Top 5 Eco-tours in Dominican Republic

Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism.

Since the 1980s, ecotourism has been considered a critical endeavor by environmentalists, so that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights.

Here are the top 5 eco-tours of Dominican Republic

#5 – Saona island

Saona is a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic. It is a government protected nature reserve and is part of East National Park. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches and has been used on many occasions by film-makers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical “desert island” setting for their film or product.

#4 – Catalina Island

The island itself is only 9.6 square kilometers in size and is diverse preservation of eco-systems including sand dunes, mangroves, and reefs. Formed out of coral stone, the island contains three overlapping plateaus. The seas around the Island are rich in wildlife, with many species of birds and tropical marine fish, and there are large areas where natural sandbars offshore bring the depth to just a few feet.

#3 – Montaña Redonda

Located in Miches, this almost virgin beauty is an unforgettable place, “Montaña Redonda” is the biggest mountain in the area of Miches which serves as a touristic spot for natural landscaping. In this tour, besides visiting the mountain, we’ll visit a local plantation where we’ll be able to taste some of the local products, watch different uses, see some fruits and vegetable growth process, etc.

#2 – Authentic Miches

Miches is a town in El Seibo province of the Dominican Republic. Historically, it has its roots as a fishing town, deriving much of its income and protein from the surrounding waters. In this excursion, you’ll visit a unique and private waterfall hidden in the deep forest of Miches among local plantations and rural communities.

#1 – Authentic Punta Cana

Punta Cana is not only about beaches and tall palm trees, there’s a side of this paradise a few people know about. This excursion is the best ecotourism activity in the area, it’ll take you through different trails surrounded by dense vegetation to visit a unique and private two-story cave that was once habited by indigenous tribes and is now home to different bat species, pictographs, stalactites, and stalagmites. Also, you’ll visit two private and virgin lagoons, check it out!