6 independent reviews for Dolphin conservation vacation in Greece

Reviews for Dolphin conservation vacation in Greece

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review 14 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

When we had the opportunity to see a monk seal quietly sleeping on a sandy beach, just in front of us, on the first day of our vacation!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Better to choose an earlier period (June- first half of July): in this way the heat will be lower so staying in the apartment will be easier and there will be a much greater probability to see the dolphins (which we did not see, because of the excessive heat that moved the animals offcoast)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we realized that our vacation contributed a lot to benefit local activities: we ate food prepared locally, the activities of MoM did not interfere at all with local offers of boat tours, we realized that MoM actively contributes to educate local people and tourists for the conservation of the Marine park and therefore benefits all of its inhabitants (vegetation, fishes, cetaceans, seals, birds)

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Although we did not see the dolphins, the overall rating is top because we realized that our vacation was at the same time giving the opportunity to actively, concretely develop a project of nature conservation

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your wonderful review! Seeing the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal was special! Chances of seeing dolphins are high but it depends on weather conditions.

review 10 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The boat trips around the islands were fun (even if the dolphins were elusive!) and lovely spots for swimming.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack plenty of sunscreen! You spend a lot of time on the boat and there is some shade but you will also be in the sun a lot. Be prepared for a great vacation!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, Alonissos island is very reliant on seasonal tourism for income so you are definitely supporting the local economy. The project and MOm are also reliant on volunteers and support from tourists to continue their dolphin and Monk seal conservation efforts so this vacation definitely supports these things.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I had a fantastic vacation. Kimon was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide and ensured that even on days when the weather meant we couldn't go on the boat to look for dolphins other activities were arranged. The island has a lovely welcoming feel to it and the people both at MOm and on the island in general are very friendly and keen to make sure you have a good time.

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for your kind words and for being an active supporter of marine mammal conservation. Great to see you had a good time. Warm greetings from Greece!

review 21 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being in the sea and watching marvellous places, the sea dolphin view was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to be in the ‘sharing’ mode spirit. It is not easy to share a flat and room with another 5 people, but if you are willing to share, then go for it. I would advise the trip to young people, it is pretty constructive

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

8/10

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Serena, thanks so much for your great feedback! Glad to see you enjoyed the Alonissos National Marine Park, the dolphins and the views. As for the accommodation: people have the option to stay in their own accommodation, and follow the program for the week at a discounted rate. Greetings from Alonissos Island, Greece!

review 8 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the dolphins was magical and the beauty and peace of the island was very special (but my boys preferred the nightlife)! The conservation leader Kimonas was tireless in his help for us - providing transport, taking us on special trips - and very knowledgeable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

There are many fun, intelligent, young adults working in the conservation team; being sociable is important! Also, don't expect to see dolphins very often. They are rare...

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I feel that the main benefits for conservation was the financing for our vacation which goes towards supporting their work throughout the year, and also the education and communications - we will share the story of the marine park with people. Obviously having extra people on the island has a negative environmental impact (we produce waste etc) but that is the case with traveling anywhere on vacation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The vacation was great - I got to spend time in nature and my boys got to have fun with the conservation team - while we all could share the experience of being out on the water looking for, learning about and seeing dolphins and other marine life. The only downside is the rarity of seeing the dolphins as they are wild animals. Sharing a room for the three of us was quite taxing at times as I'm a middle aged woman and used to my creature comforts but younger people shouldn't find it a problem!

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks very much for your positive feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your vacation so much. Seeing packs dolphins on this vacation is very common but in your case the weather circumstances were not always ideal. For people looking for more comfort during their stay there is the possibility to book this vacation without accommodation! So that you can find your own room near the dolphin project location and nevertheless follow the program.

review 20 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The overall experience was unforgettable!! Joining the research team, learning and seeing dolphins in their natural environment were breathtaking

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Just do it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Exceptional

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks sooo much for supporting dolphin conservation on the Greek Island of Alonissos and for submitting this fabulous review! All the very best to you from the team here in Greece!

review 8 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

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?

An excellent experience !!! We didn't want to leave.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for your sparkling review and 5-star rating! We hope to see you back some day on wonderful Alonissos Island!

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