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Samana Explorer from Punta Cana by Plane

US$ 219 child - 285 adult

5.00 out of 5

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Offline price: $302
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Duration: approx. 12 hours
Departure time: morning
Runs: Mon, Wed, Fri

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A full day adventure packed with activities and premium service. A short 30 minutes flight will take you from Punta Cana to the wild Samana, described by Christopher Columbus as “the most beautiful thing human eyes had ever seen”. Take in the countryside scenery on a safari truck and visit the awe inspiring Limon waterfall by horseback; taste the local exotic produce and relax in the secluded Bacardi Island (Cayo Levantado). Without a doubt the most complete tour offered in Punta Cana.

What’s included?

  • Samana by plane excursion
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission to El Limon waterfall
  • Boat transportation to Cayo Levantado
  • Professional guides
  • Private plane
  • Horse ride
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Socks (to wear with the rubber boots)
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sneakers
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash


4 Tours in 1

Are you looking for the best excursion to make the most of your time during your next trip to the Dominican Republic and Punta Cana? There is no need to look any further! The Samana Tour by Plane consists of four different excursions packed into one convenient and action-packed package. With this exceptional tour, you will gain the unique chance to go horseback riding, hop on a safari truck, explore Bacardi Island, and take a dip in the most sought-after waterfall in all of the Dominican Republic, Salto del Limon.

After boarding our charter flight in Punta Cana, you will enjoy a relaxing half-hour trip to Samana’s Arroyo Barril Airport. Called the Eden of the Dominican Republic, the peninsula of Samana boasts some of the most pristine beaches and lush forests in the Caribbean. Safari trucks will be awaiting your arrival in the scenic and peaceful port town to immediately begin your adventure into the mountainous terrain of Samana.

At our first stop, you will enjoy some time to taste test some of the region’s most notable produce, including juicy pineapple, mouth-watering mangos, and succulent papaya. Once you have had your fill, you you will saddle up for a 30-minute horseback ride over the rivers and Limon waterfall’s muddy path.

Salto del Limon Waterfall

El Salto de Limon is truly an awe-inspiring sight, positioned deep within the tropical forest of Samana. You are welcome to take a few moments to cool off and go for a swim within the refreshing green lagoon, while catching up-close views of the tremendous 170 feet cascades.

Following the journey to the waterfall you will enjoy a Dominican lunch of chicken, fish, beans, rice, fresh fruit, and dessert.*

Relax at a Paradisiacal Island

After satisfying your appetite, you will travel in a private boat to Cayo Levantado, or Bacardi Island. Nestled among the palm trees and crystal blue waters, the bar offers a variety of drinks to wet your whistle with a stunning mountainous backdrop. It is highly recommended that you try a real Caribbean Piña Colada, served right in the pineapple!*

If you are looking for a mix of exhilarating adventure, exquisite culture, and breathtaking views of the true Caribbean, sign up today to come fly with us to Samana. Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime Samana by Plane excursion from Punta Cana that will create memories that will be cherished forever!

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helpful Tip
– Bring long socks to wear with the rubber boots provided for the trip down to the waterfall.

Departure point
Tour departs from most Punta Cana / Bavaro area hotels. An extra pick up charge may be added to your cart depending on the location of your hotel.

Departure time

Pick up time and location
Pickup time varies depending on the location of your hotel, you will be picked up in the hotel lobby or specified meeting point. The exact pickup time and location will be provided on your voucher after booking.

12 hours (approximate total duration from pickup to drop-off).

Return details
You will be dropped off at your hotel.

Days of operation
Monday, Thursday, Saturday.

Cancellation Policy
– Tours are non-refundable for no show.
– Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance of the scheduled pick up time or there will be no refund.
– Should a tour be cancelled due to bad weather we will reschedule at your earliest convenience. If your dates are not flexible and the rescheduling cannot be done a full refund will be issued.

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8 reviews for Samana Explorer from Punta Cana by Plane

  1. 5 out of 5


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    This tour covered so much it’s hard to know where to begin! We were picked up at our all inclusive and driven to small airport in Punta Cana. The scenery was beautiful as we flew over the Domican to Samana. On the horseback ride each rider has their “own guide” who walks/runs beside you. I groaned at first thinking it was going to be a “pony ride.” Boy, was I ever wrong! My guide quickly saw I was an experienced rider and made it an enjoyable ride.

