Days 48-50: Los Haitises

Trip Start Nov 10, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Dominican Republic  , Hato Mayor,
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our holdup back in Luperon meant that the wind had picked up out of the east and we couldn't continue on to Puerto Rico. We'd have to wait around Samana for the winds to settle for crossing the Mona Passage. After realizing we would have a few days to work with we decided to cross the bay to the southern side to visit Los Haitises National Park. Sailing from Samana to Los Haitises was like sailing out of the Dominican Republic completely and into Thailand. The shoreline was a wavy line of huge limestone cliffs with each cove having its unique cave and landscape. We were able to anchor in one of these coves to explore the caves and shoreline. The time spent in Los Haitises was filled with dinghying in and out of these coves, climbing the cliffs and jumping off, hiking through the jungle to secluded caves, finding coconut groves, climbing coconut trees and stuffing ourselves on coconuts and coconut water, heading back to the boat to refuel the dinghy and doing it all over again. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves only seeing a handful of other boats or people the whole 2 1/2 days we were there. 
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