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“Nice set of islands”

Haitises national park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“Nice set of islands”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

It was great fun on the boat, fantastic journey.

The caves themselves were interesting and the bird life fascinating.

Once the rum came out things got more lively and the sea was a little more bouncy. Great for some but not for those with with a fear of water. Worth what we paid for the trip and not to be missed if your interested in the world around you.

Visited May 2013
Thank Michelle C
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Caves & Birds”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

We went on a boat trip to the caves and it was ok, the guide was good and kept us entertained. I would not really reccommend this as we only saw caves and birds.Not good for those with mobilty issues, confined spaces or vision problems (its dark in caves) When we booked it we thought we would be walking in a national park. I think tour operators need to make it clearer what these trips are.

Visited May 2013
Thank Gill W
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Calgary, Canada
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“Lovely nature tour”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We took a tour from the Cayo Levontado resort to the park. The boat took about 1.5 hours to get to the park. We were on a smaller boat, and on the ride back, the waves were quite choppy. Not good for nervous boaters, but I felt quite safe. The guide shared some island facts on the way out, which made the trip seem faster.

We saw a nesting area for brown pelicans and freighter birds. Then we weaved in amongst the mangroves and learned about how they filter the water and act as a nursery for fish. Then we walked through two caves with many pictographs and neat formations. We had our 85 year old father with us, and he was able to manage all the walking with only a little help. It is not stroller or wheelchair accessible, though. We also walked a ways through some of the swampy area, where we saw a couple of different types of small crabs. Make sure you wear bug spray.

We went with a tour guide, and there was an entrance fee to one of the caves. The tour covered the cost, but I believe it was about 100 pesos.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank spike256
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“Boats and birds”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Use a tour operator (Flora is fine). Hope for a calm day on the bay (Bahia) as most of your time is in an open boat, so bring a hat (hold onto it) water and suscreen. Insist on an English speaking guide (French predominates). If you like nature this is for you.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“A history lesson”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We don't often think about how distructive the history of the "discovery" of North America by the Spaniards was but a walk in the caves with a guide to see the petroglyphs brings this home in a very graphic way.
The sail around the little islands and through the mangrove forests is just magical. This is a must do if you are in the Samana area.

Visited April 2013
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