Why is the Mona Passage dreaded?? The Mona Passage is a strait that separates the islands of Hispanola (Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico). The Mona Passage connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea and is an important shipping route between the Atlantic and the Panama Canal. The 80 mile stretch of sea between the two islands is one of the most difficult passages in the Caribbean. It is fraught with variable tidal currents created by the large islands on either side of it, and by sand banks that extend out for many miles from both coasts.
First and foremost, is access to good weather information. Our go-to weather consultant is Chris Parker. Chris is a weather guru who has a weather forecasting service which provides weather info and routing advice mainly to small private yachts. He transmits on the single side-band radio at specified times during the day and you can listen to his transmissions for free. Another option is to subscribe to his yearly service and receive customized weather for your boat by calling in via SSB during his scheduled transmissions.
If you have e-mail access, Chris will send customized weather and routing advice for a one time fee. For our passage to Puerto Rico, we paid $55 for a customized weather report.
Here is Chris's e-mail to us for our trip: