It isn’t everyday you wake up with the thought you are jumping on a plane to Semana, another part of the Dominican.
For those that do not know Punta Cana is on the lower side of the Dominican in the South which is on a point where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Sea. Semana on the other hand is on the northern part of the island.
The trip itself was organised whilst home in the UK as part of a treat for myself and Ellie whilst over in Dominican Republic. It was booked by Thomson. We ironically had a few issues the day before as Thomson failed to reiterate we had to rebook whilst out in Dominican as part of the confirmation.
An early rise of 5am and we were instructed to be in the lobby by 6am.
Half asleep awaiting our lift… a minibus appears. Air conditioned and some sleepy faces on board we begin our adventure to the Airport.
Its going to be a good day!
Arrival at the Airport we begin to understand more of what the trip includes. We received our boarding passes and await a call for our flight.
The plane itself was a small little addition with no more than 30 seats onboard. What a surprise for Ellie. It being her first time on a small flight like this, she was excited.
Flight was it was no more than 45 minutes and we had arrived. The views from the window were spectacular along the way as we flew quite low around the Island.
Arrival In Semana
After arriving we were told to get in a taxi up the hill to get into our vehicles. The vehicles themselves are not allowed to park by the air port for some strange reason. So after a two minute drive up the hill we are ready to board our off road vehicles. Equipped with plenty of rum as we await our orders we sip and the music begins to flow.
Meeting Our Guide
Next we met our guide. An English African chap with a real love for his job. On board the truck and we begin to head into the mountains.
He explains the plans for today and states our first stop is a trip to the mountains to experience organic coffee, fruit and various other amazing additions.
First stop the farm. Here we get the opportunity to watch cigars being made, to which we were given free samples along with a variety of other products. Our guide explained everything and gave us a better understanding of how it is all made.
We got to try:
- Ginger Tea
- Mamma Juana
Next Stop The Horses!
Once finished listening to how the products are made and trying a few of the variations we then were told to get back in the truck to head to the horses.
Each horse has its own handler who cared for the horse and helped you on and off. They also carried all your items. It is amazing how little they earn from this, but like anything I guess tips are the way to live.
Equipped with rubber boots and a safety helmet we were ready to go. I must stress the outfit did me no justice. I looked like a Chilean Miner.
Whilst awaiting our horses I joked at the grumpy donkey that didn’t want a rider. I remember saying, “haha that one will be yours Ellie”. To my surprise they called me over and I was stuck with the grumpy one.
Once on the horse we were led down a rocky road through the mountains and trees towards a Waterfall. Being on a horse that didn’t want to do the journey made it that bit longer but I cannot stress how amazing it was.
We got to ride past streams of water, beautiful flowers and trees and watched the plantation around us grow with coconuts, mango and plenty more hanging from them.
The journey must have been 30 to 40 minutes long and then we reached the stairway down to the Waterfall.
It was a hot Summers day so walking down 250 steps was not our idea of fun. However the views were spectacular.
On arrival to the bottom we were blessed with a beautiful waterfall and plenty of other like minded tourists. I was one of the few to jump in the water. It was freezing but so refreshing. Swimming to the waterfall to let it fall above me was something out of this world. Certainly recommended. It was so refreshing.
Then it was time to head back. After climbing up the 250 stairs we were back on the horses to head back to our truck. Its amazing how quickly you dry off in a place like this.
Finally back at the meeting point and the rum began to flow once again.
A quick trip in the truck down the mountains towards central Semana and we are by the waterfront. Our guide was fantastic with explaining all the surroundings. From his local church to all the fruits growing from the trees. He was full of knowledge.
Lunch was served in a restaurant by the waterfront. It was a buffet service. I am always dubious on food due to my sensitive stomach, however the food was very well cooked and very yummy.
An hour later and we were ready to head off.
A Surprise To Us Both
We then thought it was a trip back to the airport to head back… Boy were we surprised.
Our guide directed us to the docks to which we boarded a boat. This wasn’t on the Itinerary!
He explained we were then heading to a place they called Bacardi Island.
A short trip later and we had arrived. On the right side of the Island was a hotel which we were not allowed on however on the left was a beautiful prestige beach to which we had a couple of hours to wander and relax, with a beer coupon each.
First Stop The Bar
So with our coupon in hand we headed straight to the beach bar. It was a hut built on the beach to which we grabbed our beer and headed straight to the sun beds.
What an end to a beautiful day! Sun, Sea and a beautiful beer to wash it down with.
All Good Things Come To An End
It was then time to return back to the boat for our journey home. After such a long day everyone was absolutely shattered, people were falling asleep on the boat.
Its amazing how we all turned up ready to party and ended up asleep for the journey home.
A journey by:
- Mini Bus
We truly did see a spectacular part of the island I will never forget. If you ever get the chance to do anything similar, please make sure you do it. Semana truly is a place to visit!