    These guides work just for tips and do a fantastic job. The walk down to the waterfall is steep and strenuous even though there own stone steps. ( Remember you also have to go back up!) Seeing this beautiful waterfall and swimming in the lagoon was a first for me. The next part of the trip was a boat ride to an island beach. Great swimming and relaxing. Just moving around the island was an experience in itself.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Such a memorable experience – I loved every minute of it! Thanks to the reviewers below on the advice to bring cash for tipping and to purchase some local goods! For reference, I tipped my horseboy and the tour guide $20 USD each and then purchased a cigar box which was around $50 USD. As past reviewers mentioned, the local horseboys are very poor and what you tip them is what they make for the day. Having extra cash on me was definitely useful.
    I had some questions before the trip and Ari and Caribbean Dream were very quick to respond so that was much appreciated. On the day of the trip, the shuttle arrived promptly at 6:45AM at our hotel and took us to the Punta Cana airport. We waited around about 15 minutes for the other groups to arrive and then we received a boarding pass and then got on our private jet (it seats about 8 people). The flight over Samana Bay took about 30 minutes and the view was beautiful. Once we arrived in Samana, the tour guide met the group and greeted us with Coca Cola and Rum (LOL). It was too early for Rum for me, but I happily took some Coke and we boarded the Safari Truck. The truck took us through the town and we arrived at a local house. We were seated outside and the local women gave us samples of coffee, cocoa, tea, and fresh fruit. You can also purchase these goods as well as some handmade artifacts and things like coconut oil at the end of the tasting. We were then led to a small, dark r
    oom which was called the Mel Sigar Factory. He showed us how cigars were made and handed out samples to smoke. There were also cigars available for purchase. After the cigar tour, we were each fitted with a helmet and were each assigned a horse and a horseboy. My horseboy was very attentive and helpful! Though there was a language barrier, he pointed out local fruits and vegetation (including pineapple, coconut, lemon, etc). He also carried my backpack and had the horse began at a light trot and then later began galloping. I was impressed that the horseboy was running right alongside the horse on the rocky terrain and was also carrying my backpack. He also stopped every so often to take my picture at scenic spots. Just a note, the terrain is very rocky and the horseboy will go slower or faster for you depending on what you are comfortable with. We finally made it to the waterfall and there were so many other tourists at the main waterfall. Also note: There was a man there with a pa
    rrot and he perched the parrot on my arm and then proceeded to take our picture. We didn’t have a chance to say yes or no to this, but then he proceeded to tell us that the picture with the parrot was $5. It was a cool picture in the end, but something to keep in mind. The two horseboys took us down a different route to another waterfall where there were only two other people there. We took a dip in the waterfall and the horseboys took pictures for us and watched our stuff.
    After the waterfall, we went up a steep stairwell where my flip flop ended up breaking. My advice would be to wear more sturdy shoes unlike me so you don’t slip! We took the horse back and arrived back at the house for lunch. We had grilled fish, rice, beans, chicken, bread, pasta, and fresh fruits like mangoes and coconut. It was soo delicious! There were also various types of soda and water to drink. We then got back on the truck and they took us to the pier to dock a speedboat to Cayo Levantado. We were given about an hour and a half on this island. I wish we could have spent longer here! It was so beautiful here and the water was so clear! There was also a bar on the island where one drink was included. I ordered an extra Coco Loco drink, which was $5. This wrapped up the activities for the day, and then we boarded the speedboat back to the Island and then got on the truck. The truck took us back to the airport and then finally back to the hotel around 6:00PM or so. If you are
    contemplating whether or not you should book this trip, just DO IT! Definitely won’t regret it and worth the money.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Great excursion combines multiple experiences (advice at bottom): 30 minute private charter plane to Samana island, open truck ride through town, horseback ride over rocky terrain to a beautiful falls where you can swim if you want, horseback ride back to local home where you sample homemade hot cocoa, hot coffee, hot tea (I say “hot” because I did not have any issues with these “water-based” drinks), sugarcane, and rum. Then watch a guy make a cigar before your eyes; buy cigars if you want. Then homemade buffet lunch at the house – they have picnic tables set up under shade. Lunch and drinks were included, no extra charge. Then truck to pier where you take a 5-10 minute boat ride to an even smaller island that has a private beach to swim. Crystal clear water and free beach chairs available. Be careful of sea urchins in the reefs. Then back on boat to truck to small charter plane. 12 hour all day thing. Advice: I would just wear a bathing suit and water shoes to make it easier, snorkel gear if you want, bring a napsack, a towel (for falls and beach), snacks (starving by lunch time and on your way back to your own resort), some bottled water for yourself and your horse tour boy (they walk next to you guiding the horse on that rocky terrain, hold your stuff while you swim, and help you clean up after swimming), change of clothes if you want (you can change at the house but you will want to keep bathing suit on after falls for beach visit later in the day. After the beach, that would be a good time to change to dry clothes at their bathroom), antibacterial wipes, sunscreen! (Several people were already red/sunburn after horse ride), hat, cash to tip horse tour guide and main tour guide and to buy local items like cigars, artwork, foods, coffee, cocoa and oils. I tipped horse tour boy $10-15 US and the main tour guide $20 US. But it was nice to have cash to buy other stuff like local cigars ($50-100 US), cocoa ($5-10), and coconut oil ($5-10). You can keep your back sack with you at all times and holds stuff you buy).

  4. 5 out of 5


    Family, friends and anyone reading…this is a great excursion. Samana was the most memorable part of our vacation. Loved it, thanks!

