Dubrovnik Travel Information & Planning Guide

Base Location
ACI Marina Dubrovnik

Nearest Airport
Dubrovnik International

Provisioning Service
Online Provisioning 
Store Available

Sailing licences
ICC | RYA Day Skipper |

Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Dubrovnik. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don’t forget to pack a copy to take with you.


Before you go

Sunsail Dubrovnik
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
Na Skali 2
20 236 Dubrovnik

Base Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Wednesday – closed

Season: The base is open from early March to end of November.

Time zone
+1 hour UTC/GMT

Tourist information centre Pile Gate
Mon-Sun  08.00-21.00
Brsalje 5
tel: +385 20 312 011 Fax: +385 20 322065
e-mail: tic.pile@tzdubrovnik.hr

Tourist information centre Gruž harbour

Ponedjeljak  – Petak  08.00-20.00sati
Subota i Nedjelja od 8.00 do 14.00sati

tel. +385 20 417 983

Obala Pape Ivana Pavla 1

email: tic.gruz@tzdubrovnik.hr

Croatian is the official language. Many Croatians can speak basic English, German or Italian.

What to bring

Customs + immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit Welcome to GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for the latest information.

Sailing licences
This destination has mandatory sailing requirements. Click here to view the sailing requirements in Croatia. 

Luggage + packing list
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. The base has no facilities for holding luggage. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list below for required and necessary items to bring.

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt, and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do. 
**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a “car” outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

As you prepare for departure, please reference the Dubrovnik Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend travelling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. Thomson Airways carries no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in checked baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.


The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit http://www.ccaa.hr/english/naslovnica_1/

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna (HRK), divided into 100 Lipa. 

You can exchange money at the departure airport, but the exchange rate is often better once you are in Croatia. Visa and Mastercard are accepted in larger towns and on some islands but it is advisable to have cash to pay for meals. 

Please note: Bases are unable to accept cash or personal checks, and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.
This base cannot accept American Express or Diners Club. Visa and Master Card are accepted.

Tipping in Croatia is becoming more commonplace, especially in upscale restaurants. In the past, tipping was welcome but not expected. Today, however, in newer, higher end places, an extra 10% or 15% is considered polite.

Security deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

What’s on board

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones & Wi-Fi
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. Using your own GSM mobile phone in conjunction with a prepaid SIM card is also very popular and convenient. WIFI is available for purchase as an optional extra.  Telephone and internet facilities are also available in the ACI Marinas.

Music + iPods
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Croatia is 220 Volts, and uses the standard European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

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How to get there

Dubrovnik International Airport, also referred to as Cilipi Airport is located approximately 9.6 miles from Dubrovnik city center, near the suburb village of Cilipi.

Facilities at the airport include:


Dubrovnik Airport at Cilipi is about 25 km away from the base in the ACI Marina and the transfer takes approximately 30 minutes.

Pre-booked Sunsail transfer:

Taxi (up to 3 people) – 47.50 €

Minivan (up to 7 people) – 52.50 €

If you are arriving by car from up North, take the first left immediately at the end of Dubrovnik bridge and drive up the valley for 3 km until you see the marina.

A very good bus service connects the ACI Marina with the center of Dubrovnik and the old town. It operates from early morning until 2 a.m. Bus stop: on main road as leaving marina. Bus No.1A or 1B (every 15 mins) to the old town. As yachts are not allowed in the old town port, this is the cheapest way of getting there. Taxis are available outside the marina reception:

Transfer between Sunsail’s Dubrovnik base and Tivat Airport (Montenegro):

Taxi (up to 3 pax) – 303.16 €

Minivan (up to 7 pax) – 331.76 €

Transfer between Sunsail’s Dubrovnik base and Split airport:

Taxi (up to 3 pax) – 394.68 €

Minivan (up to 7 pax) – 434.72 €

Transfer between Sunsail’s Dubrovnik base and Sunsail’s Agana base:

Taxi (up to 3 pax) – 394.68 €

Minivan (up to 7 pax) – 434.72 €

Transfer between Sunsail’s Dubrovnik base and Old Town:

Taxi (up to 3 pax) – 20 – 25 €

Minivan (up to 7 pax) – 20 – 25 €

Please note: All guests should bring a copy of the charter contract/invoice.

Car rental
Car rental companies represented at the airport include: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Sixt. You should note that international driver’s licenses are not deemed valid in Croatia. Please visit for more Airport Dubrovnik for more information.

Boarding time + checking out

Boarding time
Charters start at 6:00 p.m.

Late arrivals
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure. 

Check out time
Charters must return to the base by 5 p.m. and disembark by 9 a.m. the following morning.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time. In addition to filling in forms, we also require you to bundle up the dirty laundry and leave in the saloon, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear to the cupboard on dock E and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge for boats left less than shipshape.

