At the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic and accessible on foot from Bayahibe, Dominicus (where it begins) or via a short drive from La Romana town, is the magnificent Eastern National Park, which has been a protected nature reserve since 1975 and is the crown jewel of the southeastern coast.
Venture to this prized park and discover plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. infinite beaches of turquoise waters to relax and walk while offshore coral reefs and beautiful beaches attract divers, snorkelers and day-tripping tourists to the park.
To get the most of your trip to Dominican Republic’s rural tropical landscape, you can visit the National Park of the East on a day tour to Isla Saona from your location in the Island. Tours and shore excursions leave daily from Punta Cana, Bayahibe, La Romana, Juan Dolio and Boca Chica.
Approximately 790 square kilometers of the reserve encompass both land and sea. The park is home to at least 539 species of flowers. It also makes a great birding excursion. It is home to 144 types of birds, including unique ones such as the brown pelican, the red-footed boobie, the barn owl, and the Hispaniolan parrot. A large frigate bird colony convenes at Bahia de las Calderas, a bay on the southern coast of the park.
You can also expect to see sea turtles on Saona Island. This is the most important nesting site in the country, and nesting season lasts from March through November and attracts hawksbill, green, and leatherback species. In Mano Juan there is a reserve for turtles, where you can see this spectacular work of care and preservation of endangered species.
Spotted and bottlenose dolphins roam the seas surrounding the islands, as well as the rare humpback whale and manatees. On dry land, the endangered rhinoceros iguana range up to 1 meter in length and as heavy as 9 kilograms.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The East National Park is a must for nature lovers, who can get the most information about the local flora and fauna on a guided tour.
- The sun is strong, so better make sure you have sunscreen and a sun hat.
- Take mosquito repellent with you too.
Are you going to miss this beautiful and unforgettable experience into the most beautiful nature? Let´s go to Saona!