A highlight of a visit to the Samaná Peninsula is a chance to explore Los Haitises National Park (pronounced High-tee-sis), which is across Samaná Bay. The park is famous for its karst limestone formations, caves, and grottoes filled with pictographs and petroglyphs left by the indigenous Taíno.
The park is accessible only by boat, and a professionally guided kayaking tour is highly recommended, plus a licensed guide from a tour company or the government is mandatory.
You'll paddle around dozens of dramatic rock islands and spectacular cliff faces, while beautiful coastal birds—magnificent Frigatebirds, brown pelicans, brown booby, egrets and herons—swirl around overhead. A good tour will also include the caverns, where your flashlight will illuminate Taíno petroglyphs. It's a continual sensory experience, and you'll feel tiny, like a human speck surrounded by geological grandeur. DominicanShuttles.com can arrange a park tour and a stay at the adjacent, and rustic, Paraiso Caño Hondo Ecolodge, which has authentic creole cuisine and multiple waterfalls.
Samaná Bay, Samaná, 32000, Dominican Republic