Excursions & Eco Tourism | Dominican Republic | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 14

Snorkeling, deep sea fishing, swimming with dolphins: the world is your oyster in the tropical Caribbean paradise that is the Dominican Republic. Scout the island and find abundant marine life, perfect beaches, warm, clear water, and vacation excitement around every corner.

Beautiful caribbean beach on Saona island, Dominican Republic

Start your adventure with a day excursion from Punta Cana to Saona Island. This idyllic slice of palm trees, white sand, and blue water is featured in many commercials and films as the stereotypical “desert island” setting. Check out the starfishes as you wade in the waist deep water hundreds of feet offshore.

If the idea of little fishes nibbling dead skin off your feet while you soak up the sun sounds appealing, then check out the Dr. Fish Ocean Spa, located near Bavaro Beach. This three-hour excursion aboard a double decked boat offers an instructor-led Pilates class, and a feet exfoliation treatment that will be sure to leave you feeling refreshed. Tropical juices and fresh fruits are served throughout the journey.

On the other side of the island, Puerto Plata offers an entirely different menu of excursions to choose from. Take a Jeep safari and waterfall tour and see seven different waterfalls where you can swim and relax in natural pools.

Meet dolphin friends at the Ocean World Dolphin Swim. Hug, swim, pet and play with the marine mammals during a 30-minute encounter. Professional trainers ensure you have an outstanding time.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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