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Perny Shea review 17 Jul 2013
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Adventures, cycling, paddle boarding and kayaking off the Catamaran. Great dinners.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Skip the last night in Zaton Bay, poor accommodations and no good dining options.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Would book through responsible travel again but not this operator, the owner was very distracted with a new person taking over running the business. Appreciated the complimentary guide book form lonely Planet. Will buy these in future.
Read the operator's response here:
We're glad to hear you overall enjoyed your trip. However we would like to comment on the fact you did not feel there was a benefit from this vacation to the local community, or that it was environmentally responsible.
You mentioned that you had great dinners while on this trip. I'm sure you noticed that these dinners were organized with local families in their restaurants. We run this trip in an area where there are more an more large hotel chains opening every day. We choose to work with the small restaurants and private accommodations rather than these large hotels because we want to support local businesses. We bring guests to their restaurants twice every week. Your vacation with us directly contributed to them being able to stay in business and do what they chose to do, rather than being forced to leave their small towns and work at large hotels as maids, waiters and chefs.
As for the environmental impact, you wrote you enjoyed cycling, paddle boarding, kayaking and being on the catamaran. Our company chose to promote these activities, rather than for example jet skis, quads or motor yachts exactly because of their low impact on the environment. This has been our philosophy for more than 20 years.
Your last night in Zaton Bay - the accommodation is also owned and run by a local family, as are the four restaurants which are within a 15 minute walking distance from the B&B where you were staying.
I hope this helps clarify our policy and philosophy when it comes to responsibility towards both the local community and environment.