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Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

1. Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Take a trip to Saona Island to be surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees. Enjoy an inviting atmosphere perfect for relaxing throughout your tour. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Bayahibe. Hop on board the speed boat for Saona Island via the Caribbean Sea. Stop halfway through your trip for a break at a beautiful natural pool. Continue your journey before arriving at Saona Island with about 3.5 hours to relax. At 2:35 PM, board a catamaran for the return ride to Bayahibe. Enjoy a party atmosphere where you can dance throughout the 1.5-hour journey. At the conclusion of your day out in the sun, enjoy drop-off back at your accommodation.

Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

2. Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, stop off at a huge natural swimming pool, and enjoy snacks as you go. Benefit from the services of a guide, ride a speed boat and catamaran, and feast on a buffet lunch including drinks. Begin the tour by boarding a speedboat and jetting off to Saona Island. On the way, stop to swim in a waist-deep natural swimming pool with transparent waters. If you're lucky you'll see some starfish. When you arrive at Isla Saona, you'll have many activities to choose from. Wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, walk along the coastline, or play volleyball. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. You can even enjoy lobster and premium drinks when you book the VIP option. Take your time to discover the island and do it all.

Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

3. Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

Spark your adrenaline as you explore Punta Cana's countryside on an ATV or Polaris. Discover beautiful locations on the island like Macao Beach and the Cenote Taina on this family-friendly adventure. After meeting your driver and boarding your buggy, begin your action-packed adventure around Punta Cana. Forge your own route through the stunning countryside and the popular Macao Beach area. Visit a typical Dominican house and observe the production of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, and organic tobacco. Sample these local products before continuing to an impressive cave and cenote to relax in the crystal clear water. Retrace your path and head to the paradisiacal Macao Beach, recognized by UNESCO as one of the 10-best beaches in the world.

Los Haitises National Park: Boat and Walking Tour with Lunch

4. Los Haitises National Park: Boat and Walking Tour with Lunch

Slalom by the many islets that form this amazing National Park. Hangroves, pelicans, herons, and the Ridgway's hawk are some of the bird species that you will be able to observe on this wonderful excursion, as well as historic caves and spectacular scenery. As pioneers in this type of excursion, we will accompany you to have an unforgettable experience. Then we will take you to Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island, a picturesque destination to enjoy its warm beaches, and a buffet lunch of typical Dominican food.

Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

5. Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speed boat. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Interact with starfish and other marine life as you frolic in the sea. Get some free time to laze on the beach and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Play a game of beach volleyball or just chill out on the sun loungers. Avail of the calm waters as you cruise by catamaran with an onboard open bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Benefit from the brilliant atmosphere suitable for all the family.

La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

6. La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

Climb aboard the gleaming white “Paradise” catamaran for a full-day of fun in the sun of Catalina Island, and discover the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful underwater eco system. Departing from the marina at around 10:00, set course for the east side of Catalina Island to snorkel in the turquoise waters of “The Wall,” offering superb visibility conditions for spotting the rich marine life of the Caribbean Sea. An adventure team will be on hand to assist you with your snorkel equipment requirements. Next, set sail for a beach on the west side of the island to find the perfect spot for the rest of the afternoon. An acclaimed chef of Catalina Island will have been busy preparing an incredible Dominican feast for you, which will be served at around 13:00. Enjoy servings of barbecued pork and chicken, as well as abundant salads, pasta, and local fruits. Those on the VIP package will get a serving of barbecued lobster, served with a glass of cold white wine. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the island at leisure. Stroll along white sand beaches, or relax under palm trees, listening to the waves break on the shore. The beach bar is carefully positioned so that you can take in the cool breeze of the ocean, while trying a selection of refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. At around 15:15, climb aboard the catamaran, where you can expect light refreshments at the bar and dancing from the entertainment team. Cruise back to La Romana marina for an approximate 16:00 arrival. A transfer bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Punta Cana: Scenic Helicopter Flight

