• Bentwoud tree

    Offbeat Islands compensates CO2 via Trees for All

    Sustainable and small-scale tourism is the tourism of the future, especially since the outbreak of the corona virus. Sustainable tourism is at the core of Offbeat Islands values. Being a small-scale tour-operator, we utilise local guides by introducing you to their world and respecting the local customs, culture and nature. This is what makes your journey so unique! We strive to ensure that our stays are benefiting the local communities. Flying on the other hand is at odds with this, which is unfortunately inevitable in Offbeat Islands destinations. We therefore compensate CO2 via Trees for All. This is not a direct solution to the problem of CO2 emissions, but in the long run it will contribute to nature conservation.

  • Post corona UK & Norway

    Norway and Scotland reopen their borders. We can travel again!

    Scotland (UK) and Norway reopened their borders again for tourists. Travellers don't have to be pre-tested for corona and the 2-weeks of quarantine / self isolation has been lifted. But is it safe to go and what to expect locally? I asked the local contacts on Shetland (Scotland) and Senja( Norway) about the past months, the current status and how they see the near future.

  • Kea Greece

    Dreaming of a less visited island in the Greek Cyclades? Kea welcomes tourists again as of June 15!

    Greece announced on May 20 to reopen the country for tourists. The international airport of Athens welcomes international flights as of June 15, and per July 1 direct flights to islands are allowed again. Thanks to rapid intervention, Greece has come through the corona crisis relatively well so far, with a low number of infections and deaths. They are also the first in Europe to welcome tourists again, and for a reason. Tourism contributes for 25% on the GDP of Greece and its employability and a new big recession could crack morale after they were just picking up from the effects of the dramatic financial crisis 10 years ago.

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  • Bentwoud tree

Offbeat Islands compensates CO2 via Trees for All

October 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Sustainable and small-scale tourism is the tourism of the future, especially since the outbreak of the corona virus. Sustainable tourism is at the core of Offbeat Islands values. Being a small-scale tour-operator, we utilise local guides by introducing you to their world and respecting the local customs, culture and nature. This is what makes your journey so unique! We strive to ensure that our stays are benefiting the local communities. Flying on the other hand is at odds with this, which is unfortunately inevitable in Offbeat Islands destinations. We therefore compensate CO2 via Trees for All. This is not a direct solution to the problem of CO2 emissions, but in the long run it will contribute to nature conservation.

  • Post corona UK & Norway

Norway and Scotland reopen their borders. We can travel again!

July 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Scotland (UK) and Norway reopened their borders again for tourists. Travellers don't have to be pre-tested for corona and the 2-weeks of quarantine / self isolation has been lifted. But is it safe to go and what to expect locally? I asked the local contacts on Shetland (Scotland) and Senja( Norway) about the past months, the current status and how they see the near future.

  • Kea Greece

Dreaming of a less visited island in the Greek Cyclades? Kea welcomes tourists again as of June 15!

May 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Greece announced on May 20 to reopen the country for tourists. The international airport of Athens welcomes international flights as of June 15, and per July 1 direct flights to islands are allowed again. Thanks to rapid intervention, Greece has come through the corona crisis relatively well so far, with a low number of infections and deaths. They are also the first in Europe to welcome tourists again, and for a reason. Tourism contributes for 25% on the GDP of Greece and its employability and a new big recession could crack morale after they were just picking up from the effects of the dramatic financial crisis 10 years ago.

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  • Bentwoud tree

Offbeat Islands compensates CO2 via Trees for All

October 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Sustainable and small-scale tourism is the tourism of the future, especially since the outbreak of the corona virus. Sustainable tourism is at the core of Offbeat Islands values. Being a small-scale tour-operator, we utilise local guides by introducing you to their world and respecting the local customs, culture and nature. This is what makes your journey so unique! We strive to ensure that our stays are benefiting the local communities. Flying on the other hand is at odds with this, which is unfortunately inevitable in Offbeat Islands destinations. We therefore compensate CO2 via Trees for All. This is not a direct solution to the problem of CO2 emissions, but in the long run it will contribute to nature conservation.

  • Post corona UK & Norway

Norway and Scotland reopen their borders. We can travel again!

