Dominica builds on TV presence

Dominica continues to live up to its tagline as the place to “Defy the Everyday,” this time as the location for CBS Television Network’s new reality-based series, “Pirate Master.”“Pirate Master” is the next epic adventure reality series from Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of the smash hit “Survivor” television series from CBS. 

The show will be hosted by Daddo and will send 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure where they will live as buccaneers and scour Dominica for 33 days in search of hidden treasure that will total $1 million.

“We selected Dominica for its lush, pristine landscape with rugged mountain peaks, deep river gorges, towering waterfalls and accessible coastline - the ideal setting for a pirate adventure,” commented Lisa Hennessy, Executive Producer of “Pirate Master.”  “Further, once we arrived on island, the people of Dominica greeted us so warmly and promptly saw to our every production need.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the reception we received.”

“We’re very pleased that this exciting TV series selected our island for filming and it remains our goal to offer production crews outstanding natural settings in combination with the warm, welcoming hospitality of the people of Dominica,” stated Yvor Nassief, Minister of Tourism for Dominica. 

“Dominica is more than just a place where the action happens, it is an integral part of the action itself.  We want viewers to watch and get excited about Dominica; we want them to come and “defy the everyday” with their own adventures and experience the majestic natural beauty for themselves.”


With the announcement of the cast, Mark Burnett adds, “Everybody’s a good athlete, but what they’ve learned is being a great pirate, you have to be really smart.  When you’re exhausted and you’re trudging through a jungle, jumping off waterfalls or swimming up canyon lakes, you still have to think about what the pirate clues are.”

“Pirate Master” will debut on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 8:00pm (Eastern) on CBS.  It is produced by Mark Burnett Productions.  Executive Producers are Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy, Co-Executive Producers are Eden Gaha and Page Feldman.

Known as “The Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced “Dom-in-eek-a”) is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls, boiling lakes and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean - The Carib Indians.

A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.

Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and sustainable tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21 and ranking as the only Caribbean destination in the top five happiest countries on earth in the Happy Planet Index (compiled by Britain’s New Economics Foundation).

Beginning January 23, 2007, the U.S. State Department and the Department Homeland Security now requires that all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals carry a passport or other accepted secure documents to enter or re-enter the U.S. through airports from the Caribbean, including Dominica. Please visit the U.S. State Department website at for more information and downloadable passport application forms.