Djerba Island holiday in Tunisia
Description of Djerba Island holiday in Tunisia
Djerba Island is a great beach destination. This small island off the Tunisian mainland is lucky enough to be encircled by white sand beaches and turquoise Mediterranean waters. Relax on the shore whilst people cycle past in wide-brimmed woven hats, while out to sea, little fishing boats break up the mirage-like shimmer of the sea.
This Djerba Island holiday gives you plenty of time to relax on the beach, but you also get an opportunity to delve into life on the island. The communities here are a little different from Tunisiaís mainland population Ė and itís worth taking the chance to meet some of them.
Here on Djerba youíll find the second largest Jewish community in the Arab World Ė and one of the oldest; Jewish people have been here since 600BC, and now coexist peacefully among Muslim and Berber people. Jewish silversmiths in the Houmt Souk market trade alongside leather-workers and basket weavers. A visit to the El Ghriba Synagogue is a great way to see the influence of this community on the island. You can also get personal by meeting local artisans Ė the perfect chance to pick up a souvenir of your trip.
Djerba Island is made up of the main town of Houmt Souk, and rural villages which are dotted around the island, among the orchards of date and olive trees. Stay in local accommodation away from the Tourist Zone, and instead of resort life youíll be visiting an olive oil manufacturer, before grabbing a lovely lunch using local ingredients.
Families, couples, small groups Ė everyone will appreciate a few days relaxing on Djerba. Donít forget, Djerba isnít far from the mainland and the rest of Tunisia is at your fingertips too. Itís easy to extend your trip by going for a mainland tour after your island escape.
PlanetWe reserve 5% of our clients' total package cost to invest in the local communities and environment through our partnering 501(c)(3) Second Look Worldwide. These investments are tangible projects which our clients can see during their trip. All projects are determined by the communities and are dependent on their most direct needs; however, we are focusing on projects that support water management solutions. In Tunisia, we will be working in the Tozeur region of the country to support water management practices.
We operate on a completely paperless basis when communicating with clients and our contacts on the ground, recycle all plastic bottles from the tours, and invest in the conservation of local forests.
For our tours to Tunisia, we reserve a portion of revenue to support the World Resources Institute. WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for current and future generations' needs and aspirations.
We encourage travelers to reduce waste and consumption wherever possible. Limiting water usage by taking shorter showers and declining bedding changes can be very beneficial, specifically in the Tozeur region of Tunisia.
PeopleWe start by focusing our tours during the off season and shoulder-season in Tunisia, which creates economic stability in the country's tourism sector. By booking directly through our partners, we can utilize local guides, encourage clients to buy local souvenirs, and stay at locally owned & operated accommodations. Not only do our travelers have better experiences but as much money as possible stays within Tunisia.
To date, 90.31% of the total cost of all tours booked has gone directly back into the local economies.
Clients on this tour to Tunisia will be able to see the vibrancy of the Tunisian food and culture, both past and present, and see and interact with locals throughout the tour. By experiencing locally sourced foods from the areas around each location, not only do travelers receive better examples of the cuisine, but this cuts down on transportation emissions in bringing food to travelers.
We encourage travelers to purchase locally produced goods and utilizing local services such as souvenirs, crafts, meals, guides, and establishments. These all can enhance the traveler experience and have a positive impact in Tunisia. Specific experiential experiences like the market tour in Tozeur and pottery making in Sejnane will allow travelers to buy souvenirs directly from the production source.
We require all travelers to respect the local customs and traditions of Tunisia. Being mindful of our actions abroad always results in a better experience while traveling.
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