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River Chavon Special for cruise passengers

Explore the River and the local Culture

Available for passengers of Carnival Ships, Mein Schiff2 and AIDA

This excursion explores the River Chavon and its direct surroundings. The river meanders through a beautiful gorge, the river banks are grown with dense tropical jungle. We will cruise on a traditional river boat to YucaYena, our Jungle farm on the banks of the river. We lunch at the farm and relax in the Jacuzzi. If you dare you can touch the snake during the fruit trail.

You also can join the Canoe Adventure. Guided by 'Tarzan' we go deep into the jungle. Fun guaranteed. For the less active: you can relax on the farm in the jacuzzi and soak up the jungle atmosphere. On the way back Tarzan will demonstrate the famous Tarzan swing and you can try it yourself....


Itinerary:

After a short drive from the cruise port (10 minutes) or the hotel (20 minutes from Bayahibe) we will reach the River Chavon. We will board the traditional boat and cruise stream up through the gorge of this beautiful river. The tropical jungle can be seen on the banks. The block busters Apocalypse Now, Rambo 3 and Anaconda were filmed here.

We will reach YucaYena, our riverside Jungle farm. After a traditional welcome drink we will give more information about the Taino lifestyle. We will explain the origins of the famous "Mama Juana" and you can taste small Yucca dishes prepared in the traditional Taino way. Yucca (also known as Cassava and Manioc) was the principal crop of the Taino. It was so important to the survival of the people that the Taino communities were called Yucayeques, meaning the "yucca growers". The colonizers took Yucca all over the world; it is now the staple food of around 500 million people and the main source of income for some of the world's poorest farmers.

Those who want can join our fruit trail. The trail takes 20-30 minutes and we show you the typical dry tropical jungle. We will show you the various fruits and vegetables the Tainos Indians gathered from the land.

This is followed by a traditional Dominican "barbacoa" lunch, with pork chops, chicken wings, traditional Dominican rice and various salads.

After the lunch you can participate in our canoe adventure to a little side river of the Rio Chavon. We go deeper into the jungle and have to navigate through hanging lianas and around fallen trees. We might see the fresh water turtles here.

You can relax in our jacuzzi, high above the river!! You can retreat to one of the hammocks or try your luck with fishing from the fishing platform on the river bank... At lot to do in the Jungle....

After a stay of 4 hours we'll board the river boat again and float back to the civilization. On the way back it is time for some animation. Our staff will demonstrate the Bachata and the Merengue and if you want you can join them.... 40 minutes later we'll arrive at the 'represa' and the buses will be ready for the transfer back to your resort or to the cruise port.


Deposit Required:

Due to a high number of 'No Shows' we are forced to ask for a deposit with each booking of Carnival passengers. The deposit is 20% of the amount due, payable through paypal. You will receive the payment details together with your booking confirmation.

In case you notify us of a cancelation 24 hrs or longer before we will refund the deposit. The deposit will also be refunded if the ship for some reason doesn't port in La Romana or if SeavisTours for some reason (e.g. weather) needs to cancel the excursion.


For cruise passengers: the instruction re the transfer from the cruise port to Rio Chavon can be read here

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Our other cruise ship excursions: please check the Saona Special and the Tanama Wonders of Nature Excursion.

For more information or reservations use our secure form or phone us: +(1) 829 714 4947.

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Tour agency offering excursions and tours for guests of all Punta Cana and Bayahibe resorts and for passengers of cruise ships docking in La Romana.

Postal Address: 4 EladiaBayahibe-DominicusAltagracia23000Dominican Republic
Phone: +(1) 829 714 4947

Rio Chavon Special details:

Pricing:

Bayahibe / Dominicus:
Adult:us$75
Child < 12 yr:us$40
Cruise Port transfer: us$7 *

*Payable directly to the taxi company on your way back to the port.

Incl. all drinks, snacks, park fees, lunch, guiding

Duration: 5.5 hours

Minimum age > 4 years. We have a 40 person max on the tour; minimum of 16.


Note: please submit your request even when the date is full; we often open an additional tour!



Schedule:

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Time Table**:

09:30:Pick up Cruise Port
09:50:Arrival Chavon
10:00:River Cruise
10:45:Arrival on Farm
11:00:Fruit Trail
11:45:Lunch
12:45:Snake Show
13:30:Canoe Adventure
14:00:Boarding River Boat
14:30:Tarzan Swing
15:00:Arrival Represa
15:15:Back in cruise port

** we'll fit the excursion within the port times!!


What to bring:

- sun screen
- swim suit
- towel
- extra T-shirt
- sturdy shoes
- small change
- camera in ziplock bag


Not Available for:

- people with physical limitations
- children < 4 years


Payments:

- deposit of 20% required
- balance is payable on arrival in Bayahibe
- US$, Euro, Pesos
- no credit cards!!
- no problems :)


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Note:
The itinerary of the tour and the services offered may differ from those described on this page due to current weather conditions and availability of goods.


Photo Service Tour:

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Our photographer will make photo's of the day and you can request for a private photoshoot.

At the end of the day you can buy a CD with more then 200 photos. The costs are us$40 (or equivalent in Euro), payable in cash directly to the photographer.