Villa Baya Aparta-Hotel
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I ended up in Boca Chica, the resort town nearest the Santo
Domingo airport, for the night. I intended to stop a little earlier in Juan
Dolio, but the highway exits in the D.R. are so poorly marked that I missed it.
The bellhop at my hotel seemed to also function as a pimp and kept talking up
finding me a “beautiful lady” every time he saw me. Boca Chica apparently is
one of several resort towns in the D.R. with a reputation for sex tourism.
... Nacional Parque del Este where Isla Saona is located is also said to be the best area in the country for scuba diving.
After a lunch with exceptionally slow service I went for a drive to the national park. The road turned to dirt at the park’s entrance (nothing my little KIA couldn’t handle) and then ends a short distance beyond at a deserted park headquarters. An attendant emerged to collect my park entrance fee, and then I was off on my hike to Cueva de ...
... and the caves were good. Nadia was our guide for the caves and she was fun and interesting. We were not allowed to take photos in the cave (supposedly because the camera flash might ruin the cave paintings made by the Taino Indians but even non-flash photography is banned so I'm not sure...) After the caves there is an Iguana reserve so we got to see a few of these close up. It seems to be moulting time as they were all shedding their ...
... backpack! Only trouble I had was I got my backpack wedged in between the seats on the guagua to Bayahibe from Romana so took me a while to get out at Bayahibe! The hotel I'm staying at is really nice, staff are very friendly and it's a bit further out of the way from the main street so it's bit quieter, can still hear music blaring in the distance but not as noisy as most ...
... for some small snacks before we jump in again for the second dive. This second dive is DEFINITELY the coolest dive ever !!! The shipwreck Atlantic Princess sits peacefully under the 42 feet of water. The visibility was great over 150 feet. The ship looks quite strange with the frame still intact but the iron covering completely rusted over with different sections of it collapsed to the base . As I explore the different parts of the ship, there is ...