LOS HAITISES NATIONAL PARK: Making up approximately 232 square miles (600 square kilometers) of unique, diverse area, Los Haitises National Park is comprised of mangroves, estuaries, coves and bays. Easily reached by a short boat ride across Samaná Bay, the park is well-known for both its magnificent series of limestone caves covered in Taíno Indian art and its boat excursions through exotic mangrove swamps. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by more than 100 species of birds, 90 plus plant species, and a wide variety of mammals.
CAYO LEVANTADO: This coconut palm-lined island has become one of the area’s top tourist destinations for romance, relaxation and exquisite Dominican cuisine. Many visitors flock to this 6-square-mile (15-square-kilometer) island to walk along the pristine beach for a tan, while others venture out to the thriving reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving.
SALTO EL LIMÓN: Considered the most spectacular of Dominican Republic’s many waterfalls, El Limón captivates as it cascades 170 feet (51.8 meters) into a pool where visitors may take a dip. To reach the falls, horseback riding is a popular option among adventure tourists and also provides a beautiful view of the surrounding forrest and natural pool below.
HUMPBACK WHALES OBSERVATION: Each winter 3,000 to 5,000 whales migrate to the warm crystalline waters of the Bay of Samaná with intentions of mating and giving birth. Whale-watching season begins in mid-January and continues through the end of March; however, excursions are available as long as whales remain in the bay. Guests can view the gentle creatures at the Marine Mammals Sanctuary or at the Land Whale Observatory. The 200 square mile (518 square kilometers) sanctuary was established in 1966 and continues to protect the thousands of humpback whales who migrate from the arctic waters of the north.
JEEP SAFARI ADVENTURE: Set out on an adventure in an “allterrain 4×4” where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the flavorful Dominican coffee and the various tropical fruits surrounding you. Also, you will visit the Lulú waterfall at El Valle, where you can enjoy a dip in the natural pool, and then continue on to take the Loma de la Piña Trail through lush tropical vegetation, eventually leading you back to the pier.
ZIP LINE TOURS: Visitors are now able to experience a new dimension of entertainment in Samaná. Adventure seekers can zip for more than 1000 feet (305 meters) between the platforms, flying safely over coconut palms and lush green valleys with spectacular views of Samaná Bay and Cayo Levantado. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and includes expert trainers, refreshments and fresh Dominicangrown fruit. This tour is available at several locations in the Samaná area such as Juana Vicente, El Valle and Caño Hondo.
SCUBA DIVING: The Samaná Peninsula is made up of a rocky coastline with high cliffs hiding an exciting underwater world of sheer drop-offs and pinnacles that rise from 165 feet (49.5 meters) to within 15 feet (4.5 meters) of the surface. Between January and March,
humpback whales can be heard underwater as they migrate toward Banco de la Plata. Divers can discover reef sites featuring undercuts, as well as series of large caves, tunnels and swim-throughs.