Travel by Air
Pagua Bay is located just 10 minutes South of the Melville Hall Airport & one hour NE of the Roseau Ferry Terminal.
Airline options are the following:
Seaborne Airlines provides key connection locations to get to Dominica; from San Juan (SJU), Sint Maarten (SXM), Guadeloupe (PTP) & Martinique (FDF). They code share with many international airlines as well, which means you can check your luggage all the way through. Check their web site below for additional information. You can also call the local agent directly with questions or assistance: 767.445.8936
- Winair provides connecting flights from Sint Maarten (SXM). Please note that this particular route will fly on: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. This is a great option for those traveling from West Coast, USA. They code share with many international airlines as well, which means you can check your luggage all the way through. Check their web site below for additional information. You can also call the local agent directly with questions or assistance: 767.445.8936
- BVI Airways provides connecting flights from Sint Maarten (SXM). Please note that this particular route fly’s on: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday’s and has a morning & evening flight. They also do private charters. You can also call the local agent directly with questions or assistance: 767.445.8936
- LIAT provides connecting flights through their hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), San Juan (SJU), Sint Maarten (SXM), Guadeloupe (PTP) and Martinique (FDF). Make sure you check the timeline; sometimes you can sit in Antiqua for nearly an entire day before you get to your destination. Prior to travel, always check the departure time to make sure it hasn’t changed. It happens with them… better safe, then sorry.
General inquiries: 767.445.7242
- Air Sunshine is a commuter airline that goes to neighboring islands; including, San Juan (SJU), Sint Maarten (SXM), Tortola (EIS) & St. Thomas (STT). They also do private charters. The contact information is as follows: 767.440.8900
Travel by Sea
If you’re coming from Guadeloupe, Martinique or St. Lucia you can take a ferry operated by L'Express des Îles
which arrives at the port in Roseau (SW side of the island); upon arrival there is about an 1 & ½ hour drive to Pagua Bay (NE side of the island), with notice our driver can pick you up & bring you to the hotel for $180EC/$70USD.If you arrive late, I wouldn’t suggest driving yourself to Pagua Bay, the roads are not well lit and signage is poor. We can organize a ride for you and can have a car delivered the following morning. A lot of people have a difficult time booking through this web site, if this includes you; contact the local agent in Dominica for L’Express directly, I am providing the contact information below. Our guests have had success booking direct via email:
Passport & immigration
Immigration officials require a valid passport on arrival. All need to show a return ticket and some need to have a visa. Visitors coming from a specified list of countries, who intend to stay for 21 days or less, do not require a visa.
One more important note, there is a departure tax of $23USD/$59ECD. There is an ATM at the airport, but it is not always in service and they do not take Credit Cards.
Upon arrival, when going through customs you must state where you will be staying for your Holiday, FYI.
Taxis are available at the airports ($20USD to Pagua Bay one-way – 10minutes) and in Roseau ($70USD to Pagua Bay one-way – 1 hour), and can be arranged all over the island. We have our favorites and would be happy to arrange transportation for you if you require; before, during or at the end of your Holiday.
We can help you organize your car rental prior to your arrival. You can pick up your rental car from the airport or ferry building in Roseau and they will also deliver directly to the hotel for your convenience. The cost is around $50US per day on average, which includes taxes & driver’s license which is required by law. Check your insurance company or credit card prior to travelling to see if your car insurance is covered; it usually is and that will save you a few bucks when renting. There are a number of car rental agencies on the island offering vehicles for rent. Remember, you get what you pay for. We primarily use the following, they have dependable vehicles & good service:
English is the official language of Dominica; however a large portion of the population speaks Kwéyòl (Creole), which is based primarily on French and Carib vocabularies.
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), which trades at EC$2.67 to US$1.00. ECD is the best currency to have on-hand, but USD is also accepted.
Cash is king. Only ‘big’ companies take credit cards, the only accepted credit cards are Mastercard & Visa, no AMEX. That doesn’t mean I suggest carrying a lot of cash. There is an ATM at the airport, in Marigot, Roseau & Portsmouth. We are also glad to convert USD, Euro & Pound to ECD for your convenience.
Cell phone roaming rates are extremely expensive. Research your provider options for your best international rates. Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.
Pagua Bay House utilizes 220 volts, most electronics are 110 – 220v adaptable.
There is a clinic in Marigot, as well as a pharmacy & a general practitioner, who makes house calls. You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance, which includes medical evacuation by air ambulance, before travelling.
Practice common sense in your own personal safety department and the protection of your property. Maintain at least the same level of security awareness as you would at home, always be aware of your surroundings. Do not carry large amounts of cash and jewellery (leave the bling at home). Valuables and travel documents should be left in the hotel safe. Take precautions to secure your valuables, and lock doors and windows, day & night. Petty theft isn’t uncommon, especially car break in’s.
Dominica is on Eastern Standard Time and doesn’t observe Daylight Savings.
Dress, Climate, Hair & Bugs
It’s almost always warm & sunny, 80F yearround, with intermittent rainfall. As far as packing is concerned (ladies, I am talking to you :) Stereotype, I know; but I am one, so I have a voice on this one) less is more! It’s very casual in Dominica; you’ll wear a swimsuit most days with cover-ups for hikes and everything else. I suggest packing layers; despite the warmth, the breeze at night can be chilly, especially since we are on the Atlantic side. You might want a pashmina, something with long sleeves or a light sweater at night. We also offer a laundry service for a small fee. People always ask about footwear; Dominica is known for having a river for every day of the year, this means whatever hike you do, you’ll walk through a few of them. So it’s nice to have something light enough and comfortable that can breathe. I suggest Merrill’s, Keens, Ecco, Teva, even old tennis shoes; something of that nature. For the ladies, I don’t know what to tell you about your hair, I’ve given up! I don’t bother, but we do provide hairdryers upon request. Bring sunblock and bug spray. Yes, there are random bugs here, but there is nothing that can hurt you. We don’t have mosquitos at Pagua Bay due to the prevailing winds of the Atlantic, but they are in Dominica in certain areas. You’ll get them on your hikes and in areas with less wind. If you forget, we have ample supply of sunscreen & bug spray on hand, so don’t worry.