Parque Nacional Los Haitises, Samana Province
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Explore the remote coastal environment of Parque Nacional Los Haitises, 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 Parque Nacional Los Haitises and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A boat trip to this national park is well worth a visit. Beautiful scenery, chance to see some wildlife - very Jurassic park in likeness of location. If you are lucky you may also see a whale! Samana ...  more »
  • Moto Marina Tours-Boat Excursions incredible attention, immediately boarded in the boat, the Guide and the crew were in constant attention with each one of them tourists. He guide took all his time and them different languages that spoke which were aboard for explain us each one of them details of the excursion, visited several caves that are book natural of the Park them Haitices, e immediately ended the excursion went to Cayo raised, where us expected with a rich food and good environment with music typical in live , and enjoy the beach. We didn't want to finish the trip.
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  • The Park and very beautiful! You can enjoy nature at its highest State, however ressalvo the incredible dirt in the River along the whole route. It's heartbreaking the amount of trash (Liquor bottles, plastic boxes, shoes, clothes, glasses, etc) that run through the long ride from samaná to the Park! In the 21st century and the issues we face in today's unbelievable little care with these situations. We were explained that is derived from the heavy rains that drag this garbage to the river flow! I confess that I left enough doubt that explanation! Please, be more careful and more respect for nature. From what we can still have so good!!
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  • The park was established in 1976 and is currently 1,242 square miles. Its name comes from the language of the aboriginal people, the Taino, and means “hilly land.” Most of the limestone keys, or small islands, are haystack formations ranging from 66 to 131 feet tall. Many are topped with trees and looking closer, Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Pelicans were roosting on the branches. The limestone cliffs of the larger keys and how their starkness contrasted with the lush flora. More than a hundred species of birds have been identified in the park and according to my guide, more than a thousand plant species.
  • From sea it looks bit like Halong bay (Vietnam). Beautiful rock formations on the coast, nice cave systems to visit. Good for kayak trip too.
  • The place is great, the tour makes you see all the wonderful nature surrounding you and understand dominican history through the caves' paintings.
  • The place is great and magical. It is worth to go there. Cave are awesome but paintings looks like they would be painted by a child a week ago. The birdlife is very active and one can see many species of birds from really close distance. I think the best option to visit Los Haitises is to by yourself to Sabana del Mar and organise the trip there - it will be cheaper. The trip itself is disappointing short. I wish to go deeper into the jungle not to see only the cost.
  • Great day excursion. Lovely endemic flora and fauna. A few grottos to visit as well. Like being in paradise. Recommended to any nature lover.