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Original price was: $175.00.Current price is: $169.00.

Samana is an awesome full day trip, packed with exciting activities! Spend your time learning more about the Dominican Republic and what this little Caribbean Island has to offer! The only way to see the unforgettable Cayo Levantado and Limon Waterfall!

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Are you having a tough time choosing just ONE excursion? If so, look no further than Samana by Bus.

The tour is, arguably, 3 excursions in ONE:

  • Safari Truck
  • Horseback Riding
  • Catamaran with Island time

Oh, and we throw in a secluded mountain waterfall to boot!

Sound impossible to do it all in one day? It’s not, so keep reading and let us explain…

Samana is a peninsula in the Northeast Region of the Dominican Republic, boasting a mix of virgin beaches and lush mountain forests. An hour-long bus ride that winds between the oriental mountain range and the Samana Bay takes us from Punta Cana to the sleepy fishing village of Miches. From here we board our catamaran and cross the Bay to the Samana Peninsula.

  • Safari Truck: From the Samana docks, you board our Open-Air Safari Truck and we wind our way into Samana’s mountainous countryside to a typical ranch. Experience and taste the region’s colorful local produce: coconut, coffee, cocoa, mango, pineapple, sweet potato, banana, papaya, passion fruit and mamajuana (supposedly a natural aphrodisiac).

Back on the truck, you’ll pass by numerous plantations of produce you just savored at the ranch, before arriving at the entrance of one of the Dominican Republic’s most sought-after waterfalls…Salto El Limon.

  • Horseback Riding: Now it’s time to saddle-up for a 30-minute horseback ride into the tropical forest. Our muddy trail follows the Limon River before it crashes down over a mountain ridge. Truly a sight to see, the Limon Waterfall is nestled in the depths of Samana’s humid forests, featuring a cascade that free falls 170 feet into a green lagoon below.

On how many occasions will you wade in natural mountain waters in the middle of the Caribbean? Take your time.

To the Truck once again, we make our way to the country ranch for an authentic Dominican lunch of fish, chicken, rice, beans, salad, fresh fruit and dessert in an amazing, rustic Caribbean setting. Believe us, this is better than your hotel’s “Dominican Menu”.
On to the Catamaran…

  • Catamaran: Our dual-haul, spacious catamaran will now take you to the renowned Cayo Levantado. Literally meaning ‘raised cay’ in English, this tiny atoll is encircled by powdery sands, lapping turquoise waters and mountains to the North and South. Enjoy your time on this lazy island and don’t forget to try the area’s famous Pina Colada with rum, ice and juice right in the hollow Pineapple. How do you drink your Pina Colada? In a cup?

We now transverse the Samana Bay to Cayo Levantado…

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If you can only do ONE excursion in Punta Cana, but you want to experience the Dominican Republic to its fullest, come fly with us to Samana!

What’s Included

  • Round trip transport
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch Included
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks at the pier

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sneakers
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
 This tour is not available during Whale Season January 20 – March 20. Please choose our Whale Watching excursion instead.

Drinks are included during the transport around Samana. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change, meaning you may visit the island before Samana or vice versa.

14 reviews for Samana

  1. Danielle (verified purchase)

    AMAZING!!! We did this on our honeymoon and had so much fun! Everything from the pick up to the tour and drop off was great. You will not be disappointed!

  2. Nancy (verified purchase)

    One of the best excursions we’ve been on! So much fun and all the staff were incredible. We loved it so much that we talked a random couple we met in our hotel to book it the next day. Will definitely do it again.

  3. Hayley (verified purchase)

    We had such a great time!! My 13 yr old son, husband, best friend and I went on the all day excursion to Samana. We had a great trip, was brought to Bacardi Island and were able to snorkel, relax and have a few drinks. We decided not to do the whale watching, which was available to everyone, we decided to relax on the beach. Joaquin was our tour guide for the English speaking tourists. He was great!! He was full of knowledge and made sure we wanted for nothing. He was funny and a nice guy to spend the day with. The horseback ride to waterfall was great and the waterfall was beautiful!! When you get your horse you are accompanied by a “local” that stays with you THE WHOLE time. I wish my Spanish was better, my guide was so sweet and the work these guys put in is crazy. They run along side the horse all the way to waterfall, point out local vegetation on the way, walk you down to the waterfall, take pictures for you, literally rinsed my feet so I could put my shoes back on after swimming, waited for me as I made it back up the trail and then ran all the way back beside the horse. TIP, TIP, TIP these guys, please!! They all do this on the side for extra money and they only do it for tips, felt so bad when I saw a lot of them not being tipped. The trail leading to the falls is a bit difficult for someone if you are not in great shape, but the guides never leave you and help you along the way. Pushing 50 and an extra 15 lbs was my problem getting back up, but still did it, don’t let me scare you…totally worth it!!!! Again, I hope all people American and not, understand that when visiting other countries, especially ones that are not as fortunate as we, they depend on us tipping. I don’t think a few extra bucks for a wonderful lifetime memory is stretching it too much. It makes a world of difference to all those making sure that we enjoy our time there. Again…you were great Joaquin, thanks for a wonderful experience!!!!

