Caribbean nature tour, Lesser Antilles

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Caribbean nature tour, Lesser Antilles

Environment

The governments of all the islands included in this holiday are actively involved in promoting green business and are devoting themselves to conserving their islands natural beauty. Recognising that the main source of income for their islands is tourism, officials have taken measures to ensure that they and their visitors are good stewards to the environment. Their dedication to environmental conservation has given birth to a string of eco-friendly hotels and activities.

All the hotels that we use for this holiday are locally owned and managed. In most cases, they use exclusively green energy, primarily derived from the sun, to generate electricity, to heat water, and to run water pumps. Almost all necessary items are purchased locally, packaging is avoided when possible, waste is composted or recycled, and water use is kept to a minimum. Furthermore, all our recommended hotels attempt to exist in harmony with the delicate ecosystems of the islands, providing visitors with a wonderful experience without damaging the planet.

Tours like this have provided local communities with an economic rationale for the conservation and preservation of their heritage and culture, as well as the abundant natural resources that the islands have to offer. On this tour, you will visit several National Parks set up with the aim of protecting the natural environment and the park fees used to help in their conservation, have been included in the price of the holiday.

Community

This tour will give you the opportunity to be part of the island communities, to learn about their culture, to stay in locally owned hotels, eat delicious meals at locally owned restaurants and shop for handicrafts made in the traditional way by local craftsmen.

An example of this can be found in Dominica, where you will have the opportunity to hike through and spend time in the Kalinango Territory. By visiting the Territory, you can enjoy Kalinago culture first-hand through storytelling, song and dance, craft demonstration, canoe building, herbal preparations and traditional culinary activities. When you visit the Kalinago Territory you interact with Dominica’s indigenous people and support their endeavours.

On every island, you will be accompanied by well-trained and experienced local guides, who are familiar with their environment and are responsible for protecting it. The nature and birding guides live and work in the area and are best placed to know where to find the various species of flora and fauna. They can also offer advice on how to preserve the delicate balance of the local environment, as well as being familiar with local community life and history and will be delighted to share their knowledge with you.

Reviews of Caribbean nature tour, Lesser Antilles

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Paddling in the sea in my wedding dress with my new husband on the beach at Nisbet plantation. In respect of the 2 islands we visited - the 2.5 mile challenge swim between St Kitts and Nevis. In Dominica - hiking to the boiling lake and all you got to see on the way/return

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We tailor made our holiday, so work with your travel agent to ensure you can make the most of your time by staying in different areas. Nevis and Dominica are suited to active types and we wished we had had more time on both islands to explore more by foot, bike or sea.
In Dominica we were told many times that we needed a guide for certain hikes - sometimes this was true and sometimes not, so do your research and only pay for a guide when really necessary.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not overly benefitting local people, although we did make arrangements with local guides (where they were required) rather than always going through the hotel/B&B. In Dominica, the organisers of the canyoning trip had trained and employed local people. Nisbet Plantation was extremely well kept and they were working to preserve the palms that are under threat from a disease.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic, just wish we had had more time on both islands.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Very difficult to say as there was more than one. The whales put on a great display for us, and a huge rainbow curved along the coast while we were at sea. On Antigua we swam with rays, not included in the holiday, and a great experience. On the rainforest walk on St Lucia we were lucky enough to see the St Lucia parrot. We will always remember the open boat trip to the frigate bird colony on Barbuda for the squall that hit us on the return journey! Monsterrat was memorable for the huge effect the volcano has had on like there, and the flights on the tiny plane!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light, be well organised, and be prepared for early starts.
The coastal walk on Dominica is only suitable for experienced walkers, it is rated as medium difficulty, we believe it is more challenging than that. Fortunately we are experienced walkers, but some sections were difficult. We had two very wet and slippery ascents and descents, and the boulder hopping on the beach was not for the faint hearted. The beach was only a couple of metres wide and the waves were fairly big, so we constantly had to watch where we put our feet and the sea. It is certainly not an option for inexperienced walkers. We tried to find more info on the walk before we went, but the site for the whole island trail was very sketchy.
Rescue in case of an accident would be very difficult.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the people we came into contact with were locals, so we were benefitting the local economy by providing them with work. Not sure how we reduced environmental impacts, as so many flights were involved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good, thoroughly enjoyed it, although it rained a lot, more than we anticipated. Slightly disappointed by the standard of accommodation in St Lucia and Dominica, but the staff in these places more than made up for this. Met lots of lovely locals who really added a lot to our experience.

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