Caribbean Island walking holiday in Dominica

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The small island of Dominica contains six protected National Parks and reserves, covering approximately one third of its surface area. This emphasis on the natural environment means that the country really lives up to its name; "The Nature Island". The larger Morne Trois Pitons National Park received UNESCO heritage status in 1997, and good management is essential in order to minimise our impact on this fragile environment. We ensure that our walks only follow marked official trails (made easier by the fact that the Dominican government is actively encouraging walking tourism in the country, and is the only Caribbean island to have created a cross-island walking trail), and our Tour Leaders encourage clients to carry out all packed lunch waste from the parks, recycling them back in the towns that we pass through. In order to visit any of these national parks and reserves there is a small fee (for non-residents only, and included in the trip cost), which goes towards the maintenance of the parks, trails and the support of native species such as endangered Sisserou and Jaco parrots,

The government recently passed a "no single use plastic" policy, which means that they are now phasing out the existing stock of water bottles, food containers, plastic cups and bags etc, and our Tour Leaders will ensure that this is implemented throughout our groups. We encourage all customers to take a reusable water bottle with them when travelling which helps to reduce the number of plastic bottles provided and used locally. Along the routes we take on this trip there are plenty of fresh, good quality water sources to make good use of your reusable bottle. Alternatively, we have a partnership with Water to Go, whose bottles have filtration technology that filters out over 99% of harmful microbes and bacteria, allowing not just tap water but any none-saline water source to be drunk throughout the world.

Of course, travelling by foot throughout these natural environments and small villages significantly reduces our carbon footprint and provides a more enjoyable experience with the opportunity to admire the natural landscape.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

The Impacts of this Trip

During this trip we visit small, rural villages and stay in a mixture of accommodation, including family run lodges. Until this year (2019), Dominica was the only Caribbean island not to have any chain hotels - all accommodation is small, family run and much of it by the local people. Over the last few years, Dominica has been ravaged by the hurricane season, notably in 2017 with Hurricane Maria, and in 2015 with Tropical Storm Erica. On both occasions the island sustained major damage, with small communities being hard hit by the devastation. Since 2017 the government has put an amazing amount of money and time into building a "hurricane proof" infrastructure, which not only encompasses new building regulations but also covers the types of crops and agriculture grown, focussing on improving domestic use rather than concentrating on exportation of bananas as they were previously. Visiting and eating in any local restaurant, shop, market or guesthouse ensures that money from tourism is going directly into the local economy, and this touristic income is invaluable to the island's future growth.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.


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