This was our first time to Punta Cana , Dominican republic. We selected this excursion since it included so much in one day. We wanted to experience as much as we could on our honeymoon. We were picked up at 7am from our resort , driven to the Hard Rock resort transferred to another bus that included people from the surrounding resorts . There we met our driver Billy and tour guide Nacho . Billy made sure we all felt welcome and like family during the entire day , with his friendly and contagious laughter . We took about a 2 hour bus ride though the country side were we made a stop at the local store we're it is recommended to buy souvenirs there since the money goes directly to the locals . They will offer you deal the more you buy . When you get off the bus you are offered either a small cup of coffee, hot coco or mama juana ( a local specialty drink made either with rum or sometimes red wine).
After this stop you continue until you reach a small Beach town where you take a short ferry ride to samana. During this time you are offered unlimited rum and beverages. Once the boar arrived you take a safari truck ride up the mountain. Upon your arrival you take a horse ride down the mountain guide by a tour . Along the way you get to experience the beautiful nature around you, you do have to walk down stairs to get to the waterfall . Once there there will be guys walking around with native birds you may take photos with (they have professional cameras but you can have your guide take them on your phone.) You get free time to explore the waterfall and swim.They will take photos for you but remember you will have to pay for the USB or dvd at the end . I would recommend carrying about 70-100 cash in USD if you are able for the whole day. They depend heavily on tips and are greatly appreciated, which they work hard to ear.
After walking and talking your horse ride back you are offered a lunch buffet with local dishes. After taking the ride back down the mountain you board the boat to go to barcardi island which you get to relax or explore for the hour and a half. Again the boat rides offer unlimited drinks so take advantage. After the boat ride back to the other side of the island you begin your trip back . I've never seen so many grown ups passed out , it was quite a day of adventure. You still get to stop at the local shop on the way back so I'd you want to purchase anything and not want to carry it around tell them to save it for you. Note that if you are staying in punta Cana you have about a 45 minutes drive back from the meeting point . It is about a 10 hour day so tip the driver and tour guide well ! Request Nacho and Billy !! They made the trip . Overall we had a great time, the people are very welcoming and as they said enjoy your self family no one knows you here your on Vacation!!