Wildlife Spotting

If you love critters, then you’ll be happy to find a wide variety in the DR, across coastal and mountainous climates. Hop on whale-watching boat tours from Samaná during the mating season, and watch the world’s largest mammals mating and birthing in our bay. In the north, watch manatees surface at Estero Hondo Marine Reserve, or dolphins flipping in the bay waters of Los Haitises National Park. Birds are a big part of wildlife, with 32 endemic species—look out for the Ridgway’s Hawk—that you can spot on hiking excursions in national parks, but also in the hills, valleys, and on offshore islands of the DR. The Dominican southwest is for reptiles, ranging from the American crocodiles teeming inside Lago Enriquillo, and endangered iguanas that inhabit this cacti-lined, desert-like region.

Whether you’re hiking, kayaking, or boating, excursions abound to get you close to the DR’s wildlife world.

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Wildlife Spotting in
Dominican Republic

Spot as many as you can from over 6,000 flora and fauna that thrive in the DR’s abundant outdoors.

Hike through a lush, protected forest where you can bird watch, spot native plants, and dip in cool fresh springs in underground caves.
Bayahíbe, La Romana
Located inside the exclusive Puntacana Resort & Club complex, this 1,500 acre nature reserve and ecological park boasts enchanting, shaded hiking trails that wind through a lush tropical forest, and lead towards a series of 12 freshwater lagoons.
Punta Cana
Punta Rucia boasts a brilliant white sand beach and calm turquoise sea, flanked by soaring mountain views. The main jumping-off point to Cayo Arena, thousands of visitors come here daily to reach the caye and snorkel off the large coral reef just offshore.
If you can’t get on a boat excursion but still want to observe Samaná’s majestic humpback whales from land, the Punta Balandra observatory offers a unique perspective. Aside from spotting the humpback whales, you’ll get a splendid panoramic view over the peninsula’s surrounding coastline.
Reaching El Limón waterfall is an adventure that takes you on a 2.5-kilometer (1.5-mile) journey through thick forest, on horseback or on foot down lush hilly terrain, while spotting flora and fauna along the way. You can also go canyoning through El Limón river to reach the falls.
One of the most beautiful bays in the DR is the primary jump off point for daily boat excursions into Los Haitises National Park, Cayo Levantado, and Samaná’s renowned whale watching expeditions. The bay includes small mangrove cayes, seagrass beds, and corals for the visiting humpback whales, turtles, and manatees.
A nature lovers’ wonderland and part of the designated Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Sierra de Bahoruco is home to an impressive range of forests, as well as a limestone sub terrain. The greatest number of flora and fauna make their home here.
Known for offering exceptional bird watching and mountain trekking opportunities, Valle Nuevo is one of Constanza’s crown jewels. At an altitude of more than 2,200 meters (7,200 feet), it is home to over 500 species of plants–138 endemic to Valle Nuevo–as well as numerous species of amphibians and butterflies.


Samaná: A total ecological oasis. #naturallydr 📸:@im_joelat
We welcomed an amazing group of photographers and We welcomed an amazing group of photographers and journalists to explore the central region of Jarabacoa and the north coast in Punta Rucia! Our beautiful country did not disappoint. #NaturallyDR
Sunsets in Sosúa. #NaturallyDR 📷: @fashioneats Sunsets in Sosúa. #NaturallyDR
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