Ecologically protected Catuano Channel offers an unspoiled breeding ground for wildlife, and you'll observe it in the least intrusive manner: aboard a wooden canoe.
Depart right from the pier for a ride by speedboat to magnificent Catuano Channel, which separates the Dominican mainland from lovely Saona Island. At the channel's eastern entrance, you'll board a wooden canoe that is a replica of those used by the native Indians, and begin a meandering journey through the natural waterways in the mangroves. This ecologically protected area serves as a thriving nursery of sorts for marine life and water birds.
Seagulls, pelicans and frigate birds are commonly observed nesting, plucking fish from the crystal-clear sea, and soaring overhead. The frigate bird is of particular interest and easily identifiable because it boasts the world's largest wingspan in comparison to the size of its body. During mating season, male frigate birds puff out their bright-red throat pouches to attract females.
Traveling by wooden canoe puts you right in the heart of this pristine ecosystem, yet it doesn't disturb the wildlife from going about their normal activities. Later, so you can further enjoy the astoundingly clear waters, you'll re-board your speedboat and cruise to a nearby natural pool that's ideal for swimming. It's wonderfully relaxing and as unspoiled as the surrounding nature preserve. Afterwards, you'll cruise back to the pier in La Romana.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the visit to the natural pool. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, back or neck problems, heart conditions or pregnant women. It is not recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness. Swimwear under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; beach towel and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. Minimum age to participate is 8 years-old and children under 18 years-old must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.