The Kaio Natural Aquarium is a must-stop when visiting the breathtakingly beautiful “Las Galeras” beach, on the Bay of Samana, in the country’s northeast corner. The region, known for its impressive beaches and lush tropical vegetation, has become a popular destination due to its exceptional beauty. Kaio is a recreational and ecological park created to protect and strengthen marine life. At the same time, it provides visitors with the opportunity to observe marine life in its natural environment.
The aquarium was built 300 meters from the Grand Paradise Samana in “Las Galeras.” It is situated 25 minutes from the picturesque town of Samana, the region’s largest city.
For a US$10 entrance fee, resort guests can visit the aquarium and enjoy a truly fascinating experience by snorkeling and swimming in the aquarium. Tour boats, equipped with life vests, take the visitors out to the shallow waters of the aquarium where they can swim accompanied by more than 50 species of marine life.
The aquarium takes its name from Japanese biologist Kaio Morita who, for the past 10 years, has been responsible for feeding all marine species that gather every day in the natural aquarium. The chain Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts points out that this aquarium, aside from being a tourist attraction, is part of its important pro-environment programs and policies.