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La Romana to Los Haitises Park and Savanna de la Mar Day Trip

After pickup by air-conditioned coach from your La Romana-area hotel, travel northward with your guide to Los Haitises National Park, which includes the subtropical woods and swamps near Sabana de la Mar along Samaná Bay and the islets dotting San Lorenzo Bay. Enjoy a light breakfast in transit and learn about the park’s unique geology that formed more than 10,000 years ago. In the indigenous Taíno language, Haitis (the singular form) means highland or mountain range. Most of the area is accessible only by boat, which you’ll board upon arrival at the park. Your captain weaves through mangrove swamps, navigating through dozens of canals created by the more than 100 rivers crossing one another. Glimpse blue and white herons, and spot carp, crab, oysters, river shrimp and manatees that thrive in the mixture of salty and fresh waters.

Then, visit some of the park’s caverns formed by water erosion — Cueva de la Linea and Cueva de la Arena — that contain petroglyphs and sculptures believed to have been made by the Taínos, the region’s first inhabitants. As you gaze at carvings of hands, herons, whales and rain, hear about Taíno legends and local lore surrounding these caves. Your tour of the park also includes a rainforest hike. See pelicans and a great array of plant life, including orchids, bromeliads, and maguey (agave) that your guide points out along the way.Next, hop aboard a catamaran and zip over to Savanna de la Mar, a town in the Hato Mayor province located in the northeastern of Dominican Republic, on the southern side of Samana Bay. Once you have worked up an appetite it will be time to enjoy the lunch buffet!When it’s time to leave, enjoy transport back to your La Romana-area hotel.

$312.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Punta Cana Day Trip to Los Haitises National Park

From your Punta Cana hotel you will be picked up in a bus headed west towards Higuey, the largest city in the Dominican Republic's eastern region. After a quick stop, you'll wind through the northwest passing the small cities of El Seibo and Hato Mayor, typical country towns and small Dominican communities. You will then change elevations, crossing the Oriental Mountain Range which offers spectacular views of the Dominican countryside. Your licensed guide will bring the world outside the bus to life, teaching you about everyday Dominican customs and spotting some of the country's most recognized natural produce like cacao, banana, pineapple, mango, papaya, coffee and the all-important sugar cane, which although used for sugar, is more famously used to produce rum.Arriving at our destination, the coastal town of Sabana de la Mar, you will board a catamaran on the outskirts of Los Haitises National Park and maneuver through the winding canals of the park's majestic mangrove forests which act as an ideal home for hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and crustaceans. Leaving the mangrove forests, the scenery opens up into the San Lorenzo Bay with photo-inspiring views of the park's lush outcroppings and the mountains of Samana in the distance. If you're lucky, you may even have some company in the bay's deep waters as dolphin sightings are not uncommon.During the tour of Los Haitises, you will visit two caves once used by the Taino Indians for more than a millennium. The first, Cueva de la Arena, is located on a secluded beach. The cave's several waterfront caverns hold Taino sculptures in the rock and bats in their natural habitat. The second, Cueva de la Linea, is located deeper in the forest and is filled with Taino pictographs, giving you a better sense of how these indigenous people lived before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.From the park, it will be time to eat. Lunch will be served at Yanigua Spa, a small ranch deep in the region's countryside with lush vegetation and even an amazing waterfall! You'll be treated to a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, rice, beans, vegetables, salad, fruit and a delicious fish typically eaten in the local area called Minuta. After lunch, you will head to the river where you can swim in the refreshing waters, jump from the waterfall, or apply the riverbed's curative mud to your skin. After your swim in the cool waters, have some hot chocolate or coffee at the ranch.For a genuine contact with the Dominican Republic's history, culture and natural beauty, take part in this unique adventure to Los Haitises National Park.

$115 Outdoor Activities

Los Haitises National Park Eco Adventure

This full day tour begins with your hotel pick up. We will cross the island in our comfortable vehicles for about 3 hours and arrive Caño Hondo arrive at a point just on the edge of the National Park section. This is the gateway to Los Haitises National Park, which means mountainous terrain by the hundreds of hills or hummocks that make up a unique karst system in the world.A boat ride, will take us along the dense mangrove forest. We’ll visit the cave of St. Gabriel, The Line Cave  with its countless Taino pictographs and The Sand Cave, with its beautiful interior beach. Then a delicious traditional lunch awaits us in Sabana de La Mar, a city full of history in the Bay of Samana. Los Haitises National Park tour is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful excursions available throughout the Dominican Republic.Your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off or at the original starting point in Santo Domingo.

