4 Days / 3 Nights

Map of our trip Samana Explorer

Samaná Explorer from/to Punta Cana 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Samaná is the most beautiful region in the Dominican Republic and your visit is not complete without visiting and exploring this spectacular peninsula. Unfortunately, it is a 4 to 5 hours drive from Punta Cana, but we have the perfect solution for you: we’ll go by boat! Further advantage of this option is that a trip to the stunning national park Los Haitises is included as well, which is mostly only accessible by boat. And last but not least you can see one of the two biggest attractions the Samaná peninsula has to offer (depending on the season): the waterfall Salto El Limón or the whales migrating in the bay of Samaná..

Day 1: Punta Cana – National Park Los Haitises

In the morning your personal driver will pick you up at your hotel in Punta Cana, Bavaro, Macao or Uvero Alto. On your way along the rolling hills of the Cordillera Oriental you will pass little villages and some beautiful views of the area. There is an option to make a stop at Montaña Redonda, an impressive and unique hill, from where you have a 360° panorama and can make absolutely amazing photo shots, thanks to its extra-large hanging swings and the incredible view from the mountain top. You can either hike up on a strenuous 30-45 minute climb or take one of the safari trucks available at the trailhead.
After an approximate 2.5 hour drive you are about to arrive in our amazing eco-lodge in the national park Los Haitises. It is rustic, but cozy and the surrounding waterfalls all over the property are stunning and absolutely unique. You can enjoy the local Dominican lunch buffet and use your afternoon to swim in the different natural swimming pools – a refreshing experience. Alternatively you can explore the national park with a guide or just enjoy the great views over the park. At night, relax and have dinner while listening to the gentle sounds of the waterfalls.
Transfer time: 2.5-3 hours
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Eco-Lodge in a beautiful surrounding in the national park ***, Standard Room

Incentive Trip in the Dominican Republic - Moountain Top in Punta Cana

Montana Redonda

Incentive Travel in the Dominican Republic: National Park Los Haitises

Eco Lodge in the National Park Los Haitises

Day 2: National Park Los Haitises – Cayo Leventado – Las Terrenas

After breakfast, you will grab your luggage and go on a boat excursion through the mangroves towards the enormous lagoon “Bay of San Lorenzo”. This lagoon is simply breathtaking and unique in its natural splendor. Move slowly through the shallow water and observe how the rock island was formed over the centuries, providing a place where countless varieties of birds can be seen. In fact, there are more than 120 different documented species of birds, one of which is the “Cigua Palmera” (Palm chat), the Dominican Republic’s National Bird.
This fantastic primitive landscape was first populated by the Ciboney tribes and later by the Tainos. Their existence is documented in numerous cave paintings of whales, fish, insects and a shaman (Behique). With a little luck you may also get to see a rare West Indies manatee in the lagoon.
From here, the boat will take you across the Samaná bay to Cayo Levantado where you will enjoy a delicious Dominican lunch and have time to relax on the popular beach of Cayo Levantado, also called Bacardi Island. In the afternoon, the captain will take you to the port of Samaná where your chauffeur is already waiting for you to bring you to Las Terrenas. A very modern 1-bedroom-suite in a beachfront hotel (only a road is between the hotel and the beach) in the village centre is booked for you, from where you can explore the multiple bars and restaurants of Las Terrenas.
Transfer time: 45 minutes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Aligio Apart-Hotel ****, 1-Bedroom Suite (2-Bedroom-Suite for 3 and 4 persons)

An excursion through the Los Haitises National Park

An excursion through the Los Haitises National Park

Incentive Travel in the Dominican Republic: National Park Los Haitises

National Park Los Haitises

Day 3: Whalewatching (Jan-Mar) or Waterfall El Limón (Apr-Dec) in Samaná

Depending on the season, you will go either on a boat trip to observe the giants of the ocean or on a ride to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Dominican Republic.

The mating season for humpback whales is from mid of January until the end of March. These massive animals splash in the warm waters of the Samaná bay and are truly a wonder to see by boat. Our tour take you into the bay to see the impressive whales and learn everything about these mammals from your interpretive guides.
If you are staying off the whale season (April until the begin of January) or on request, you will head to the Salto El Limón, the highest waterfall in Samaná and the most beautiful one in the Dominican Republic. After a short transfer from Las Terrenas (20 minutes) you can either go by mule/horse or by foot through the dense vegetation of the area until you reach the falls after 30-45 minutes. With either option a steep stairway has to be walked down and up, but you can refresh yourself in the wonderful natural swimming pool of the waterfall and take amazing photo shots.

