Approx 11 Hours
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(7 customer reviews)


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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Here’s What You Get

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…

Availability is Limited year round so click, tap or scroll down to Book Now!

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.

7 reviews for Samana

  1. 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!!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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…

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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