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Seen here is the dramatic view of the mountainous Samana Peninsula rising up to 4000 feet along the northern DR shoreline.

SkyHoppers Private Aerial Excursion Routes

SkyHoppers offers many private aerial excursions to choose from, each offering a fascinating view into the unique beauty, geography, and culture of the Dominican Republic. These excursions include low-altitude flights into coastal and urban areas of the 'DR', and higher sorties across the central alps and into the desert region. Private aerial excursions allow our clients to explore the exotic and secluded areas of the DR in a timely manner, all while experiencing the romance of tropical bush flying.

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The Coastal Excursions entail low-altitude flight along the mostly uninhabited stretches of the north coast, including overflight of various small territorial islands surrounding the DR, offering spectacular photography. Our Mountain Excursions are conducted through the interior 'Cordilleras' of the DR which tower up to 10,128 feet above sea level, the highest range in the West Indies. These excursions also take you into the leeward side of the central cordillera where lies an expansive desert of thorn forest and cactus lands as well as an inland sea complete with pink flamingos and crocodiles. Finally, we offer Urban Excursions into Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World, as well as La Romana, home of the unique 'Altos de Chavon'.

Listed below are seven aerial excursions to the most popular and unique areas of the Dominican Republic, though our clients may request specific routes across the island. The aerial excursions generally last most of the day launching as early as 9am with a return before sunset. The excursions usually average 3.0 hours of round trip flight time, depending on the chosen destination, and the extent of sightseeing you desire enroute. Each aerial excursion involves making planned stops at the specific route destination, to allow for lunch, sighseeing and shopping. SkyHoppers highly experienced Chief Pilot, Captain Andrew Dilworth, will serve as your personal tour guide during the aerial excursions and assist in the coordination of sightseeing on the ground.

Coastal Excursions

Samana Peninsula Excursion: 2.2 hours aloft (175nm rt.) The Samana Peninsula has some of the most dramatic Dominican landscapes with its striking views of the mountainous peninsula and its bay, and offers numerous activities for adventurers including scuba diving, rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, sailing, and whale watching, to name a few. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Samana Bay is also one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales. Thousands of humpback whales from the North Atlantic migrate to the waters of the Dominican Republic each winter to harbor their newborn calves. Whale-watching season in the DR starts in mid-January and continues through mid March, and up to 300 whales have been seen at a time in the bay during this season. The Samana Bay excursion is approximately 175nm round-trip and follows the northern coastline of the DR, along endless miles of uninhabited beaches, around the jagged cliffs of the peninsula, with a stop in quaint El Portillo (MDPO) for lunch and siesta on the beach before returning to base.
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Punta Cana Excursion: 3.3 hours aloft (300nm rt.) Punta Cana is located along the east coast of the island and is relatively uninhabited except for large all-inclusive resorts at the end of of this lengthy coastline. Punta Cana offers numerous boating activities and water sports including catamaran sailing, yachting, parasailing, glass bottom boats, sports fishing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and speed boats. There are also various safari offerings to explore magnificent caves, mangroves, and vast stretches of silky-white beaches on ATV's, jeeps, as well as on horseback. The Punta cana excursion is approximately 300nm round-trip and follows a portion of the northern coastline, across acres of Karst topography with jungle habitat, around the 2500-foot 'Cordillera Oriental' to the tip of the east coast where we will cruise full-speed at low altitude along 40 miles of deserted beaches, followed by a tour overhead the uber-luxurious Cap Cana resort before landing at Punta Cana International (MDPC) and heading to the Cap Cana marina for lunch.
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Frontier Excursion: 1.9 hours aloft (150nm rt.) This excursion explores the remote northwest corner of the DR including Monte Cristi, Dajabon, and the Cibao valley. Interesting sights along the way include the unique 'Cayo Arena' which is a wide sandbar a few miles off the coast forming an island reef, a 900-foot mesa known as 'El Moro' rising from the beach at Monte Cristi where a semi-arid landscape of thorn forest and salt evaporators leads to the verdant Cibao valley where some of the finest cigar tobacco in the world is grown. The Frontier excursion is approximately 150nm round-trip and follows the coastline past Monte Cristi, thence along the Haitian frontier to a landing on the 5700-foot grass strip in Dajabon (MDDJ) for a jeep ride into town for lunch and a taste of local culture before returning to base.
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Mountain Excursions

