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Parque Nacional Los Haitises
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Beautiful small island populated by thousands of birds. Eroding limestone, those little islands are carved by the sea to create small caves.

Visited January 2013
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“untouched, wild, and lush”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

This place reminded me of southeast asia. Our boat slowly snaked through the dozens of islands of all sizes dripping with dense greenery. Brown pelicans, royal terns and frigate birds were present by the hundreds. The mangroves were covered with all sorts of crawling sea creatures and the cave paintings were very interesting.

Visited December 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Boat trip from Samana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

We went on this trip from Cayo Levantado, which involved a boat transfer to reception, people carrier taxi ride to Samana, 15 minute wait and then a *really long* boat trip to Los Haitises (it felt like about an hour, but it could have been half an hour - they didn't say how long it would take, and we didn't check when we set off). But when we got there, it was totally worth the long journey... the 'Haitises' are really spectacular as islands, with an abundance of bird life - heaven for keen photographers, my advice would be to take a decent zoom, 17-200 or longer, to get wide shots as well as being able to capture the birds in action.

We watched the pelicans and frigatebirds for ages, travelling around a few of the little islands, then we went deeper into the Haitises. We travelled through a mangrove swamp which was pretty spectacular, and into the caves where the islands have been hollowed out from the bottom up, to see the ancient peoples' cave paintings.

Our guide was fabulous and told us all about the indiginous people of the island, the meanings of their paintings, and a different take on Columbus's "discovery". My advice would be to buy a cheap torch before you go, as you need one to see the paintings, and there wasn't one for everybody party on the boat which was a bit disappointing. And wear decent shoes - the ground is slippy!

Our last stop was another island which truly was a 'desert island paradise' where we had another chance to get off the boat and look around.

Overall a really interesting trip & worth going to see the place where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean and Jurassic Park. The Haitises are very beautiful, just make sure you take a good camera!

Finally, for anyone staying on Cayo Levantado, the good news is that they drop you straight off on the island before going back to Samana so you don't need to make the same return journey!

Visited December 2012
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Boat trip to Parc National Los Haitises”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

Very interesting saw lots of birds and wildlife.Went inside the caves the guides were very knowledgable and told us all about the people who used to live there in years gone by.

Visited January 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Best excursion.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

I've been to the Dominican numerous times but this was my first time at the Samana side of the island. I could have easily spent all day on this one. Bar far the most educational excursion and most enjoyable if you are a nature lover.

Visited November 2012
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