- 6 Days/5 Nights
in the historic Dominican Republic Capitol of Santo Domingo and North
Coast Beach Sports Town of Cabarete!
- Luxurious Accommodations
in Beachside Condos!
- Free Access to
Pool & Jacuzzi in Cabarete!
- Yasica River Exploration
& Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner!
- Giant Catamaran
Sail with Snorkeling!
- Farewell Dinner
on Cabarete Beach!
- Incredible Optional
- Round-trip Group
Day 1: Sunday,
February 27, 2005
- Arrival to Santo
Domingo Las Americas Airport (SDQ)! Bienvenidos!
- Group Airport Transfer
to Colonial Zone.
- Group Arrival Dinner
at Coco's Cafe in Colonial Zone.
at Antiguo Hotel Europa.
2: Monday, February 28, 2005
- Light breafkast
- Group Transfer
to Cabarete and Hotel El Magnifico.
- Hang out Poolside.
Relax on the Beach. Explore Cabarete. Learn what a "Fria"
River Exploration & Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner
A short distance from the Laguna Cabarete &
Goleta park office, on the banks of the Islabon River, Wilson Zapeta
has a small ranch of wildlife in temporary captivity. Here we have the
opportunity to see some of the Dominican Republic's more elusive wilderness
creatures, such as the Carey Turtle, Boa Serpent, Tarantula, Rhinoceros
Iguana, North American Crocodile, Turkey Vulture, Sparrow Hawk, and
Mongoose. From there you board a boat for a leisurely float down the
Wilson River to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean. Your dinner this evening
is served on the beach, amongst the sand dunes and a roaring bonfire.
- First Night Out
on the Town in Cabarete!
Day 3: Tuesday,
March 1- Day 4: Wednesday, March 2, 2005
It is all up to
you. Hang out on the beach or discover the Dominican Republic on one
of our many Optional Adventure
5: Thursday, March 3, 2005
A day of sailing along the North Coat from Puerto Plata to Sosua and
back enjoying the views, Caribbean music, and friends on a giant Catamaran.
Includes light morning snack, juice and national beverages, lunch, snorkeling
gear for the reefs, and round-trip transportation. Rating: All levels.
Dinner on the Beach at Lax...the
hottest restaurant on the beach!
6: Friday, March 4, 2005
Group transfer to
airport 3 hours prior to plane departure.
Europa, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo
a selection of 52 guest rooms, most with balconies, designed to offer
every comfort for tourists and business travelers. Our hotel has been
meticulously restored to most of its original colonial period. All rooms
feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, in room safety deposit
box, cable tv, and telphone with Internet. Based on double occupancy
with two persons sharing a full-size bed.
own exclusive Luxury Condos right on the beach!
El Magnifico, Cabarete
2-Bedrooms Apartments Phase IV with queen size beds, A/C
and full on suite bathroom, Complete modern kitchen full equipped with
dishwasher machine, etc
. additional full bathroom, and living
room with balcony. Additional bed added to living room.
Penthouse Phase IV features two bedrooms with queen size bed,
A/C and full on suite bathroom, complete modern kitchen, additional
full bathroom, living room with balcony, plus roof terrace with beach
chairs, outside shower, and a marvelous sea view. Additional bed added
to living room.
with Get Wet
Rappel down a 50 meter waterfall to enjoy challenging jumps from as high
as 12 meters. Includes professional guides, refreshments and fruit, equipment
(wet suit, harness, belay device, and helmet), a day of guaranteed adventure,
and round-trip transportation. Rating: Intermediate-Advance hikers looking
for an intense experience. Swimmers only. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. US$89/guest
Pleasure Dome Full Day(8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).
Join us on a true adventure hiking up to the top of the 27 Waterfalls
of Damajagua tasting tropical fruit from the trees and learning about
this amazing natural phenomenon along the way. Hold your breath! After
a short rest, we jump and slide the entire 27 waterfalls back down from
heights of 1 to 10 meters! Includes round-trip transportation, morning
snack, drinking water, professional guides, and Dominican lunch. Rating:
Intermediate-Advance hikers looking for an intense experience. Swimmers
only. Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. US$65/person.
Water Rafting with Rancho Baiguate
A beautiful adventure in breathtaking surroundings. The Yaque del Norte
river is the longest in the DR, and offers fantastic rapids, demanding
technical stretches, a narrow canyon, and adrenalizing drops. Rapids are
soft and gentle in the beginning allowing enough time to learn skills
and commands. The second part offers rafting at its best with awesome
drops, like Mike Tyson and the Mother-in-law. Includes round-trip transportation,
boat, equipment, guides, instruction, light breakfast, and lunch. Rating:
Class III. Swimmers only. Saturday to Friday. 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. US$85/guest.
Runner Trek with Fredy Tours
Enjoy a fast and furious day of independent adventure piloting your own
Yamaha 250cc 4-wheeler through Dominican backcountry with the only tour
that never sees a paved road. Mountains, rivers, and farms are no obstacle
for you and your machine. Come get dirty! Full day includes round-trip
transport, 4-wheeler, instruction, snack, guide, and a guaranteed day
of adventure. Rating: Intermediate. No previous riding experience necessary.
