|Since Nature Island Destinations was launched in 1997, we have assisted many visitors in planning and booking their Dominica vacation, providing a personal service not simply restricted to the selection of accommodation, but which also includes pre booking of vehicle hire, many activities, guides and the provision of maps, national park brochures, forestry fact sheets etc. On completion of our clients' visits, we seek feedback from them in an effort to identify areas where improvements can be made to the service both we and our suppliers provide. Understandably, not all respond - holiday over, back to the grind...... Many do, however, and to those we are most grateful. Below are some of the replies which we have received, or extracts from them, most recent appearing first.|
Let me express my overwhelming satisfaction with our stay in Dominica. Winston, Whitley and I had a blast! Staying at Coffee River Cottage for our first and last nights as you recommended was a wise choice. The accommodation there was charming, Sandra and Stephen were great hosts, very helpful and cordial, the beautifully landscaped grounds and the river....nature at its best. Casablanca was excellent for getting around to other parts of the island and the accommodation there also surpassed what we had anticipated. The view of the sea and the beautiful sunsets from that ridge was a plus. It was a pleasure meeting Ivor, very friendly. On behalf of my family I thank you for your excellent service and special thanks for the vehicle rental. You helped to make our stay on the island a comfortable one and I've already recommended your service and website to others. We will definitely be returning in the near future and will require your services again, hopefully sooner than later. Give my regards to Cecily and thank her for her helpful recommendations. Winston and I have a very keen interest in acquiring property on the island.
Thanking you again and keep up the good work.
Regards, Kathy-Ann Clarke, Barbados
Dear Colin Lees,
Thank you thank you thank you! For making this fantastic holiday in your fantastic island possible for the 8 of us!
The rainforest, the parrots, the hummingbirds, all the exotic plants, the coral reef, the fishes, whales, dolphins, all smiling fantastic people - the fantastic nature, I cannot tell what was not fantastic.
I would have wanted to meet you and thank you for your crystal clear emails and neat arrangements but we were so busy all time. There is also a more serious part of travelling - meeting kind people who cannot afford to travel the way we do. At home we are much engaged in voluntary environmental work and a greener, sustainable world. The costs for solar cells are actually dropping worldwide, and under Dominicas's sun they would pay off quite quickly.
Irrespective of these last thoughts - thank you again very much.
Sincerely yours, Cecilia Emanuelsson
The fact that you are looking at this site pre-empts my need to expand on the wonderful nature
More to the point is where you might decide to settle and sleep after your day exploring the island.
I have been coming to
The panoramic views along the West Coast from the garden at sunset takes some beating and you have plenty of time to wake up in the morning before the sun pops its head up from behind the hills beyond
Should you decide on an early morning swim the beach at Mero is second to none and
Even if you decide to have a lazy day at
After the glorious sunset the fireflies begin their display around the balcony to compliment the emerging stars and when all has finally settled into the night the reassuring sound of the lapping waves below you lulls you to sleep.
Should you need any advice on any aspect of Dominica Colin and Cecily who live just around the corner are a telephone call away for advice or recommendation with their vast experience of the island having lived out here for some 15 years.
So.... what are you waiting for!!!
Paul Hyldon, December 2011
Now that we're back in Canada, I just wanted to send a final thank you to you for all the planning help you provided. Our trip to Dominica was marvellous. The people of your country are the friendliest and most helpful we have experienced anywhere. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would love to visit the island again, this time during the dry season. It certainly knows how to rain on Dominica! Our excursions - birding with Bertrand, whale and dolphin watching, and of course the strenuous hike to Boiling Lake - were all well organized, well led and truly memorable.
After experiencing the road and driving conditions on Dominica, we decided not to rent a vehicle, but to travel around by local bus and occasionally taxi. We very much enjoyed this as it gave us an opportunity to interact with the local people. We were impressed at the good (and inexpensive) service the local buses provide.
I have already spoken to my travel agent to suggest to her that for anyone travelling to Dominica, she should suggest they contact Nature Island Destinations for help in organizing accommodation and trips.
Once again, many thanks for all your help. We're sorry we couldn't have met you in person - maybe next time.
