What will the weather be like, and what type of clothing should I pack?
Pack light clothing for warm days and evenings. Bring a jacket or long sleeves for mornings when we’re at higher elevation. Light rain gear would be smart, and closed-toe shoes for some hiking. Meals and gatherings are casual come-as-you-are.
Do I need expensive camera gear to go on this trip?
No! Anyone can benefit from the composition and lighting tips we’re offering. Bring your point-and-shoot if that’s what you have. A camera with the ability to adjust the exposure manually will give you the most benefit. What sort of camera and computer gear should I bring? A camera body, your lenses (wide, telephoto and macro if you have them), batteries (and charger), memory cards, tripod, flash and batteries, your laptop, a card reader and your favorite editing software.
What else should I pack?
A baseball glove. Locals will drop everything to play catch, which is a great way to make friends. Guests of the Golden Dolphin villa are invited to play in a game (baseball or softball) at the end of the week. We also suggest you to bring something to leave with the local community — baseball gear is always appreciated for boys, clothing and shoes for girls.
Is there Wi-Fi (or wired Internet access) in the villa? Is it free?
Yes, the villas have free Wi-Fi. The only TV is in the common area of the villa.
What does the $2,995 cover?
Everything but your flight. It covers six nights at the villa, meals, drinks, photography lessons, photo critiques, ground transportation and all excursions.
Can I bring my spouse or a friend?
Yes. There’s a special companion rate of just $1,000, which covers everything mentioned above, even special excursions. You can book for a companion while booking your own space for the trip at theISLANDS On Assignment main page.
Is there daily housekeeping in the villa?
Yes. Laundry service too.
Will I need cash for anything? Are tips and tax included?
Tips for most villa staff are included in the overall package price. But we encourage tips for drivers not on staff, spa services and any extra attention given. Drinks on site are included, but plan to bring cash for off-site drinks and souvenirs.
What’s the currency in the Dominican Republic?
Dominican peso. It would make transactions easiest if you convert your cash to pesos or make an ATM withdrawal at the airport. What time zone is the DR in? Eastern Standard Time (There is no daylight saving time.)
What travel documents do I need?
Will my mobile phone work in the DR?
Be sure to check with your service provider. Most phones will work in the DR but you might be charged for roaming and/or international usage fees, which can be quite expensive.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs, such as food allergies, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.?
Yes. Let us know specifics on the registration form.
Will someone meet me at the airport?
Yes. We’ll have drivers there to pick you up.
Where and when do I need to arrive?
Book your flight to arrive in Santo Domingo no later than 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
The airport in Santo Domingo is a couple hours from Cabrera. So plan your departure no earlier than 12 noon on Saturday, May 11.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes. We plan to offer pre- and post-trips on a per-request basis.
How physically active is this? Will I get any downtime/leisure time?
Plan on moderate walks and hikes. You can swim in the ocean or the villa pool. You’ll have time during the day to rest, and you’re free to opt out of anything.