Kim Kardashian graced the cover of the 2022 Sports Illustrated this year making splash in the natural reserve waters of the Ojos Indigenas Natural Preserve in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This reserve is one of the main attractions in Punta Cana and a natural beauty - it is no wonder it got selected as a backdrop for the cover of the magazine. For more info on the reserve, read on..
Ojos Indigenas is a natural water reserve that consists of 12 beautiful freshwater lagoons formed by an underground river that comes up to the surface in different spots. It is a 1,500 acre area that is dedicated to the conservation, research and recreation of local flora and fauna.
This Reserve consists of 12 beautiful freshwater lagoons formed by an underground river that comes up to the surface in different spots. The lagoons are called ‘eyes’ due to their shape. Each lagoon has a Taino name given to represent the native people from that land.
To arrive at Ojos Indigenas, you have to go through the entrance of the Punta Cana Group, through the security check point. From there, you need to get tickets for the preserve at the Centro de Sustentabilidad de la Fundación Grupo Punta Cana (Center for Sustainability of the Grupo Punta Cana Foundation). For the general public, tickets cost $50/per person.
If you are staying at the Westin, Four Points or Tortuga Bay, the entrance is waived. If you are a guest at a property in Punta Cana Village, the entrance fee is $15.00 for the first guest. All other guests must pay the full fee.
The walk along the path is completely shaded and covered. There is a bit of a walk required so we recommend that you prepare footwear accordingly.
We recommend that if you decide to wear sunscreen, that you use 100% organic sunscreen while bathing. These springs are freshwater and have fish and other wildlife that get disrupted by chemicals within sunscreens. We recommend that you bring bug spray/repellent for the walk but also organic! There are no public bathrooms within the reserve- please plan accordingly.