Debbie's Dominican Travel.com Old Reviews - Full Day Safari Punta Cana, east coast
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Dawn & Shaun from Oliver, British Columbia, Canada
April 2009
We booked a full-day Punta Cana adventure with the Bavaro Runners. It was AWESOME. Everyone who travels to Punta Cana should take this informative tour. We learned so much about the Dominican people and their way of life...their economy, their beliefs, their jobs, their family lives, etc. all while seeing the stunning countryside. Our guide, Eros, was hilarious. He really made the trip! If you do take this excursion, please bring school supplies as they stop at an Elementary School. Bavaro Runners has made it their cause to help fund the schools and they are so appreciative if you can help them by bringing markers, paper, pens, pencils, etc.
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Myles from Ottawa
March 2009
My companion did the Bavaro Runners local tour - Horeseback riding, visiting the Sugar Cane fields, coffee and Cocoa plantation, Tabacco plantation, saw a cigar rolling demonstration, there was a zipline stop on the mountains and a visit to the the public beach. Lunch and drinks provided and since my companion had some mobility issues, she found the tour quite easy to manage, and it was a full day included Lunch and drinks (of course). She was really impressed with the diverse experience and the price was good at 100$ US for the day.
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Vicky from Milwaukee, WI
February 2009
The Bavaro Runners trip included a visit to a surgar cane plantation, coffee farm, cigar farm, horseback riding and lunch up in the hills. Amazing views and amazing people.
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Jeff from Michigan
February 2009
We went on the full-day Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure excursion. This took us to a local school, a sugar-cane field, and into the mountains to visit a home which actively farms cocoa & coffee beans. After lunch we went horse-back riding & finally to a local beach.
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Canada
January 2009
WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!
Our tour guide was Mimi and he was very very good. We really liked that he wasn't over the top all the time and he took the time to tell us about the politics and culture good and bad. They picked us up at our resort with a great bus and we went to a sugar cane field and tried out the sugar cane (tasty). We went horseback riding and then to a family farm. That was really interesting. We learned about all the things they grow there and then they had the items for sale for VERY reasonable prices. We had lunch up in the hills - BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! The food was great and it was So pretty! We watched a man make cigars and they smelled wonderful!! Then we went to a beach that had fantastic waves!!!
We body surfed for over an hour and had so much fun.
I would recommend!!!!
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Tracy from Canada
December 2008
Bring only american money to the Dominican if you can. We got hosed by converting travellers cheques to pesos and then were almost penalized for being a tourist using pesos instead of the american dollar. We saw this at the cigar factory on this tour. We were paid 30 pesos to one dollar when exchanging travllers cheques but when we were using pesos they were converting at 39 pesos to get back to the american dollar. The same box of cigars I bought in Cuba for $30 was going for $150 on this tour. So find a tour operator to recommend where to buy or ask a local you trust to buy the cigars for you. We didn't get the cigars we expected for the price we wanted. By the time all the exchanging of currency was done it was more expensive than buying them at home. This adventure also took us to a sugar cane field where we learned about sugar in the domincan. There was an armed gaurd here to prevent the haitian kids from coming from the sugar fields onto the buses and stealing electronics. Not that they all are thiefs, this tour has a reputation for the tourists handing out toys or school supplies so kids are always excited to see these tour buses. If you dont want to bring stuff for the dominican kids you can also donate to this tour operator. They sponsor schools in their community in the dominican which is awesome. We went for a short horse back ride that anyone could go on. It wasnt far or fast and showed a little of the dominican countryside. Our guide Kevin was awesome in the way that he pointed out local fauna and how it is used to heal health concerns in the dominican. The second last stop on this tour was a ranch where you could buy fresh vanilla, coffee, cocoa, mamjuana, oregano or cinnamon. It all smells heavenly and was 5$ for all the items except the mamajuana. The tour then went for a dominican lunch. The food was great. Here there was a flea market to buy things from as well. The last stop on this tour for an hour was a beach to play at. It was a nice beach and there were beach vendors. Everything from these vendors is cheapy cheapy. Don't buy your cigars from these guys they are looking for tourists to buy their cheap cigars and have anything from newspapers to leaves other than tobacco in them. It was a good tour I would recommend it for learning about the dominican and seeing life outside the resorts.
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Ieesha from Ohio
August 2008
