Our Sunquest vacations rep. at the hotel (Hollie) put us onto a couple of great side trips. Try the Monster Truck Safari to see the Dominican people and surrounding country side. Itís a full day excursion and will open your eyes. www.monstertrucksafari.com Pack some giveaways for the local school kids. i.e. pens, pencils, ball caps. And for some fun on the water try the Happy Hour Cruise. There is snorkeling, swimming, and drinking on a catamaran before watching the sun go down from out at sea. Thanks Hollie for all your TLC.
Monster Truck Safari
The monster truck tour was much more professional and they did warn us about not giving money to the locals and throwing items to the kids, which of course most tourists chose to ignore. We were asked to please not give them candy as their teeth were beginning to rot but of course many people ignored that as well. Our guide was very informative and not once did he try to ask for tips.
We did take some items and waited until we got to the school to give to the director. I am sure they have quite a few pencils and perhaps could use other things. The children are very crafty in their begging and it was very sad to see these beautiful children begging at every opportunity.
Monster Truck Safari
Ben and Tracy
We did a lot, we went on a Monster Truck Safari which takes you into the countryside of the Dominican, and it was shocking to see how these people really live. I've never seen poverty, so it broke my heart to see how happy these children were with how little they had. We stopped at a school and I gave away my hat. My Fiance works at Dare Foods so we had all kinds of candy to give away, it was touching to see how happy it made them to get little treats. Everyone we passed on the trip was always smiling and waving, they really love the tourists down there. If you do this trip bring candy to throw, as alot of the people you pass on the way don't recieve as much as the people do at the stops on the trip. I think this trip was 190US for Tracy and myself. It was a great trip but a very long day starting at 8am and ending at 5:30-6pm.