Island Traditions & Herbal Remedies

  • Port

    Roseau, Dominica

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Step back, for just a few hours, to simpler times to discover some of the health and wellness practices that are slowly gaining Dominica recognition as the modern-day Fountain of Youth. This amazing country has the second-highest longevity rate in the Western Hemisphere.

This excursion highlights traditional farming practices and herbal remedies passed on from generation to generation. Enjoy a 30-minute drive to the south of the island, to the community of Bellevue Chopin, located at the base of Morne Canotte and Morne Anglais. The latter are just two of Dominica's nine active volcanoes. A visit to this community provides direct economic support to the 525 people who are resident in the area.

You will first meet an organic-herb farmer whose wealth of knowledge and wide variety of herbs will amaze you, as he takes you into his world and fascinates you with many tried-and-true herbal remedies. You'll be in harmony with nature as you enjoy a walk through the garden, hearing about the multitude of properties and uses of the various medicinal herbs. Let your senses be delighted by the aroma of the freshly cut select herbs; then, taste the infusions prepared just for you. Enjoy a few moments to sip the goodness of the tea before setting off to your next stop.

Geneva Heritage Park is perhaps the cultural capital of Dominica, so you will have a few minutes here to browse in a community based local arts and crafts shop.

Next, visit a small, typical vegetable garden, where you will be greeted by a member of the family for a guided tour of their subsistence farm. Learn all about traditional composting and farming practices that make for healthy living and healthy eating. Pick a fruit or vegetable, plant a tree, or gain information to inspire your next backyard project.

Enjoy a tasty local snack with an opportunity to savor Dominica's national dish, all prepared with fresh produce from this very garden. Take a few moments to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and mountains view in the background -- a formula for stress-free living -- before the drive back to the ship.