From the pier, board a speedboat and after a safety briefing, begin an ecological experience. Known for having one the lushest rainforests and mangrove reserves in the Caribbean, Los Haitises National Park is a beautiful sanctuary. You'll circle the small cay known as 'Bird Island' as your guide explains the importance of the many migratory and indigenous birds that inhabit the island. Your Captain will dock the boat at an area of captivating caves and your guide will provide information on the people that inhabited these caves and the islands. Cave drawings representing the gods and the daily life of the Taino Indians will give you a glimpse into the life of these ancient people. You'll also see beautiful stalagmites and stalactites which have formed over centuries. Note: Participants must be able to navigate uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women. Wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe footwear or Teva®-type sandals.
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Customer Reviews for Caves & Mangroves Exploration
If it weren't for seeing a pod of dolphins, I would have rated this excursion a 1. The tour guide's accent was too thick to understand, the boat ride was too long, and we didn't get much time in the caves. The rest of my family was with the sea lions and had a fabulous time. I felt terrible hearing all of their amazing stories and only having a few cave drawings to show for my excursion.
I am so glad I decided to go on this excursion - it was one of my cruise highlights. We took about a 45-minute ride in a covered boat to Bird Island, which lived up to its name. As an amateur birder, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing birds such as frigates and cranes that I cannot see at home. We tooled around mangroves and then visited 2 caves. We were impressed with the knowledge and humor of our guide in describing the pictographs and petroglyphs. The ground was slippery, but everyone stayed safe. My cell phone flashlight was enough to enable decent photos in the caves. I got one mosquito bite - forgot my repellent. On the ride back to the ship, we saw many dolphins - the driver and guide went out of their way to make our experience a great one.
The comment on the excursion description about there being no restrooms on the tenders needs to be underlined and emphasized. You need toi add that it may be an hour after you've gotten to the park, which is an hour away on the tender, before you get to a rest room. Quite a stretch for a bunch of gray hairs on a bouncing boat after their breakfast coffee. That said, the boat captain was a marvel and the guide was very knowledgable. I'd definitely do it again but I'd dehydrate first.