Norm, Loni and Jeff Funnell Edgewater, BC, Canada
Dominica is the ideal place for us to be, because we both love nature (the natural environment of Dominica is superb). One of Dominica's many great assets is it's clean water. Visiting Dominica has made us want to be a part of such a peaceful and pristine country and one with such wonderful people. Getting to meet your family was tremendous and it reminded us of our observations and experiences when we first visited Dominica in 2009. For Lily and myself it would have been ideal to have met you both in 2010 and purchased property through Safe Haven. I must say I did get a lot of valuable information (and still do) on Dominica from the Safe Haven website.
at Casablanca was
for us as we found
the residence to be
central to every
Dominica and most
important - clean,
Sitting and looking
at the ocean and
observing the ships
place was very
binocular was a
asset). We enjoyed
the beach below the
cottage and also the
walk to the
wonderful beach in
the village of Mero.
The trip that you
planned for a
day in the hills
beside the river
will always be
we got to sample a
bit of Dominica's
another trip to
Dominica soon to
meet with our
and intend to stay
Casablanca. I will
be getting in
you when I have a
clearer picture as
to the time I can
Looking forward to be there soon.
Thank you for coordinating my stay at Croton Cottage. I have visited Dominica several times and the level of professionalism provided by you is unparalleled. I enjoyed my stay at Croton Cottage more than any other property I have ever visited. The location is perfect and the view of the ocean every sunrise and sunset was the highlight of my trip, which says a lot because I visited during the Carnival Season. I will return to Dominica in the near future and I guarantee that I will trust no one but you and Nature Island Destinations to coordinate my accommodations.
Good afternoon Colin,
What did we think of Dominica? The island is a very beautiful place, we loved the vegetation, the rivers, waterfalls and valleys. It was really good to see crops growing that we haven't seen before i.e. banana, cocoa, coffee, sugar cane, pineapple, mango, coconuts (there were others we had no idea what they were). The rivers were so clear and we are always up for a good waterfall...Middleham was probably the most impressive that we saw. We did lots of snorkelling - the water was really clear most of the time with visibility about 30 - 40 meters. The people we found almost without exception to be friendly and helpful. People in the rural areas seemed to be the most friendly and even as we drove past would say hello or something similar (even when carrying the national all purpose tool...the machete). When we were walking one day we stopped to talk to a person who had obviously been working on the land and he immediately gave us some Grapefruit and refused to take anything for them.
The accommodation that we got though your good self was really good. Nelista (Cherry Orchard Apartment) was a really nice person and made us most welcome. The accommodation was great too. We would recommend it to friends. Ivor's place (Casablanca) is an ideal location and had everything that we wanted. We would go back there again (and to Nelista's). I know that Ivor went out of his way to ensure that we had our own undisturbed space. The pricing of the accommodation was good and the vehicle we had did the job and on some of the steep and rough roads the 4 wheel drive was very good.
Thanks for your help and assistance. Nigel
north: we so enjoyed Sea Cliff
cottages (8 nights) for the
cottages themselves, the view
and the small
atmosphere of Calibishe (along
with the protest!). Gwen and Jim
helpful. Cabrits Dive was fine,
but the reefs are superior in
terms of health and larger fish
life. We also saw the
south: Tranquile Villa (8
fabulous, especially the
wonderful pool (with birds and
bats!) and the
nature of the home, but the
whole ambiance of the place was
what we needed, however, very
different from Sea Cliff in
view. Both were very clean. We
appreciated them both. We hiked
Bev and I would like to thank you for the work you put forth in finding us Croton Cottage.
The accommodation was excellent and the condition of the house was better than expected...New in Fact.
We would appologise for not being in touch while on Island but time and purpose kept us busy.
Shortly we will return as Bev and I have purchased property to build our own home.
As you know Dominica is an Island unlike most with great nature and incredible people... this was not our first trip to DOMINICA and over the years we have covered most of the Islands in the Caribbean and found that we enjoyed this island over all the rest.
We have but a few complaints......
1. No swimming pool and we knew this when we rented ... not your fault.
2. the second being a drought that had not occurred in Dominica for many years.. again not your fault.
To every Paradise something will be lacking, however small. All our complains were beyond your control and anyone elses.
All in All this is our Paradise and we will enjoy it for years to come.
I recommend Colin Lees and his rental business to anyone and everyone.
