Authentic Samana Tour: Beach and Waterfall Day Trip from Punta Cana - Reviews

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Szandra Dóra L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

I rated 5 stars, but I have to tell they changed the tour, and didn't tell us, so we haven't seen El Limón waterfall. What they showed us was beautiful, the tour was amazing, but I think they should have let us know, that they will change the trip.

Alejandra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

super amazing relaxing and great experinces ever!Papa Felix the best

cynthia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Highly recommend this trip. Although it is a very long ride for Punta Cana to the boat, everything else was great. Met lots of locals and had plenty of time at the waterfall. All the workers and tour guides were awesome.

Alexandria D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

The tour was very fun! The tour guides were very insightful and polite. My only concern was when it came to the horseback ride. The horses looked malnourished. Besides that I would highly recommend.

Jaclyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Amazing experience! Relaxing, educational, and worth every dollar.

rosaalove7 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

I did a long review on tripadvisor of the local tour operator. This is a must excursion. picked by a small bus that traveled about 15mins then dropped us off at a hotel parking lot. we waited til 6:45am with no direction and the place is very scary guys walking around with machetes no one spoke English then got picked up by a bigger bus with Freddie our English, German speaking tour guide. he gave us a breakfast snack: its ham sandwiches a banana, a cup of orange juice. the drive is outstanding we traveled through a lot of fields, mountains, valleys, streams, you truly get a culture shock.. We got to Miches at about 9am boarded a small catamaran to Samana. On the catamaran the crew is great they play music and gave drinks. We arrived at 10am to Samana hopped on a Safari truck to a home. had new guide Roberto Jones, he was crazy in a good way. Got to the home about 10:20am. The guides showed and explain all the different foods and alcohol and we got to taste then off to the place with the horse. These volunteers yes Volunteers do not get paid form the company so please tip them accordingly I say 20.00 is about right. they walk through rocky, very muddy terrain to get you to the waterfall. They go down with you. Hold your stuff, take your pictures. they are amazing peopleYes the stairs are crazy I counted 249 crazy weird shaped stairs The waterfall wasn't as wow as I was expecting. I think it must be dry season because it ran a bit. I went in for a dip the water is so cold but feels amazing after being on the trial also be very careful its very rocky .1:30 pm we went and had lunch at El Timón de Samaná, 2:45pm.back on the boat to Cayo Levantado got there about 3:15pm and were allowed to be on island til 4:30 pm. This place is stunning wish we got to stay longer. there are only a few vendors in booths none bother you on the beach which is amazing. This place just absolutely beautiful. go back to Miches 5:15pm back hotel 7:30. Long day.

Ronald A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

We had a great time. We probably should have done the one by plane because going by boat makes for a long day, but we saved money with this one.

Maryluz S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Marquita C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I had an amazing time on this trip. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. I enjoyed going to the waterfall and Bacardi island, I would definitely recommend this trip to a friend!

Siva United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

We took the day long tour to visit Samana island and El Limón Waterfall. We started at 6:15 morning from our hotel and after 20 minutes ride to a common point we boarded the bus and it took about 1 1/2 hours to reach the boarding point to boat. We traveled by boat for about 45 minutes fotunate to see a whale close to our boat and then transferred to Safari truck After 20 minutes ride in the truck we reached a ranch and then horse back riding fortunately I took the boots provided by the ranch company otherwise my shoes would have drenched in mud for another 30 minutes plus trekking for about 15 minutes finally we reached the water fall by noon. It was great getting into the water near the falls. On the way back we stopped for lunch before boat ride. The boat also made a stop at a beautiful beach and we were allowed to spend about an hour at the beach. We reached the hotel late in the evening by 8 pm. Overall it was a wonderful tour.

Good news
The ranch operator provides a guide for each horse and so we could ride safely though it was mud althrough the way.

Bad news
The tour operator recommended a video guy who was travelling with us and took the footage. But the DVD delivered to us the next day did not have any of our faces. So the amount paid 35 is a waste.

Valerie H

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

Tour was everything they said it would be. Long day but included so much. We went whale watching, drinks or a swim on the beach, lunch at a restaurant in town. Riding up into the mountains in the truck, horse back riding to the falls. Lots of stairs/trail to the waterfalls. Falls were stunning and a local boy climbed up the falls then jumped into the pool at the bottom. The bus rides were long between destinations. You actually do a large amount of sitting. Carry your own snacks as no food is provided after lunch. I would recommend for the person who wants to get off resort for the day and see some of the real Dominician.

Ameet D USA

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

The trip was very well organized, well paced and the staff was very courteous and friendly. The included food was surprisingly good. I would totally recommend this trip. The catamaran and bus on Samana are open - so having enough protection against the breeze is highly recommended.

Jason L

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2015

The travel time from Punta Cana was around 150 minutes each way on a crowded shuttle van. The best part of the trip was the time at Bacardi Island, unfortunately this was also the place that we were allotted the least amount of time likely due to the excessive travel time to/from Punta Cana.

Edyta P

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2015

It was ok

Melissa B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2016

For the cost I wouldnt recommend. You spend have your day in a bus, it is very unorganized. We bought a cd of our pictures from the horse ranch and there was not one picture of us on it. They put a picture of you on the cd cover and thats the only pic you get, the pics on the cd are of the land, not the pics that are being taken, the picture on the cover wasnt even on the disk so you will pay 10 for that one paper picture. The horses are small and the waterfall, although its very pretty, is so crowded that you cant enjoy it, we couldnt even get in the water it was so crowded. Lunch was ok but short. The beach stop was the best but you only get an hour there and only beer or soda, unless you want to pay for mixed drinks. The beach was packed as well, they tell you its 50 public and 50 private, there was no private about it.

Jakub S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2017

Quite simply the poorest value for money day trip that one can imagine.
I and #39;m a simple Pearson, ham and cheese kind a guy. But my expectations for this trip were high. Food provided was awful, cold, uncovered, swarmed with flies, and #34;horse and #34; back ride was a torture for the animals, tour guide was lovely tho.

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