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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  • the multitude of birds such as pelicans, frigates in a wonderful, both chard vegetation than the multitudes of rocks. We saw a lot of raptors also, we saw the manatees and whales, despite the wind and the sea rough this early March 2017. Finally a visit emotional by a lot of beauty of nature...
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  • The hike missed regarding the area northeast of the island. A huge park dedicated to nature, that reigns supreme. Mogotes (hilly limestone formations scattered in the middle of the water), islets, caves that leave a legacy the pictographs of the Tainos (the indigenous people of the past), hundreds of different species of birds (some of which are endemic) and other marine animals (we happen to observe manatees while browsing). The visit lasts a few hours, it's all great for the landscape itself and because it is totally in the hands of nature; but, personally, the best part is the passage through the mangroves. Calm and silence everywhere, seems to be in some tributary of the Amazon, far from the world.
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  • My family and I have booked the tour to the Los Haitises National Park on our hotel. To first of all it was in the port of Samana, from where we are then hit with a boat through the Bay of Samana and the National Park into. It is definitely a beautiful place, which very much unspoiled nature has to offer. We have bypassed several rocks which jut out of the water and live where many pelicans. It then continued in the National Park through mangrove forests into. But not very far into it so we had to create and run a small piece on foot. You should make sure absolutely to pack insect repellent, because you otherwise, total will be slashed in the Woods! We went a little further and came to a cave, which we looked at us. Also the caves there are very beautiful, but sometimes extremely slippery (so be careful with the run and flashlight not forget!). Then it went back to the boat and continue to a second Pier, where yet another cave is waiting for us. Thus, the tour was unfortunately also come and gone. In my opinion it would have been nice to go deeper in the Park because my feeling tells me that there had been there much more to see. Still, it's been very nice.
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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.