Whilst waiting for the transfer you may:

If your holiday is flight exclusive, we request that you send your travel arrangements to us prior to departure so we can assist with transfer details where required.

Please note: all guests must bring a copy of the charter contract/invoice.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check Welcome to GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for the latest information before you leave.

We are not responsible for any requirement changes.

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About the marina

Marina facilities
Sunsail yachts are located on quay No. E.  

This modern marina offers, electricity, fuel station, water, grocery shop, shower/toilets, laundry, tennis courts, swimming pool, weather forecast and hourly or weekly parking (for a fee). 

Shops are generally open from 7am until 7pm every day.

In the marina, the supermarket is also open from 8am until 8pm on a Sunday (1st June till 30th September, and low season from 8 am till 12 am). There is a money exchange in marina reception, and cash point machine at the supermarket entrance.

Near the entrance of the marina is a Konzum market. This is a local market and not a marina market, like in some marinas. The locals shop here and it sells a variety of produce from bakery, fresh fruits, vegetables, deli, dairy and fresh meat.

Dock facilities

Sailing grounds

Experience level
Level 1

Get more information on Dubrovnik’s sailing conditions.

Sailing area

Download Sunsail’s Dubrovnik Cruising Guide here.

Sailing licences

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Croatia.

To charter in Croatia, there must be at least one certified skipper over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have an official sailing licence or a certificate issued by a government of state approved organisation as detailed below:

Skipper is REQUIRED to have a VHF Radio Operator’s Licence:

A list of officially accepted licenses is available at the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs. Please check the list of officially accepted licenses before contacting the base with any queries as the list is updated every few months. This list is organised by country and details the accepted competence levels for experience, boat size and distance-from-shore-sailing for the various certificates accepted. please contact your Holiday Planner if you need additional information.

Experience level

Level 1

*Level 1 destinations offer the easiest, most forgiving sailing, ideal for novices and less experienced sailors. Lazy line mooring, line-of-sight navigation and calm conditions mean you won’t sail outside your comfort zone.

*You will require at least 5 days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Skippered charter information
The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you’ve reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you on how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you’ll provide cash for meals, whether you’ve included him or her in your provisioning or whether you’ll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it’s your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Skippers & Crew qualifications and boat papers
It is ESSENTIAL that we have all of the following details in advance:

It is imperative that you bring these sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.  You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base. The sailing experience you provide on your booking confirmation is required as proof of sailing experience for the Croatian Port Authorities. Please bring any sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.

The Croatian Authorities website has full details of acceptable skippers licenses. View the pdf.

Cruising Permits
Montenegro: It is possible to sail to Montenegro, a permit must be obtained from the Harbour Master in the port of entry in Montenegro, and you must go through the Clearing procedures for both legs of your journey. The Croatian Clearing Port is Cavtat, south of Dubrovnik, and the Montenegrian Clearing Ports are either Zelenika or Kotor.

All yachts arriving in Montenegro have to purchase a Montenegrian cruising permit costing approx. €100. Port fees in Montenegro are additional.  By law in order to pass clearance to go outside Croatian waters there must be two people on board who hold recognized skippers’ licenses – regardless of the size of the yacht. You must advise Sunsail in advance (at the time of booking if possible) if you plan to visit Montenegro.

Please note that the Croatian customs clearing procedure to leave Croatian waters can take several hours.  Sunsail will do everything to assist but please bear in mind that Sunsail is not responsible for delays caused or as a fuction of the customs clearing process. More information on the sailing in this area.

Sailing area restrictions
Restricted zones will be covered in your chart briefing. 

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require two persons minimum on board.

Night sailing
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance.

You will need to fill out the Sailing CV for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing. Charts and pilot books can be purchased by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting 02380 634911.

Weather reports
The best Meteo report (In English) can be heard on the following wavelengths on your VHF, initial call is on 16.

Radio Dubrovnik Broadcasting: 7.45am, 2.45pm, 9.45pm VHF channel 04, 07, 28, 85

Radio Split Broadcasting: 7.45am, 2.45pm, 9.45pm VHF channel 07, 21, 28, 81

Internet: http://meteo.hr

Marina or Harbour Master office has updated weather in the morning from DHMZ at reception.

The base will also inform you of local weather conditions upon your arrival.

Sailing permits + taxes
VAT (Value Added Tax): This tax is issued by the Croatian Government and is paid up front at 6.5% of the charter fee. –>

Tourism Tax (Sojourn Tax): Croatian tourism tax will be collected by our vacation planners at time of booking. The cost is 10 HRK per person/per day and must be paid for the duration of your charter. There’s no charge for children under 12.

