What to Expect:
Humpback Whales Observatory:
Each winter the humpback whales make the journey from the North Atlantic to the Samana Bay to give birth to their calves. Enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains that surround the Samana Bay. Note: Sometimes we visit Cayo Levantado island (sometimes called Bacardi Island) at the end of the day.
You may get wet, so dress appropriately and bring a towel. Ride may be rough at times and we recommend you take sea sickness medication if you are susceptible.
El Limon National Park:
The National Park is about a 30 min horseback ride. Don’t be too afraid of the horses, (No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs may ride the horses) they are experts at traversing the crazy looking trail, with a couple steep inclines, that you take to get in and out. There also is a local horse handler who will walk alongside each horse in the group. Once we arrive at the precipice of the waterfalls we will dismount and then you walk down a steep mountainside the last 300 yards which includes walking on some uneven surfaces that can also become muddy. It is worth it though. You have now arrived at the base of the spectacular El Limon Waterfalls. Spend some time swimming in the refreshing waters of the waterfall’s large pool. If you are game you should swim into the falls and see the cave underneath. We take our customers personally under the falls and into the cave. You should be a good swimmer though. (Any guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.) After your swim and picture taking you will walk back up the steep steeps to the top of the falls where, after a short break, you will mount back up on the horses for your ride back out. Once you arrive at the ranch you can wash up, use the restrooms and enjoy the delicious healthy home cooked, entirely over a wood fire, buffet lunch. We even have been complimented on these meals by vegetarians so there is something for everyone. Even glass bottled Coke, Again made with Real Sugar!
This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, people with heart problems or pregnant women. Flat shoes with a non-slip sole and closed toes are recommended or a hiking sandal – no flip flops. Light, comfortable clothing, cap, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended. Weight limit for horseback ride is 250 pounds.
Note: The price does not include a tip for the horse handler who walks alongside your horse. They do a good job controlling the horses at all times and only receive tips as payment, which each rider would have to take care of. I recommend around $10 US but if you enjoyed their service and would like to give more that is not a problem. The government has stipulated that every horseback rider that goes in must have a handler with them. These are local people who in many cases own the horse you will ride. They are not employees of our company although I do try to hand pick the best ones available. Very few speak English but they are very helpful and hard working.
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6:00-7:30 am Pickup at Punta Cana or Bavaro Hotel or accommodations and have
9:30 am Arrive at Canita to meet your boat and tour guide
10:00 am Head out to see the Whales
12:00-12:30 pm Depart National Whale Observatory Waters for Samana town
1:00 pm Arrive at Samana Town dock and head to lunch
1:30 pm Lunch at the ranch
2:00 pm Start on Horseback
2:45 pm Swim in waterfalls and take AMAZING pictures
4:30 pm Load up in vehicle back to Samana Dock
5:00 pm Arrive at dock in Samana and head across the Samana Bay
5:30 pm Leave Canita Dock
7:00-7:30 pm Arrive in Punta area