Kalabash Bodycare is inspired by the natural beauty of Dominica, the aptly named Nature Island of the Caribbean where fresh mangoes, bananas, cocoa, coconuts, oranges, limes, grapefruits, avocados grow in abundance all over the island, earning it the reputation as the breadbasket of the Caribbean.
This Garden of Eden paradise island, with its dense rainforests, natural hot springs, hiking trails, looming mountains, beaches and tropical gardens, watered by freshwater lakes and 365 rivers and streams which crisscross the island is magnificent. (According to Dominican folk law, the island soil is so fertile that a walking stick would sprout leaves after a few days if you left it in the ground)!
It's not surprising that Dominica was used as a location for 2 of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
For ethical eco-tourism and wellness, Dominica is hard to beat. Nestled between the Islands of French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe (where the BBC's Death In Paradise is filmed), Dominica is the only Caribbean island with a long-distance hiking trail, the Waitukubuli National Trail. This magnificent hiking trail stretches across the island, 115 miles from its southern coast where on a clear day the faint shadow of its neighbour, the French island of Martinique, can be viewed from the Scott’s Head Pinnacle, right up to the most northern tip of the island.
Sadly, on 19th September 2017, Hurricane Maria toppled and uprooted trees and spread debris all across Dominica, including the Waitukubuli National Trail, making it inaccessible in places. Several lives were lost during the storm and parts of the island were without power for several months. Many Dominicans were left homeless and are currently being re-housed or simply left the island.
Although significant progress has been made in rebuilding the island, Dominica still needs your help. If you’d like to get involved in the recovery process, some resorts and travel firms are offering voluntourism opportunities where guests get to stay in hotels at a reasonable rate and participate in Dominica’s post-Maria clean-up, trail-clearing, or other recovery activities.
If like Kalabash, you want to help bring Dominica back to its former glory, you can, by making a donation towards rebuilding its schools and education systems. The Charity Help for Dominica regularly sends aid to schools on the island and would appreciate your support.