Moorings fees + taxes
Mooring fees are usually charged in harbours and on town quays by the local municipality. These are usually between €25 and €30 which is less than the per night charges in the larger marinas, but shower and toilet facilities may not be available. 

Well equipped marinas are common in Croatia and generally cost about €50 (for a 30 ft yacht) to €80 (for a 50ft yacht) per night. The actual price is dependent on the size of your yacht and the specific marina pricing policy. Shore power, water, and shower and toilet facilities are included in the cost of berthing in a marina. 
If you use a private jetty free of charge, you are expected to eat at the owner’s restaurant. 
In Hvar yachts are charged for anchoring as well as in National Park areas.

Molunat (mainland )FREEFREE
Cavtat ( mainland )119,45 EUR / day / boat along side4 EUR / metre of the boat along sidestern to is -30%
Cavtat ( anchor )54 EUR / day / boat27 EUR / DAY / boatup to 4 hrs is -50%
Koločep ( Donje Čelo )2,50 EUR / metre of the boat2,10 EUR / metre of the boat
Šipan ( Suđurađ and Luka )3 EUR / metre of the boat3 EUR / metre of the boatanchor is -50%
Zaton bay ( mainland )3 EUR / metre of the boat3 EUR / metre of the boatanchor is -50%
Slano ( mainland )5,31 EUR / metre of the boat4 EUR / metre of the boatstern to is -30%
Peljeśac Peninsula: Trpanj, Ston, Žuljana, Trstenik5,31 EUR / metre of the boat4 EUR / metre of the boatstern to is -30%
Peljeśac Peninsula: Loviste33,18 EUR / 24 hrs / boat33,18 EUR / 24 hrs / boatup to 4 hrs is 19,91 EUR / boat
Mljet: Okuklje, Prozura, Saplunara33,18 EUR / 24 hrs / boat33,18 EUR / 24 hrs / boatup to 4 hrs is 19,91 EUR / boat
Mljet: Pomena ( National Park ) town quay5,31 EUR / metre of the boat along side4 EUR / metre of the boat along sideanchor is -50%, stern to is -30%
Korcula Island: Brna4 EUR / metre of the boat2.7 EUR / metre of the boatanchor is -50%, stern to is -30%
Lastovo Island: Ubli, Zaklopatica5,31 EUR / metre of the boat4 EUR / metre of the boatstern to is -30%
Korcula Island: Korcula Town5 EUR / metre of the boat4 EUR / metre of the boatcatamarans +50%
Korcula Island: Vela Luka4 EUR -5 EUR / metre of the boat2 EUR-4 EUR / metre of the boatcatamarans +50%

Health + safety

Swim Safe 

Swimming is often a fun and important part of a holiday. However local rules, flag systems, currents and where swimming may be permitted, can be different and vary from country to country. Snorkel vests, Life Jackets and Diver Down flags are all available on board. 


Be aware of your surroundings

Look out for others

Do not over estimate your ability


All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets, harnesses, snorkel vests & diver down flags. You can see all this equipment demonstrated in our online safety briefing, and we strongly recommend that you make use this equipment during your holiday. This safety equipment will be displayed in the saloon of your boat on boarding – If you have any questions feel free to ask our base staff during your briefing. 

We have a very limited supply of children’s life jackets on base so highly recommend that if you are travelling with children, you bring their own. This ensures that children have correctly fitting jackets that are comfortable for them.  

Children should not be allowed in the dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and should wear a buoyancy aid or harness whilst on deck. 

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy. 

Travel advice
Dubrovnik is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Current travel, health, and safety information can be obtained by visiting Welcome to GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Travel insurance
Sunsail offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Sunsail holiday. Visit here for more details.

*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. Sunsail is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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Sunsail Provisioning
All provisioning orders should be placed no later than 7 days prior to the charter start date. Visit store.sunsail.com to order. For more information, visit here for our different provisioning options.


There are restaurants close to the bases and around many of the islands, with a wide selection of menus at various prices. Freshly caught local seafood is very popular. The local Sunsail staff will advise you of the whereabouts of restaurants.

Restaurant Zephyrus
ACI Marina, Komolac Dubrovnik – Croatia 
Tel: +385 20 451-010 
The restaurant is located in a beautiful natural setting, nearby the source of river Ombla. You will find a pleasant pool area, good food and wine.

Bistro “Gat 23” is located close to the Sunsail reception. Coffee, juices, various beverages and a large selection of sandwiches and pizzas are available

Pizzeria – Bistro Nava is located close to Bazen restaurant. Coffee, juices, various beverages and a large selection of sandwiches and pizzas are available.

Azzurro is opposite the Konzum market and has more of a pub feel to it, so a quick drink can be taken while waiting for a bus or taxi.Vimbula offers a relaxed evening meal along the banks of the River Ombla. Take a stroll inside the restaurant to see the photos from the past.

