A jungle on the doorstep
Take a guided trek through the protected jungle reserves surrounding Amanera and discover astonishing biodiversity, including resplendent tropical flora and more than 160 species of birds. A private horseback ride through hundreds of acres of forests lining the shore of Playa Grande takes in teak plantations, quiet coastal villages and the abundant natural spectacle of the Dominican Republic. And, for those in search of more challenging escapades, there are mountains to ascend, canyons to traverse and waterfalls to rappel.
Explore Dominican culture
From the historical treasures of the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe in Puerto Plata to local music performances, architecture tours and cigar-rolling masterclasses, the Amanera team can easily arrange private cultural excursions personally tailored to guests’ interests.
Taíno medicine walk
Take a walk through the virgin forest for a fascinating introduction to the herbal medicine traditions of the Caribbean Taíno people. Amanera’s expert spa guides reveal the secrets of the health-enriching remedies to be found in the island flora, showing guests how to harvest and prepare their own natural healing blends, like those used in the Amanera Spa’s Moon Rituals.
Reef and Wreck Diving in Sosua
With an average water temperature of 80F (27C), minimal current and a visibility up to 100ft (30m), the dive sites on the North coast of the Dominican Republic are perfect for beginners and experienced divers. The Atlantic dive sites might not offer the same variety of sea life and colors as the Caribbean Sea, but they do offer fun dives and unique experiences such as wreck dives or cave diving.
The dive center is located in Sosua, a one-hour drive from Amanera. The licensed multilingual dive instructors offer a wide range of activities for divers of all levels, from beginners to certified divers. They can take guests to more than 20 different dive sites including several shipwrecks within easy reach of a five to 20-minute boat ride from the dive center.