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On Ground

It’s only a few days of your life. But it could positively impact the course of somebody else’s life forever.

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Make Your Own Kind Of Impact

On Tuesday, around mid-day, the Adonia will dock at the port of Amber Cove, near the city of Puerto Plata. Here, in the nearby villages, is where you’ll put your skills, your passions, and your shipboard orientation and training to good use. Over four days you’ll immerse yourself in the culture by joining the locals in impact activities that support the environmental, educational and economic health of their communities. Ready to have fun? Explore the landscape, relax in the Cove, and chart your own adventure.

Impact – Education

Student English Conversation and Learning*

On a national level, young Dominicans face almost insurmountable obstacles to academic success. One of the skills in demand by local employers is basic English.

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(*School Months Only)

However, a shortage of trained English teachers and lack of academic support at home make a formalized English learning curriculum difficult to sustain.

As a Fathom™ traveler, you’ll have the opportunity to work with both teachers and students on activities designed to create interest and excitement in the learning process and aid in language retention. You’ll engage in games, simple vocabulary lessons,  and small-group conversations that provide much-needed confidence. And you’ll find that this kind of positive impact on the life of a child is one of the most gratifying experiences a traveler can have. Fathom anticipates that, within five years, more than 2,200 of the students whose lives we’ve touched will have achieved working proficiency in English and will be prepared for jobs that can raise the income levels of their families.

Traveling with Fathom during the summer when school is out of session? You can still help students succeed academically. Check out the Creative, Arts, Music, and Sports program that takes the place of Student English Conversation and Learning during the summer months.

Price: No Added Costs
Up to three impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Community English Conversation and Learning

With the increased demand for bilingual speakers in the growing tourism industry in the Dominican Republic, there’s also a great need for programs that support adult English learning.

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Fathom travelers will be able to participate in Community English Conversation & Learning activities that help bolster employment opportunities for lower income adults. These small group programs take place within community centers and local homes, and include one-on-one conversation, English instruction, food preparation, and meal sharing. Participating in these Community English Conversation & Learning programs will enable you to experience the powerful and immediate impact of your contributions.

Price: No Added Costs
Up to three impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Creative Arts, Music, and Sports*

Fathom’s commitment to helping make learning fun doesn’t end when school lets out for the summer. As a Fathom traveler, you can be part of an innovative summer program designed to develop creativity, athletic ability, and life skills in a safe and fun environment.

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(*Summertime Only)

In the mountains above Puerto Plata, the three-day camp is located in a rural community with cooler temperatures, a more picturesque setting, and more expansive facilities than urban schools can offer. The well-planned programs include videos, joint dramatic presentations by students and Fathom travelers, hands-on arts and crafts activities, and a full day devoted to sports and nutrition. The result is the ideal combination of learning and fun, both for the students and for you.

You can help a child create a three-dimensional environmental model from recycled items, or a map of the world using flip-chart paper and old travel magazines. You can share information about your own home town and take part in a student-created dramatic presentation. You can participate in a mini-Olympics event where every child gets a medal, either for physical feats or for perseverance. You’ll watch the students improve their confidence levels, their English skills, and their potential for academic performance. And you’ll share in their victories, every step of the way.

Traveling with Fathom during the school year? Check out the Student English Conversation and Learning program that takes the place of Creative Arts, Music, and Sports camp while school is in session.

Price: No Added Costs
Up to three impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Impact – Environmental

Water Filter Production

The water crisis is a reality that plagues the entire world. In the Dominican Republic alone, more than three million people have no access to piped water.

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Price: $30 Per Person (This impact activity has a surcharge of $30 per person).

One solution already being implemented is the production and distribution of clay water filters, which mean far fewer children and adults will miss school or work due to water-borne illnesses.

As a Fathom™ traveler, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside established organizations and local artisans in the entire filter-making process: gathering and mixing the raw materials, working the clay, shaping and firing the filters, testing the quality of the finished product, and distributing the finished filters to needy families. In this family-friendly activity, even smaller children will find ways to do their part.