July 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Scotland (UK) and Norway reopened their borders again for tourists. Travellers don't have to be pre-tested for corona and the 2-weeks of quarantine / self isolation has been lifted. But is it safe to go and what to expect locally? I asked the local contacts on Shetland (Scotland) and Senja( Norway) about the past months, the current status and how they see the near future.

  • Kea Greece

Dreaming of a less visited island in the Greek Cyclades? Kea welcomes tourists again as of June 15!

May 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Greece announced on May 20 to reopen the country for tourists. The international airport of Athens welcomes international flights as of June 15, and per July 1 direct flights to islands are allowed again. Thanks to rapid intervention, Greece has come through the corona crisis relatively well so far, with a low number of infections and deaths. They are also the first in Europe to welcome tourists again, and for a reason. Tourism contributes for 25% on the GDP of Greece and its employability and a new big recession could crack morale after they were just picking up from the effects of the dramatic financial crisis 10 years ago.

  • Offbeat Islands

Travel with confidence

March 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Offbeat Islands is a member of the Guarantee Fund GGTO and the independent travel association VvKR. At VvKR, 400 small-sized Dutch travel specialists are united and all members offer package holidays affiliated with a travel guarantee scheme, in this case GGTO. This Guarantee Fund for Specialist Tour Operators protects travellers against financial insolvency of the tour operator. All members of the VvKR have mandatory business liability insurance for tour operators. This liability insurance (AVB) covers damage to persons and/or property and the consequential damage if something unexpectedly happens during the trip. The memberships are similar to ABTA in the UK, ANVR & SGR in the Netherlands, and VVR & GFG in Belgium.

  • View on Episkopi and Andros, Kea, Cyclads, Greece

Hiking on Kea, an unspoiled Cycladic island

February 29th, 2020|0 Comments

One of the best ways to explore the unspoiled Cycladic island Kea is by hiking. The islanders have restored many beautiful hiking trails, the so-called monopati, the donkey paths that were used between the villages and fields in the past. Kea has a number of beautiful unspoiled bays with pebble and sandy beaches in the east, which require exploration by foot. The stunning bay of Karthea features two antique temples and an amphitheater, only accessible by foot or boat. Most likely you are there all by yourself!

  • Vanilla, Réunion

Réunion, the roots of vanilla

February 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Vanilla is by far the most consumed flavour of ice cream. It is a key component in Coca Cola and is widely used in baking, perfumes, and aromas. Did you know that about 75% of the global production of vanilla comes from Madagascar and Réunion, specifically the bourbon vanilla? Réunion, formerly known as Île Bourbon, is where the global cultivation of vanilla kicked off in 1841.

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  • Bentwoud tree

Offbeat Islands compensates CO2 via Trees for All

October 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Sustainable and small-scale tourism is the tourism of the future, especially since the outbreak of the corona virus. Sustainable tourism is at the core of Offbeat Islands values. Being a small-scale tour-operator, we utilise local guides by introducing you to their world and respecting the local customs, culture and nature. This is what makes your journey so unique! We strive to ensure that our stays are benefiting the local communities. Flying on the other hand is at odds with this, which is unfortunately inevitable in Offbeat Islands destinations. We therefore compensate CO2 via Trees for All. This is not a direct solution to the problem of CO2 emissions, but in the long run it will contribute to nature conservation.

  • Post corona UK & Norway

Norway and Scotland reopen their borders. We can travel again!

July 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Scotland (UK) and Norway reopened their borders again for tourists. Travellers don't have to be pre-tested for corona and the 2-weeks of quarantine / self isolation has been lifted. But is it safe to go and what to expect locally? I asked the local contacts on Shetland (Scotland) and Senja( Norway) about the past months, the current status and how they see the near future.

  • Offbeat Islands

Travel with confidence

March 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Offbeat Islands is a member of the Guarantee Fund GGTO and the independent travel association VvKR. At VvKR, 400 small-sized Dutch travel specialists are united and all members offer package holidays affiliated with a travel guarantee scheme, in this case GGTO. This Guarantee Fund for Specialist Tour Operators protects travellers against financial insolvency of the tour operator. All members of the VvKR have mandatory business liability insurance for tour operators. This liability insurance (AVB) covers damage to persons and/or property and the consequential damage if something unexpectedly happens during the trip. The memberships are similar to ABTA in the UK, ANVR & SGR in the Netherlands, and VVR & GFG in Belgium.

  • Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia

Offbeat Islands – an introduction

January 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Wanderlust inspires me, keeps me young at heart and creates a rollercoaster of happy impulses by connecting to local people, travellers and nature everywhere in the world. Over the last 20 years I have travelled the planet extensively and encouraged friends and family to explore the beauty that the world has to offer. Hence I decided to follow my heart last year by setting up Offbeat Islands, in which I could share my passion, experience, energy and positiveness via the various trips offered.

  • Neilaka, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia

The Banda Islands, an undiscovered paradise

January 26th, 2020|0 Comments

How would you describe paradise? My definition of paradise is a tropical climate, white pristine beaches, nice company, delicious food, intriguing history, pure local life at the door step, breathtaking rugged landscape & rich marine life, with and room for adventure. In the Banda Islands, tucked away in the remote southeastern corner of Indonesia, I found my paradise. Discovered by the Portuguese, and later dominated by the Dutch for centuries, it is special in all aspects. Let Offbeat Islands take you to my paradise, despite it's appalling Dutch history!

  • Tobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea

An offbeat adventure to a remote island in the Solomon Sea

January 9th, 2020|3 Comments

We were greeted on our Offbeat Islands exploratory trip to the Trobriand islands, an archipelago off the east coast of Papua New Guinea, by three hundred enthusiastic faces pressed against the barrier as we stepped off the twenty-seater plane. The local community gather for the thrice weekly arrival and it creates a welcome interruption to the trading of goods and produce and adds to the latest shared gossip of island life.

  • Vanilla, Réunion

Réunion, the roots of vanilla

February 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Vanilla is by far the most consumed flavour of ice cream. It is a key component in Coca Cola and is widely used in baking, perfumes, and aromas. Did you know that about 75% of the global production of vanilla comes from Madagascar and Réunion, specifically the bourbon vanilla? Réunion, formerly known as Île Bourbon, is where the global cultivation of vanilla kicked off in 1841.

  • Post corona UK & Norway

Norway and Scotland reopen their borders. We can travel again!

July 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Scotland (UK) and Norway reopened their borders again for tourists. Travellers don't have to be pre-tested for corona and the 2-weeks of quarantine / self isolation has been lifted. But is it safe to go and what to expect locally? I asked the local contacts on Shetland (Scotland) and Senja( Norway) about the past months, the current status and how they see the near future.

  • Kea Greece

Dreaming of a less visited island in the Greek Cyclades? Kea welcomes tourists again as of June 15!

May 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Greece announced on May 20 to reopen the country for tourists. The international airport of Athens welcomes international flights as of June 15, and per July 1 direct flights to islands are allowed again. Thanks to rapid intervention, Greece has come through the corona crisis relatively well so far, with a low number of infections and deaths. They are also the first in Europe to welcome tourists again, and for a reason. Tourism contributes for 25% on the GDP of Greece and its employability and a new big recession could crack morale after they were just picking up from the effects of the dramatic financial crisis 10 years ago.

  • View on Episkopi and Andros, Kea, Cyclads, Greece

Hiking on Kea, an unspoiled Cycladic island

February 29th, 2020|0 Comments

One of the best ways to explore the unspoiled Cycladic island Kea is by hiking. The islanders have restored many beautiful hiking trails, the so-called monopati, the donkey paths that were used between the villages and fields in the past. Kea has a number of beautiful unspoiled bays with pebble and sandy beaches in the east, which require exploration by foot. The stunning bay of Karthea features two antique temples and an amphitheater, only accessible by foot or boat. Most likely you are there all by yourself!

  • Post corona UK & Norway

Norway and Scotland reopen their borders. We can travel again!

July 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Scotland (UK) and Norway reopened their borders again for tourists. Travellers don't have to be pre-tested for corona and the 2-weeks of quarantine / self isolation has been lifted. But is it safe to go and what to expect locally? I asked the local contacts on Shetland (Scotland) and Senja( Norway) about the past months, the current status and how they see the near future.

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