Cave and Mangrove Exploration
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: CAY-006
This is one of the most unique tours to be found, offering a blend of exploration and environmental discoveries. You'll board an open-air speedboat shipside and following a short safety briefing, zip across the turquoise bay to Los Haitises National Park for the ecological experience of a lifetime. Well-known for having one of the most important, lush rainforests and mangrove reserves in the entire Caribbean, the Park is truly an awe-inspiring sanctuary.
Arriving at Los Haitises, your boat will first circle the small cay known as Bird Island while your guide points out and explains the importance of the many migratory and indigenous birds that inhabit the island. Next, your Captain will navigate your boat through winding mangrove swamps to an area of intriguing caves where you will dock and proceed on foot to explore two of the caves. Once inside, you'll be able to view the fascinating ancient cave drawings which represent the Indian gods and give a glimpse into the daily life of the Taino Indians who once inhabited these caverns. They are also home to some impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
Following your cave exploration, you'll return to your speedboat for the return trip back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes minimal walking; however, some of it is over sandy or uneven ground and there are some bridges to negotiate. The tour is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair, those with recent back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their own level of ability. It is suggested that guests wear comfortable, flat, shoes with a non-slip sole as well as sun cap, sunglasses and sun protection. Because the speedboat is open-air, there is a chance of getting wet. It is not recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness.