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Samaná Day Trips from Punta Cana

Samaná Day Trips from Punta Cana

The scenic peninsula of Samaná is the Dominican Republic at its most spectacular. Day trips from Punta Cana to Samaná visit protected national parks, picturesque waterfalls, tropical forests, Caribbean-style beaches, and even out into the clear waters in search of whales. Here are your options for Samaná day trips from Punta Cana.

Tours by Road

Many tours by road begin with a bus transfer from Punta Cana to Miches. From there, participants board a speedboat, catamaran, or another vessel for transfers to other locations around Samaná Bay. Some tours head to town or to the island of Cayo Levantado (also known as Bacardi Island).

Day tours by road typically include visits to a Dominican ranch, safari rides through the Sierra de Samaná mountain range, horseback riding, or trips to the 165-foot (52-meter) El Limón waterfall. Several tours also go to the National Park of Los Haitises, where you can see rare wildlife species, such as solenodon (a raccoon-sized nocturnal mammal with a venomous bite), and caves featuring pictograms created by the Taino people. Some experiences also include whale-watching excursions in Samaná Bay, a popular sighting spot for humpback whales.

Tours by Air

If you want to squeeze more adventure into your Samaná day trip and enjoy aerial views while you’re at it, a tour by air will help you maximize your time. Flights usually depart early morning from Punta Cana. From there, it’s just a 45-minute journey to Arroyo Barril Airport in Samaná. Some tours by air incorporate horseback rides, cruises to Cayo Levantado, swimming at El Limón waterfall, ranch visits, and honey, coffee, and cacao tastings, as well as whale-watching tours of the bay.

Things to Know

  • Most tours to Samaná from Punta Cana—whether by land or air—are full-day excursions, typically lasting eight to 12 hours.

  • Driving from Punta Cana to Miches takes about two hours.

  • Day tours usually include a Dominican lunch and, in some instances, snacks.

  • Bring sunscreen and beach essentials as most day tours involve free time at the beach.

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Samana Adventure to Limon Waterfall and Cayo Levantado From Punta Cana

Samana Adventure to Limon Waterfall and Cayo Levantado From Punta Cana

Enjoy a tour that combines the most popular attractions on the Samana Peninsula—Limon Waterfall and Cayo Levantado—in one day. Sail aboard a catamaran from Miches, then go horseback riding to the Limon Waterfall, and swim in a local lagoon. Feast on a traditional Dominican lunch and ride aboard another boat out to Cayo Levantado, where you can explore and swim. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Humpback whales Watching + Samana Eco-Tour

Humpback whales Watching + Samana Eco-Tour

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Every year, about 2,000 humpback whales visit the waters off the coast of the Dominican Republic to mate and breed their calves. On this whale watching excursion from Punta Cana, you'll board a catamaran and cruise around Samana Bay to spot humpback whales. Then enjoy a buffet-style lunch on the tiny island of Cayo Levantando. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.67
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Full Day Samana Whales from Punta Cana with Waterfall, Bacardi Island & Lunch

Full Day Samana Whales from Punta Cana with Waterfall, Bacardi Island & Lunch

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Experience a morning of adventure and an afternoon of relaxation in Samana on a full-day guided bus trip from Punta Cana. A multilingual guide accompanies you throughout the tour to one of the most beautiful places in the Dominican Republic. Highlights include Samana Bay, home of humpback whales (seasonally); secluded Limon Waterfall; the tropical island of Cayo Levantado; horseback riding; and a traditional Dominican lunch (rice, beans, meat, salad, fresh fruit, and coffee).
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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$169.00
Price varies by group size

From Punta Cana: Famous Whale Samana and Cayo Levantado Beach with Whale Biologist

From Punta Cana: Famous Whale Samana and Cayo Levantado Beach with Whale Biologist

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This educational tour is led by a marine biologist Kim Beddall, one of the country’s foremost whale experts. Each winter, humpback whales come to Samana Bay to give birth to a new generation of calves. See these majestic animals for yourself and listen as your guide explains how the animals return to the bay every year. When boat time is over, enjoy lunch and beach time at Cayo Levantado Beach.
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  • 12 hours
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$234.00
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Samana Discovery Tour from Punta Cana
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Samana Discovery Tour from Punta Cana

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Discover all that Samana has to offer on this comprehensive day trip. The guided itinerary takes you from Parque La Ceiba to a Dominican ranch aboard a safari-style vehicle. Then head into the rain forest for a horseback ride and refresh in the pools of Cascada el Limón. After lunch, your adventure continues with a boat cruise to Cayo Levantado, where you can relax with a drink in hand.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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Samaná Whale Watching Excursion and Cayo Levantado Adventure from Punta Cana

Samaná Whale Watching Excursion and Cayo Levantado Adventure from Punta Cana

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Get up close with the Dominican Republic’s gentle giants of the sea during this 12-hour Humpback whale-watching excursion on Sámana Bay. Spend an unforgettable day observing the thousands of whales that flock to the island each year to mate, feed and play in its warm tropical waters. As you observe these beautiful creatures you’ll enjoy unique insights from your expert whale-watching guide. Finish the day with an included lunch and beach time on beautiful Cayo Levantado Island. Round-trip hotel transport is also included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
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