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“Hidden Gem”
Review of The Caves

The Caves
Ranked #12 of 37 things to do in Cabarete
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Owner description: This group of connected rocks and boulders provides an interesting site for divers.
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

You have to go and visit the Caberete Caves. We had a good guide who took us around and showed us the various trees and plants (saw an avocado tree for the first time in my life). He told us also about the wildlife and all the efforts they are trying to do to combat deforestation. We also visited 3 caves and swam in 2 of those. First time experience swimming in a cave and I have to say: it was a blast.

Visited July 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Cheap and adventurous - ASK FOR LEVI”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Let me start by saying, "DO NOT PAY FOR THIS EXCURSION THROUGH A HOTEL OR ANY TOUR COMPANY." You will end up paying at least double to quadruple the regular price. A local told us about these caves and told us how to get there. From Sosua/Puerto Plata, head towards Cabarete on highway 5 (that's east), and turn right onto Callejon de la Loma. The street sign is a little hard to read, but when you see a sign on the left that says "Orange," turn right into the direction away from the ocean. Go all the way down the busy street to the end of the road. At the end, you will see a lagoon and a booth to purchase your tickets. Even if you don't have a car, taxi drivers will take you there for a fraction of the tour price. The next MUST DO is to ask for Levi. He is an amazing, friendly, and very knowledgeable tour guide who speaks better English than most people in the United States. Tickets are normally $20/person, but we haggled our way to $15/person with promise of a good tip. Levi started our tour by showing us the botanical garden and the "Canadian ruins." Lots of interesting facts and history. We then proceeded to ascend and then descend into the Voodoo cave. What a site!! The calcium rock formation was spectacular, the water, super pristine and very refreshing. If you have never swam in a pitch dark cave, this is your chance. Levi will shut off the light and let you float around in the super deep pool of water; that's gotta get your adrenaline pumping. Levi brought us to two other caves with the final cave having natural light exposure for us to swim and jump into the cave. We spent quite some time at the caves and not once did we feel rushed or get the impression that Levi was annoyed. He took tons of great pictures for us while we were swimming around exploring the cave. I will also add that if you need any advice on getting the cheapest price for excursions or places to eat, Levi is your man to ask. He saved us tons of money on other excursions and food. He also invited us back to his house for a home-cooked dinner and gifted us with the best, genuine Mamajuana in the country. For someone with so little, Levi has a heart of gold and showed us INCOMPARABLE DOMINICAN HOSPITALITY. I will definitely return for another visit and have Levi vacation with our group so we can get the best deals while seeing the best of the Dominican Republic. Btw, BIG TIP: DON'T FORGET THE INSECT REPELLENT.

Visited July 2013
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“Great experience and you have to yourself!”
Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

A short walk from Calle Principal in Cabarete. Very nice and professional guide! Gave interesting information about the fauna and we swam in two different caves. The stalactite and stalacmite caves are amazing.

Visited July 2013
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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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“Must Do in Cabarete, the El Choco Caves are definitely on my top list”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

I`ve been hearing about El Choco National Park and caves since years ago, and had to go on March 11 because my wife had a college assignment on it. I was quite impressed that such a nice attraction is so close to us and some people miss the chance of visiting. There`s a guided tour that includes some botanic lessons on local trees and fruits, quite interesting. Then we reached the first cave, and learned that some of us still can`t make it all the way down.. felt like Indiana Jones!

I`m glad my camera batteries died when I was about 13 meters down, so I didn`t fully tour the first cave to the bottom. The next cave we visited was easier, shallower but provided the best pictures. There`s a lot other caves you can swim on, and many have underground water pools of mineral water. Some are deep ( up to 70 mts depth ) and others are shallow enough for kids to swim on.

Some cave divers ( real pros ) have explored the underwater caves, headed by the Dominican Republic Speleological Society ( DRSS ). El Choco National Park is the newest national park in the DR, 77 square kilometers in size, includes 2 lagoons, the caves, forest and pasture land, and a great trail for horseback riding, 4wheel riding and walking or jogging. When we took the tour one week ago there was no official webpage with complete details on the park, so the college group came up with one, we all helped a bit.

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, On
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“Beautiful Caves, Informative tour within walking distance of Cabarate”
Reviewed 29 December 2010

Don't go to Cabarate without seeing these lovely caves. The park is now government run but I must say not as well publicized as it should be. It was an easy 25 minute walk from us from Velero Beach Resort. From the main street where you turn off, it's only 10 or 15 minutes to walk there (I think the street was across from the Ocean Dreams Plaza). At the park entrance you pay about $15 per person and a guide takes you through a portion of the park and a series of about 4 different caves. They give you flashlights and there are stairs to help you get down inside. Make sure you swim - the water is lovely, clear, soft and cool. They have now put locks on some of the entrances to prevent vandalism (one pool is free for locals to swim in whenever they want). Our guide was very friendly and had a lot of knowledge about the local plants (he found passion fruit, cacao pods, lemon grass, cilantro etc.). You can learn a lot about the D.R. and especially about the local culture from your guide. The formations are stunning. This tour took us about 1.5 hours and we were the only people with our guide.

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