Dielette is special, especially to visitors from Guernsey. Slightly closer than Carteret and with better tidal access, Dielette is a popular destination, especially for Guernsey boats.
There is not a lot to do in Dielette and the village is a good 25 min walk away, so many people hire a taxi or hire car to explore this amazing area of the Normandy peninsular. Dielette is a great base. Cherbourg, for example, is only 25 mins away and from there you can be in Paris in a couple of hours.
News May 2022
13th May 2022 Update
We have been advised that the Customs/ Douane arrangements at Dielette have changed. The latest message received by the Marina Office in Dielette from the Cherbourg Douane says “We have the autorisation to do the customs facilities for the private boats during the time we are at Dielette for MANCHE-ILE. ONLY during this time slot. Otherwise you have to go to Carteret (or Cherbourg).”
11th May 2022: It’s not necessary now to go to the pontoon O (passenger pontoon) when you arrive at Diélette.
When you send the form (48 hours before arriving), the customs give you a rendez-vous, sometimes, more later than the hour of the arrival.
So, you can go directly to the visitor berth of your choice, and do what you want until the rendez-vous to the maritim station.
Also, the dredging is finished and you will find a minimum height of 50 cm.
There is now a regular daily bus service to Cherbourg (via Les Pieux). The bus stop is on the main road just outside of the port (picture below).
‘Escale’ the Moules Frites restaurant on the quay has just reopened under new ownership. We had good service from very friendly and helpful staff.
The shower block is still under renovation but is due to be completed in April (2022).
Official Dielette website – www.encotentin.fr/port-dielett…
Tide table for 2022 – www.encotentin.fr/wp-content/u…
Dielette now has a digital tide gauge as well as the conventional board.
– Small market on Sunday morning during the season
– Diélette is a member of Passeport Escales (www.passeportescales.com)
|VHF canal 09 ou tél : +33 (0)2 33 53 68 78||Le Bureau du Port|
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2016 photos with thanks to Patrick Banfield and Richard Bird
The harbour is reasonably 24-hour access but best check with the Marina Harbourmaster. The outer pontoons can be used for mooring (but there may be a swell) and can also be used to increase your arrival/departure times.
When there was 1m of water at the shallowest point of the harbour entrance, the depth at the pontoon in front of the Dielette harbour office was approx 1.9m. A Guernsey Chart Datum of 2.5m would give about 1m at the entrance of Dielette harbour in 2010.
Boats having a berth in Guernsey have a 50 % discount on the mooring fees during all the year, except June, July and August. Jersey boats have a 50% discount all the year except on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
Dielette is a very pleasant marina and often has space available when Carteret is full. Only 20 mins from Carteret by car/taxi (approx Euro50) and 30 mins to Cherbourg. Dielette is the closest French marina to Guernsey.
The marina staff do not come out to provide guidance but stay in their marina office. No village or town close by and so not much to do unless you have a car.
There are pontoons in the harbour where you can moor if the tide is too low to get into the Marina.
If the wind and/or swell is from the North West, then you can get quite a bad surge in the outer pontoons and in the marina when the tide is over the sill. It is amazing the effect it has on the boats and can be quite uncomfortable.
You cannot get in the harbour at all tides as it has silted up, so beware. Also – be careful near the wall of the marina on the harbourside, there is a big sill.
Pilot Guide – Capitainerie – 02 33 53 68 78
VHF channel 9
The marina office speaks good English and responds very well to e-mails. The marina staff are very helpful
Tides – maree.info/37
Marina opening times –
Supermarkets – Restaurant L’Escale sells take away croissants and baguettes in the morning. Provisions can be obtained by walking over 2 km to Flamanville where there is a small bread shop and another selling groceries. It is a long hill.
Otherwise, a taxi to Les Pieux puts you in a small town with two good supermarkets. A longer walk along the coast (take water if it’s hot) brings you to Flamanville nuclear power station where there is an exhibition of some interest and staff who will happily answer all questions and sell you a nuclear power plant.
Restaurants – www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant…
L’Escale The L’Escale is on the pier, eat in or outside. Moules and Frites or Entrecôte and frites are their specialities.
The menu is as follows – however, they were out of season in April.
‘Escale’ the Moules Frites restaurant on the quay has just reopened under new ownership (April 2022). We had good service from very friendly and helpful staff.
Another 2022 report – Herve & Frank are the new proprietors. We were made very welcome and this Moules Frites restaurant now has an extended menu including some fish dishes.
Le Bouche a Oreille Down a track a ten-minute pleasant walk away is Le Bouche a Oreille. A great atmosphere and food cooked on the log fire. Maitre’d speaks good English, so you can easily book in advance by phone even if your French is limited like mine. 2022 report – Michel and his wife welcomed us back as his first Guernsey customers since Covid. He has reduced the number of tables but thinks that it makes things much better for the 2 person team to provide good food & service. It was a Tuesday evening and they were full….. so best to book beforehand. All cooked on the wood fire the food was memorably tasty.
The Semaphore My favourite is The Semaphore with superb views from the cliff top location of Sark, Jersey and Alderney. Food the best in the area but will need to book as the French love it too. I was told by someone that if you book at the Semaphore restaurant, they now offer to pick you up from the marina. Visited May 2019 and very pleasant. You sit in an aluminium conservatory, but the views make up for it. Set menus are only available during the week and not the weekends. The man in charge speaks good English restaurantlesemaphore.fr/index…
‘La Raz’ has reopened under the name of ‘La Cambuse’ – a Boutique Traiteur and bar. You pick what you want to eat from the deli counters containing a multitude of prepared meat, fish, seafood and veggie dishes which can be eaten in the restaurant, on the balcony or taken out for onboard your boat (picture of the very affable proprietor). All are served in little pots a bit like tapas. We opted for a table alongside the log fire and the food was very good indeed.
Good English spoken. They can be contacted through their Facebook site (details at the bottom of this page) and respond within 24 hours.
In July and August La Cambuse provided Croissants downstairs from 7:30 to 8:30 and then the upstairs opens. Very convenient.
The new manager and his wife of ‘Hotel de la Fallaise’ have given the restaurant a new lease of life. Trained as a chef he offers an excellent fixed price (Table d’hote) menu which changes daily. In January 2019 there were 2 choices for each course. Food is fresh and takes a bit of time to prepare – but an excellent meal.
2022 report – Cyril the owner/chef welcomed us back warmly (after the Covid break). He’s swapped over the restaurant and breakfast rooms giving a few extra tables, well spaced apart and a great view towards the harbour. The fixed price menu is now €25 and was truly excellent. Top-quality food.
Market day – Sunday (high season)
Webcam – www.meteo-normandie.fr/webcams…
Car Rental / Hire cars – I am told you can rent a car through L’Escale although they were closed whenever we tried. Tel no +33 2 33 52 67 10.
We rented through http://www.francecars.fr/ who were very helpful and efficient. Where it says “Modifier l’agence” on the website, type in Cherbourg and then a drop-down list should show Dielette, Carteret Yacht Club, Saint Vaast and of course Cherbourg. They delivered the car on a truck.
Ferry to Guernsey and Jersey – www.manche-iles.com/wp-content…