8 Things To Do In Bayahibe, DR: Land And Water Adventures Await - Updated 2022

things to do in bayahibe

Many Caribbean destinations are known for being tropical paradises. However, these are also known for being overcrowded with tourists, which can make it difficult to enjoy the various attractions offered by these places, especially at the peak of tourist season. Bayahibe, a town in the Dominican Republic, is an exception. Originally starting out as a fishing village, it has since grown into a tourist attraction, while maintaining its relaxing ambiance. Aside from the beauty of the tropics, it offers peace and tranquillity to visitors, as well as a wide variety of land and water adventures that would keep them occupied for days. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Bayahibe!

1. Explore the marine life of Bayahibe by scuba diving

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Posted by Scuba Diving in Dominican Republic on Friday, 1 March 2013

If there is one thing that Bayahibe is known for, it is scuba diving. In fact, the town is considered as having the best scuba spots across the Dominican Republic. If you do not know how to scuba dive but want to learn, don’t worry, because there are a number of scuba schools that offer lessons to tourists. One of these is PADI Discover Scuba Diving, which provides training to guests and accompanies them as they explore the marine life of Bayahibe. All the necessary equipment will be provided to guests by the company so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own gear.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving


2. Go on a buggy expedition

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Posted by Bayahibe Caracol Tours on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

If you don’t mind getting down and dirty and having fun while doing this, you can join a buggy expedition, which traverses villages and sugar cane and fruit plantations and which will take you beside the River of Chavon. During the ride, you will also be able to see a variety of native wildlife. A tour guide will accompany you throughout the expedition to give you more information about the sights you will see. Owing to the physical nature of this activity, it might not be advisable for young children, the elderly, and those who suffer from physical disabilities to try this out.

Buggy and single quad bikes from La Romana


3. Sunset cruise on a catamaran from Bayahibe

Watch the sunset from a catamaran
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Those who are looking for a romantic adventure while in Bayahibe may want to consider going on a romantic sunset cruise on a sailing catamaran so they can watch the beautiful Caribbean sun as it goes down on the horizon. The two-hour ride is inclusive of a two-hour guided snorkel trip to a coral reef. Guests can also avail of light snacks and drinks from the open bar while on board.

Sunset cruise with sail catamaran from Bayahibe


4. Escape to Saona Island

Saona island
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Vacationers who want to explore more of what the Dominican Republic has to offer can go on a tour to Saona Island, which is a few hours away by Catamaran from Bayahibe. The island features clear water, perfect for those who love snorkeling. There is also a snorkeling spot by the island where guests can swim with stingrays. The island tour package is inclusive of a buffet lunch on the island, use of sunbeds, and access to an open bar, where they have their choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Catamaran excursion to Saona Island


5. Escape to Catalina Island (from USD 79.0)

Catalina Island, La Romana, Dominican Republic. A line of bright painted bungalows nearby the cost line, shaded with palm trees (landscape)
Source: Photo by user Mstyslav Chernov used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Another island you can explore from Bayahibe is Catalina Island, a must-visit site especially for those who love to snorkel, because inclusive of the package is a trip to one of the best snorkeling sites in the area, owing to the number of corals there. Also covered is a buffet lunch at the island. Guests who love dancing can also learn how to dance the bachata and the merengue while there.

Catamaran and Snorkeling Day Trip to Catalina

Duration: 9 hours

8 reviews

6. Explore the jungle

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Posted by Tanama Jungle Ranch on Saturday, 14 November 2015

For those who are looking for a more exotic adventure, Tanama Jungle Ranch might be a good destination to add to your itinerary. This destination takes visitors to the heart of the wilderness, where they can meet a variety of animals, ranging from butterflies and hummingbirds to boa constrictors. The tour also includes dancing lessons and trekking across a rainforest trail. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can even pet some of the animals in captivity.

Tanama Jungle Ranch

Website: Tanama Jungle Ranch

7. Swim with sharks and stingrays (from USD 106.0)

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Posted by Scuba Diving in Dominican Republic on Friday, 17 August 2012

If you want an experience more exciting than scuba diving, why not swim with sharks and stingrays? The adventure starts off with a ride on an ocean cruise to Bavaro and the Marinarium, where guests are trained in snorkeling. Once they are ready, they can then swim with stingrays, nurse sharks, and a variety of tropical fish. Once you get tired of swimming with these magnificent creatures, you can go back to the ship, where you can receive training in cocktail mixing from the bartenders.

Marinarium Shark and Ray Experience

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

8. Los Haitises National Park sightseeing cruise from La Romana (from USD 129.0)

Dominican republic Los Haitises mangroves
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Sightseers and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy going on a one-day cruise to the mangrove forests of Los Haitises National Park, which is home to a variety of wildlife, mangroves, and different kinds of trees, plants, and flowers. Aside from flora and fauna, tourists can also see petroglyphs left by early settlers on Cayo Leventado. Once they are done exploring the park’s many attractions, they can swim in the sea or spend a few hours lazing by the beach while there.

Los Haitises National Park Sightseeing Cruise from La Romana

Duration: 14 hours

2 reviews

An exotic adventure awaits visitors of Bayahibe

Bayahibe has an assortment of adventures to offer to visitors. Not only are water sports and activities available, there are also activities available for those who prefer exploring new areas by foot or on a vehicle. Whatever your interest, Bayahibe has something in store for you!

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