Your afternoon and evening is at your free disposal. We recommend you to enjoy the beach town atmosphere of Las Terrenas and visit one (or more) of the several beachfront bars and restaurants.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (Lunch only with Salto El Limon excursion)
Accommodation: Aligio Apart-Hotel ****, 1-Bedroom Suite (2-Bedroom-Suite for 3 and 4 persons)

Stunning waterfall Salto El Limón on the Samaná peninsula

Stunning waterfall Salto El Limón on the Samaná peninsula

Watch the humpback whales in the bay of Samaná

Watch the humpback whales in the bay of Samaná

Day 4: Samaná – Punta Cana (Santo Domingo optional)

Today is time to say goodbye to the Samaná peninsula, but not without spending some more time on more highlights the Dominican Republic has to offer. For this last day, we have three options for you, of which option 1 is included in the package and the other two options can be added if you wish.

Option 1)
Enjoy some free-time in the morning in Las Terrenas and explore more of the surrounding beaches. We recommend you to take a short ride to Playa Cosón, a several mile-long beachwhich is both pristine and incredibly beautiful. After lunch-time, our private driver will pick you up in Las Terrenas (if desired we can arrange the pick-up right at Playa Cosón) and bring you back to Punta Cana. The well-maintained highways on this road makes it a quite quick journey of 4 hours.
Transfer time: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast

Option 2)
In the morning, our private driver will pick you up in Las Terrenas and bring you to Santo Domingo, which is half-way between Samaná and Punta Cana. Upon arrival in the UNESCO-awarded Zona Colonial a private guide will welcome you for your private walking tour along the most historic places of the country – all clustered right in the Zona Colonial. During this 2.5-hour guided walking tour you will follow Columbus’ footsteps and see (among other things) the oldest cathedral of the New World, castles, ruins and the residency of Columbus’s son, Don Diego. You will also visit a cigar manufacturer, where you will see the production of the popular Dominican cigars. After the walking tour you can have lunch, spend about an hour more wandering along the narrow streets on your own and afterwards head back with your private driver who will bring you safe and sound to your hotel in Punta Cana.
Transfer time: 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast

Option 3)
If the journey via land is too long we can also book a flight for you (subject to the itinerary). Enjoy some hours in the morning in Las Terrenas and head to Playa Cosón as recommended in option 1. After lunch, you will be picked up by our private driver who brings you to the Arroyo Barril Airport, approximately a 50 minutes drive away from Las Terrenas. From here you will fly straight to Punta Cana with great aerial views of the areas you have seen in the past days: the bay of Samaná, National Park Los Haitises and the coastline in and around Punta Cana. From the airport in Punta Cana a private transfer will bring you back to your hotel.
Transfer time: 50 minutes driving + 30 minutes flying + 20 minutes driving
Meals included: Breakfast

Inside the Alcazar de Colon (Columbus’s son’s house), Santo Domingo.

Beautiful Playa Cosón in Las Terrenas

Beautiful Playa Cosón in Las Terrenas

The trip includes:

– Private transportation in an air-conditioned minivan from your location in Punta Cana to your hotel at national park Los Haitises (stop at Montaña Redonda for a surcharge)
– Private transportation in an air-conditioned minivan from the port in Samaná to your hotel in Las Terrenas
– Private transportation in an air-conditioned minivan from your hotel in Las Terrenas back to Punta Cana (to a location/hotel of your choice)

Hotels & Meals:
– All overnight accommodations at hotels mentioned in the program
– All meals mentioned in the itinerary as “Meals included”

Excursions & Entrance Fees:
– Excursion through the national park Los Haitises by boat visiting bays and caves, incl. national park fee
– Visit of Cayo Levantado (incl. lunch) and free time for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing
– Whalewatching excursion or excursion to Salto El Limón (depending on the season)

Not included
– Optional tips, personal expenses, souvenirs, visa fees etc.

Prices per person start from:

  • 881 USD with double occupancy
  • 1.621 USD with single occupancy
  • 730 USD with triple occupancy
  • 598 USD when booking two double rooms and sharing one rental car
  • 380 USD child (up to 10 years)

Please note:
This package is especially suitable to book before, in between or after an all-inclusive stay in a resort in Punta Cana. It can start at every resort in Punta Cana, Cap Cana, Bavaro, Macao and Uvero Alto. Please contact us for our available specials if you also would like to book your resort or excursions through us.

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This map shows the route of our trip 'Samaná Explorer'
This map shows the route of our trip ‘Samaná Explorer’

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