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Bayahibe – Natural Pride of the Dominican Republic

images-4Bayahibe is one of Dominican Republic’s special scuba diving attractions. What makes Bayahibe stand out is that it’s a site for not only one or two but three shipwrecks! Its coast is also home to rich coral reef systems. These two major assets are the reasons this small seaside town provides some of the best diving and snorkeling experiences in the whole country. There are at least 10 diving schools to choose from in the Biyahibe area!

If you are not much of a diver, donít worry as Bayabihe may still be your perfect Caribbean destination for it is, after all, the proud home of two beautiful beaches. The first beach is a public one simple called Playa Bayahibe. This beach is easy enough to get to as it very close to the town center. The second beach is named Dominicus, and is the more glamorous of the two, being the site for most of the all- inclusive resorts operating in Bayahibe.

With its super environmental management, water quality, safety and services; Dominicus Beach is a proud awardee of the European Blue Flag International Certification. It is actually the first sandy stretch to be given such a distinction in the Caribbean region. The first 60 meters of Dominicus is open to the public, and the entrance to this section allocated to non-hotel guests is between the Iberostar Hacienda and Viva Dominicus Palace.

Alto_de_Chavon_-_Dominican_RepublicBayahibe is a tranquil little seaside town that has become a tourist magnet since the late 1990’s. It is not very easy to come here, because after your flight to San Domingo Airport, La Romana International Airport or Punta Cana Airport, you will need to drive a couple of hours (40 minutes from Punta Cana) to reach Bayahibe. But the drive is not all in vain, not only because of what awaits you when you actually reach the tow; but because of the journey itself. Driving to Bayhibe means passing through the magnificent Boca de Chavon Valley, whose scenery is truly a treat for the eyes! Aside from renting a car yourself, other transport options to Bayahibe include airport shuttles and taxis.

Despite its fame, Bayahibe has maintained its slow pace of life and very romantic atmosphere. And as it has been since the beginning, you can enjoy a fresh seafood meal in one of the townís restaurants, courtesy of a fisherman who brought in his catch for the day. Aside from the sun, sand and wonderful underwater world, Bayahibe also offers a spectacular tropical forest landscape that will delight any outdoor and nature enthusiasts.

The town is actually situated on the edge of Parque Nacional de Este (National Park). Aside from being adorned by tropical trees, the park is also home to the gorgeous islands of Saona and Catalinita. These two islands are some of the most popular excursion destinations from Bayahibe. While here, you can enjoy the presence of tropical beaches and see marine life like eagle rays, shark and sea turtles. Parque Nacional de Este is also a well-loved haven for about 120 types of birds!

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Another daytrip destination just outside of Bayahibe is the Cueva de las Maravillas or Cave of Wonders. This site is situated midway on the highway between La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris; and highlights Taino cave paintings. Once here, you may opt to hire a guide to make your cave experience even more meaningful and memorable!