Ocean World Adventure Park is certainly not what I would have expected in a third world country like the DR. The facilities were clean and modern and on a par with the likes of Sea World.
I had been told that it was geared toward adventure tourism and not much toward entertaining the casual guest. That perspective could not have been more wrong. There were numerous attractions providing performances throughout the day and timed in such a way that you could easily take in all of the shows with ease.
I particularly enjoyed the aviary! Upon entering a staff member is there to give you a handful of bird seed and immediately thereafter you have lovebirds literally eating out of your hand. My wife had birds on both shoulders and her head all at one time.
The exhibits are set up so that you follow a path and take in every aspect that the park has to offer. There is even a beach with lounge chairs so that you can relax in the sun and take in more of the park at your leisure.
As part of the price of admission you get to use snorkle gear and swim in the reef pool with the fish. Make sure you bring your own towel because one will not be provided for you. For the more adventurous there are a number of options that allow you to swim with the dolphins, stingrays, and the nurse sharks. Fun options, but they are pretty spendy.
The marina is a world class facility with everything the luxury boater needs. Judging from the numerous luxury water craft at the marina the day we were there, it's a pretty popular place.
The casino is pretty lame! It's small and has very little to offer the gaming enthusiast. We stayed less than an hour and then took a cab back to our resort.
Overall, it's a top notch facility with very attentive staff. By all means go to the adventure park, but unless you're really in need of a gambling fix don't bother with the casino.
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