Channel your inner Indiana Jones on an extraordinary Caribbean adventure that mixes archeology, caving, boat rides and exotic wildlife. Explore the ancient cave drawings of the Taino people, take a leisurely hike through the rainforest and enjoy a refreshing dip at a secret beach location. To finish things off, we’ll sit down together and enjoy a delicious lunch made up of traditional, local dishes. You will go home safe in the knowledge that, like Indy, you chose your tour wisely…
Your adventure begins as we board the local ferry boat that will escort us on a dazzling journey across the bay from Samana to Sabana de la Mar.
From here we’ll take a ride through the countryside. Your mode of transportation will depend on the number of people in your group. If there are less than 3 of you, we’ll take a motorcycle (locals call it a motoconcho), and for 4 persons or more we’ll hop in the back of a pickup truck as the locals do and enjoy the fresh breeze of the countryside on our faces as we go.
Once we arrive in Caño Hondo, on the outskirts of the National Park, we’ll jump on a traditional boat which will then take us through one of the largest mangrove forests on the island. This forest is a treasure trove of exotic wildlife and as we glide along your guide will chat to you about the environmental significance and importance of these wetlands.
Entering San Lorenzo bay, you will be blown away by the rock formations of Los Haitises National Park, considered to be one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean, comparable to Halong Bay in Vietnam and Viñales in Cuba. Our captain will lead the boat through small rock alleys that only a small boat can access.
We’ll visit the Sand Cave and stop to admire the striking speleothems and petroglyphs hand-carved by the aboriginals. We’ll also spend some time exploring the Line Cave with its countless Taino people pictographs. Here you’ll learn about the culture of the original inhabitants of the Dominican Republic.
Next up, we’ll take you to one of our favourite secluded beaches for a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea.
Then we’ll whisk you off for a delicious, traditional lunch at a local restaurant in Sabana de La Mar, a delightful old city full of history, which we’ll talk about over lunch.
After you’re feeling full and satisfied, it’s time to get back on the ferry for more exquisite views of the Bay as we head back to Samana, where your tour ends.
Your guide will be more than happy to help you find your way back to your accommodation. Don’t forget to ask for more tips of what else to see, do and eat during your stay in the Dominican Republic.
Dress standard: Please bring a hat or cap, sunglasses, bathing suit, towel, change of dry clothes.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Dietary Notes: We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fantastic tour with Jose! We spent a wonderful day with Jose who arranged a tour for us during our trip to the Dominican Republic.... read moreWe spent a wonderful day with Jose who arranged a tour for us during our trip to the Dominican Republic. We went horseback riding and hiked to a beautiful waterfall, then had a lovely home-cooked lunch in a local woman's home. Jose was extremely knowledgeable, his energy is infectious! Our two boys, ages 11 and 14, will never forget it! read less
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Delicious food and great tour guides! It was a fun and great one on one tour with my tour guides. I would definitely recommend it to... read moreIt was a fun and great one on one tour with my tour guides. I would definitely recommend it to other people! I liked the food, the beach, the restaurant experiences, and my tour guides, Jose Uribe and Francis Silvestre. I would totally do this experience all over again. I was able to try locally grown and cooked food such as guanabanas, mangoes, bananas, cocoa, chocolate wine, red snapper, octopus salad, and so much more! My tour guides were willing to explain a lot of stuff about the island and take pictures of me in places if I wanted to. I got to learn how chocolate is made in the factories there and all the delicious food Dominicans have there as well as what their lives are like. All the people I encountered were really sweet and genuine and it is an experience that anyone should pay for; words cannot describe how amazing this excursion was! More read less
Great staff who clearly enjoy their work We were part of a large group tour (a couple hundred people organized into smaller, but still fairly large groups... read moreWe were part of a large group tour (a couple hundred people organized into smaller, but still fairly large groups of 40 or so people) that included a walking tour through the oldest parts of Santo Domingo with stops at historic sites along the way, plus a visits to a chocolate museum (which was great), a 4D cinema (which was a bit cheesy), and a slightly-too-long stop at a tourist shop, culminating in a truly lovely lunch buffet in an old colonial hotel, with a rum tasting and visits from Carnival "diablos". Despite that, with such a large group, it could be hard to hear the explanations of the various historical stops, our guide was really warm and friendly, and happy to chat or answer questions, as was the young woman who helped shepherd our group. In all, it was a delightful few hours' easy walking tour. read less
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