Up to 3 impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Reforestation and Nursery

Fathom will also be involved in local reforestation efforts designed to improve the livelihoods of Dominican families, restore degraded land, and contribute to forest and wildlife conservation throughout the region.

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Working with schools and local communities, you can participate in activities that range from the simple potting of tree seedlings and transporting plants, to assisting local Dominicans with establishing and managing tree nurseries, to the more strenuous efforts of cultivation and planting. Thanks to the small-group nature of these reforestation activities, you’ll gain firsthand experience in transforming a community by working to protect and extend its natural resources.

Price: No Added Costs
Up to three impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Impact – Economic
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Impact – Economic Development

Cacao and Women’s Chocalate Cooperative

The poorest half of the Dominican Republic’s population receives less than one-fifth of the country’s annual GDP. But the economic opportunities are there. And so is the willingness to take advantage of them.

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One local women’s cooperative is actively involved in the cultivation of organic chocolate (cacao) plants, an important source of income for the Puerto Plata region. As a Fathom™ traveler, you can participate in the complete production cycle: from planting and cultivating the organic cacao trees, to preparing the raw materials, to producing and packaging the final product for sale. By helping to improve production and increase sales, you’ll also be helping the organization to thrive so it can hire more local women, providing critical income in a region with limited employment opportunities.

Price: No Added Costs
Up to three impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Recycled Paper and Crafts Entrepreneurship

Another group of enterprising Dominican women have formed an association to create and sell arts and crafts from locally recycled paper.

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In addition to participating in the entire paper recycling process, you’ll have the opportunity to support all aspects of the association’s program, including creating new products for sale, expanding the association’s distribution network, and helping to establish a more formal process for taking their products to market. This support provides critical income and will ultimately allow the women to expand their association as their business grows.

As a Fathom traveler, you can have a positive, hands-on impact on both programs, not only helping the women benefit from steady sources of income but also contributing to increased English skills that can help them sell their products more effectively.

Price: No Added Costs
Up to three impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Impact – Special Opportunities

Concrete Floors in Community Homes

As a Fathom traveler, you’ll have the opportunity to help improve the lives and health of the Dominican people from the ground up. Literally.

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Price: $20 per person (This impact activity has a surcharge of $20 per person).

In the homes of poorer communities, the common basic dirt floors are a genuine health risk. They pick up dust during the dry season and retain dampness and puddles in the rainy season. And they’re impossible to clean, which means that anything spilled on the floor or tracked into the house, however unhygienic, tends to stay put.

Every month, homes in a different small area of a community will be chosen to be upgraded with new concrete floors. And, if you can’t see yourself pouring concrete, there are plenty of other tasks at hand: painting the house, fixing broken furniture, cleaning and improving the outside surroundings, making improvements to common areas in the community, or planting fruit trees as part of a beautification effort that can also provide long-term nutritional benefits. The overall project will also include the addition of latrines and mosquito screens to reduce the prevalence of waste-borne and mosquito-borne diseases. You’ll work alongside the homeowners and other members of the surrounding community, including children and teenagers, helping them create surroundings they’ll be proud to maintain and take care of.

Up to 3 impact activities included in each Fathom journey.

Impact – Our Partner Organizations

Our lead impact partners, Entrena and IDDI, have strong community connections in the northern Dominican Republic. Their deep roots and long experience provide us with a greater understanding of the specific needs of the local communities, and their well-established programs form the foundation that allows us to help address those needs in the most meaningful way.

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Fathom partner Entrena

Fathom partner IDDI

Donate through the Dominican Foundation

Help empower communities in the Dominican Republic and beyond with a donation to the Dominican Foundation.