THANKS AGAIN COLIN,
From TWO NEW FRIENDS from Canada. Larry and Beverley
We spent February 2010 at Seaview Apartment in Mero and had a very relaxing and enjoyable time there. We found Marie, the owner, who lives in the apartment above, to be a very nice lady, helpful in every way, and always on hand to advise and assist if we had any kind of problem or questions.
The apartment is spacious and airy, and it was particularly pleasant to sit out on the balcony in the evenings to enjoy cooling breezes. The accommodation is only 5 minutes walk to the beach, and although we weren't renting a vehicle on this occasion it was nonetheless quite easy for us to pick up the local buses into Roseau, a journey of about 30 minutes. (The pull-in for the buses/vans was very close-by the apartment.)
We had already toured most of Dominica prior to staying at Marie's apartment, and have always found the local people to be warm and friendly. The roads in Dominica could be improved somewhat, and at times services can be unreliable. But after a week or so I guess we kind of accepted such shortcomings and decided to just go with the flow!
A very relaxing 4 weeks amongst very friendly people, Visit Dominica at Carnival time as we did and you'll find you will soon really become part of the local scene!!
Ken and Elaine Mahoney (from England)
Hi Colin,I would definitely recommend EMERAL COTTAGE - it was incredible!! It exceeded my expectations. Finding a wonderful place is like finding a diamond in a mine, I have stayed at other hotels and cottages and have been disappointed with the service or accommodations, but this cottage was awesome! This is truly a special place. No picture could do justice to the view, or capture the complete serenity while looking at the morning sunrise or the evening sunset from the balcony in the master suite and enjoying Dominica's clean fresh air.
On my trip to Dominica I had the opportunity to take a tour of the island and was amazed by it's green gorgeous scenery, it's enchanting rivers, it's deep blue Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. To anyone who plans to visit Dominica, it's an adventure, breathtaking and it's people are warm and friendly.
Mr. Lees you really could not have been more helpful in answering my endless questions! However my only complaint was; the trip was entirely too short, and I was not able to meet with you or your wife.
Thank you!!! Connie La Ville
Our trip to Dominica was definitely a wonderful and memorable one. The island is beautiful and the people very warm. The sites we visited were spectacular, and it is truly a nature-lover's paradise. For all friends out there in cyberland who are looking for a taste of what's really worth seeing, Dominica is indeed one such place.
Tranquille Villa was much more than a pleasant surprise, since it had so much more to offer that what was/ could be posted on your website. For us, it was indeed a home away from home, and we earnestly wished we had more time there. Tranquille Villa lived up to its name, situated as it is in a very quiet area, undisturbed and uninterrupted by anything other than chirping birds that pecked on the window each morning from the garden area.
The space is well kept and very accomodating. Fruits form the garden were quite delicious, and the boys had a whale of a time frolicing around.
Many thanks to you for making the experience truly worthwhile.
Alec, Andrew, Indira & Allan.
We are back in Martinique and everything went well in Dominica.
We had a great stay even if it was very short.
We would like to thank you for organizing everything for us.
We hope to go back soon to Dominica for a longer stay this time.
Kind regard Olivier
We want to thank you very much for the perfect organization of our holiday in Dominica! It was excellent: the people from Budget waited
you for helping us spend a wonderful time in
Dominica. Budget welcomed
us when we arrived in Roseau and took care of
our luggage. The three
4X4 cars we had ordered suited perfectly with
the narrow winding roads
of Dominica. We first drove to Calibishie and
then to Scotts Head where
Mr. Colin had rented two wonderful houses for
us. The owners were very
nice to us: they even brought us fruit in the
morning for breakfast,
and they were very helpful. At the end of our
holiday we drove the cars
back to Roseau and there again, Budget drove us
to the boat. They made
things very easy for us. Thanks to you Mr. Colin
professionalism. If we didn’t have this bad
fracture of my wife’s foot,
I would say everything was perfect! Dominica is
a marvelous Island with
many things to do.
just a quick note to express our gratitude for renting out pete's casa to us.
This is the second time we have rented from you and it's true to say that the villa is fantastic,
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have recommended to family and friends,
The whether was so hot it was fortunate we had the pool at our disposal,
We will definitely be back within 3 years,
We want to say
all arrangements you made. When we arrived on
Dominica we had no
with transportation or accomodation.
