Samaná Peninsula Sights

Los Haitises National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Los Haitises National Park, Bird Island, Dominican Republic, Caribbean

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Published 10/12/2015

Fodor's Review

A highlight of a visit to the Samaná Peninsula is 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 Taínos.

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 frigate birds, 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.

Sight Information

Address:

Samaná Bay, Samaná, Samaná, 32000, Dominican Republic

Phone:

809-472–4204

Sight Details:

  • $4, not including manadatory use of licensed guide
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 10/12/2015

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