Damajagua or "27 Charcos" (Charco translates as "pool" and refers to the natural swimming pools of the falls) as the locals call it, is one exhilarating eco-adventure not to be missed in the Dominican Republic. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Northern Corridor mountain range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane lays a treasure you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Your adventure begins at the main gates of the Amber Cove Cruise Center where you're welcomed and greeted by the friendly staff who will be escorting you on the tour. A narrated, countryside drive will take you to the Damajagua "base camp" located within a tropical forest. Immersed in the beautiful landscape of the "Cordillera Central" (mountain range), the "Salto de la Damajagua" and its 27 lagoons are part of the system of a protected area of the Dominican Republic. This natural monument of the Damajagua River is composed of 27 bodies of water of various sizes.
Here you will have time to use the facilities before hearing important rules and safety instructions and receiving your helmet, life-jacket, and bottle of water. Then you are on your way up-hill for approximately 30-minutes to the first waterfall. Official park guides are located at each fall, slide, or jump and climb. Although this tour does include jumps of up to 25 feet, there are paths at some of the highest jumps where you can choose to walk around.
Your return to base camp is by jumping and sliding down 12 of the natural waterslides carved from centuries of rushing water. After your adventure, you will have a chance to change into dry clothing.
On your return to the cruise center you will enjoy lively, typical music as you sip on your rum punch and enjoy a snack provided by your guide.
Reviewer: Nannette Henderson
Generally we were an older group, but almost everyone in the group jumped off the highest ledge (~20 ft) and had a great time. Winston (our guide) was awesome. Advice: the walk from Amber Cove is a bit longer than they say, and our meeting directions were terrible--we were told to meet people holding signs for a company, and that company was not there; turned out we were booked with an entirely different company, so ask for help. 2nd, there was no one at the park taking pictures of us jumping routinely. But--you can hand your camera over to a local who will follow your group and take pictures or videos for some small fee/tip. Or you can bring a waterproof camera holder and hand it to one of the guides to take your pictures. Third--do not forget to wear shorts over your bathing suits (ladies)--my friend's shorts ripped on one of the slides; an older pair you don't care about might be best.
Reviewer: Gene Connors
This excursion was by far the best one we have ever done and we have done a few! From the moment we met the shuttle just off the pier it was an experience to remember. Francisco was our guide for the day and one of the most bright and articulate person we have met in some time. He is very proud of where he comes from and makes the 30 min drive to the falls fly by with his history lesson of the island. From the moment you meet him he makes certain everyone has a very safe adventure and works with you to get up the hill to the falls. The hike into the rain forest is somewhat difficult but they take there time to make sure everyone gets up the hill. The cruise passengers got to do 5 jumps/slides while booking on this site gets you 12. Book with Shore Excursion and if you get Francisco you have hit the jackpot!
Reviewer: JULIE QUINONES
Winston was amazing!!! We had such a great time with him. He was so outgoing and friendly. He was very attentive throughout the trip and was very generous with the sneaky rum punch after the adventure! It was great. This is our 7th cruise and we've NEVER booked a Carnival excursion, because we hate the crowds and the high costs. I would actually pay more to have the small group we had. We had 8 people in our group!! Carnival had about 50. Also, we got to do all of the falls and Carnival only did 2-3(our friends were there the same day with Carnival). We doubled or tripled that amount. The jumps were a little scary and I'm not afraid of heights, but it is totally worth the adrenaline rush to take this adventure. Plus Winston gave us a history lesson of his country on our way there and stopped along a roadside fruit stand and he purchased bananas and oranges for each of us. Delicious!
Reviewer: Kim Butcher
Highly recommend choosing this excursion with Winston over the cruise line option. We got a taste of the local area along with our adventure. The led us through this challenging excursion wonderfully! I had complete confidence I was in good hands and their personal touch made a fun excursion into one with a lifetime of memories. Highly recommend Winston and his crew!
This excursions was absolutely amazing!!! The hike up the hill had me out of breath a few times but it was so worth it getting to experience the waterfalls.