Shangri-la was a
choice. Close to the nature with rain forest and hot
springs, but also
delicious and healthy meals. We got 4-gear-dinners
in the evening.
is a good choice, too, as you promised. We can
really confirm that.
I hope we can come back to Dominica once more, but with more time to stay there.
Best regards, Stephan
there was wonderful. It was hard for us to leave
and Dominica in general!
and I will
send any Dominica travelers your way!
I can not begin to tell how much I
at Pete's Casa. I have been a frequent visitor to
Dominica since 1998,
I first came for the scuba diving and discovered the
island had so much
more to offer. The scenic beauty and friendly people
make it a true
On previous trips I stayed in hotels and felt
cramped and confined in
room. Staying at Pete's Casa made me feel like I was
living my dreams,
I was a resident of the neighborhood, not a guest of
The kitchen has everything a cook could want, and the grill by the pool was fantastic. It was perfect for an afternoon of entertaining friends. The first step in planning all future trips to Dominica will be to check the availability of Pete's Casa! It is my home away from home, and I can not imagine staying anywhere else on the island!
My only regret was that I was a couple of weeks too early for the mangoes to be ripe!
Dear Colin -
Thank you for
I would love to recommend Ocean View. The place
itself was like being
into someone's secret garden, when Francis Charles
received us through
his garden gate, jet lagged and a bit frightened
from the drive from
airport. Francis showed us through the cool green
he created using tropical forest plants and trees
that flower and
along with garden art accents made out of found
treasures from the
Concrete walking paths were lined with the worn
coral a person can find
rolled up on the beach. These paths led from "room
to room" in the
A low surrounding garden wall of rock made the
garden feel protected
and had a wonderful stay in Dominica.
Your website was helpful and the only way we found accommodations in the South.
Our stay at Gallion on the Sea was just perfect for us and exactly where we would have wanted to be had we been there to pick it out ahead of time.
The fan was an absolute necessity. We used the mosquitoes nets every night and survived just fine.
I would say that area is for the more adventurous traveler.
Snorkeling was fun, the Champagne bit was unusual and Gallion definitely our most special place as a spot to stay. Thanks.
We are delighted that we decided to come to Dominica and to stay at Gallion.
Just wanted to provide you with our
thoughts on our
recent stay in Dominica… Discovering Dominica has
truly been a
experience; from the moment we
Tim and Shelley Mooney
We did not have a good time in Dominica because when we got to Floral Gardens we were told the rooms were being repainted etc. We then has to pay much more in taxi fare being schuffled around from one unsuitable place to the next and ended staying in the middle of town which we did not want. We would have stayed at Hummingbird but it had no facilities - i.e. restaurant etc.
We spent our final night at Floral Gardens and I can tell you that is one experience I would not like to have again. Mr & Mrs Seraphin tried their best but these rooms should be knocked down and rebuilt. I ended up bringing home a mouse which had crawled into my bag and was eating my Dominician coffee. Thank God it was dead by the time we reached Barbados and the customs did not look in my bags. I would advise you make a trip and have a look in those rooms against the hillside away from the river. In Barbados the health people would close this place down in one minute.
I think if you are an agent you should really be informed when a hotel is closed.
Some of Jamie & Allisons' carnival pictures.
I can say that
were very pleased
with both the island and accommodation, as well as
the service you
It may have been a bit of a hassle getting the
Best regards, Sven
A note to tell
pleased by our stay in Dominica. Mrs George was a
delight and the
very comfortable although a liitle remote.
Thanks for your service. Daniel and Jeanne
We returned from Dominica on March 12th. It was a wonderful trip. We can't begin to say enough about the people of Dominica. We have visited several of the islands and the Dominican people are by far the friendliest and most helpful.
Traquile Villa was absolutely beautiful and more than met our expectations. Edris (the maid) was wonderful and very accommodating while awaiting our unexpected late arrival.
Our trip included the ATV ride through the rainforest. That was a blast. We also did the sky tram, Fort Shirley, Indian River ride, tubing down the Layou River with the Wacky Rollers, sulfur springs, several of the beaches, Carib Indian Reservation, the Emerald Pool and some minor hiking to different waterfalls. By the time the week was over, we had made our way around the entire island and logged several hundred miles which also included two flat tires. We got to know Sly, the tire man quite well.