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!! Our tourguide was Mimi and he was very knowledgeable of Dominican people and culture. We learned so much from him! We were picked up at our resort on an open air bus and taken to a ranch for horseback riding. We only rode for 15 minutes, but that was enough, as we are not experienced riders who sit correctly. It was an easy ride and we weren't sore afterward. We left there and drove through the countryside to a "typical" Domincan home which also functions as a ranch where they were picking and grinding coffee beans and cacao beans. We sampled caribbean fruits, coffee, and mamajuana. The mamajuana there had been marinating for 3 years and was much tastier and smoother than what they serve at the resorts. We then visited an elementary school. We got to see a 4th/5th grade split class. We took pictures with the kids and left school supplies we'd brought over with us with the teacher. Mimi cautioned us not to leave too much with the kids at the school because Bavaro Runners sponsors the schools they take tourist to. They only go to each school one day out of the week so as not to disrupt the learning process. He told us to give the majority of our things to the children back in the countryside. We went back into the country side and when kids would run behind the bus asking for things, we would stop and give them snacks, candy, and school supplies we'd brought with us. We stopped at a ranch for lunch. The food was Dominican cuisine and EXCELLENT!!! That was one of the best meals I had the whole week. We left there and went to Macao beach. It was the most beautiful beach I'd ever seen. None of the resorts that I've stayed at had a beachfront like this. However, there are vendors and begging children on that beach to beware of. The children there don't want candy or school supplies. They want MONEY. And only MONEY!!! One little boy tried to sell my cousin fruit. When she said no and offered him a stick of gum, he got an attitude, snatched his fruit from her and walked away...with the gum. We're on vacation. We laughed about it.
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Mary & Jeff from Columbus, Wisconsin, USA
July 2008
We also did the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure day tour. This was a long day but very interesting. We had a great group of people on our bus and everyone was entertained. We had a short horseback ride, toured a school, local home, cocoa/coffee plantation/sugarcane field, one man cigar factory, eat lunch then went to a beach. The ride was very bumpy (bad roads) and lots of driving around seeing the countryside. The beach area needed to be cleaned up but the water was beautiful. Over all it was a good day and would recommend this trip if you want to see the area.
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Julie from USA
May 2008
We only went on one tour Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure and it was great. They take you through the real country side to a ranch and you go horse back riding, then to a real house where they make coffee and chocolate, to a school house, then they feed you (the food was good but there was fly problem that really grossed out some people and they didn't eat). After lunch we went to a beach and chilled with some rum. The tour was worth every penny.
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Tony from NB, Canada
April 2008<
We took three, but would like to say that the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure with Eddie was well worth it and was a great way to experience the local Dominican culture. The tour stopped at a school and they always appreciate school supplies, so bring along a few pencils and notebooks if you plan on going.
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Rebecca
April 2008
I went on the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure full day tour, which is $85 US if you arrange it through your hotel. It was a lot of fun and I met many interesting people and got a chance to see a bit of the Dominican Republic outside of the resort. Pipo, our tour guide, was very entertaining. The one place that I was looking forward to was seeing a school. If you bring supplies to donate to the school, you are able to go in and meet the teacher(s) and see the classrooms. Check out the "Giving Back" section of the Bavaro Runners website to see what kinds of things schools need. If you arrange your tour online, there is a bit of a discount.
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Judy and Graham
March 2008
Only did Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure,day trip, very nice way to see some of Punta Cana, our guide " Mini Me" and "Rafael" was awsome, kept us on the edge of our seat,I would tell everyone to join this tour.
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Shelley from Wasaga Beach
March 2008
The Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure was absolutely top notch and we would go again in a minute! Our guide was Eddie and he made the day. Excellent English. Very funny, knowledgeable and entertaining. If you only do one excursion, make sure it's the jungle trip.
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Tammy and Larry from Nova Scotia
March 2008
I would recomend the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure and had a blast. Denillo was the greatest guide and had a full day but never a dull moment. Everyone should take the tour,if you do nothing else.
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Laurie from Kingston, ON
March 2008
On the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure tour, we saw a typical school, sugar cane plantation, coffee and chocoate plantation, typical Dominican home, went horseback riding (just around a trail) and swimming at a nice beach. Beware of the 'bus' ride. The roads are awful - more potholes than I have ever seen. I sat at the back and my butt was sore for 2 days afterwards. Our guide was Pepo and he was a riot. English wasn't bad. They certainly keep the beer and vitamin R (rum) flowing.
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Mark
February 2008
Did the full day on Bavaro Runners. Had a great time with a super host and the folks along on the trip were great. If you are at all going on a day trip, please take school supplies to drop off. They love anything you can spare. When we got there the kids were sharing pencils. I took two bags of supplies for them to distribute.
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Diane & Paul
January 2008
Bavaro Runners Safari excursion was awesome! Our guide, Miguel, is alot of fun and made the trip a great time too.
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Terri
November 2007