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Recreation Shore Excursions

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Cumulative Impact After 20th Fathom Sailing to the Dominican Republic

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Revolution with a Rhythm

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In your free time, there are lush tropical beaches to sink your bare toes into. Restaurants, bars and shops to explore in the quiet port of Amber Cove. A coastline and mountains to hike, or just to wander. Opportunities to learn more about the culture or spend time with local families. To be sure, your commitment to having an impact is the mission that’s brought you here. But it won’t take you long to realize that the serene beauty of this place is going to have an impact on you, too. Below are just a few of the on-shore recreation options that are available.

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Best of Puerto Plata

Upon departure from Amber Cove in the afternoon, you will visit Puerto Plata’s most iconic attractions. Explore the San Felipe Fortress, built in 1564 to protect the city from pirates. You’ll visit the famed Brugal rum factory, where you’ll learn about the rum-making process and shop for souvenirs. Tour the Amber Museum and see the 40 cm lizard entombed in amber 30 to 40 million years ago. Stroll through Plaza Independencia, the central square of Puerto Plata and see San Felipe Cathedral.

On the panoramic bus tour you’ll see the Cable Cars at Mount Isabel, Jose Briseno Baseball Stadium and the Gregorio Luperon Museum. This is an informative, fun-packed adventure with many photo opportunities. You will be back on the ship in time to relax before dinner.

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Total Duration: 3.5 hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price:
$39.99 / adult
$29.99 / child

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Christopher Columbus Path & La Isabela Ruin

Visit the historical town of La Isabela and nearby ruins and learn about the history of the island and its first inhabitants.

Your journey begins in an air-conditioned coach. En route to the museum in La Isabela you’ll learn how the native Taino lived and prepared their meals. The museum in La Isabela features the utensils and tools the Taino used for hunting and fishing. A visit to La Isabela includes the historical town, the church and the remains of the ruins. Enjoy a snack and some beach time at a rustic oceanfront Dominican restaurant before heading back to the ship.

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Total Duration: 4 hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price:
$59.99 / adult
$49.99 / child

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Deep Sea Fishing Tour

Sit back and relax as the crew take you out into the beautiful big blue ocean aboard the Patria – a luxurious, modern 35 ft Bertram.

Our charter partner specializes in giving you a memorable deep sea fishing experience around Maimon, a small resort town in Puerto Plata. Enjoy the sun on deck or try your hand at catching “the big one” while we troll for sailfish, blue marlin, wahoo, yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi.

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Total Duration: 4 hours

Departure Time: 2:15 p.m.

Price:
$99.99 / adult
$99.99 / child

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Power Snorkel Adventure

This high-tech spin on snorkeling takes this already fun sport to a whole new level. Discover the amazing coral reef of Sosua with your very own underwater scooter.

Your adventure begins with a scenic ride to beautiful Sosua Bay. Here, your well trained guides will provide you with the power snorkel equipment and safety instructions. After a short boat ride out to the bay, you’ll be able to glide effortlessly while you explore a wide variety of marine life and stunning living coral reefs. Definitely an adventure not to be missed.

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Total Duration: 4 hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price:
$69.99 / adult
$59.99 / child

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Playa Dorada Beach Escape

A short ride from Amber Cove is the region’s most popular beach: Playa Dorada. Secluded and romantic, Playa Dorada promises you an unforgettable day of swimming & walking on the golden sandy beaches, cool drinks, and lots of warm hospitality. After the beach you will also get the chance to go shopping in the Playa Dorada Plaza.

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Total Duration: 3.5 hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price:
$24.99 / adult
$24.99 / child

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Downtown Puerto Plata & The Beach On Your Own

We understand the need to explore, discover, and engage with new places and new people without planning. That is why we built this excursion! Travelers must book a tour. The buses will pass through the city and make its first stop at Plaza Independencia where you can get off the bus and look around the City Centre. The City Centre is just a 5-minute walk from the Malecon (boulevard), where there are many bars and restaurants. The bus will continues to Playa Dorada, where it will stop at Blue Jack Tar – where there is a private beach. At the beach you can rent a sun lounger, relax, and enjoy a day in the sand! The final tour stop is at the Plaza in Playa Dorada, a great spot to people watch, shop for souvenirs and gifts to take home, or challenge a local to a game of dominoes.

