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WHALE AND BIRD WATCHING

4 Days / 3 Nights

Map of our tour "Whale and Bird watching"

Whale and Bird watching 4 Days / 3 Nights

This short trip is designed specifically for nature lovers who want to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds in the Dominican Republic, close to the action but away from the crush of civilization. Travel back in time and spend two nights in the Nationalpark “Los Haitises”, where Indians were already living in the different caves more than 4,000 years ago.

Day 1: Santo Domingo – National Park “Los Haitises”

In the morning you will be picked up at your selected location in Santo Domingo. The transfer takes you on the midst of nature of the National Park Los Haitises. Your accommodation for the next two nights is the stunningly beautiful and evironmentally friendly Paraiso Caño Hondo hotel, located in the National Park Los Haitises and totally isolated from civilization.
Upon arrival yu can explore your surroundings with a walk through the lush vegetation, or enjoy a bath in the natural pools surrounding the hotel which are fed by the crystal-clear river “Rio Jivales”.

Driving time: 2.5 hours
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Paraíso Caño Hondo***, Standard Room

An excursion through the Los Haitises National Park

Excursion through the Los Haitises National Park

An excursion through the Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises National Park

Day 2: Bird watching and Caño Salado

At 5:30 in the morning, before sunrise, you will go on a 3 hour tour to see the “El Gavilán de La Hispaniola”, an endemic endangered bird of the Dominican Republic. During the tour you can enjoy the smell of nature in the morning and watch the sun rise above the trees while looking for El Gavilán and other birds calling the National Park Los Haitises their home. After the tour you head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious Dominican breakfast.
Later in the day you will go on a 3 to 4 hour hike through the National Park. During the tour you will visit Caño Salado, explore different spects of the nature in this area and get stunning photo opportunities.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Paraíso Caño Hondo***, Standard Room

A Ciguitade, a popular bird in and around Constanza

A Ciguitade, a popular bird in Dominican Republic

Stunning Los Haitises National Park

Stunning Los Haitises National Park

Day 3: Boat tour through National Park Los Haitises and visit of Cayo Levantado

After breakfast, you will grab your luggage and go on a boat excursion through the Mangle River towards the enormous lagoon “Bay of San Lorenzo”. This lagoon is simply breathtaking and unique in its natural splendor. The boat moves slowly through the shallow water and you can observe how the rock island was formed ove the centuries, providing a place where countless varieties of birds can be seen. In fact, there are more than 120 different documented species of birds, one of which is the “Cigua Palmera” (Palm chat), the Dominican Republic’s National Bird.
This fantatstic primitive landscape was first populated by the Ciboney tribes and later by the Tainos. Their existence is documented in numerous cave paintings of whales, fish, insects and a shaman (Behique). With a little luck you may also get to see a rare West Indies manatee in the lagoon.
From here, the boat will take you across the Samaná bay to Cayo Levantado where you will enjoy a delicious Dominican lunch and have time to relax on the pristine beach of Cayo Levantado, also called Bacardi Island. In the afternoon, the captain will take you directly to the port of the Bannister Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: The Bannister Hotel****(*), One Bedroom Suite Mountain View

Cayo Levantado - Bacardi Island in the Dominican Republic

Cayo Levantado – Bacardi Island in the Dominican Republic

Watch the humpback whales in the bay of Samaná

Watch the humpback whales in the bay of Samaná

Day 4: Ziplining or Humpback Whale Watching Tour

Today you will go either on a boat trip to observe the giants of the ocean or on a ziplining adventure.
The mating season for humpback whales is from the beginning of January until mid-March. These massive animals splash in the warm waters of the Samaná bay and are truly a wonder to see by boat.
If you are staying off the whale season or on request, you will go on a ziplining adventure in El Valle where you can fly high over the vegetation of the Samaná peninsula. In the afternoon, a private chauffeur will pick you up from your selected excursion and bring you back to Santo Domingo.

Driving time: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast

The trip includes:

– Private transportation from your location in Santo Domingo to the Hotel Paraiso Caño Hondo
– All overnight accommodations at hotels mentioned in the program
– All meals mentioned in the itinerary as “Meals included”
– Boat excursion Whale Watching (15th January – 15th March) or Ziplining at El Valle (16th March – 14th January) including transfer from the hotel
– Early morning bird watching tour in the National Park
– Guided hiking tour to Caño Salado in the Los Haitises National Park
– Boat excursion through the Mangroves and visit of 2 caves of the Los Haitises National Park and trip to Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island)
– Private transportation from Samaná back to Santo Domingo

If desired:
– Transportation to the DOMINICAN EXPERT office in Santo Domingo
– Welcome drink and information session in the office of DOMINICAN EXPERT
– Map of the Dominican Republic with route clearly marked
– Travel documentation with useful tips and information about Culture, Country & People

The trip does NOT include:

– All meals and drinks not included in the program
– Personal expenditure
– Tips
– Optional excursions and activities

Prices per person start from:

  • 843 USD with double occupancy
  • 1473 USD with single occupancy
  • 662 USD with triple occupancy
  • 603 USD when booking two double rooms

Please enquire for a detailed quote according to your travel dates!

Map of our tour "Whale and Bird watching"

Map of our tour “Whale and Bird watching”

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