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News from the Grenadines – Mar 07

Tobago Cays Marine Park Opens

The world famous Tobago Cays officially opened as the Tobago Cays Marine Park on 2 December, 2006.  The TCMP is located in the heart of the Grenadines islands, attached to the country of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean.  A group of small atolls in the clear Caribbean waters, the park is a protected area for flora and fauna.  It is also a favourite spot where yachts can chill out and enjoy the incredible natural beauty of the sea, sky and landscape. 

Since its opening in December, all boats must pay an entry fee.  Yachts pay EC$10.00/person/day that they stay in the park.  Day tour operators, water taxis, dive shops and vendors pay monthly or annual fees to be able to ply their goods and services in the park.  As well, cruise ship passengers must pay a fee through the local tour operators if they enter the park.  Fees can be paid at Customs offices at ports of entry into the country, at yacht charter bases or at the TCMP office in Union Island, adjacent to the park.  If one decides at the last minute to visit the park, a ranger on duty will collect the fee.

For more information on the park, contact TCMP Manager Vibert Dublin at (784) 485-8191 or e-mail tcmp@caribsurf.com.

Wi-fi available on Union Island

For anyone sailing to the southern Grenadines, there is now wi-fi internet in Clifton Harbour, Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  Contact Erika’s Marine Services at (784) 485-8335 or e-mail info@erikamarine.com for more information.

Cruisers’ Net

Union Island began its Cruisers’ Net broadcast on VHF 68 from Monday to Saturday at 9:00 two months ago.  It is becoming well known and popular with cruisers and landlubbers alike.  Run by volunteers, topics discussed are security issues, questions and announcements from yachts, a weather report for the region, local advertising, and lots of chitchat thrown in!  Anyone sailing in the southern Grenadines is warmly welcomed to listen to the Union Island Cruisers’ Net.  They love to hear from new people, so don’t be shy.

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