  4. Katty (verified purchase)

    This excursion is absolutely amazing!! From the moment you get picked up at the airport you are greeted by a wonderful staff, Joaquin was very welcoming and made us feel right at home. We were handed a nice cup of Brugal and soda and our adventure begun. We were taken off in a big truck. We arrived on a farm, where we were taught about cocoa, coffee, tea, and Mama Juana. of course we were able to sample a little bit of everything. From there we were taken to mount the horses. The horses along with our guides took us to El Salto De El Limon Waterfall. It was an absolute adventure. The next thing we did after taken a plunge in the beautiful waterfall was head back for an amazing lunch. After lunch we headed down to the beach at Cayo Levantado. Cayo Levantado was beautiful and the catamaran ride was fun. We loved every minute of it and will definitely recommend it to our friends. When the day is done you are taken back to the airport and head back to PUNTA CANA. Make sure you bring cash for tips.

  5. Jordan (verified purchase)

    Fun day with great people! It is a long day, but you get to see a lot. It would of been good if you could stay at the island longer than an hour but still a fun day!

  6. Shanelle (verified purchase)

    This was amazing and I am so glad that we experienced this. HOWEVER, I was not very happy that we were not informed of the 250 steps. We pre planned and paid almost $600 for the 2 of us using the website. No where on the website was there any mention of the physical challenge necessary to get to the waterfall. And we were not informed until we were at the 1/2 way point. I am 54 with a bad heart and bad knees, and my boyfriend is legally blind. We travel a lot and we always plan our excursions in advance and have never had this happen. So please consider including information about the physical challenges on the website so that others can make an informed decision before purchasing. We did however complete this excursion with the assistance of 2 wonderful guides from the horse farm. So if you are physically challenged be aware that you will see an amazing waterfall but not before climbing down and then back up 250 uneven steps…

  7. Wade (verified purchase)

    Samana Beautiful island, WONDERFUL experience. The produce tasting, horseback riding, waterfall and private beach was AMAZING! Wish I bought more chocolate, coffee and coconut oil. My horse Carmelo was slow, but that seemed to bother Armando (his handler) more than me – I like to take in the sights! Waterfall was refreshing and just enough time. Private beach was B-E-A-UUUUU-TIFUL!!! I had 2 problems with this excursion – 1. no one advises you that the 2 propeller plane goes higher than most commercial flights (this was the scariest experience of my life! I fly commercial all the time and have also been in helicopters and this was SCARY) and 2. the time at the private beach (Bacardi Island I think it was called) should be longer. The small plane ride would be the only reason I would not recommend this excursion – should atleast advise people so they know. I can only say it was worth it because we made it there and back safely!

  8. Rileigh (verified purchase)

    Awesome tour! We loved El Limon waterfall. The only complaint would be more time at the waterfall (I could have spent all day). It was well worth the money spent. This is a tour I would do again and would highly recommend.

  9. Eugene (verified purchase)

    By far, this was my favorite excursion. I really enjoyed the visit to the plantation n the horseback ride to the waterfall was fun. The guys that assisted us with the horses were wonderful n the meal provided was delicious. Nathan, the guide was very informative n Vladimir was of great help as well. I wish that the beach stay was longer. Overall, I had an awesome time. Thank u for providing us with such a wonderful n unforgettable experience.

