Dominica must have a valid passport. French nationals may visit for up to two weeks with an official Carte d’Indentité. A round-trip or onward ticket is – in principle – ­required of all visitors to the island.

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Air

There are no direct flights available from Europe or the US into Dominica, so overseas visitors must first get to a gateway island.

Dominica has two airports: Canefield Airport (DCF; 449-1990), just outside Roseau, and Melville Hall Airport (DOM; 445-7101; melvillehallairport@yahoo.com), on the secluded northeast side of the island. Both airports are lacking in facilities. Each has snack bar that may or may not be open. Immigration procedures tend to be slow.

On LIAT’s printed schedule, the letters C and M after the departure time indicate which airport is being used. There’s a tourist information booth (6:15-11:30am & 2:15-6pm) at both airports, as well as a handful of car-rental firms.

The following airlines fly into and out of Dominica from within the Caribbean:

American Eagle (448-0628; www.aa.com) San Juan

LIAT (448-2421; www.liat.com; King George V St, Roseau) San Juan, Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia

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