Born in Africa, raised in Provence, worked and played in the United States from Los Angeles to New York City over the last 20 years, and “voila!”, Katia Duverglas, a gemologist, an artist, an entrepreneur, has found her new home and business here in Bavaro.
“I came for a week and I stayed! I love it here- I don’t know how to explain it. Seeking a sunny place, I traveled to Australia, the Middle East and never felt quite as at home as I do here. I also had the opportunity to invest in a business here.” That was over two years ago! Katia is now investor and partner of Caraibe Excursion, a company specializing in high-end excursion experiences in the Dominican Republic. Until recently, most of her clients have been French but now the website has been translated into 12 languages to accommodate potential clients from all over the world.
Though Katia works with some resorts, most of her clients come directly from her website. “There are many excursion companies to choose from so people go to Trip Advisor for reviews, which are the best way to get information. All of our suppliers are vetted for excellent service and if my clients need a more custom-made excursion we are able to meet their needs.” When asked what excursion tourists must not miss before going back home Katia exclaimed, “You have to see Saona…it’s like going to Manhattan and not seeing Time Square- my customers love Saona Island! Also, the excursion on the private catamaran a la carte. We can accommodate from 2 to 100 people. People like it because it’s not a full day, only 3-4 hours with an open bar, snorkeling and swimming in the natural pool…a lot of fun!”
Text and photos by Maria Postell.
For additional information:
Bavaro, Dominican Republic
Tel. (829) 387-5162
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