Jungle Bay’s focus is on maximum community participation and contribution to biodiversity conservation with minimal environmental disturbance. While providing guest with phenomenal tourism experiences we insist on providing meaningful employment, developing local capacity and supporting social programs that improve the standard of living of our host communities and ensure environmental protection. This is the comprehensive vision of Sam and Glenda Raphael, a Dominican couple who returned to their homeland after studying in the USA, with a strong desire to develop an enterprise that would give back to the local community and boost the rural economy. Sam has successfully combined this innovative project construction and community concept with inspiration from his wife in areas of wellness and Amerindian (Kalinago) culture.
The following efforts are the foundation of this award-winning sustainable tourism operation with a high level of travel philanthropy giving back to the host community.
- The resort’s design is very creative in utilizing local materials and preserving the local landscape. Furniture is handmade on-site by local craftspeople using bamboo.
- Jungle Bay reduces its carbon footprint by approximately 30-40% compared with traditional resorts.
- Jungle Bay overlooks the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Sanctuary so is active in biodiversity conservation of this fragile marine ecosytem.
- One of many examples of stewardship is being a major contributor to a book of “Plants of Dominica’s Southeast” published in partnership with the South East Tourism Development Committee (SETDC), UNESCO and local botanists.
- Works with community members to facilitate trails to be stewards of the environment and run beach cleanups to reduce the chance of sea turtles being strangled by trash while educating communities about sea turtle conservation.
- Guests receive a re-usable water bottle decreasing our use of disposable bottles.
- The resort strives to manage waste, energy use, and other techniques ensuring limited disturbance of the ecosystem – reducing environmental and social impacts in all areas of the operation – through continuous monitoring and evaluation.
- Jungle Bay is one of the few properties certified at the highest level for sustainable tourism & quality standards with Dominica’s Nature Island Standards of Excellence (NISE)
Socio-Economic & Cultural Heritage Preservation Efforts
- Purchase of food is from nearby organic farmers and small scale fisheries supporting local, increasing freshness and quality of food versus importing and it creates more local jobs.
- Jungle Bay has been mentoring entrepreneurs since the first property opened in 2005. All the products for our restaurant like honey, fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish and coffee come from local producers who we mentor in organic techniques to help deliver high quality products for our guests while also helping them make meaningful income for their families and communities. We also mentor artisans, spa product producers and more so we can offer local fair trade products in our gift shop.
- The property which Jungle Bay sits on is called Morne Acouma. It has a rich history and today still features interesting artifacts located near the spa. In the late 1800s Morne Acouma was a famous lime plantation. Lauchlan Rose in the UK devised a method for preserving juice without alcohol and so he invented the world’s first concentrated fruit drink patented in 1867. During that time all merchant ships were required to travel with lemon or lime on board and thus Rose’s Lime Cordial was a an important commodity which still lives on today as a refreshing beverage. The lime would be harvested from Morna Acouma, placed in buckets then travel down a series of pulley systems (in essence a zip line) to the waterfront below in Soufriere Bay where merchant ships would take the citrus fruit to London, England. When you visit Jungle Bay we invite you to stop and visit this fascinating heritage site and afterwards enjoy some refreshing fresh lime juice in the Pavillion Restaurant.
- For more information, visit the Community Support page.
Experiential travel is the foundation of any stay at Jungle Bay. The resort offers several ways for guests to learn by participating. The Jungle Bay Story is told weekly on by developer Sam Raphael. Learn about the inspiration, history and challenges of developing Jungle Bay. This is an opportunity to get first-hand answers and explanations. All staff members are ‘guides’ of the Jungle Bay experience and are trained in responsible travel in the fragile ecosystem. Wait staff interpret all the delicious local Caribbean foods you will discover, activity tour guides will offer exceptional interpretation of the ocean when you snorkel to the cloud forest on the Boiling Lake Trail to rain-forest herbs on other walks. Watch them bark a cinnamon tree or break open a cocoa pod – where chocolate comes from! They will take you on heritage experiences to see a working organic farm, learn how bay oil is made and much more. Drumming and dancing classes, taught by community members, give a hands-on cultural experience, and cooking classes help you learn some techniques to take a taste of Dominica home with you!
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