The food was delicious. We did the gamut from eating in small road side stands to the Fort Young Hotel, Sutton Place and Garraway Hotel. The island is absolutely beautiful. To say that driving is a challenge, is an understatement. You certainly have to pay attention. We traded in the Mitsubishi Pajero Tuesday for a Suzuki Grand Vitara.
A week is not long enough to truly enjoy this paradise.
Thank you for all your help. I would highly recommend your services to anyone interested in visiting Dominica.
Gil, Cathee & Kyle Vierra
Thank you so
in putting together our vacation to
Dominica. My wife and I
enjoyed our stay at Pete's Casa, and only wish we
could have stayed
Colin, thank you so much! - Seth Baker
To say we
be an understatement but firstly I want to say
THANK YOU for your
Thanks again Grant, Jean, Gerald and Karen
|Dear Colin and
Thank you a hundredfold for
We have absolutely no complaints whatsoever and took
to your way of
with a natural ease.
Our trip to
– it’s a very special place.
All the best, Ellen Davis
Our trip was excellent.
as are the people. Everyone was so friendly. As we
drove down the
everyone greeting us with a smile or "hello."
Corina and Bryan
I just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time in the Villa and will recommend it to everyone. The housekeeper was lovely and all issues were dealt with promptly. I left some comments in the comments book. I didn't get to meet Pete or you but we had a wonderful time and I can't wait to get back to Dominica again.
Hope you are well.
Our vacation to Dominica was wonderful. We've never been to a place where so many people were so friendly. It is so nice to walk, or drive and to be greeted by everyone. Even hesitating at an intersection while trying to decide which road to take, someone was always quick to point out the right way.
Pete's Casa met and exceeded all our wishes. The view is so great as is the pool. The location is also very convenient. Having such a nice supermarket just below you was handy. Also the location to town and many hikes makes it a great base to stay at. It would be nice to mention on your web site that 110 electric is available in the house. Could have spent all day either on the front porch or in the pool. But there is too much to do on Dominica to stay put in one place.
Diving with Dive Dominica was a very pleasant experience. The guides are helpful and informative. On the whale watch with them we had 14 sightings, 8 different whales!! We were very excited to be so lucky.
We hiked to Victoria Falls, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Freshwater and Boeri Lakes, Syndicate Nature Trail, and Middleham Falls. While we know that Dominica is trying to increase tourism, from our stand point we totally enjoyed being alone on each hike. Only seeing 2 other people once. Also toured Fort Shirley.
Our vehicle rental had a small problem. They came and took the car, fixed it and returned it promptly.
Visiting Market day is an absolute must. The fruit, vegetables and flowers on Dominica are so abundant.
Our vacation is one we will always remember, the people, the sights and the sounds (can't forget those roosters!).
Jon, Kim and Heather
I am sorry that it has taken so long to respond to your e-mail. We loved Dominica. My children are still begging to go back so I am sure we will return. We spent a week on the Island, but we would have preferred to have had more time. We could not take part in any of the tours for this reason - we took the dive class for a week. Next time! The accommodation was fine and we would love to book it again.
All in all we fell in love with the island and hope it stays just the way it is. After having the small talk with you on your veranda, I
often think that it would be a great idea to follow suit -- pack it all up here and leave this rat race. I hope you and your family are
doing well. We really do want to come back and will definitely contact you for our arrangements. It was a pleasure working with you to plan our trip and of course you were very helpful!
Unfortunately our trip to Dominica has ended. We had a wonderful time in your exquisitely beautiful country.
We enjoyed both the Anchorage Hotel and the Papillote Retreat. The unflattering comments on the web left by the disgruntled travelers about Papillote were unfounded.
We were very glad to have rented a car, and equally happy that we had a nice young man to drive us from the airport on the first day. You have some tough roads!
We saw the island from top to bottom and met the most friendly people everywhere. We hiked in the mountains and swam in the ocean and drove all around.
Thanks for your help in planning our trip. I will encourage others to travel to Dominica and will send people to your web site.
house. It was very comfortable and very clean. The
maid did a very nice
job preparing the house for us. We loved all the
extra amenities you
(ie air conditioning and T.V. in each room) and even
the pair of
came in handy.
