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Archive for July, 2010


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Eco tourism in Dominica can take many forms, it’s enjoyed or experienced in different ways, and affects visitors to the island in various ways.

In fact, the Very word “Ecotourism” brings different images to mind in different people. But for many, Dominica eco tourism brings to mind enjoying the island’s extraordinary biological diversity and it’s natural splendor.

Eco Lodges and Resorts in Dominica are committed to ecotourism, and it’s for that very same reason many of the resorts have sought to preserve the beautiful and fragile eco-system without sacrificing the enjoyment of the tourists.

Staying at a eco lodge or resort in Dominica, gives you the experience of the authentic rural practices, and you get the chance to learn about the about the island; little things you might just miss out on if you decide to stay at a hotel.

Ranging from the simple ones, affordable to low budget to the one that elite class prefers, there are wide variety of eco lodges in Dominica. Weather you are looking for the romantic honeymoon retreat, a relaxing getaway holiday, a family get together or a wilderness experience, the eco lodges in Dominica are appropriate for all.

Here is a list of Dominica’s top Eco-lodges and Resorts:

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, 35 rustic- luxury cottages are elevated on wooden posts amidst the coastal jungle canopy, overlooking the rugged Atlantic Ocean. The remote south- east coast of Dominica boasts a wide range of natural attractions and traditional Caribbean life at its purest. Jungle Bay is an ideal setting for adventure travelers, group retreats, weddings and honeymoons.

The New York Times Hails Jungle Bay as ” Unique…Rustic Luxe, the Wall Street Journal says”…something no eco-conscious travler should miss!

Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge

Nestled deep in the heart of the Rosalie rainforest, in the mountains at the back of 3 Rivers Eco Lodge. Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge is probably the most unusual/extreme holiday accommodation in Dominica; Offering total seclusion, we offer a choice of natural and rustic jungle lodges.definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Papillote Wilderness Retreat

Opened in 1969, Papillote Wilderness Retreat lays claim to being the first eco-lodge in Dominica. Situated about 5 miles above Roseau, Papillote is set amidst a lush botanical garden with gently flowing streams and hot mineral pools.

Beau Rive

Beau Rive is settled comfortably amid three acres of tropical gardens and forest on the banks of its namesake and the Richmond River, with a dramatic view of the ever-crashing waves at Anse Francais and Wakaman Point. The 10 ocean-view double rooms feature queen-sized beds, a private shower, and a veranda.

Cocoa Cottages

Cocoa Cottages, a rustic 6-bedroom eco-sensitive resort designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment nestled in Dominica’s most beautiful rainforest. Cocoa Cottage is a tranquil utopia, 4 miles from Roseau the capital, but a world apart!

Calilisbie Lodges

Located on the north coast of the island Dominica, Calibishie Lodges Hotel is a charming retreat, built in a typical Caribbean style, and is one of the best Dominica island hotels.Ideal for honeymooners, Calibishie Lodges offers an exotic Caribbean accommodation, where you can simply relax and enjoy nature’s tranquility.where you can simply relax and enjoy nature’s tranquility.

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Dive Fest: Dominica’s Annual Scuba Diving Festival hosted by the Dominica Watersports Association is set to begin July 9th and runs until July 18th, 2010.

Dive Fest is now in its 17th year, making Dominica’s Dive Fest the longest running diving festival in the Caribbean. This year’s festival begins with a “Red and White” Happy Hour at the Fort Young Hotel on July 9th from 6pm. The Grand Finale, as always, takes place on the final Sunday, July 18th at Soufriere with the famous Kubuli Carib Canoe Race and Beach Party. You Don’t Want To Miss This!

Here is a complete listing of all scheduled events/activities at DIVE FEST 2010:

Dominica dive fest 2010 schedule

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Dominica vacations offer diverse year-round activities such as festivals, hiking, biking, river-tubing, birding and whale watching among others.

There are many Bed and Breakfasts in Dominica, some of which can offer some of the most tranquil, peaceful getaway for you and your loved one.

Enjoy some of the finest accommodations on the nature island in many of Dominica’s best inns. Have a peek inside the top five B&B’s and Inns in Dominica base on the number customer reviews over at Tripadvisor.com.

Spot No.1: Cocoa Cottages

With 6 rooms decorated in unique themed decor, this small but unique Bed & Breakfast nestled amidst Dominica’s most beautiful rainforest.

Considering its located in the heart of Roseau Valley; home to the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and a 15 minute drive from beautiful trails and lakes such as Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, Boeri Lake, Titou Gorge, Boiling lake and some superb canyons that can only be reached by ropes and are the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Another great selling point is Cocoa Cottages Canyoning Tours – some superb canyons that can only be reached by ropes and are the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Spot No.2: Zandoli Inn

Zandoli Inn is a small, secluded hideaway surrounded by captivating views of the ocean, mountains and forest you can relax in a setting we doubt you’ll forget. Named after a small indigenous lizard, this cozy Inn near the fishing village of Fond St. Jean on the southeast coast of Dominica is the perfect quaint–but low key–excursion for an intrepid couple.

Spot No.3:Comfortel De Champ

Comfortel De Champ is a comfortable hotel in Picard, Dominica. A 3-star + hotel overlooking the Ross University campus, Prince Rupert Bay and the Cabrits National Park. At $125/night for a king size bed, modern bath, and a (shared) porch with a fantastic wide view of the Caribbean Sea is considered a steal.

Spot No.4: Calibishie Cove

Calibishie Cove is about getting lost in the unspoiled paradise that is Dominica. Located in the picturesque fishing village of Calibishie on the North East Coast of Dominica, Calibishie Cove has four rooms and suites overlooking a Dominica beach and a stretch of pristine Dominica coastline that provide a special experience combining blissful comfort, privacy, good design, Dominica’s incredible natural beauty, and environmental sensitivity.

Spot No.5: Titiwi Inn

Titiwi Inn is a small, traditional, family run boutique guest-house with a unique blend of Caribbean welcome with a touch of European style.

The Titiwi Inn can be a great place to stay while enjoying the nature island. With six rooms, all of which have access to a private pool, that are brightly lit and charmingly decorated, it is no wonder this B&B is so popular. This B&B is sure to please everyone.

Each person’s idea of a perfect Caribbean vacation is different and to cater to these varied tastes there are a wide assortment of lodging options and activities to suit every taste and every budget.

Where ever you decide to stay in a bed and breakfast in Dominica there is one thing that is for sure. Your biggest issue will be choosing out of all the options there are, as there are so many ideal places to choose from.

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