Haitises national park, Samana Province

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Explore the remote coastal environment of Haitises national park, a protected area offering diverse and abundant scenery. Take a boat tour along the coast to see the large mangrove forests and unusual limestone cones that adorn the shoreline, stopping off to see scenic caverns decorated in pictograms and petroglyphs made by as yet unidentified native populations. The diversity of ecosystems here supports a wide variety of wildlife and plant life, although much of the interior remains impenetrable. You'll mainly see coastal animals, such as frigatebirds, herons, and terns. The park keeps a cap on visitor numbers, so book your excursions well in advance to avoid disappointment. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Las Terrenas holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Haitises national park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A magical discovery! After crossing the Bay of Samana in speed boats, we arrive in the middle of tropical forest covered Islands. In the background, hundreds of small hills they also covered with lush vegetation. No civilization if this is, on the edge of the mangrove, a camp of fishermen who come for a few days in order to fish the best shrimps of the country. Hundreds of birds greet us: Eagles, pelicans, watching their babies remained in the nest and other rare birds. We visit 3 caves. The second is home to paintings on the walls by the Indian Taino (whales, fish, God of rain...). The last is very beautiful. Stop on a small beach to drink then back in speed boats across the Bay. We had chosen the tour organized by the Agency of Stephanie in Las Terrenas. We were few (our group of 10 + a dozen others) which allows to have a quasi private in a small boat tour. We ran into 2 much bigger boats with large groups and it was really not want! Count $ 75 per person with departure by minibus from Las Terrenas and Dominican meal back to the pier of Santa Barbara de Samana. Dany is very friendly and speaks good french. Good knowledge of wildlife and history. Recommend without hesitation.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Very good trip! you will visit two caves where you can see very well preserved pictograms. The beauty of the surroundings, rocky islands, the vegetation and the birds make this trip something special and unique.
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  • August 3, 2017
    It is a place to discover in the Dominican Republic, but avoid the excursions of the all-inclusive hotels, mass tourism, large group etc... Prefer local tours agencies and prices are lower while maintaining authenticity.
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