Sam Gray Boulder is working with fisherman in El Limon to create an ecotourism project. This project involves guided kayak tours through the Laguna Limon, a Scientific Natural Reserve. El Limon is a municipality in the Dominican Republic. It is located on the Samana peninsula and sits along the Atlantic Ocean. The Dominican Republic is a great destination for people who love to be outdoors. This country offers tourists and residents alike opportunities to kayak through a beautiful sea, along a network of rivers, and a stunning Laguna.
Sea kayaking is popular in coastal areas. This sport requires a specific type of vessel that was designed for the sea. Sea kayaks are small boats that have a covered deck, and the ability to incorporate a spray deck. This style of kayak is not very maneuverable, however it does have the capability to reach higher cruising speeds; it has a larger cargo capacity, and is comfortable enough for long journeys. Sea kayaks meant for one person are generally 10 to 18 feet in length. Tandem sea kayaks can be up to 26 feet long. These kayakers can take short journeys, or long journeys. They are able to explore different parts of the ocean and visit neighboring islands. Sea Kayaking is a great sport for those who are looking for an adventure.
River kayaking is another popular type of kayaking. This sport involves exploring rivers and going over white water. Touring kayaks are ideal for this type of water. They are generally 12 to 17 feet long and have a hull specifically shaped to increase lift in rough waters. River kayaking involves paddling through canyons, and dense vegetation. This sport allows people to see inland waterways, wildlife, trees, and flowers that may not be accessible by land. River kayaking is popular all over the world and is a great tourist draw for countries such as the Dominican Republic.
Kayakers can also take their vessels out on a small water inlet, such as a Laguna. This is becoming a popular sport and tourist activity in El Limon in the Dominican Republic. The major source of income for El Limon was fishing, however the local fisherman became concerned about overexploiting the Laguna Limon. They decided to use the Laguna Limon in a different way. Instead of fishing, they began an ecotourism project. With the help of two American volunteers and United States Agency International Development (USAID), they received three kayaks and all the training they needed to start their own kayaking tour company. People are now able to kayak through the Laguna Limon, which is a Scientific Natural Reserve, and Important Bird Area, a Natural Reserve, and a Wildlife Refuge. Sam Gray of Boulder was one of those volunteers and helped bring Laguna kayaking to El Limon. To learn more about kayaking on Laguna Limon, visit https://kayaklimon.wordpress.com.