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Fathom not all volunteer work—Dominican Republic recreation abounds, too

San Felipe Fortress - one of Puerto Plata's historic attractions
When Fathom travelers aren't participating in social impact projects in the Dominican Republic, numerous recreational and sightseeing activities will be available for them to explore, unwind and recharge.

Fathom travelers can customize their trip to include a variety of recreational activities and social impact experiences that entail projects focused on educational, environmental and economic development.

Those who wish to break from scheduled activities can simply relax and enjoy the island’s rugged terrain, turquoise seas, waterfalls and tropical rain forests, as well as its predictable weather.

Puerto Plata is home to the first fort built by European settlers in the New World and is one of the many scenic areas on the island. Travelers can explore the city’s historical features and shop in the downtown area with its artist studios, rum and cigar factories, and the famed malecón, a three-mile, open air beach-side boardwalk.

On strolls through the historic city, visitors can tour San Felipe Fortress, Cathedral San Felipe, the Brugal rum factory, Plaza Independencia and museum attractions.

Nearby La Isabela, one of the first European towns in the Americas, gives the opportunity go walk through ancient ruins and about the history of the island and its first inhabitants.

The country's ample marine life and warm waters make it a prime location for those curious to explore the underwater world. A beginner SCUBA diving course will introduce travelers to the basic safety guidelines required to take a dive with an instructor.

A day aboard a luxurious catamaran is an ideal way to discover beautiful Sosua Bay with its calm waters, diverse species of fish and intricate reef formations.

A zip line adventure provides views from the island canopy.

Fathom’s Adonia will dock at the recently opened Amber Cove Cruise Port, serving the Puerto Plata region. Travelers will have access to select Amber Cove shore excursions, including several beach getaways; kayak, paddle board and snorkeling tours; ATV-like terracross buggy expeditions, Puerto Plata tours, helicopter rides, fishing trips, horseback riding, deep sea fishing tours and catamaran sailings.