Also went on the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure. Very good, but be warned it does take most of the day. If you go, good idea to bring something for the children, because you stop at a school. One lady on our tour was prepared and gave each child a little gift bag. They sang a song as a thank you. Very nice.

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H
November 2007

We went on one tour, the Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure. it was excellent! a long day, but the tour was fun, the guide had an excellent sense of humour, and the beverages were awesome

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Melanie
November 2007

My husband and I loved the tour! Our guide Mimi and bus driver little Johnny were both awesome! Mimi was very knowledgeable and taught us lots about the Dominican Republic. Although the entire day was amazing, I mostly liked visiting the school and being able to give the kids some presents! Thank you for a great day!

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Loidy
November 2007

I have to say, our tour guide was the Best. He was very energetic with such a good sense of humor. Maria's house was very interesting and the coffee we bought is delicious. Thank you!!!!!

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Patricia
November 2007

We had an incredible time.Learned lots about DR thanks to our amazing guide Amos.This is a great trip for kids (Josh was 10). We had a great day, with a terrific truckload of people. Thank you Amos

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Pazdan Family
November 2007

The trip was so worth it! The travel guide (Mimi) was hilarious and made the excursion a blast while we learned about the people of D.R.! We recommend going if you are staying at Punta Cana.

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Jillian
November 2007

This was the best day of the vacation, I'm so glad that we decided to take it. I recomend this to anyone wanting to take an exrusion. We also had a blast because of our tour guide thank you Ames.

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Rhonda
November 2007

We had a FABULOUS time on our full day tour. Mimi was wonderful and we are so glad we requested him!! ( I'm so happy I read others reviews here!) He made our trip so enjoyable. Our two sons were the only kids on the tour and Mimi and Billy made sure they experienced everything they possibly could! My younger son (age 5) even jumped in Mimi's arms to touch the boa constrictor that the "snake man" had along the route! (My husband, myself and my 8 year old wouldn't get near it, but my younger son felt so safe with Mimi!) We brought along coloring books, books, crayons, notepads and clothes for the Dominican children we saw along the way! It was so rewarding for us and all of the other passengers loved seeing the children express such happiness! Thanks Mimi for equitably passing things out to the children! It was a true learning experience for my family to take such a wonderful tour and view your beautiful countryside. Keep up the good work, BavaroRunners!

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Debbie from New Brunswick
June 2007

We went on the Bavaro Runners Excursion and had a blast! Ruddy and Raphael were excellent guides! We visited a sugar plantation, a cocoa plantation, a middle class family's home, a cave, a ranch complete with horse back riding at the beach and a delicious lunch, as well as shopping, we also stopped at a village on the way back to the resort where we handed out items to the local school children. A local band played music and danced for us. It was wonderful!

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Angela
March 2007

We did the Bavaro Runners trip. It was similar to a trip we did in Cuba sugar cane plantations, a fruit farm, lunch at the beach with horseback riding and other activities, driving through the local small towns, etc. It was interesting and worth the US$80 / person, if only to get off the resort for a day. My friend had a sore back the next day from the bumpy roads, though.