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Duration: 5 Hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m.

Advised to bring on tour: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, swimwear, towel, camera, comfortable walking shoes, cash for tips and souvenirs.

Price:
$29.99 / adult
$29.99 / child

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Countryside Zipline Adventure

Soar through the treetops and gain a totally new perspective on the Dominican Republic from the island canopy.

Journey to a nature adventure park nestled in the authentic Dominican rural community of Imbert. Traverse along a series of zip lines ranging from 105 to 2500 feet in length, at speeds exceeding 35 mph. Enjoy this uniquely heart-pounding tour as you fly along zip lines over wide open plains, canyons and across mountains.

This experience is the only one of its kind in the Dominican Republic and is perfect for beginners and intermediate zipliners alike.

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Total Duration: 3.5 hours

Departure Time: 2:15 p.m. or 2:45 p.m.

Price:
$69.99 / adult
$59.99 / child

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Caribbean Culture

This excursion takes you to the heart of the historical city of Puerto Plata. A great opportunity to walk through the center of the city and learn about the colorful Victorian style architecture and their local Plastic Artists Art Galleries.

The first part of the journey includes a visit to the San Felipe Fortress, built in 1564 to protect the city from pirates. Learn about the city’s history and visit its thriving galleries, shops, and the San Felipe Cathedral located at Plaza Independencia (former central park), where you will have a taste of fresh tropical coconut water. Afterwards, enjoy a snack at The Garden Restaurant.

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Total Duration: 4 hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m.

Price:
$44.99 / adult
$34.99 / child

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Outback Terracross Adventure

Discover the rugged beauty of the DR’s northern coast and venture off-road courtesy of a VIP 4×4 Terracross buggy tour. Hidden trails, remote villages, refreshing swims in secluded natural pools, stunning mountaintop vistas and more await, but only for those bold enough to leave the road behind.

Due to the bumpy ride, Pregnant travelers and children under 10 years of age may not participate in this activity, and travelers with injuries or health conditions should take caution. A full driver’s license with a clean record is required. Participants must attend a safety briefing and perform simple maneuvers to demonstrate competence. Rider weight is limited to 240 pounds per person. Don’t forget to bring water/sport shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, a bandana for your mouth and nose, and your swimsuit!

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Total Duration: 4.25 hours

Departure Time: 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Price:
$178.00 per buggy (1 or 2 passengers)

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Bravissimo Experience at Ocean World

Ocean World takes on a whole new atmosphere once the sun goes down. Join us for a memorable evening of fine dining and top-notch entertainment at Bravissimo, a colorful performance starring a troupe of professional dancers interpreting the world’s cultures through music, dance and stunning costumes.

Attendees receive preferred seating for the show, a casino coupon, preferred access to the Ocean World Terrace, unlimited drinks during the show and much more. Dress code is casual (no shorts or flip-flops). Sorry, no photography or video is permitted during the show.

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Total Duration: 4.25 hours

Departure Time: 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays

Price:
$76.50 / adult (13+)
$51.00 / child

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Dominican Fiesta Night

The best way to truly appreciate a culture is to experience its nightlife for yourself. Dominican Fiesta Night connects you with Puerto Plata after dark, when the city truly comes alive.

From air-conditioned buses, participants will head downtown alongside charismatic guides who know this 500-year-old port city’s every back street and hideaway. Hear amazing-but-true pirate tales while discovering the city’s fascinating Victorian architecture and gorgeous Central Park en route to a cozy countryside ranch for a folklore dance performance, a deluxe five-course Dominican feast, and a long night of dancing and revelry.

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Total Duration: 4.5 hours

Departure Time: 7:00 p.m. Thursdays
Price:
$68.00 / adult (18+)

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