Visit Montserrat. Newsletter July 2010 issue

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New Operator Offers Dive Excursions From Antigua
Extreme Marine Scuba, a dive operation registered in Montserrat, is now
offering travelers a dive-tastic special that allows them to discover
the underwater off Montserrat’s shores. The special, Explore Montserrat,
is a three-day sea-faring adventure originating out of Antigua, that
includes unlimited diving, boat accommodations, meals and a boat tour to
the former capital city of Plymouth. Designed to provide divers with the
opportunity to explore the island’s pristine waters, the aquatic
adventure offers diving at key sites along Montserrat’s 13-mile
coastline.  In addition to exploring the island’s coast, other
activities include a Plymouth boat tour that provides an up-close and
personal look at the destruction of the former capital city, now
submerged under ash and mud-flows and an island tour for the chance to
catch a glimpse of Montserrat’s famous still-active Soufriere Hills
Volcano. The Explore Montserrat special is US$750 per person, based on a
minimum of four and is valid now through December 31, 2010. To book this
special dive package or for more information, visit <>  or call
268 720 0398.

Alliouagana Festival of the Word
The second annual literary festival will be held November 12-14, 2010
at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. With the theme Discovering New Worlds
Through Words, the festival, known as the Alliouagana Festival of the
Word, will feature presentations, creative writing workshops, readings
and signings by regional and internationally recognised authors. In
addition, patrons will be treated to a live performance showcase that
features recitalists of the spoken-word and dramatic productions by
local and regional entertainers. For details on registration and other
information, visit <>  or call 664
491 3924.

In the Spotlight – The Royal Palm Club Inn
Situated at the top of Mt. Pleasant is the exclusive Royal Palm Club.
Known for its Plantation Lounge Bar and Veranda Restaurant, the Royal
Palm Club now offers  accommodation in its new luxury suites. There is a
choice of either the regal four-roomed Royal Suite, with its romantic
bedroom, sitting room, dressing room, over sized bathroom and balcony,
or the unique three-roomed Garden Suite located next to the pool. Both
suites offer a refreshment center with a refrigerator stocked with
snacks and  complimentary continental breakfast.  The room comes with a
toaster, coffee maker, cable TV, DVD player and complimentary wireless
internet.  A welcome punch together with fresh flowers and fruits greet
you on arrival and room service is always available. The Royal Palm Club
Inn is perfect for both leisure and business travellers and offers the
ultimate in privacy, comfort and service. Suites start at US $125 per
night. For your reservation call 664 491 2671 or e-mail <;

Prize Money Increased for Volcano Half-Marathon

An almost 50% increase in prize money for the 2nd <?xml:namespace prefix
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beneficiaries will be the top female participants in the half-marathon,
who will now receive the exact amount of cash as their male
counterparts.  Both the first place female and male runner will now each
receive EC$1000, EC$750 for finishing second and EC$500 for third.  The
first youth under the age of 18 years will receive EC$500. In addition,
there will now be first, second and third place prizes for the top
runners and walkers in the Fun Run-Walk from Cudjoe Head to Salem Park.
The first runner and walker to complete the course will now each receive
EC$200, with EC$150 awarded to second place finishers and EC$100 for
third.   This unique race will take place on Saturday November 27th,
2010 and is organised by the Montserrat Running Club, in support of the
local child support and advocacy group Childline. The main sponsors for
the event are the Montserrat Tourist Board, LIME, United Insurance/
Jacquie Ryan Enterprises, the Governor’s Office and the Government of
Montserrat’s Sports Department. Further details and registration
information on the Montserrat Volcano Half-Marathon is available from
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Calendar of Events

Calabash Festival
July 18th – 25th

Cudjoe Head Day Celebrations
July 30th – August 1st

St. Peter’s Parish Bazaar
August 2nd

Emancipation Day Public Holiday
August 2nd

16th Annual Montserrat Open Fishing Tournament
October 30th

Police, Fire, Search & Rescue Community Week
October 31st –  November 7th

2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word
November 12th- 14th

Volcano Half Marathon & Fun Run
November 27th