Amazing experience! Relaxing, educational, and worth every dollar.
rosaalove7 United States of ...
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.
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.
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!
Ameet D USA
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.
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.
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.
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