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Cotubanamá National Park

Cotubanamá National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Saona Island far away from the crowded Beaches

1. Saona Island far away from the crowded Beaches

Transport will drive you to Bayahibe, the starting point of the excursion, where you will embark on the fast boat. Let's go to Cotubanama National Park! A short stop in front of the Penon where an English-speaking guide will give you explanations about this cliff and the Taino natives, the first inhabitants of the island. You will also make a stop at the mangroves, which are trees growing directly in the sea water. First stop on the island of Saona, at the beach of Canto de la playa where you will spend 2h30 on this magic white sand beach surrounded by coconut trees. There you will have time to relax or to snorkel, whichever suits you best.... After these marvelous moments, you will get back on the fast boat to go to the village of Mano Juan for a Dominican lunch. Once done with lunch, let's take a cap and sun cream to visit the village of Mano Juan with the English speaking guide and get a glimpse of the local life (wooden house, anecdotes, local shops, national sports...). At the village you will also visit the typical turtle nursery, a project maintained by a local family. With the means at hand, they take care of the incubation of the eggs during the laying period and the release of the baby turtles into the sea. It is not 100% guaranteed to see hatchlings, it will depend on the season and the hatching cycle. Once the visit is over you will have a little time to take a nap at the water's edge or test your bargaining skills in the small local shops. To top it off, you will stop at the famous natural pool where you will be able to see the huge starfish (be careful, you can't touch them, we can only admire them and take pictures), have an aperitif in the turquoise Caribbean water and enjoy a wonderful moment. Come back to Bayahibe with beautiful memories. The departure of this excursion is planned around 9:00 am for a return around 5:00 pm. Maximum on board: 26 people

Eastern Dominican Republic: Day Trip to Saona Island

2. Eastern Dominican Republic: Day Trip to Saona Island

Transport will drive you to Bayahibe, the starting point of the excursion, where you will embark on the fast boat. Head over to Cotubanama National Park for a short stop in front of the Penon, where an English-speaking guide will talk to you about this cliff and the Taino natives, the first inhabitants of the island. You will also make a stop at the mangroves, which are trees growing directly in the seawater. First, stop on the island of Saona, at the beach of Canto de la playa where you'll walk along the magic white sand beach surrounded by coconut trees. There you will have time to relax or to snorkel. After these marvelous moments, you will get back on the fast boat to go to the village of Mano Juan for a Dominican lunch. Once done with lunch, let's take a cap and sun cream to visit the village of Mano Juan with the English-speaking guide and get a glimpse of the local life (wooden house, anecdotes, local shops, national sports...). At the village, you will also visit the typical turtle nursery, a project maintained by a local family. With the means at hand, they take care of the incubation of the eggs during the laying period and the release of the baby turtles into the sea. It is not 100% guaranteed to see hatchlings, it will depend on the season and the hatching cycle. Once the visit is over you will have a little time to take a nap at the water's edge or test your bargaining skills in the small local shops. To top it off, you will stop at the famous natural pool where you will be able to see the huge starfish (be careful, you can't touch them, we can only admire them and take pictures), have an aperitif in the turquoise Caribbean water and enjoy a wonderful moment. Come back to Bayahibe with beautiful memories.

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What people are saying about Cotubanamá National Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

It was a very pleasant experience from start to finish, the procedure was exactly as described, the stay was maybe 15-30 minutes shorter than described but still ok. We would like to praise the organization and execution, we booked this excursion 5 days before, but since it is low season in June, no excursion took place on the booked day. But Nadine suggested a new date for us. We were exclusively picked up by a minibus from the hotel in Punta Cana and driven to Bayahibe. The journey took 1 hour and we were the only ones, which was very pleasant. On the ship, it is not a catamaran, we were only 14 participants. The ship's crew tried very hard to give us details about the places we visited (Spanish, English and French). We especially liked the stop in Mano Juan. Haven't had such a great and well-organized trip for a long time! Thank you again everyone!

Superb excursion... Team at the TOP who speaks French (Dedication to Christian) Very pleasant small group Canto de la playa beach to do ABSOLUTELY !! I recommend paying a little more than the others to go to this unspoiled paradise of any deckchair. MAGNIFICENT, THANKS !

A great trip to a beautiful place! The crew on the boat was awesome, nothing was missing. Only the time on the beaches could be longer, but the maximum was gotten out of a day! Really recommended! :)

wonderful trip! very professional and top notch team. I highly recommend

Magical. Another way to discover a country with nature lovers