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Fly to the Samaná Peninsula on this day trip from Punta Cana. Explore the area during this full-day trip, including a stop at a mountain plantation to taste fresh coffee, cacao and honey. Ride a horse up rocky trails through the forest to vist El Limón Waterfall, then enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Cruise to picturesque Cay Levantado to relax on the white sand beach under swaying palms. Round-trip transportation, transfers and expert guides on each leg of the trip are included.
After an early morning pickup at your Punta Cana hotel, head to the ariport. A welcome committee featuring drinks and music will greet you and you'll board your turboprop plane. Admire the aerial views of the Dominican Republic's eastern coast during the short flight to Samaná.
A safari truck will meet you at the airport. Climb aboard and enjoy the scenic ride to a mountain plantation in the Sierra de Samaná, where you'll walk amongst the native plants and fruit-bearing trees. Taste honey, cassava bread, coffee and cacao of unrivaled freshness.
Travel to a horseback riding ranch in El Limón, and after a safety briefing, mount your trusty steed and hoof it into the lush forest. Following the Arroyo Chico into the mountainous landscape, arrive at the spectacular El Limón Waterfall. Swim in the lagoon at the bottom of the 165-foot (50-meter) fall to cool off and relax for about half an hour.
Climb back into your safari jeep and drive down to Samaná's pier for a quick tour of the town. Eat an authentic Dominican lunch at a local restaurant with beautiful bay views, including wine, beer and select cocktails.
At the pier, hop onto a catamaran for a ride to Cayo Levantado, known for its soft white sand and swaying palm trees. Spend an hour relaxing on the beach, swimming or snorkeling. Enjoy a provided refreshing drink.
Then, it's back to the main island by boat, back to the airport by ground transfer, and back to Punta Cana by turboprop plane to finish your day of adventure.
We had a really cool and funny guide Carlo who entertained us during the whole tour. I especially enjoyed the whale watching and the quick stop on the beautiful island Cayo Levantado. The only negative thing about this trip was the horsebackriding. The state of the path was quite bad and the horses looked very skinny. I felt sorry for the animals. Besides that I can highly recommend this trip.
The tour was awesome. All guides were great. We took my 75 year old mother and the young men with horses took extremely great care of her. At one point they even picked her up and carried her. I would definately recommend this trip.
This tour was amazing!
Overall this was the best tour I did in the Dominican Republic. Carlos was a fantastic guide. See below if you want a full outline of what we did:
We were picked up and taken to the airport. There were three aircraft waiting for us - one that held about 20 passengers and two that held about 4 passengers. I don't know why, but my girlfriend and I were assigned to the 4 passenger plane. I'd never been in a plane that small and it was a little harrowing, but a lot of fun.
After we landed we were driven from the Samana accent on the first a airport to a little ranch house. The drive lasted maybe 30 minutes, but passed quickly because our guide, Carols, was funny and informative. At the ranch house Carlos took us to the back yard where a bunch of different plants had been planted. He pointed out aloe, banana, oregano and passion fruit, among others. Once this was finished we all sat down for a little presentation on coconut, cacao and mamajuana. Through the course of the presentation Carlos had us try different things e.g. raw cacao from fresh coco beans, coconut oil on our skin, fresh coconut and coconut water and mamajuana while he prepared a little dessert for everyone. Once the presentation was over, we were led to some tables where we could buy stuff. I complained in anther review about a tour basically being an opportunity to sell us things, but this experience felt more like a gift shop and it didn't bother me.
A few minutes later we were led to a nearby pavilion where we were given helmets and rubber boots to wear. The next step in the tour is a hourseback ride through the jungle to el limon waterfall. After everyone was suited up, we were led to the horses.
I've ridden horses a few times before and it's always been a sedate affair where the horses all just walk together and know exactly what they are supposed to do. That's what I expected here too, but that's not what we got. Every horse here was paired with a Dominican volunteer guide. Once you were assigned a horse, your guide would lead it along the trail. Different guides used different techniques - some would just held the rope and walk in front, like you might do with a dog while others would grab switches and prod or smack the horses.