Pico Duarte Excursion: 1.7 hours aloft (125nm rt.) The Pico Duarte excursion circumnavigates the tallest mountain range in the West Indies which reaches up to 10,128 feet above sea level and is sometimes referred to as the 'Dominican Alps'. The Dominican Alps are dominated by alpine forest and can be snow covered in areas during the winter, offering a truly unique experience while visiting the Caribbean. Rushing rivers and waterfalls abound in this region, some of which are popular for whitewater rafting. This excursion will take you to the mountain village of Constanza known for its Japanese settlement, and production of flowers and berries exported throughout the world. This excursion is approximately 125nm round-trip and involves mountain flying around Pico Duarte, then descending through the 'Rio Grande' canyon into the scenic Constanza valley for a full-stop at the mountain airstrip (MDCZ) 3527' above sea level, where we will have lunch among the pines at Rancho Dilenia offering fine Dominican cuisine in a log cabin setting before returning to base.
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Cabo Rojo Excursion: 3.0 hours aloft (305nm rt.) The Cabo Rojo excursion takes you to the less-traveled southwest corner of the DR which lies in the rain-shadow of Pico Duarte. Here you will find the largest lake in the Caribbean, Lago Enriquillo, a salty inland sea lying 131 feet below sea level covering approximately 102 square miles and home to colonies of American crocodiles, iguanas, and pink flamingos. The Dominican southwest is also known for its unique wildlife, desert habitat, and caves with petroglyphys. This excursion is approximately 305nm round-trip and involves mountain flying through the highest ranges in the West Indies, over the Lago Enriquillo basin, enroute to Cabo Rojo (MDCR), a remote airstrip in the desert on the edge of the Caribbean Sea where you can find fresh fish for lunch in the beachfront caves of 'Ranchito Las Cuevas.'
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Urban Excursions

La Romana Excursion: 3.1 hours aloft (325nm rt.) La Romana lies in the coastal southeast region of the DR and is a popular destination for celebrities and social elites. The famous Casa De Campo golf resort is located here which includes the enchanting 'Altos de Chavon', a replica of a 16th century meditteranean village serving as an artist community. Altos de Chavon has upscale restaurants, shopping, and its famous amphitheatre which regularly hosts world-class performers. Just off the La Romana coastline lies Isla Catalina and Isla Saona which offer breathtaking views of sand flats, shallow reefs and pristine coastlines. This excursion is approximately 320nm round-trip and crosses an area of extensive Karst topography enroute the the coast for low altitude overflight of both Islas Catalina and Saona before arriving at La Romana International airport (MDLR), where a short taxi ride takes us into Altos de Chavon for a gourmet lunch in the village before returning to base.
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Capital Excursion: 1.6 hours aloft (160nm rt.) The Capital excursion takes you to Santo Domingo which is the oldest city in the New World, where the settlement of all the Americas first began. Santo Domingo is the most bustling and diverse capital in the Caribbean, having a population of over three million inhabitants, covering 100 square miles. SkyHoppers recommends spending the day in the walled colonial city with the capital built by the Spanish settlers, and where the Christopher Columbus tomb is located. The colonial city is lined with cobble stone streets and abundant Spanish colonial architecture including the majestic Alcazar de Colon (Castle of Columbus) built by Diego Columbus. While touring the colonial city, you will find an abundance of shops to purchase high quality Dominican amber, cigars, jewelry, and works of art. This excursion is 160nm round-trip and follows the interior valleys of the DR at low altitude, before arriving at Balaguer International airport (MDJB) to take a 30-minute taxi ride through the city into the Zona Colonial for a gourmet lunch and pedestrian sightseeing.
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