Why I love Cuba

For me, Cuba has always had the allure a forbidden fruit. I love it for its uniqueness, creativity and survivalist spirit; but, above all, I love it because, despite 60 years of setbacks, it remains an upbeat and open place. Walk down the street with a Cuban friend and, within one block, you’ll have received five handshakes, four kisses, three greetings of ‘dime hermano!’ and at least two invites into someone’s house... Read More

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$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Catalina Island Day Trip from Santo Domingo

Your day trip to Catalina Island starts with hotel pickup in Santo Domingo for the 1.5-hour drive along the coast to La Romana, where you’ll board the public boat to the island. There will be a brief stop for breakfast and last minute shopping for anything that you forgot to pack for the day!After the 35-minute boat ride across the Caribbean, find yourself on a small piece of paradise. Enjoy a welcome drink as your guide tells you a bit about the history and natural features of the island, which is part of the Dominican Republic’s protected Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East). With your guide, head to a snorkeling spot (perhaps the Wall, a well-known dive site) to check out Catalina’s array of tropical fish and coral (snorkeling equipment provided). Then refuel with a Dominican-style lunch accompanied by drinks from the open bar, including soda, coffee, beer or mixed drinks like a Cuba Libre or mamajuana, a special island mix of rum, red wine and honey soaked with tree bark and herbs. Next, it’s time to relax. Hit the white-sand beach for free time to stretch out on a lounge chair or swim in the crystalline waters. If you’re feeling energetic, show off your dance skills by participating in a little merengue with local entertainers and your guide. When your beach time is up, head back to the main island by boat and return to Santo Domingo for hotel drop-off.

$57 Outdoor Activities

Canyoning Tour Including Datanla Falls Rappelling from Dalat

What is canyoning? Canyoning is navigating your way through a canyon. In this case, the canyon runs through a series of spectacular waterfalls and in some sections the topography requires ropes to navigate your way successfully. Other sections can be hiked or swam through.This one day trip starts to south of Dalat City. You will drive along picturesque scenic roads to the trail head, where you start your journey. At the practice slope you’ll learn the basics of knot tying, harness wearing, hardware and proper rappelling technique. After the guides are satisfied that you’ve got it down, you’ll head down your first rappel! It is an exciting 49 foot (15 meter) descent into the river below. There is a beautiful waterfall right next to the area you descend into.After that, your second rappel will be placed on a 32 foot (10 meter) vertical dry cliff. From here you head further down the canyon to a spectacular natural water slide. You will take your time having a couple of goes at it before continuing downriver.The trail meanders over some gently rolling, jungle fringed hills along the side of the river and at points you have to get down into the river itself to continue forward. You have two more exhilarating rappels through waterfalls, including the infamous “Washing Machine” before you walk out of the canyon (45 minutes) and meet your vehicle for transport back to Dalat.

$82 Walking & Biking Tours

Bike from Dalat to Nha Trang

This ride to Nha Trang starts with a 45 minute transfer 33 kilometers to the north east of Dalat on a new road and through the newest national park in Vietnam (Bidoup Nui Ba). It offers fantastic cycling in the highlands as well as down a 28 kilometer pass to the coast. The first section of the ride starts in pine forest and rolls through the hills with beautiful views of farms, countryside and Nui Ba Mountain. There is one final 3 kilometer climb to the top of the pass before some serious downhill. The 28 kilometer, uninterrupted downhill section is the longest section of downhill we offer.After reaching the bottom of the pass we have a picnic style lunch by the side of the river. The section of riding after lunch offers a beautiful sampling of country living in Vietnam, passing through small villages and farms. This section of riding, although pleasant, can be challenging as the hills roll continuously. Average riding distance is 70 kilometers with an option to ride more, or less. The support vehicle can be used at any time by tired riders and is used to transport luggage and provisions along the way.

$25 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Motorcycle Tour of Silk Village from Dalat

Head out in the morning on the back of a motorcycle to visit the dragon pagoda and then on to the Lat village for a chat with the village leader and a sip of his cane wine. This type of wine is a specialty of minority groups living in the highlands.On this full-day tour you’ll continue exploring the countryside with a visit to a vegetable farm, a greenhouse flower farm, a coffee plantation, and a silk village. Observe the silk-making process from caring for the silkworms to the factory. You’ll also see a mulberry plantation and the Elephant Waterfall.When you return to Dalat city, your guide will show you one of the city’s most unusual attractions, known as the Crazy House due to its architectural style.You’ll have some time to enjoy Vietnamese coffee at a local café and also to see how the locals make rice wine.

$115 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Canyoning Adventure in Dalat

Pick up at your hotel at 8:30am, and then depart to Datanla Waterfall. To warm up for a day with a lot of activities, you will trek for 20 minutes in pine forest to the waterfall. You then have 45 minutes learning how to use the equipments at the practical abseiling point.Start challenging yourself with the first dry abseil with the rappel of 18 high meters and the second dry abseil with the rappel of 15 high meters. If you fond of water sport, no one can stop you joining free swimming and water sliding down the waterfall.Picnic lunch will be served with bread, cheeses, fruits, salads, jam, water, soft drinks. After recovering your energy by lunch, you will get into the real canyoning with the 25 high meters waterfall. You then enjoy a 14m jump into water and do the last and most difficult rappel (16 high meters) which is affectionately known as The Washing Machine.Once finish, pack your things and hiking uphill about 20 minutes to the vehicle, back to your hotel around 3pm.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Green Grotto Caves Excursion from Ocho Rios

The tour begins at pick up from the lobby your Ocho Rios hotel or at the Ocho Rios cruise port. From there you will journey along the coastal highway to Discovery Bay where the Green Grotto Caves are situated on 64 acres (25.9 hectares) of beautiful Jamaican land. The Caves are located between the resort centers of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay with Discovery Bay to the west and Runaway Bay to the east.The central feature of this natural attraction is the large labyrinthine limestone cave with its numerous rock formations, its stalactites, stalagmites and abundance of overhead ceiling pockets. Your guide will explain the rich history of the caves, telling the story of the people who have used the caves for various purposes over the years. The discovery of cave paintings, tools and fragments of pottery indicate that the original inhabitants of the caves were the Taino Indians who would have used the caves for shelter. The next known inhabitants were the Spanish who, at the time of the British invasion of Jamaica (1655), hid in the caves to avoid capture. There is an underground tunnel which links the caves to the sand at Runaway bay. It is believed that the Spanish used the tunnel in their attempt escape the Island and flee to Cuba. Runaway slaves have also used the caves to hide from their former masters. During World War II, rum barrels were stored here for safe keeping by the Jamaican Government.Next we head into town to have lunch at a local Jamaican jerk restaurant for a bite of Jamaica's famous jerk chicken or pork and a sip of ice-cold Red Stripe beer. Other types of foods and drinks are available to meet all tastes including meals for children. (cost of meal not included).The excursion will finish up with shopping at one of the local craft markets where you can buy a gifts and souvenirs. After shopping you will be returned to your Ocho Rios hotel or cruise port.