Higuey Circle 

Let me personally escort you to a better understanding of what the region of Bavaro, Veron and Higuey is all about.

This 6+ hour tour, provides an opportunity to view the region beyond the resorts, taking in local culture and providing a better understanding of the diverse community that makes up the region. You will visit a school and have an opportunity to leave your personal donations if you wish and socially interact with some of the students (at the teacher's discretion). 

Located well away from the main tourist route, you will better understand the hardships many face in day to day life...all the while keeping a positive outlook on life and opportunity.

Winding through Bavaro and the region offers a better understanding of resort locations,the new direction of the area and independent living opportunities.

A visit to the region's largest cigar producer and chocolate producer offers a wide selection of rums, coffee, cacao and other food and drink!

Have you always thought that everything you buy is made in China?

Let me prove you wrong!!!! Hand carved masks, globes and figurines as well as paintings....Dominican coffee and cacao (chocolate) are but a few of the items you could see along the way.

 From the beaches in the east to the foot of the mountains and the city of Higuey, the transition will give you the opportunity to observe rural Dominican life, learning more about the traditional lifestyle, some of which have remained the same since the early days of settlement in this area. You will better understand the life of those who provide services to you during your stay and the life that many encounter on the other side of the long workday.





For many the game of baseball is viewed as being the national sport! As popular as baseball is, there is one game more popular and you will get to match wits and skill with residents of the community in a friendly, yet competitive game of dominoes!

Higuey is a city deep in history, having been incorporated in the early 1500's.

Originally one of the Taino kingdoms that occupied the land prior to the arrival of the Spanish, this city is home to many of the resort employees that provide service to you at the resort. It is a bustling city, to some, chaotic, to some, a bit crazy, but for most, a wonderful mix of modern and traditional architecture.

A great opportunity for better understanding the Dominican way of life and for for some inexpensive and expensive (non commissioned) shopping!  

Price: $79.00us per person* (children under 10....$45) Cash only payable at the conclusion of the tour Please do not pay with ripped, taped, or damaged currency. It will not be accepted by any bank or money exchange outlet. Thanks! 

*Due to the distance to Uvero Alto, a surcharge of $10.00 per person for groups under 4 persons applies to all pick ups from Dreams Punta Cana, Sirenis, Excellence, Zoetry and Sivory

Please note that there is no lunch stop along the way (Opportunity to buy snacks, chips, nuts etc.) , thus a good breakfast prior to your tour is recommended.

Beer, soft drinks and water included along the tour

What to bring: Comfortable footwear, camera, $$$ for purchases, items for the school or community.

Pick up time at most resorts: 7:30am to 8:30am (to be determined a week prior to your booking)


Return to resort:: 2pm to 3pm on average

 


Munchies in Macao

Covering most of the Higuey Circle tour, we divert the Higuey portion allowing us time to enjoy lunch at a rustic beachfront seafood restaurant where locals and expats have enjoyed for 39 years...long before tourism took hold in the region! 



All seafood is freshly caught (in fact on many days you will see it being taken from the arriving boats) and cooked the old fashioned way...on open flames.

Fish, Lobster, Crab (when available) and Shrimp accompanied by a simple Dominican salad, rice with beans and tostones. You get to personally pick out the fish or seafood you want them to prepare...like being at a friend's house! 

This is not a fancy restaurant by any means, but often the best food comes from the most basic of places and this place attracts expats week after week for this very reason! Average plate is from $10 to $15.00us (lunch is not included in the tour price allowing you more flexibility to choose what you would like) and all fish and seafood sold by the weight.

Macao is a beach to be remembered...not only in photos but in your personal experience! Take a walk, go for a swim or simply gaze out to sea and dream!  

Price: $84.00us per person* (children under 10....$69) Cash only payable at the conclusion of the tour Please do not pay with ripped, taped, or damaged currency. It will not be accepted by any bank or money exchange outlet. Thanks! 

*Due to the distance to Uvero Alto, a surcharge of $10.00 per person for groups under 4 persons applies to all pick ups from Dreams Punta Cana, Sirenis, Excellence, Zoetry and Sivory

Beer, soft drinks and water included along the tour...lunch is extra.

What to bring: Comfortable footwear, bathing suit, camera, $$$ for purchases, items for the school or community.

*please note that swimming is at your own risk and no lifeguards available. Some days weather conditions will not be suitable for swimming.

Pick up time at most resorts: 7:30am to 8:30am  (to be determined a week prior to your booking)


Return to resort: 2:30pm to 4pm on average

 



Boca de Yuma  

We venture off from the resort district to the unspoiled and authentic fishing village of Boca de Yuma. This area is deep in history, being a favourite hangout for pirates, most notably Roberto Cofresi and noted explorers such as Ponce de Leon who departed Boca de Yuma on his quest to further what Columbus had already achieved.  

Wildlife co-exists as it has for centuries. Iguanas, pelicans and migratory seabirds are a daily sight to behold. With a population of 2400, many of the locals come from deep roots and are always pleasant and good natured.

On the way, we take time to visit a local school deep in a barrio of Bavaro, where children are given the opportunity to receive a private school education at a small fraction of the price paid for the same elsewhere in the region, making it affordable for families of this ultra-low income community. A stop to learn about cigars and the production of chocolate at the region's only cigar manufacturer (over 100,000 cigars produced annually and the region's only hand made chocolate factory) A bit further through the countryside, we enter into the agricultural and underdeveloped region of the southeast coast, the road winding through primitive farms, thousands of acres of sugarcane, the bateys that house the harvesters... eventually declining to the Caribbean shore of Boca de Yuma. 

Rugged and natural, this coastline is a photographers delight. High coral bluffs surround the bay...home to a fleet of small vibrant fishing boats and the equally colourful captains and crew which fish from them! 

A row of restaurants line the high shore serving locally caught delights from beneath the surface!  Of course, this village is all about seafood, but if seafood is not to your liking, a selection of tasty Dominican dishes, pizza and pasta are readily available for a tropical lunch!

 The afternoon offers an opportunity to become an explorer as we board a small boat for a short journey up the Yuma River, forgetting everything you have come to expect on a beach vacation!

Nature takes over all of your senses, vibrant colours , tropical birds, iguanas , clean fresh air and sounds that are as pure as nature intended! This is definitely a photographers dream come true!


A visit to the Taino cave (mosquitoes permitting) is not only a visual treat, but one that looks back 700 to 1000 years in island life. The original artists of the country!

 


Please note that some climbing of stairs and rock is required and that only those capable should attempt to do so at their own risk and initiative.

This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age due to the length of the day.

Price: $110us per person* Cash only payable at the conclusion of the tour Please do not pay with ripped, taped, or damaged currency. It will not be accepted by any bank or money exchange outlet. Thanks! 

*Due to the distance to Uvero Alto, a surcharge of $10.00 per person for groups under 4 persons applies to all pick ups from Dreams Punta Cana, Sirenis, Excellence, Zoetry and Sivory

What to bring: Comfortable footwear, camera, repellent,  $$$ for lunch and purchases, items for the school or community.

Beer, soft drinks and water included along the tour.

Pick up time at most resorts: 7:30am to 8:30am  (to be determined a week prior to your booking)


Return to resort:: 5:30pm to 7:00pm on average