  10. Pation (verified purchase)

    Most amazing tour I have ever been on! I highly recommend!
    As a solo traveler, I felt completely catered to. It was just a quick ride over to the airport and the plane seated about 35 people. Once we reached Samana, Eduardo spotted me in the crowd of 30+ non English speaking touristas. He proceeded to tell me that he would be my private guide, translator and best buddy for the day! And he really was!! The. Next person who approached me was the photographer. He asked everyone if he could take pictures of them (60$ per couple or $50 for singles). I was the only one to request the photo package so I also had my own personal paparazzi! He took over 140 FANTASTIC shots too!!
    We took a beautiful trip into the countryside and made our way to a plantation/farm where I was schooled about cacao, pineapple, cigars and of course MAMJUANA! All are available for purchase. The prices are super reasonable and you have the chance to shop after the horse ride and waterfall.

    next I was fitted for my helmet and boots. Then we got in the jeep and drive to the back of the farm where we were paired up with our horse and guide. This young man never left my side & even ran with Dinéro (my horse)& I many times as we galloped on the way to the waterfall. (I was sure to tell Them I was an experienced rider so that I was given a larger, more fiesty horse that wasn’t afraid to move and pass others).

    The waterfall was breathtaking and worth the muddy, steep 80 steps you have to hike down!!! (Just remember, you have to walk back up too!! Take your time. It’s not for anyone Who is not in decent physical condition), we swam in the waterfall for about half an hour, climbed the stairs back up and mounted the horses again back to the plantation. I did tip my horse guide $20 as it was WELL EARNED. I saw a few people give their boys $5 or $10 & they seemed happy with it. The plantation had an amazing lunch of breads, rice, potatos, chicken, fish and fresh fruits were provided by the owner & workers. Very TASTY! They also provided a rum and coke drink, or soda and waterfront the cooler on the tour truck.

    After lunch we boarded the tour truck again and headed to the other side of the mountain. (From buying cigars and tipping, I needed more cash. they were happy to stop at the ATM!!)
    We then boarded the boat to the island for a fun, 15 minute ride over to the island where we were welcomed with fresh pina colodas and coco locos in the fruit and shell!! These drinks were $5 each but you were also allowed a beer or soda for no charge.
    We spent an hour and a half on the white sandy beach. There is a little market place with local art for purchase and a few guys walking around with snorkel gear to rent as well.
    Our day came to a close with a short ride back in the boat and a quick ride in the truck back to the airport.

    Honestly, I was treated like a princess all day and these guys really work so hard to show everyone their beautiful countryside and share their blessings.
    Worth every penny. Best day ever! I’d take this trip 100 more times. Thank you Punta Cana Tours!!

  11. Missy (verified purchase)

    We booked the Samana waterfall excursion and it was hands down the best excursion I have ever taken! I knew to bring a tip for our main tour guide, but I didn’t realize there would be guide’s that guide your horse to and from the waterfall. These were the real MVP’s of this whole trip! The trails were muddy and could be a bit nerve racking but the horses were well trained and very steady. Don’t try to guide your horse even if you are an expert. These horses know the trails like the back of their hoofs and I trusted my sweet Cappuccino every step of the way. My only regret is that I did not bring more cash to tip the horse guide more. He even carried my backpack and looked after my belongings while I swam. If you are worried about flying in a small plane, don’t! I knew at first sight we had a professional, experienced pilot. Takeoff and landing were as smooth as glass! Bravo gentleman! Joaquin our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very professional! And who can forget our sweet Perez (that was his last name), the photographer who documented our day of adventure every step of the way! Nicest people ever! If you do one excursion on your trip, this is the one! Oh and last but not least, I was very impressed with the communication from Punta Cana tours. They responded so quickly to my emails and questions. Fantastic company all around!

  12. Ashley (verified purchase)

    I loved everything about this excursion! The facilities were beautiful, the staff was so friendly and fun, and the excursions themselves were worth every penny!

  13. Megan (verified purchase)

    I was super nervous reserving online but everything went just as Punta Cana Tours said it would . They are a great company that went out of their way to assist us. I don’t remember meeting anyone that worked for Punta Cana Tours that day but we did have a number for emergencies if one arose. You have to remember that these tours are sold by many companies but there is only one tour in general. No matter who you buy through you end up on the same tour. Our guide Rody was amazing and really made the day special for everyone!!! I think this part of the trip was contracted with S&S tours. We went on the full day Samana day trip (ElLimon Waterfall) w/ Bacardi Island. It was amazing!! The only bummer part was that we put a small deposit on a video with our pictures from the day with Miguel (worked for the tour) and he never delivered it. We waited for an hour after the agreed upon time and he never came. He seemed like a very honest person so I am thinking something must have happened to prevent him from coming to meet with us. It was a small deposit so no worries but I do wish I had those photos 🙁
    Thanks again Punta Cana Tours you helped make our trip one to remember!!

  14. Zariyah (verified purchase)

    Our Samana trip was the highlight of our vacation. I would definitely recommend this excursion to family and friends. Thank you!!

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