We lost our water one day and were amazed to return that evening and find it turned back on. Our complements to your manager on the island who attended to the problem immediately.
We would definately recommend your villa to our friends.
The tours you arranged for us were great. Each tour guide treated us wonderfully.
We found the island to be beautiful with wonderful hiking opportunities. We found the people of Dominica to be incredably friendly. We also had the opportinity to visit a high school in Rouseu. The students were very kind and anwsered all our questions.
You might want to warn future guests that the airline sometimes does not deliver luggage upon your arrival. It would be practical to have a carry on bag with a change of clothes and toiletries just in case.
Thank you for all of your help with the arrangements.
Debra and Kenneth Kawaller
Colin and Bertrand,
Our day in Dominica was truly one of the best days of a terrific vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed hiking in the park and viewing the birds. It was really surprising the way Bertrand knew where to stop to see each kind of bird. A true delight was seeing all four
species of hummingbirds on the island. Besides being so knowledgable, Bertrand was also a gracious host. We felt like we were with friends by the end of the day. You were absolutely correct, Colin, in saying his wife is a wonderful cook. The picnic lunch we had rivaled any of the meals on the cruise ship.
This was my second visit to Dominica. The scenery was beautiful, the birding fantastic and everyone we met was so pleasant and interesting that I wanted to get to know them better. Since then I have been researching the history and economy of Dominica on the internet...I am impressed; especially with the environmental policies and eco-tourism. My husband and I are honestly considering moving to the Caribbean.
My mother and sister-in-law, who came with me, thoroughly enjoyed themselves, too. We are all still talking about it.
Please feel free to use me and my family as a reference; if anyone has questions about the tour, I will be very happy to tell them
about our wonderful time.
Thank you so much for such a great experience!
a very special thanks for all the help you gave us
on planning this
Also, a special thanks to Bertrand for the time he
spent with us on
your Island. He was also very witty, & his
wife is an
good cook!! Thanks again for the great tour of
birds, animals, & parks, & history of your
Also, we feel we couldn't have chosen a better place in which to stay. The MorningBird Hotel was all we expected, & the owners were more than wonderful. Another special thanks to Angela. She was perfect and treated us wonderfully. I will remember her & herr charm! I know we chose the best place.
We also enjoyed the Mero Beach area. Especially liked Connies. Enjoyed watching the crabs on the beach, & the beautiful sunsets. Had my pictures printed........GREAT! The memories & the wonderful people there will stay with us.
John & Denise Wyman
We have about completed our re-entry. We thoroughly enjoyed Dominica. Especially snorkeling; trips to the market in Roseau; the availability of local transport between Macoucherie and Roseau was a big plus. Though we also enjoyed having a car the second week. Best of all possible worlds.
Both of your tour guides were wonderful. Bertrand in particular is a jewel. In every way – his knowledge of flora and fauna, his generosity, his obvious enthusiasm for Dominica and what he does. And for arranging the very best meal of our entire stay. We dream of the christophene pudding. And the fresh juices, fruit, veggies and the provisions. Thoroughly enjoyed all the food including your superb and perfectly ripe paw paw/papaya. The best I’ve ever had anywhere. But I digress. Julian was also excellent, quite flexible and even creative re our itinerary.
The area of the island we would be most interested in revisiting is Scott’s Head. For the future, do you know accommodations there, particularly of the self-catering sort? (Deaux La Mers Apartment - see comments below)
The photos and maps on your site were immensely helpful in making decisions about where to stay and what we initially wanted to do. Kudos on all your work on the site and the various links from and to.
That’s about it.
Best regards, Roberta et al
Our stay in Dominica was fantastic. I don't understand why people go to boring places like Antigua or St Maarten when there are such fascinating countries around the corner.The car was there, no problem. We had only a minor problem finding the Simeldas (father and son) for the Boiling Lake hike because it was a very rainy day. When we found them we decided anyway to wait for the next day, hoping for better weather, which we got. It was one of the hardest walks we have made. Bertrand Jno Babtiste is a most remarkable man - he is really much more than what you expect from a guide. He could as well have been a teacher for our biology students. He seems to know everything. His wife´s cooking - yes, you were the one who told me. I hope we will be back in Dominica one day.