Saturday to Friday. US$60/guest for Half Day(9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
at Playa Grande with 4T
Golfers dream about playing the well-known Pebble Beach Course on the
Pacific coast of California, but for most it stays a dream. Very few golfers
know of the existence of a much better course in the Caribbean. Before
loosing his sight designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. cried of joy after visiting
the coastline because he knew that all the possibilities were present
to create a true and unique masterpiece. After completing the course he
said: "This is the most beautiful course I have designed and it is
the last one!" Well he is right. Simply a dream! The location is
absolutely fantastic and so is the course, no wonder it has been nicknamed
"The Pebble Beach of the Caribbean"! "Comparing the two
courses, Playa Grande wins with 10 of its 18 holes situated ocean side
on the dramatic coast line near Playa Grande, Dominican Republic"
- Jens Keeper, Golf Journalist. A world-class golf course that you must
play! Golf host, air conditioned transportation, 18 hole green fee, shared
golf cart and Dominican Tax included. Monday and Wednesday. US$149/guest.
Horseback Riding at Rancho Montana
Escape from the busy tourist areas to the virgin Dominican wilderness.
No access by motorized vehicles. The perfect cultural, ecological, and
picturesque adventure for your holiday. Ride western style though the
forest, rivers, canyons, and Dominican villages. Mountain trails that
originally served the native Taino Indians are used today by local farmers
to move cattle. This ride includes refreshments, lunch, guides, and round-trip
transportation. Rating: All riding levels. Monday to Friday. 9:15 a.m.
to 4:30 a.m. US$65/guest.
Park El Choco Hike & The Caves of BUMBA with 4T
Join us on a true walking-adventure into the past in discovery of the
real Dominican Republic. Following red-earth paths walked by the Arawak
Indians winding through small Dominican communities and tropical rain
forest we hike up to our own hidden spot for a fresh fruit snack and an
incredible view of the 8 kilometer long Cabarete lagoon. Enjoy authentic,
locally grown Dominican coffee while learning about the 36 species of
birds and 862 species of plants thriving around you. Formed as long as
25 million years ago in the Miocene Period, the ancient rock formations
are unique to the North Coast of the DR and hold many secrets for us to
explore. Subterranean rivers and caves abound throughout the park home
to plants and animals that have become completely accustomed to life in
the dark. Venture with us down into the mysterious Caves of BUMBA for
a cool swim in truly pristine water and glimpses into prehistory. 12 of
the 18 species of bats found in the DR are living within the boundaries
of the park, and, if we are lucky, we might catch a few sleeping! Come
learn with the Responsible Educational Adventure Operator on this exceptional
journey into the heart of the Dominican. US$1 dollar is donated to the
DREAM Project for each guest on the hike to further education in the Dominican
Republic. Sunday and Thursday. US$40/person.
Diving Intro Course & Open Water Dive with NC Aquasports
P.A.D.I. Discover Scuba Diving (D.S.D) course for beginners includes a
morning class in a pool and an afternoon shallow water (15 meters) dive
in Sosua Bay. The D.S.D. certifies participants for shallow-water dives
accompanied by a Dive Master for a period of 14 days. Two-hour instructional
class generally begins at 9:00 a.m. Open water dive at 2:45 p.m. In between
time is your to relax, eat lunch, and explore the town and beaches of
Sosua. Includes round-trip ground transportation, boat to the reefs, Dive
Master, and all equipment. Saturday to Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Playa Encuentro with No Work Team
Saturday to Friday
includes: 5 days board rental, 2 days lesson (3 hours each) with round
trip transfer from Bahia de Arena to Encuentro, 3 Days surfing for fun
in your group or alone, and Drinking Water. 9 a.m. 1 person @ US$99/person.
2 or 3 persons @ US$79/person. 4 persons @ US$69/person.
includes round-trip transfer from Bahia de Arena to Encuentro. 9 a.m.
to 12 m. US$5/person.
Full Day: Plastic NWT Surfboard @ US$15. Fiberglass Custom NWT
Surfboard @ US$20/day.
Half Day: Plastic NWT Surfboard @ US$10. Fiberglass Custom NWT
Surfboard @ US$13/day.
Lessons with Kitexcite Saturday to Friday.
Beginner Course with Radio Helmet Instruction
First Session: First block of theory and safety, rig and fly 2-line
kite, 2 hours semiprivate instruction. US$89.
Second Session: Body-dragging/Kite skills, 2 hours semiprivate
Third Session: 2 hours supervision. US$89.
Bonus: 2 hours supervision (after first and second session) when
prepaid in full in advance. US$0!
Complete Course including IKO Certification Card: US$267/person.
Kite Course: Radio, Boat, Lesson
First Session: First block of theory and safety, rig and fly 2
or 4-line kite, 2 hours semiprivate instruction. US$89.
Second Session: Rig and fly 4-line kite. Body-dragging/kite flying/techniques,
2.5 hours semiprivate instruction, 1 hour offshore.
Third Session: Second block of theory/safety, water start and get
on board, 2.5 hours semiprivate instruction, 2 hours offshore. US$178.
Bonus: 2 hours supervision (after second or third session) when
prepaid in full in advance. US$0!
Complete Course including IKO Certification Card: US$445/person.
Instruction Course (AKI)
7 hours private instruction and 3 hours supervision spread over 4-5 days.
Instructor's goal is to take you from intro through 4-line course, ie.
you are safe to practice on your own. US$399.
Swim at Ocean World
The Dolphin Swim is a 30-minute interactive session with two of our playful
dolphins and structured by one of our experienced trainers. The fun interactions
include petting, feeding, kissing, hugs, and maybe a foot push or a dorsal
fin tow. Each swim is limited to 10 guests. 3 hours. Rating: All levels.
Swimmers only. Saturday to Friday. Departs at 8:35 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 1:25
p.m., and 3:35 p.m. US$125/person.
February 27 (Sunday)
to March 4 (Friday), 2005
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LEADER
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