The trail was not pleasant. It was a muddy rocky mess that had a few hills. There were two or three instances where my horse stumbled and I worried for both his safety and mine. My guide similarly stumbled a few times, and I worried she might fall straight in the mud. I felt uncomfortable both because I was concerned my horse might fall and because I felt bad for this poor Dominican woman leading me through the mud.
El Limon was a fun little waterfall and pool, and most people got in for a dip. After 15-20 minutes it was time to take the same guide and horse back to the ranch house. At the ranch house we were given a short breather and some sprite, coke, and rum. After the breather we all piled into the truck and headed to a restaurant for lunch.
The restaurant served a buffet and the food was fine. Seating was four to a table so if you didn't have four in your group is was also a good opportunity to meet other travelers. Near the end of the meal Carlos provided everyone with Dramamine, which he urged everyone to take.
We then crossed the road to the pier and boarded the catamaran. Over the course of the day Carlos made it clear that our number one goal on the catamaran was to try and find humpback whales while the trip to bacardi island was secondary. We were on the water for maybe 20 minutes before we saw our first whale. It was a very cool experience. The whales come up to breathe and then dive again so the appear and disappear pretty quickly. Once the boat spots a whale, the captain will go to that location and everyone will scan the horizon for more whales. We slowly started to see more and more whales. By the end of our whale watching we were pretty close to a good number of whales. Carlos said we were really lucky.
I was ready to get to Bacardi island though. I was starting to feel seasick and the sooner we got off the boat the better. At one point the captain said we would head to the island, but then we saw more whales so we continued our whale watch for a while longer. I wasn't feeling great, but I felt really bad for a woman on the lower deck. She got seasick relatively early on, and spent the rest of the time on the boat keeled over, vomiting. So if you get seasick easily and badly, this might not be for you.
Eventually we made to Bacardi island and spent about 45 minutes there. The island was beautiful and peaceful, so I wish we'd been able to stay longer. When it was time to go, we took the boat to port, took trucks to the airport, and then took our planes back to Punta Cana.
The trip felt a little long and by the end I was definitely ready to be back in Punta Cana, but it was a good time.
We had a blast! Was organized and on time. Slight delay as pick up had wrong reception. Roberto was fun and informed. Carlos too. Trail is rough, but horses did it well. Lemon falls was beautiful, lunch was good. Seas were ROUGH and took longer to find whales. Beach nice. Plane excellent and professional A1
We had a great day, and so well organised. The hotel pick-up was on time in a nice coach, the flight right on time and comfortable. The tour was fun and we saw and tasted so much that day. The horse ride was ok, but the track was in really bad shape which made us worry about the safety of the horses - we did see one injured. But the waterfall was nice, and the highlight of the day was being in Samana, great lunch, then the time on the beach on the Cayo Levantado was outstanding. Thoroughly recommended. The high point throughout the day were the wonderful staff that made it fun, informative, and a great success. our leader, Carlos, was the best. Would have ben 5 star if the state of the path of horse ride had been better.
First thing I would caution is that buyer should be aware that all-inclusive is used very loosely in the explanation of this excursion. I want to be clear, I would recommend this tour but I would want to know a few of these things before I booked it:
1. The beach and waterfall are very beautiful and totally worth the effort to get to both
2. The amount of time spent at both are very limited, we were able to spend about 25 minutes at the waterfall and 1 hour at the beach.
3. We were only given one alcohol drink all day, the rest are not free and cost additional.
4. The beach comes with a lot of added costs: the beach chairs are 5 per person to use, the snorkeling equipment is 15 per person to use, the they request money to use the bathroom.
5. The food is alright but nothing special. No food is offered at the beach for free. A small snack fruit and coconut is distributed after the waterfall.
6. Bring cash for tips, you will be expected to tip horseback guide and tour guide.
7. Souvenir stands are quite a bit more expensive than similar items in city and at resorts.
Overall I am glad we did this excursion, I just wish it would of been more clear about the specifics.
This is an awesome trip. But will give them 1 start for the ripped us off.
Beware though.. we paid for the pictures and videos.. promised they will give them to us after the trip before we leave.. we did not get any of the pictures.. scam!
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