Thank you for inquiring about our vacation. We all loved Dominica and are looking forward to going back. It truly is nature's tropical paradise.
Pointe Baptiste was wonderful and relaxing, exactly what we needed after the first part of our stay at Papillote, where we did a lot of hiking.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Ruth andI have just returned home after a most enjoyable stay in Dominica, and we thank you for the information and arrangements you made for us.
I cannot end without saying how much
birding trip with Bertrand Batiste. He, and
it, was great, and our
It has been almost two months since we enjoyed ourselves on your wonderful island of Dominica. We have been meaning to write to thank you for making our stay so totally enjoyable. And we are wishing we could find another “Colin” to help us plan our next trip to the Hawaiian Islands.
In a nutshell, you were the one who made organizing and planning our trip to Dominica so easy and who ensured that every planned activity happened without a hitch … from the pre-trip welcome package that was so helpful, to having a car rental ready for us as soon as we landed, to the spectacular housing you arranged. And the specific activities you organized for us provided a perfect introduction to the gems that make up Dominica. And all your wonderful descriptions of what we would be doing (the Boiling Lake hike with Jep (he’s half billy goat we told him!!), bird watching with Bertrand Baptiste, the whale watching trip) were even better in reality as well! We were so fortunate to find you on the internet among all the choices that the internet offers.
Dominica is definitely our kind of vacation … not touristy, lots of snorkeling and the most interesting hiking opportunities, wonderfully friendly and helpful people everywhere we went, reliably warm and sunny weather …. And what a perfect ending to see a mother and calf sperm whale up close on our last full day there!!! By the way, one of the island’s many secrets that we found on our own, with some effort and persistence to do so, was Andre Charles’ Forest Bistro!
We are planning to come back to Dominica some day …. it’s amazing how such a small island can offer so much!! There are at least one hundred more waterfalls we need to visit!! And we will of course be contacting you to pull all the details together for us.
Please feel free to use any part of our letter in your Nature Islands Destination website guest book page. We would be honored to be a contributor.
Most sincerely, Richard Knoblauch and Susan Smith
Thanks for your email which arrived home just as we did.
We loved Dominica and its unspoiled beauty. The stay at Roseau Valley Lodge was excellent. We loved our balcony room and Pat and Hugh were the perfect hosts.
The NID tour we did to Boiling Lake was also excellent. Julian was the best guide we possibly could have had. Please extend our compliments to him. I had warned him that as we were 63 and 67, we would be the tortoises in "tortoise and the hare" because we wanted to finish the walk in one piece, and Julian was very patient with us. We didn't get back until sunset.
We didn't do any other formal tours. We have fond memories of our Caribbean trip and hope we can return to Dominica in the future.
Sincerely, Nancy Wyles
Diana and I very much enjoyed our all too short a visit to Dominica.
Bertrand was very good and found us
and told us a lot about the culture of the island
and other aspects of
Our experience of the Floral Gardens Hotel was mixed. A beautiful setting but over all they did not reach the standard they aspired to. They had clearly ran out of cash as half way through the stay they asked us to settle our meals bill in cash as they appeared to have some pressing bills to pay. Fortunately we had cash available - but not being able to use a credit card could have been a cause of embarrassment. The food was good, except having been told that breakfast would be available at a certain time we were kept waiting for an hour before it was served - on investigating we found that the waiter had gone off up to the village to buy the food! Nobody had bothered to contact us to tell us. We were without running water in the shower for most of the stay. This all sounds like carping but these were points of irritation rather than real complaint - they did not spoil our stay and we appreciated that tourism in the island was going through a difficult time.
We chose the Floral Gardens because of its rural location and its nearness to the airport as we had an early morning flight. For bird watching it would have been better if we had stayed in the Portsmouth area and that is a point which is probably worth making in future to people visiting the island for birding.
Your own service was excellent and certainly made arranging the visit to the island easy.
Dominica is a stunningly beautiful island and we will plan to visit again in the future for a longer stay.
With all best wishes and thanks for your help
Thanks for everything.
I apologize for not stopping in again before leaving yesterday. Between a last minute swim, packing, this and that... we were behind schedule. We hit the tarmac heading out when I exclaimed "Colin!", but by that time we had momentum.
