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Fun Fun Cueva - Cave

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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About Fun Fun Cueva - Cave
This adventure goes beyond the limits of what we know, taking us back to the Stone Age. There, your dreams and reality will be combined to lead you down to Fun-Fun Cave. Climb down, fully equipped, to one of the largest Caves in the world and discover the beauty of darkness, the cave's colored tunnels, its gigantic corridors, its cave painting art and the enchanted trickling sounds produced by its underground rivers. This adventure also includes hiking in Los Haitises National Park, horseback riding and the best of the local cuisine.
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Babzi07 wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto, Canada19 contributions13 helpful votes
A must on the list. Total different then all other excursion. More like adventure. Highly recomended.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Britta F wrote a review Nov 2019
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The first thing people should know is that this is a very physically taxing excursion. I'm in reasonably good shape and I was completely exhausted by the end of the day. You will ride on horseback for about a half hour, hike to the cave for another hour, and hike through the cave for about an hour after that. Then, you'll return to the ranch on horseback. The cave portion includes crawling on your hands and knees and swimming in cold water while wearing a jumpsuit, harness, and rubber boots that weigh you down. You will get sweaty, dirty, and wet. The second thing, and I'm sure this varies depending on where you're staying, is that all told, we spent 8-9 hours on a bus driving to and from the ranch. Breakfast isn't served until you arrive, so by the time we got there we were starving. The trip to the ranch was supposed to take 2 1/2 hours, but it was more like four (some people who'd been on the bus before said it was five). We thought this was due to a traffic accident on the road in, but the trip back took just as long. If I could do it again I'd have eaten a decent breakfast beforehand and brought a bunch of protein bars.The breakfast provided was fine (ham and cheese sandwiches) but it definitely didn't provide the fuel we needed for the trek ahead, especially for my partner, who is a vegetarian. That said, the experience we had during the actual excursion was amazing. Definitely wear a swimsuit and socks that you don't mind getting dirty. DEFINITELY bring dry socks to change into afterward and a small waterproof bag for anything you want to carry (such as your phone). Your over-clothes don't matter, because you'll change out of them and into the suit and harness they provide before you leave the ranch. It's short-sleeved but doesn't breathe well (you will get hot and sweaty during the ride and hike, but it's very cool in the cave and you'll get a refreshing dip when you're inside). Your shoes don't matter because they'll give you rubber boots. Some people wore water shoes. I wish I'd brought those, because rubber boots aren't the easiest to hike in and are very difficult to swim in (more on that later). We didn't get to gallop, which I was kind of hoping for, but I had a good horse who took direction well (I wish I remembered his name!) My partner, unfortunately, had an ornery guy called Homer Simpson. He was lagging behind the rest of the group, at times refusing to follow, biting other horses, and he even kicked the tour guide (Carlos) in the shin at one point. I felt bad because my partner is not an experienced rider and didn't know how to correct or control him. Carlos is such a character. He speaks several languages and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna of the forest. He's been doing these tours for 13 years, at one point doing a tour every single day. Every once in a while he'd grab a piece of fruit for one of us to try, or point out a cool insect, or try to prank one (or all) of us (but I won't spoil it!) He has kind of a weird sense of humor but I usually enjoy that. A few people in our group got stung by a wasp, and after checking that everyone was okay, he rubbed poison ivy on his arm because he said that the feeling is the same as a wasp sting. Five minutes later his arm was covered in welts! I guess he was trying to show solidarity, haha. When we got to the cave, we repelled down into it. Carlos and the other tour guide (I didn't catch his name, so sorry!) were at the top and bottom to make sure no one falls, but it's not a super difficult task, especially if you've been rock climbing before. There are HUGE spiders in there, for anyone who's arachnophobic, but if you don't look for them you mostly wouldn't notice they were there. The cave interior is absolutely amazing, and you get the feeling that you're seeing something very few people get to experience. There's a bit of uphill/downhill climbing and such, and Carlos points out all of the features and formations of the cave that formed over millions of years. The water portion was a little scary, I won't lie. It's optional (they can lead you over top if you don't swim well) but I went with it because I wanted to have the full experience. We probably spent 10-15 minutes in the water, all told, most of that up to our knees or waists, but some of it up to our chests. The water isn't freezing, but it is pretty