Laguna de Oviedo
Laguna de Oviedo
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Steve W
Bristol, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Got there early and hired a guided 2 hour boat trip . Only people on the Laguna so the peace and ambiance exceptional.
OK the guide was in Spanish , but he had a visual guide to the birds so no problemo.
Saw Ibis , Tricoloured Heron , Egrets , Plovers , Spoonbills and Flamingoes etc.
Take binoculars as an essential.
Walked on an island with Iguanas strolling around.
Written March 7, 2020
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Lesley T
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I wish we had read the reviews before we paid so much for a boat trip with a person who spoke no English, to cross the lagoon, spend half an hour with seven iguanas, then go across to another part of the lagoon where we could about twelve flamingos, but only from a distance - all in all, very disappointing.
Written February 12, 2020
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Andy Smth
Redditch, UK630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We saw the Laguna de Oviedo in a Dominican tourism app and thought that it looked great.

As we were stopping in Barahona we we're only about a 45 minute drive away. It's easy to find and it was empty when we arrived.

I think it was very expensive (only if you're having a guide, which you'll need, but the cost was an issue for us all around the Dominican). We opted for the comprehensive all included tour which was supposed to take up to 3 hours.

The boat ride out on to the lake was lovely, especially with the cooling spray on such a hot day, but I agree with yz1991, I was actually suprised by the lack of birds we saw.

The walk on to the iguana island was pretty cool and it's amazing how close they come up to you. Then we went to see the flamingos where we also got out to cover ourselves in mud, which was fun.

It rained heavily for about 10 minutes after that, but I was really suprised to discover that we were going back to land, so essentially we saw iguanas and flamingos and maybe the occasional different bird, but that was pretty much it. The vast majority of the tour is taken up by the boat trip, but couple that with the fact that the guides only spoke spanish, which of course is fine, but I think we lost out quite a lot not really understanding anything.

Beautiful - yes, peaceful - yes, nature at it's most serene - yes, but worth £40+ for what was pretty much 2 hours in a boat and 30 minutes on an island with igunanas, I'm not so sure.

Hand on heart, I wouldn't return, that said, if you are staying in the area and money isn't an option for you, I'd certainnly reccomend it, but would I drive or do a tour to here from maybe Santo Domingo, no I wouldn't.

That said, the very best thing about this day was that the guide took us afterwards to what is possibly the clearest lake you can possibly swim in. A nice cold fresh water lake full of the fish that you normally pay stupid prices for to have them nibble your feet, well don't bother .....here they will do it for free the moment you jump in this amazing lake. It's only small but by far the best part of the day ............ if you'd lilke to go, it's called the 'Laguna Arroyo Salado,' you can thank me for it later!! :-)
Written December 9, 2019
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karlacuervo
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We did the excursion very organized and the tour guide very informative , clean boat to take around the lake where you learn about the local animals plus you get to see Flamencos also...
Almost at the end you can take a swin around the mud, kids love it
Written August 15, 2019
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fionasmithkenya
Liverpool, NY14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
I was staying in nearby Los Patos so took the local guagua here. As I was on my own the boat trip option at 2500 pesos for 2 hours was too expensive so I chose the walking tour .This was still 1500 pesos plus the park entrance fee. The receipt I received was only for the entrance fee which always makes me suspicious ? Not sure where the visitors money is re invested but certainly not in the toilet facilities !
Had a pleasant walk around the lake with a nice young guide who only spoke Spanish but was knowledgeable about the birds and had a bird guide with him. We saw flamingoes,kingfisher,terns ,sandpipers and several other species. However it had rained the night before so it was very muddy underfoot.
Written January 31, 2019
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yz1991
515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
I was having good hope to see many species here. I took a tour at the front gate, the complete tour which is 2 hours. Price is negotiable for a bit. Only saw egrets, flamingos(not too many, probably on par with Mexico's Celestun), maybe herons. I was expecting to see more. On the other hand, the tour has good service and you can use mud to cover your skin
Written January 9, 2019
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Claudia F
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Incredible water color, kind of green and white. They have boats and can take you to the islands, where you may see the flamingos, if the season allows it. For sure you will see the Iguanas and lots of beautiful birds. Also you can swim into the lagoon water and take some mud to rub your skin, it will feel good!!!!
It is worth it to get there!!!
Written May 31, 2018
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edhimal
Antwerp320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
My wife is Dominican but had never visited Laguna de Oviedo. 10 years ago we went to Bahia de las Aguilas for the 1st time, but we didn't stop here. This time we decided to take the time to visit the Laguna.
Nice visitor center, friendly reception.
We took a tour of 2 hours.
The 1st thing that strikes me is the color of the water: pale yellow. The guide is a guy from the region, is well-trained and knows all lot about the Laguna, which birds you can spot at the moment, etc.
The place is handled with a lot of respect for nature.
After all it's not spectacular, but it certainly is worth the visit!!!
Written March 17, 2018
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Elisavet17-84
Northampton, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
We spot flamingos, rhino iguanas, ducks and a lot of birds. We did the tour at sunset time and the light created nice colors.
Written February 18, 2018
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Glyn Carre
Guernsey, Channel Islands924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Awesome visit.

The entrance is on the left about 30mins drive South of Paraiso. There are bathrooms at the visitor centre.

It cost me US$100 for a 2.5hr trip inc. boat, boatman and guide. Saw much of the lagoon stopping to spot Duck, Heron, Egret, Gulls, Flamingo and others.

Visited one island to see the Rhinoceros Iguana and another to see cave-art, both fascinating.

Afterwards paid another US$10 to go swimming at natural mangrove pool. Unfortunately it's unmarked on Rt44 (the locals know it well). Anyway it's maybe 4km north of the park entrance, a rough but passible unpaved track to the right. No fee so I marked it on my SatNav and visited again later - sparkling clear water.

Highly recommended trip
Written December 17, 2017
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