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How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

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How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

I am curious as to how long it will take from getting off plane to arriving at Cayo Levantado...

Can anyone let me know how long total it took from getting off plane,getting luggage, getting on bus transfer, drive on bus, being processed at the Samana mainland lobby, and then do you have to wait for a ferry that is scheduled or do they have one that just goes back and forth for hotel guests? And then arriving at Cayo Levantado?

So I guess I am wondering how long the whole process would take from start to finish and if you have to possibly wait for a ferry for say 45 minutes if you just missed one?

If I arrive at the Samana airport at say 2pm when would I most likely arrive on the island?

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1. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

The process to get your luggage and get on the bus was very quick - maybe about 20 mins. It's about a 50 min bus ride to the dock for the ferry where they give you your room information/key etc. which took about 10 mins for everyone to get their info. The ferry was already there - they will have it waiting based on the time they think you will arrive at the dock. Then it's about a 7 min ferry ride to paradise where you will head directly to your room. Depending on how smoothly your process goes I would say you should be on the Island by about 4pm at the lates unless there are significant delays.

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2. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

Thanks! I was looking at the ferry schedule and was thinking that if we miss one and have to wait 45 minutes or so it would be a bummer...but from what you say it doesn't seem too bad-reasonable...

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3. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

I would imagine if travelling with a tour group on a bus they would call ahead to reception with an ETA. If taking a taxi ride independently you might have a long wait for the boat.

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4. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

If travelling independently you dont have the inconvenience of waiting for other guests who - in the case of our last holiday - had misplaced their passport..... left it on the plane, fortunately one of the cleaners found it and came running to passport control with it, the issue then became who can come out of the airport ???

If you are doing it yourselves you do have to check the timetable of the boat, fuel costs are high and they pretty much stick to the timetable - if you miss the last boat back there is a very high charge to get it to run just for you. I think the last boat ride is the one that takes the staff home but I am unsure if it more island side or mainland side.

Also the first boat time is posted up on the forum page.

I would say that Cairo is on the button from getting off plane to getting to island 2 hours

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5. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

Do they have luggage scanners after the carousel at El Catey? I noticed at the Punta Cana airport they have really slowed down the process of leaving the airport. Before you just grabbed your luggage and basically walked out the door. Now you have to lift heavy suitcases onto a belt then through a scanner.

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6. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

Yes they do Marg........at least they did when we were there last January.

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7. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

All great information thanks guys!

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8. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

Hi all

So I have a question. If the boat only goes to the island at certain times, what happens to people like us, that only land at airport at 10pm, then only at the boat dock at around midnight, will they still take us over to cayo? Or do they stop the boat at a certain time?

Cheers !

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9. Re: How long from Samana Airport to Cayo Levantado?

This is the ferry schedule - as posted on Terry Tour Samana web site - this shows the scheduled ferry service as posted in the hotel and any guest of the hotel can use the ferry free of charge.

Mainland to Cayo Levantado Island:

9:30 am

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

2:00 pm

3:30 pm

4:15 pm

5:20 pm

6:30 pm

8:15 pm

10:45 pm

Cayo Levantado Island to Mainland:

7:00 am

8:00 am

9:00 am

11:15 am

12:45 pm

1:30 pm

2:30 pm

4:30 pm

7:00 pm

8:30 pm

If you are part of a tour operator group that is departing or arriving outside these hours then there must be special arrangements made, recently a Thomson Flight from the UK was delayed and they ferried those guests over outside the schedule.

I recall that PMAL looked into getting a later ferry back from the mainland as he wanted to go to the Casino and I am sure that he was advised that the cost was $200 to come back after midnight.

If you are travelling independently then check with the hotel direct if they cant arrange a ferry outside these hours without a substantial cost, it would be nice to stay overnight in the local town and then travel to the island in the morning on an early ferry.

I am not sure if the ferry is operated by the hotel or not, perhaps it would be possible to arrange for a local boat person to ferry you over, however although only a short distance not sure how safe it would be in the dark.

A boat does however, have to take the staff home at night !!!!!

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