brisk, and it's kind of uncomfortable to have all that gear on. There's one portion where you have to go underwater (Carlos holds your hand to guide you through), and when you come up, there's no line or anything to hold onto as you make your way to higher ground. I'm pretty small, and I was exhausted and weighed down by my wet clothes and rubber boots, which were filled with water. If the ground hadn't begun to slope upward to where I could touch, and if my partner hadn't helped me along, I would've been in real trouble. The trip back is thankfully very easy. You can do the entire thing on horseback in 20-30 minutes, and they give you water or soda before you return to the ranch. The meal they prepare for lunch is, without a doubt, the best food I've ever tasted, haha. I was starving, but unfortunately I couldn't do much more than sample all of the different dishes. I'd started feeling shaky, headachey, and nauseated (I think due to exhaustion/low blood sugar) and I couldn't eat much. I felt really bad, but Carlos and all of the other people on the tour were really sweet about it. All I wanted to do was sleep on the ride back. Unfortunately, it was not just an extremely long ride but an incredibly bumpy one... not great if you're exhausted and already not feeling well. The bus got a flat at one point as well, and the back kept popping open. After a 4+ hour ride back to our resort, I basically wanted to kiss the ground. All told, a lot went wrong on this tour, but that's to be expected when you're on an adventure of this magnitude. Everything that the tour guides could control was managed well, and any time something went wrong, they'd turn it around with a joke. My biggest regret is that I wasn't better prepared for the physical intensity in terms of food and hydration. I also don't know that I'd have decided to do this had I known that 2/3rds of the day would be spent on a bus. But I'm glad I did it! I have a great story to tell and lots of memories and pictures to share. I can't thank Carlos and the other tour guides enough for their hospitality and for sharing their wealth of knowledge with us. They're amazing people and I'm glad to have met them and shared this experience with them!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Lisajoy wrote a review Oct 2019
Uvero Alto, Dominican Republic1 contribution1 helpful vote
Wow! I debated between so many adventures in this country and I am so happy I chose Fun Fun!!! Being a single woman travelling alone I was worried about so many things. The van arrived on time from my resort and it took approximately 2.5 hours from Uvero Alto to the ranch where the adventure begins! (Might take longer in high season or from Bavaro but the driver was very efficient) The driver did not speak English but that was ok because I was so happy to take in the scenery of the beautiful countryside and passing through cities I was able to get a glimpse into the Dominican way of life. (Also enjoyed a nap as it is somewhat of a long drive but very, very much worth it!).... the adventure begins with a sandwich and then getting suited up into your jumpsuit...bring athletic shorts and a tank top or a bathing suit. I also brought dry clothes to change into. (You can shower afterwards - you will want to!) You will get totally wet during the final part of the cave tour. Socks are necessary for the gum boots they provide unless you bring your own shoes or boots and you are welcome to use your own but I chose their gum boots over my hiking shoes and I was glad I did! ...you also have the option of walking over top of the brief underwater portion but you will still get your legs wet during this tour. It is actually quite refreshing to dip into the fresh water after all the hiking and walking. Very clean water. Got to see bats and spiders...was honestly worried about getting bitten but the very few bats and spiders that were spotted was because the guides pointed them out - they will not bother you. It is a hot and sweaty hike up to the cave entrance but very beautiful nature and scenery. Amazing cave formations you will see once in a lifetime! Bring your mosquito repellent (although on the day I went I didn’t experience any mosquitoes but apparently they can be prevalent). The guides are so helpful and keep you safe - funny and fun too! (Gary and Carlos are awesome - they have been doing this for over a decade and speak 3 or 4 languages between the two of them!) very knowledgeable and awesome:) Aside from all the awesomeness I just described, my favourite part was actually the horseback ride up to the hiking zone. The horses know the way and are very well trained and healthy...Santiego was my horse and I loved him! Only ever been on a horse once when I was a child and had a bad experience. Not this time! Actually sad I waited 30 years to jump on one again. Santiego was very sweet and tame...You will learn about the Dominican rainforest- and the fruits that are grown on this farm (if you’re lucky you might taste some too;)...if you have an adventurous spirit, you won’t want to miss this tour. Once in a lifetime experience! Thank you so much Gadiel and Carlos from your Canadian friend Lisa:) And thanks to the ladies who cooked such a beautiful meal:)
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from CuevaFunFun, General Manager at Fun Fun Cueva - Cave
Responded 8 Oct 2019
Hi Lisa! Carlos and Gadiel send their regards. Thank you so much for your awesome review. We hope to have you with us again soon!