I left the car at the airport --
at the number on the car but no answer. I left
it unlocked, with
the key in the
Also our favorite topic --
Dive Dominica was really difficult about accepting
The whale watching itself went well -- took 3+ hours but we did finally run into several whales with dolphins along the way.
We enjoyed the island very
much. We explored
quite a bit -- though never did the north properly,
nor did we visit 3
Again thanks for your help with setting it all up -- snow's blanketing everything here - another world.
Thanks for the email. We had a wonderful time. It was Pauls idea to go there because it was very unspoilt and it fulfilled his expectations. The people were certainly unaffected by mass tourism. The highlight was the boiling lake trip altho I felt pretty bad that night mainly due to a bug brought from Britian!
The Whale watching far exceeded my expectations as I had done it twice before in NZ.
All the guides were professional, friendly and we felt very secure.
People and service at Papillote was fantastic. Food fantastic.
I also found communication and arragements made thru you prompt and efficient. So thanks very much and it was nice to put a face to the name.
Please give my email to Julien as I would like to hear from him.
All the best
Just a quick note to thank you very
Thanks again - it was a pleasure to meet you and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.
Adam & Clare
Dominica. We plan
to return again someday, and if we ever have enough $
for a vacation
we are seriously considering setting up residence down
Ok, our comments -
Deux la Mers guest house. We loved the place, and Randy (and his dog Barry). One problem we had was that there was no sign marking which house was his, so our taxi driver was lost for a bit. It was a perfect guest house, A+. And Randy was helpful. Barry was a bit loud, but we love dogs (but some people might not understand...) We didn't end up scuba diving, for the snorkeling was amazing every day!
Fallsview - also quite nice. Lost power for a bit which was a bit upsetting. The food was great. A further trek from the falls than we expected, but we got used to walking in Dominica. Owners were quite helpful.
Hibiscus Valley Inn - a place with fewer ammenities than we thought. Located a bit outside a tiny town, there was no hot water, electric fan kicked in when the generator was powered (9pm-6am), and there were a few solar powered lights. And there were many ants everywhere (but I guess it is something to get used to being on nature island and all). The food was great, and the cook was quite friendly.
Boiling Lake Hike - excellent! This was our favorite activity on the island. The guide was amazing. I forget his name. Thanks so much for hooking us up with him.
activities described below were not
arranged by Nature Island
but via Hibiscus Valley Inn)
...because of this, we ended up not going on the other HVI tours, except for the Banana Farm 1/2 day.
Banana Farm - the irony here was that we were taken to a banana farm that didn't produce banana's anymore. Of course, this is common now. It took us a while to get there because the farmer wasn't ready, so our breakfast meal we were making, turned out to be lunch (and we were hungry!), and the half day turned out to be a full day. We didn't mind, because this was well worth it. We learned all about how farming is these days, what the future might be, and how it was in the past. We picked plantains, breadfruit, and made cocoa tea for lunch. We planted a plaintain tree, and were shown how cows were milked. Very informative, we loved it.
Um, I guess that's about it.
helping us find Dominica.
Thanks for the email. I am very happy with the arrangements that you made for me. Both tour guides were GREAT! They are very knowledgeable and also very friendly and fun to be around which made the tours quite nice. I hope you will tell them for me that they did a great job. I really appreciated your directions and time estimates which were perfect. I don't know if I would have found some of those places without your directions and I surely would have been late. The dive operation was also quite good and the diving was great. Rainbow village was a very nice place to stay but was a challenge to get to as are most places on the island. I don't know if I would have chosen a different location if I had known ahead of time though as most of the other places I considered before going were in even more difficult locations and I would not have liked being in Roseau. As for the vehicle, I can say that it didn't break down and got us where we wanted to go.
As for the island itself, it sure is a beautiful place and I enjoyed myself. I loved that there were no bugs!! I expected there to be tons, even more than here and was very surprised and happy. I was not prepared for the roads or driving tho which I found stressful. In closing, let me say that I was very happy with your company and will definitely pass your name along to anyone I know who may be going to Dominica. I'm sure they would be happy with your services as well. Thanks so much for your help and good luck in the future.
contact us by email or tel: (767) 449 6233
Nature Island Destinations Ltd.
P.O. Box 1639, Roseau,
Commonwealth of Dominica,