  5. 5 out of 5


    This was an amazing excursion! It really is 4 tours in 1. And well worth the money. The waterfall and beach are absolutely beautiful. The only downfall would be that since there is so much to do in one day you don’t get a lot of time to spend at each.
    Our tour guide Nathanial was awesome!!! He spoke like 7 different languages and told us a lot about the Dominican. He made the trip interesting while we were driving to the waterfall and island.
    Be sure to bring sunscreen, a towel and money for tips. There are guides that help you down to the waterfall, they are very helpful and very poor, basically what you tip them is what they make for the day.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I loved this day! full of activities from start to finish. The fly over the Samana Bay is breathtaking, really, really beautiful. Once in Samana we boarded a safari truck to get to a ranch where we tasted the local produce of cofee, cocoa, mamajuana (a local alcoholic aphrodisiac), Moringa tea, fresh fruit and you get a chance to buy some of it at the end of the tasting (I purchased the cocoa because it was soooo good).

    After the tasting we got to see how cigars were made and samples were handed out to those who smoked (I don’t), this was little bit boring for me but thankfully is short. We then proceeded to put on rubber boots and a helmet to get on the horses that take you down to the waterfall, the ride was very fun but my buttucks were sore the next morning! The horse ride is peaceful and you get to take in the beautiful countryside.

    To get to the waterfall you have to go down some steps on foot for about 5 minutes, you are told to pace yourself so you don’t get tired and from my experience that is definitely good advice. The waterfall is AMAZING, extremely beautiful and as soon as you see it you want to swim in it. The water is cold and there’s breeze because of the waterfall but after the horse ride and walking it’s just what the doctor ordered. My only complaint about this tour is that we ddin’t spend enought time at the waterfall (at least in my opinion) the place is truly amazing.

    We then got back to the ranch for lunch (typical dominican lunch) and it was quite good. I’m a vegetarian and I found they provided good options for those of us who don’t eat meat. After lunch and some rest we got back into the truck to go to the pier, you get to see some of Samana which is quite picturesque. We got into a speedboat to get to Cayo Levantado and the way over there is filled with beautiful sights…

    Once at Cayo Levantado we were given about an hour and a half to leisure in the island which is very peaceful. There’s a bar where you can order a drink included in the tour price and then you have to pay for extra drinks. I purchased a Piña colada that was served on the pineapple, very exotic. This was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

  7. 5 out of 5


    it was a GREAT trip. our guide – the man with the pony tail who was speaking 4 languages! – was very helpful, great info and a great personality.

    thanks again!

  8. 5 out of 5


    AMAZING DAY!!! when they say 4 tours in 1 they really mean it… it’s activity after activity after activity. I thought it was a little pricey when I booked but now I think is underpriced! everything was wonderful, the plane ride, the truck ride, the horseback riding, boat ride, lunch, catamaran ride, everything! two thumbs way way up!

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Customer Questions & Answers

Michelle Davis
2 months 19 days ago

We are staying in an airbnb apt in Punta Cana. Do we need to get transportation to a resort on the list, or may we be picked up in front of the place we are staying?

2 months 4 days ago

Hello Michelle, You would need to get to one of the listed hotels for pickup. I recommend choosing the Sheraton Four Points since you can park your car in the parking lot of Punta Cana Village which is right in front of the hotel. You would be dropped off there at the end of the day and you just get in your car and drive back to where you’re staying.

Kristin Mestre
3 months 8 days ago

I really want to do this tour but am skeptical since I am going with my 7 month old. I really want to go to Salto de Limon waterfall but it seems every tour I have seen requires to get there by horseback. What do you recommend?

3 months 6 days ago

Hi Kristin,

Indeed horseback riding is highly recommended to get to Salto del Limon. You can walk there (the guides walk there and back on each trip) but due to the distance I wouldn’t recommend it since you’d take longer than the rest of the group to get there and once you get there it would almost be time to return so you’d enjoy Salto del Limon less time than everyone else.

You could carry your baby on a chest strap if you feel comfortable riding a horse with him or her. The horse ride is at a slow pace so it’s as safe as it can be.

Please let me know if you have any more questions, for a faster response please use the “support” button on the right hand bottom corner of this site or e-mail us at and me or Jhon will answer your questions. =)

RaeAnne Whiting
6 months 12 hours ago

Would this be good to do with young children? Ages 4 and 6?

5 months 13 days ago

Hola RaeAnne, I don’t see why not =) This is a family friendly tour and a great way to get to know rural parts of the DR other than Punta Cana.

Matthew Gaines
7 months 28 days ago

Our main interest in this tour is the Cayo Levantado portion. Is it possible to alter the itinerary so we can go directly to the island, rather than the other locations and still be able to return with the group at the end of the day?

7 months 20 days ago

Hola Matthew, unfortunately no modifications to the itinerary are possible. Cayo Levantado is a beautiful place but I can assure you that the waterfall is breathtaking and I totally recommend visiting this spot.