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barbara m wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
Wonderful excursion. Our guides Carlos and Ricardo were great and made the trip fun and safe experience. If you have a chance to visit DR this excursion is a must for adventure sickers. I agree 100% with all previous great reviews. The only difference, they did not make the $25 video on that day. Everyone was using their own cameras and phones. The horseback ride was fun and if you are decent rider, you can even gallop, ( love it). If you want this great experience, book it on internet, for some reason nobody was offering it in the hotel and nobody that we talked to was aware of this excursion. Strange, but we are glad we booked it before we left Canada. Overall, this was one unique and wonderful excursion totally different then everything else we did on previous vacations, totally natural environment in national park. Word of advice: DO IT!. You will not regret.
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Response from CuevaFunFun, General Manager at Fun Fun Cueva - Cave
Responded 28 Aug 2019
Thank you so much for this lovely review, it make us very proud. It would be helpfull for us to know which hotel you were staying in. We hope to have you again with us soon
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Cocozelle wrote a review Aug 2019
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin19 contributions39 helpful votes
We booked the day trip to the cave weeks ahead of time, and the manager was very helpful (via email) in accomodating our special requests, i.e. pick up and drop at Sabana de la Mar instead of the usual. Our driver Edwin was punctual, helpful, friendly, professional, and an excellent driver on those rough roads. We loved the ride! The cave tour was awesome, wish we could do it again! The breakfast sandwiches were just OK, but everything else was super. First, they tell you to change your clothes in a locker room (with bathroom and showers) into a swimsuit and a big orange jumpsuit that they provide. They provide lockers for putting all your stuff in, and then you strap the key to your suit. They suggested we wear their rubber boots but they were OK with us keeping our old sneakers on. Then they put rapelling harnesses and hard hats on us and put us on some very nice, gentle horses (whose name you have to remember for later!). The horse ride goes through the farm, and you see some agricultural stuff and people working. After about 1/2 hour, the horses could go no further and we had to get off. We each got a water bottle and then hiked through the jungle for a mile or two. There were some ups and downs but not too much elevation change. The guide pointed out interesting plants and animals along the way. The jungle was awesome - very jungly, though not quite like the rain forests in Costa Rica. There were a ton of mosquitoes, and of course I forgot to put on bug spray despite all the TripAdvisor advice, but our guide gave us some leaves from a citronella-like plant that we rubbed on our skin. The mosquitoes were huge and everywhere but not aggressive at all (not like in Wisconsin!). When we got to the cave opening, the guides showed us how to strap on, position ourselves, and then slowly let ourselves down. It was easy. I instantly forgot all the instructions because I was nervous but made it down just fine anyway. The cave itself is huge and long and has some cool formations. We couldn't see everything because the lights on our helmets weren't that bright, but it was amazing. We hiked along the length of the cave for quite a while, then got so low that the bottom of the cave had water in it (surprising clean and quite cool). We continued through the river, walking in just a few feet of water. Then the river goes under some rocks and you had to duck down all the way into the water and go underneath it. It's only a few feet long and the guide takes your hand and pulls you through. It all went so quick I didn't have time to panic or even get cold. My son brought his GoPro along and took great videos. I brought my cell phone in a waterproof pouch, which I hung off my harness. Our second guide took lots of picture of us with the phone, he know all the photogenic spots along the way. (On that day, there was no option for a photographer to make the $25 photo package.) Soon after, the cave opens up to the outside, and there is a swimming hole where local kids were having a blast. The horses were waiting for us there, as well as another bottle of water. Then a 15-20 min horse ride back to the ranch. They let you trot or gallup if you want. Lunch was a treat! Nice dominican food with fresh lemonade and a coconut paste dessert. Note that there is a bucket for tips for the guides in the locker rooms. This was the highlight of our trip to the DR! Thank you, Carmen!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Responded 28 Aug 2019
Our pleasure! Thanks for your review!
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