$129 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Los Haitises National Park Discovery Tour

Our tour begins taking the new road to the fishermen town of Sabana de la Mar aboard one of our modern transportation, a two and a half hours road trip watching the countryside along the coast and the Anamuya mountain range to the majestic Los Haitises National Park. We board our speedboat at Sabana de la Mar that will take us through the incredible mangroves in the área, then visit a stunning nature reserve known as "La Cueva de la Línea" with incredible formations of petroglyphs of great value and of indigenous origin.Los Haitises National Park is a region of extraordinary environmental and recreational value, unique geological features where flora and fauna are represented by many species.Haitises means ’’highlands’’ or ’’mountain range’’, with 3,600 square kilometres, only a portion of the park is open to the public. This Caribbean oasis is home to untouched mangrove forests, Taino cave drawings, secluded beaches, pirate hideouts and a grand diversity of endemic flora and fauna. This park is a reserve and sanctuary for many species of birds and sea life. Some of them, are endemic of Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.Upon completion of our walk through the mangroves and caves, we will taste a delicious typical Dominican lunch in Caño Hondo, where you will enjoy free time to relax in the most beautiful natural pools

$198 Day Trips & Excursions

Puerto Plata Day Trip to Los Haitises National Park

From your Punta Cana hotel you will be picked up in a bus headed west towards Higuey, the largest city in the Dominican Republic's eastern region. After a quick stop, you'll wind through the northwest passing the small cities of El Seibo and Hato Mayor, typical country towns and small Dominican communities. You will then change elevations, crossing the Oriental Mountain Range which offers spectacular views of the Dominican countryside. Your licensed guide will bring the world outside the bus to life, teaching you about everyday Dominican customs and spotting some of the country's most recognized natural produce like cacao, banana, pineapple, mango, papaya, coffee and the all-important sugar cane, which although used for sugar, is more famously used to produce rum.Arriving at our destination, the coastal town of Sabana de la Mar, you will board a catamaran on the outskirts of Los Haitises National Park and maneuver through the winding canals of the park's majestic mangrove forests which act as an ideal home for hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and crustaceans. Leaving the mangrove forests, the scenery opens up into the San Lorenzo Bay with photo-inspiring views of the park's lush outcroppings and the mountains of Samana in the distance. If you're lucky, you may even have some company in the bay's deep waters as dolphin sightings are not uncommon.During the tour of Los Haitises, you will visit two caves once used by the Taino Indians for more than a millennium. The first, Cueva de la Arena, is located on a secluded beach. The cave's several waterfront caverns hold Taino sculptures in the rock and bats in their natural habitat. The second, Cueva de la Linea, is located deeper in the forest and is filled with Taino pictographs, giving you a better sense of how these indigenous people lived before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.From the park, it will be time to eat. Lunch will be served at Yanigua Spa, a small ranch deep in the region's countryside with lush vegetation and even an amazing waterfall! You'll be treated to a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, rice, beans, vegetables, salad, fruit and a delicious fish typically eaten in the local area called Minuta. After lunch, you will head to the river where you can swim in the refreshing waters, jump from the waterfall, or apply the riverbed's curative mud to your skin. After your swim in the cool waters, have some hot chocolate or coffee at the ranch.For a genuine contact with the Dominican Republic's history, culture and natural beauty, take part in this unique adventure to Los Haitises National Park.

$179 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-day Los haitises national Park and natural Spa

Los Haitises National Park is a genuine trek into the Dominican wilderness. Haitises means "highlands" or "mountain range" in the Taino Indian language (the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants) and at 1,600 square kilometers, only a portion of the park is open to the public. This Caribbean oasis is home to untouched mangrove forests, Taino cave drawings, secluded beaches, pirate hideouts and a grand diversity of endemic flora and fauna.Arriving at our destination, the coastal town of Sabana de la Mar, we'll board a catamaran on the outskirts of Los Haitises National Park and maneuver through the winding canals of the park's majestic mangrove forests which act as an ideal home for hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and crustaceans. Leaving the mangrove forests, the scenery opens up into the San Lorenzo Bay with photo-inspiring views of the park's lush outcroppings and the mountains of Samana in the distance. If we're lucky, we may even have some company in the bay's deep waters as dolphin sightings are not uncommon.During our tour of Los Haitises, we'll visit two caves once used by Taino Indians for more than a millennium. The first, Cueva de la Arena, is located on a secluded beach. The cave's several waterfront caverns hold Taino sculptures in the rock and bats in their natural habitat. The second, Cueva de la Linea, is located deeper in the forest and is filled with Taino pictoglyphs, giving us a better sense of how these indigenous people lived before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.From the park, it's time to eat. Lunch will be served at Yanigua Spa, a small ranch deep in the region's countryside with lush vegetation and even an amazing waterfall! You'll be treated to a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, rice, beans, vegetables, salad, fruit and a delicious fish typically eaten in the local area called Minuta. After lunch, to the river we go where you can swim in the refreshing waters, jump from the waterfall, or apply the riverbed's curative muds to your skin. After your swim in the cool waters, have some hot chocolate or coffee made at the ranch itself.For a genuine contact with the Dominican Republic's history, culture and natural beauty, join us on this unique adventure to Los Haitises National Park.