My husband and I had the opportunity to spend the day with Reyno and Crisca seeing the beautiful island of Dominica while we were on a cruise last week. Instead of the overcrowded, generic shore excursions offered by the cruise line, we had an intimate group that moved at our own pace, got to see so many parts of the island-- in fact more than originally discussed when we were arranging the tour. We were slow making our arrangements and almost didn't get in- but at the very last minute Reyno had room for us-- and we are SO GLAD he did!
The trip was, as I mentioned, customized so we could see what we wanted- so we spent a good portion of the day inland, seeing things like Emerald Pool, Jacko Falls (in this guy's backyard!), Mr. Nice's Fruit Stand (a definite highlight), the Botanical Gardens, Hot Mineral Springs (Tia's- cheaper and more private than Screws!), and the highlight- snorkeling Champagne Reef!! The rest of the people on our tour (who were from our ship but not with us) didn't want to go snorkeling, so Reyno dropped us off to snorkel and took them back to the boat. One thing to note is that the cost you pay Reyno covers the transportation, beverages, and the guide service, but for each attraction you visit, there is typically some nominal fee. You definitely need to bring cash to cover entry fees, food, and souvenirs- and it's best to bring smaller bills. Most entry fees were about $3-5, and I don't think anything was more than $10 USD. (You could use Eastern Caribbean Dollars too.)
While Reyno drove, Crisca was our guide- providing a wealth of knowledge about the island. Both of them were very friendly and passionate about their beautiful homeland. (Everybody on the island was as warm and welcoming). They have warm senses of humor and make you feel at home immediately.
I couldn't imagine seeing Dominica any other way, and can't wait to go back to see more of the Nature Island with the best guides ever!
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