This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Seychelles honeymoon, Denis Private Island & La Digue
Denis Private Island is a haven for bird life, providing a sanctuary for such species as noddies, terns, plovers, whimbrels, tropic birds and frigates. Having already conducted one effective campaign to eradicate rats and another to replant trees, the island is proud to have played host to the translocation of the rare Seychelles Fodies, Magpie Robins, Seychelles Warblers and Seychelles Paradise Fly-Catchers, assisting in the removal of these species from the IUCN Globally Threatened Birds list.
In deference to island tradition and in an effort to achieve a degree of self sufficiency, the Denis Private Island farm has pigs, cows, chickens and quails, and also features an extensive herb and vegetable garden.
Whilst we recognise that a vital element of any holiday is relaxation, we do try to encourage our clients to be aware of the impact they have on their destinations. For each booking, we provide notes on cultural sensitivities and our local guides brief our clients upon their arrival about environmental issues. We hope this will help to ensure the sustainability of our destinations and improve the quality of our clients' overall experience, specifically in this unique area of Denis island.
The island has its own farm and rears poultry for eggs and meat and cows for milk. There are also fruit, vegetable and herb gardens to provide fresh ingredients for the chefs. Everything grown is organic and seagrass is used as compost for the plants, making sure that everything is used and nothing is wasted. We ask guests to remember this is a small island, and to use resources with consideration.
We are committed to supporting a wide number of responsible and ethical initiatives, including environmental projects, community tourism projects and education programmes. We encourage our clients to visit many of these initiatives such as wildlife sanctuaries, local schools, orphanages and co-operatives that we support through the company.
Through client-specific notes in our tailor-made itineraries, we continue to actively recommend restaurants, shops and other local businesses so that the community is directly benefited. As this is such a remote area, chances for this are few, but any areas where local gifts will be pointed out, should you wish to visit.
We prefer, where possible, to use locally owned ground agents, guides and drivers. Not only does this ensure that it is the host community who are managing and benefiting from the local tourist industry, but we also believe that our clients will have a better trip as local agents have a much more intimate knowledge of the region.
We favour ground agents who have an awareness of responsible tourism policies and strong environmental commitment. Responsible practice is one of the principle criteria during the selection of new suppliers, and ethical initiatives form a fundamental element in our ground arrangements. In addition to feedback from country specialist visits, all our ground agents are asked to keep us updated on their own responsible tourism practices as well as potential community tourism projects, local charities and eco-accommodation that we can recommend to our clients.
We always try to favour small locally owned hotels over large international chains. This ensures that as much revenue as possible remains in the host country as well as providing an experience with more genuine character for our clients. These beautiful lodges may be situated on a private island, but because locals are employed, economic benefits still reaches local communities.
Ethical practice is not just limited to the destinations we operate in. Responsible practice is exercised in our office with various measures put in place aimed at reducing, re-using and recycling resources where possible.