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Around the base

Hotel accommodation in Dubrovnik is generally more expensive than elsewhere in Croatia. Demand for beds is high in July and August, so you should be prepared to arrive early in the day, or book in advance. 

There are no hotels at the airport, the nearest accommodation being in Cavtat, around 5km (3 miles) away.

Hotel Vimbula
Tenturija 44
20236 Mokošica
Tel.: 00385 20 452 244
email: hotelvimbula@gmail.com

Berkeley Hotel
Ulica Andrije Hebranga
116A 20000 Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 20 494 160
Fax: +385 20 494 170
Email: info@berkeleyhotel.hr

Located on Gruz Harbour, Berkeley Hotel is a great base to explore Dubrovnik and its surroundings. As one of the few family owned and operated boutique hotels in Dubrovnik, guests staying here experience warm and friendly hospitality. 

Villa Konalic
Rožat Donji 15
Tel: +385 (0)20 452 506
GSM: +385 91 453 12 33
Email: vlaho.kristovic@du.htnet.hr

Villa Konalic is about four miles from the center of Dubrovnik. Public transportation is available to the Old Town, with buses leaving every 10 minutes.

Open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 12 noon Saturday. 

There are ATMs on most of the islands. Traveller’s checks are not readily accepted. 
Cash can be exchanged at banks, post offices, exchange offices, travel agencies, marina offices and hotels. There are many small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8am to 8pm.

Post office
The post office is situated in the center of the town. Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm.

When shopping in Croatia you may be offered receipts in shops far lower in value than the amount paid. Shops do this to declare less tax. The Customs Officers at your home airports are well aware how much most goods are worth. If you declare a lower value, you may have the goods seized and a heavy fine imposed.

Supermarkets are situated a short walk away from the bases. Shops are open from about 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day (some close for siesta) and the majority close Sunday mornings. Many of your favorite products and brands may not be available.

Dubrovnik offers a variety of experiences and memories such as walking the town walls and shopping at the many shops. Jewelry is stunning here, and handcrafted in the old town. You will find traditional necklaces, strings of coral and pearl, silver earrings with filigree work, rings and brooches.

Many local markets can be found selling embroidered table cloths, linen, Dalamatian wine, spirits, preserves and dried fruit. The morning market at Gunduliceva Square is great for souvenirs, while the morning market at Gruz is great for fresh local produce. A VAT of 18.5% is added onto all non-essential products and services purchased in Croatia.

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Things to do

Walking tour around the Old Town of Dubrovnik ( general ), also themed tours ( Game Of Thrones, Food, War themed ), scheduled and private. Booking can be done via Sunsail office or Sunsail Dubrovnik base.


See the town from different perspective in this adventurous way! Zipline  from Štikovica bay, more info here: zip-line.hr 

Eco Tour
Eco-friendly and fun way to discover all the wonders and hidden gems of Dubrovnik. Book this tour at the Sunsail base.

Golf content at ACI marina Dubrovnik is meant for all boating guests who want to actively spend their time in the marina by playing golf or mini golf and thus entertaine their friends or their entire family. Book your tee time at the reception desk at the marina.

Water toys + sports

For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter prior to arrival at the base. They will be waiting on your boat upon arrival. You are able to rent these at the base but please keep in mind that we have limited availability. For more information, please view our water sports options here.

Scuba diving
Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Croatia. Please arrange in advance to dive with a local club in Dubrovnik. 

In order for you to dive from the yacht, a Croatian dive licence is required. This can be bought at a cost of 2500 Kuna for the year. To purchase this licence, you will need to produce Dive qualifications. Costs will then be approximately 200 kuna per day and 8 kuna a liter to fill tanks.

The best option is to go through a Dive centre. The cost is approx. 350 Kuna for one dive including rental of all equipment and approx. 550 Kuna for 2 dives, including rental of all equipment, and they will be able to show the best spots along the coast.

Diving Club Dubrovnik: Tel: +385 20 43 57 37 37 
Navis Club Underwater: Tel: +385 20 35 65 01

For more information about scuba diving visit the Croatian Tourism Diving Association website: www.diving.hr.

Kayaking, quad biking and rafting
Try rafting on the Cetina River, riding quad bikes around the village of Zedno as well as kayaking. All these activities are provided with the guidance of professional guides and further information can be obtained from our base.

Sunsail will provide snorkelling flippers, however will not provide the masks or snorkels at this time. 

For any kind of fishing you need to buy a fishing licence at the Harbour Master in Dubrovnik. There are no rental facilities for fishing equipment. To purchase a licence online, please visit: https://ribarstvo.mps.hr/default.aspx?id=5010.

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For more information on what’s included on your yacht, please view the full list her

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