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Windward Isles and French AntillesScores 7.2 out of 10 based on 22 reviews
(7 out of 10)


Bishop Auckland
Re. Walks.
These were the most challenging walks which I have done with Explore. Unlike HF, Ramblers etc you are not specialists and therefore not sure on your grading.
On the optional walk , 26 Feb. There were only 2 out of 9 who did it!
Would it be possible to choose one island without cruise ships?
Confirmed traveller: 02 March 2017
Published on: 17 May 2017
(7 out of 10)


Overall good intro to Caribbean but too much time spent in transit for a 12 night trip, esp. 7 hr ferry with no outside seating and basic catering. Highlights rain forest, river trip, seeing an iguana, and local people. Some featured activities not do-able eg swimming in Crayfish waterfall (water much too cold and insufficient time), Champagne Beach (bubbles are off shore and only visible if snorkelling, beach is narrow strip of volcanic boulders so difficult to get in and out of sea, Freshwater Lake kayaking (no evidence of facility to hire kayaks). Recommend taking EC$, not USD - shops/restaurants use own exchange rate which isn't particularly good. The majority of places price in EC$ and it is a nuisance having to work out the conversion and your change will come in EC$.
Confirmed traveller: 16 February 2017
Published on: 26 February 2017
(5 out of 10)


Please see other review.
A rather dis-jointed itinerary and very long journey by ferry was the down side of this trip.
Confirmed traveller: 16 February 2017
Published on: 23 February 2017
(5 out of 10)


I have already done this. Unusually, we have done many Explore trips, the organisation was clunky. I assume this is due to delegation to a local agent as our tour leader was well aware of the problems and worked very hard to sort them out. She arranged those trips our group felt to be the highlights.
I realise the fall in the pound caused problems, but some accommodation was well substandard and unsafe. Air conditioning was patchy and we never encountered mosquito nets though some of our group had them. The inter-island travel arrangements were taxing. I understood from talking to other local guides that Whitchurch was having serious financial problems, money misspent, and key members of staff "away". Hence the appropriate bookings had not been made.
Confirmed traveller: 02 February 2017
Published on: 15 February 2017

Thank you for providing your feedback for your recent trip, I’m sorry that we didn’t quite meet your expectations this time. Although we have been running this particular itinerary for a number of years, we have recently moved to a new supplier, which may explain some of the organisational issues you experienced. However, we do not work directly with Whitchurch, so their financial issues would have no effect on our services. Most of the hotels are currently undergoing refurbishment, so we’re confident that the standards will improve for the new season.

(9 out of 10)


Harefield, West London
The trip was excellent, and the itinerary well planned. My highlights were the rainforest walks and the trip on Indian River, and being in the company of Coco, one of the best tour leaders I have met with Explore, always smiling and she would always go the extra mile. Some of the hotels left a little to be desired, but the staff were friendly and did their best to sort things out.
The walks in the rainforest, especially after rain, are short but quite strenuous, they can be very slippery in places. I would recommend robust walking shoes/boots and walking poles.
Confirmed traveller: 02 February 2017
Published on: 04 February 2017
(4 out of 10)


Travel times between islands changed adversely. Karaibes and Villa des Pitons hotels poor. BBQ lunch with steel band at the latter was excellent though. Coco coped very well with these travel changes by the way! Walking poles would definitely help on the forest walks. Highlight was Champagne Beach snorkelling in Dominica.
Confirmed traveller: 02 February 2017
Published on: 04 February 2017

Thanks for your comments for the above trip, it’s a shame that you felt it rated so low. We hope that the standards in the hotels you mention will improve for our departures next year, as they will be undergoing a refurbishment during their quiet season. I’m glad to hear that there were some highlights for you however.

(8 out of 10)


Colchester, England
Overall a wonderful trip. Good balance of activities. Thought the optional
S were sometimes expensive but realise you are competing with cruise ships for transport etc.
There were some issues with accommodation but Coco was always on the job using her business like efficiency and charm to sort things out.
My favourite hotel was definitely Villas des Pitons, Sourciere, St Lucia and I sincerely hope Explore are able to resolve their issues of concern with is accomodation enabling future travellers to enjoy the hotel's superb location the staff's friendly helpfulness.
Confirmed traveller: 02 February 2017
Published on: 04 February 2017
(3 out of 10)


This is a tour for middle-aged to old British couples, definitely not for young single people travelling alone. Poor accommodation and unnecessarily long travel days due to the fact that the tour both starts and ends in St. Lucia. Great tour leader though.
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2017
Published on: 04 February 2017

Thanks for your feedback Christel, I’m sorry that you were disappointed with your experience. Some of the hotels we use are currently undergoing refurbishment, so we are sure that the standards will improve. Unfortunately there are no international connections that work for each island, which is why the trip must start and end in St. Lucia, however, from the feedback we’ve received previously, our customers enjoy the interisland boat trips as they have time to relax and enjoy the Caribbean scenery. It's also disappointing to hear you were unhappy with your group's demographics. Clearly, we can't guarantee the makeup of any group, but we're always happy to give you an idea of it if you ask us at the time of booking.

(7 out of 10)


The tour we did is about to change so there's not much point me commenting on how pretty Martinique is our how lovely the coastal walk we did there was - or how dire the accommodation there was. Instead, I shall comment on the unseasonally high rainfall which made the walks in Dominica and St Lucia rather challenging and the lack of a shower at the accom in Dominica rather unpleasant. The whole trip was a mixture of fabulous scenery, interesting sites, good walks, a disappointing lack of fruit juices and average food. For anyone planning to stay on at the end, there really isn't much to do in Soufriere.
Our leader, Coco, was amazing. She had such high levels of organisation, positivity and communication skills, I wish she was Prime Minister.
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2017
Published on: 03 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


The biggest problem is standard of accommodation; I was lucky I always had water in the room it may not have been hot but there was water.

I shared and particularly in the final hotel Villa Des Pitons it felt that I was an after thought the room had one lovely bed with mosquito net bedside light etc and one bed (mine) that was just through into the room. It wasn't a twin room and since we have both paid an equal amount it needs more thought.
Confirmed traveller: 31 December 2016
Published on: 09 January 2017