A large bird population, inlduing frigatebirds (Fregattvögel) and pelicans live at the Cayo de los Pájaros Bird Island in the Los Haitises National Park on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic.
Los Haitises is a do-not-miss-anchorage in the Samana Bay. A natural park with dense deep green vegetation and misty blue and green mountains.
Humpback whales slap their tails and fins in a repetitive fashion and leap out of the water and twist on to their backs (breaching). The resulting sounds travel underwater and seems to communicate messages to other whales.
Mangrove jungles are a breeding place for fish and a perfect place for fishing herons (Reiher). This white heron robbed the fish from a grey heron and was then attacked by other herons. It couldn’t swallow the big fish fast enough.
Some caribbean tourist beaches are cleaned every day to get rid of plastic and other garbage. Others not, as this mangrove coconut coral island near Boca Chica in the south of the Dominican Republic.
In Santa Barbara in the Samana Bay in the North East of the Dominican Republic, Whale Watching provides jobs for a lot of people.
Fifteen miles to Isla Catalinata, a remote and uninhibited Island north of Saona Island, driving a small dingi, on our never ending search for the best snorkeling spot. On our way back, we encountered more squals and wind than we cared for. Luckily, the ambitious snorkelers Ivan, Finn and Uwe we already were wearing wet suits.
Saona Island, in the south of the Dominican Republic, is a nature park with semihumid vegetation. It provides a perfect anchorage in front of coconut trees – if the anchor doesn’t drag in the stong trade winds (Passatwinde) on a rocky bottom covered only with a thin layer of sand.
White Herons in the Dominican Republic (Great Egret, Silberreiher) enjoy coastal areas including lagoons, wetlands, ocean, and beaches. Here they sit in mangrove trees of a small island in a lagoon near the main capital Santo Domingo (Boca Chica), undisturbed by jet skis and other extensic water sport activities.
Three cacti species, which can grow up to 10 m, dominate the arid landscape of the ABC islands. More information. Their fruits and flowers provide critical food resources for a variety of the islands’ bats, birds and reptile, like these whiptail lizards.