In the event you love eco-adventures to see wildlife however you additionally want to calm down in a jacuzzi as an alternative of a tent on the finish of the day, I’ve an ideal suggestion for you. A trip to Punta Cana on the east coast of the Dominican Republic could also be proper up your alley. In Punta Cana, you’ll be able to keep in a pleasant resort with all the luxurious comforts whereas on the identical time having easy accessibility to a number of the most superb wildelife on Earth lower than an hour away. The easiest way to have an exciting expertise with the wildlife within the Dominican Republic is to take Punta Cana excursions, i.e. day-trips, with a revered eco-tour operator.
The rock stars of the animal world within the Dominican Republic are the four species of huge sea turtles (hawksbill turtles, inexperienced turtles, leatherback turtles, and logger-head turtles), the large sting rays, the West Indian manatees (sea cows), and the bottle-nosed dolphins. Guests to the area are additionally fairly impressed with the intensive colonies of frigate birds, boobies, and brown pelicans roosting and nesting on the mangroves close to Saona Island.
After all, in case you are into snorkeling or diving, the intensive coral reef ecosystem alongside the coast of the Dominican Republic will take middle stage. The Dominican Republic coral reefs host actually 1000’s of tropical fish and invertebrate creatures so unusual you could mistake them for vegetation at first. No matter whether or not or not you’ll be able to determine all of the creatures you see on the reefs, the vivid colours.and patterns will dazzle you.
There are various different fascinating animals to take a look at within the Dominican Republic too. These embrace the very giant rhinoceros iguana, the agouta (solenodon) that appears slightly like an anteater, and the fuzzy little hutia that appears like a cross between a guinea pig and a rat. Then there’s the furry Cacata tarantula (also referred to as the Dominican tarantula) and its cousin the tailless whip scorpion. In case you are into bats, it’s best to undoubtedly take the time to go on some excursions exploring the caves within the Parque Nacional del Este, the most important nature park within the nation and fewer than an hour from Punta Cana. There are a number of fascinating bat species residing in these Dominican Republic caves.
Whereas persons are normally extra interested by seeing unique animals than vegetation, there may be one plant species within the Dominican Republic that could be a true star and a “should see.” The plant I’m referring is the mangrove which varieties dense mangrove forests. The mangroves positioned off the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic are simply accessed from Punta Cana by taking Punta Cana excursions. The mangrove forests additionally function important habitat to 1000’s of different species. They function vital spawning grounds for fish and invertebrates and defend juvenile fish and sea turtles from predators. This is the reason conservationists world-wide and plenty of Dominicans are so fascinated by conserving them.