Private Samaná: Bay Expedition

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 8 hours
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 3
  • age requirement 6+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Samana, Dominican Republic
  • Ends Samana, Dominican Republic
  • Cross the tropical paradise of Samaná Bay on a ferry boat as the locals do
  • Discover the caves and admire the intricate wall paintings of the Taino people
  • Enjoy a boat ride through the mangrove forest, between the islands of the national park
  • Take a refreshing dip in the ocean at a secluded beach only locals know about
The Private Samaná: Bay Expedition tour starts and ends in Samana. The Private Samaná: Bay Expedition is a sailing, yachting and motor boating tour that takes 8 hours.

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…
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Mrs. Kate's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Mrs. Kate
  • On Mar 22 2016
“Juni was particularly knowledgeable and patient as we stopped a lot to watch local activities. We ate so much and got to try all kinds of local dishes, watch them being made and interact with the locals - we were not a fussy group which meant not having to miss out on foods because of allergies etc Highly recommend.”
Ms. Holly's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Holly
  • On Jul 11 2016
“Fantastic tour with a great guide (Brian). Lots of different taste tests with plenty to eat and drink and great history of the area and the small businesses that make it so interesting”
Mr. Peter's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Peter
  • On Aug 27 2016
“This was a wonderful exploration of Georgetown's various food cultures. Our guide Juni ensured we had many opportunities to see how vendors prepared exotic food and they were always so welcoming and quite happy to be photographed as they worked. We ate only in authentic, local places - highly recommended.”

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. Make sure you check out our other tours on the island, too! 

  • Dominican-style lunch.
  • Ferry boat fees
  • Local transportation
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Boat ride to Los Haitises
  • Light refreshments during the tour
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Additional food or drink
  • items of a personal nature
  • and tips / gratuities for your guide.
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Cancellation for this Private Samaná: Bay Expedition tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


Full payment of 141 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Travel Insurance

Private Samaná: Bay Expedition tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Private Samaná: Bay Expedition tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Samaná Malecon. Beside the sea, in front of Calle Duarte.

Meeting end point :

Samaná Malecon. Besides de Mirador at the sea, In front of Calle Duarte.

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