7. Punta Cana: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a magnificent bird's-eye view of Punta Cana on a sightseeing helicopter flight. Your pilot-guide will introduce you to a breathtaking and unique side of the Caribbean. The local partner's team of professional pilots and staff will make your helicopter excursion an unforgettable adventure. Choose between a 10, 15, 20, 30, or 40-minute flight and enjoy a unique experience in Punta Cana: • 10-minute sightseeing tour: Explore the clear waters and white sandy beaches of Bavaro – Punta Cana. Fly over the beautiful surrounding areas of lush tropical vegetation, golf courses, and endless chains of hotel resorts along the fabulous coastline, making for a memorable experience. • 15-minute sightseeing tour: Discover the unspoiled beauty of Bavaro and Arena Gorda's white sands. Let your pilot fly you over dancing palm trees and the turquoise waters of these magnificent beaches. Enjoy the exciting view of a wrecked vessel like you have never experienced before. • 20-minute sightseeing tour: Extend the above tours to the shores of the spectacular Macao Beach, home to the most luxurious hotel resorts of the Bavaro-Punta Cana area. This air tour allows you an eagle’s view of miles and miles of unspoiled beaches and soaring tropical palm trees swaying effortlessly to the rhythm of the breeze. Discover your tropical paradise from a new perspective. • 30-minute sightseeing tour: Embark on an unforgettable flight and enjoy a majestic view of the entire Bavaro area, experiencing the turquoise waters of Punta Cana from beginning to end — a journey that will take you from ecological Cabeza de Toro to the northeastern shores of beautiful Uvero Alto. Come on board and get ready to experience the splendor of this region’s treasures. • 40-minute sightseeing tour: This is the most spectacular option. From the turquoise waters of Punta Cana to the untouched surroundings of Uvero Alto. See your vacation area from a different point of view — this is one adventure you should not miss.

Punta Cana: Private Transfer To or From PUJ Airport

8. Punta Cana: Private Transfer To or From PUJ Airport

Ensure your trip is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer between Punta Cana Airport and your hotel or accommodation in the Punta Cana city center. Choose from two suitable vehicle options that offer the comfort and space your transfer requires. For groups of three passengers or fewer, choose from a sedan that can fit three standard-sized pieces of luggage. Alternatively, for groups of up to seven passengers, choose the minivan option that can fit seven standard-sized pieces of luggage. On the day of travel, meet your friendly English-speaking professional driver at the airport's arrivals hall or get picked up at your accommodation. Your driver will assist with your luggage, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are taken to your destination.

Punta Cana: La Hacienda Park Pure InspirAction Ticket

9. Punta Cana: La Hacienda Park Pure InspirAction Ticket

Visit the expansive La Hacienda Park and enjoy a pickup at your hotel with this Pure InspirAction ticket. Soar over the jungle on speedy ziplines, enjoy a safari through Punta Cana, and feel the thrill of skydiving. Begin your day with a ride to La Hacienda from your hotel. After arriving, jump into whichever of the many activities the park offers piques your fancy. Get an overview of the park by riding the chairlift. Marvel at stunning views of cane plantations, forests, mountains, and the ocean. Stay in the air on the 2km-long zipline course. Zip through 5 courses and reach a dizzying speed of 70 kph. If you prefer, take the plunge with the quick jump. Experience a free-fall through the air and see beautiful scenery with a rush of adrenaline. Animal lovers can explore Punta Cana with a horseback ride. Hop on top of a calm Quarter Mile horse and trot through the forest, seeing the sights up close and personal. Continue discovering the area with a safari through a traditional town. Taste local food, see how coffee beans are dried, and enjoy a cup of coffee and hot cocoa. Discover the trees from which mangoes and soursop grow, species of flora that have been linked to life in the Caribbean since thousands of years ago. Cool off with a self-driven buggy ride through picturesque landscapes. Finish your buggy tour with a refreshing dive in a natural river. Before heading home, stop at the restaurant and enjoy a delicious variety of traditional Dominican dishes. Choose the Private VIP option to enjoy a private transfer from your hotel, access to La Hacienda, the services of a guide and a photographer, drinks and snacks, a lunch buffet, and digital photographs of your time at La Hacienda. The Standard Option includes a group transfer, a lunch buffet, and access to La Hacienda.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

10. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puna Cana or Bavaro. Enjoy the scenery on the transfer to Bayahibe beach, where you'll board either a catamaran or speedboat for the ride to Saona Island.   Saona Island is a 42 square kilometer Caribbean gem off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Originally named "Adamanay" by the Taino Indians, the island was renamed by Christopher Columbus, during his second voyage to the Americas in 1494. Find a seat on the deck and enjoy the sun and water on the way to the idyllic island of Saona. Make a short 20-minute stop at a large natural swimming pool for a quick swim. Once you arrive, enjoy free time to explore the island at your own pace, making this tour a great choice for independent travelers. Optional activities include volleyball and dance lessons, or you can simply relax on the provided lounge chairs and sip drinks from the open bar. Stroll down the white sand beach under the swaying palm trees to collect shells or go for a swim until it's time for the barbecue-style buffet lunch. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. After three hours on the island, be returned to your accommodation back on the mainland.

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What people are saying about Dominican Republic

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Easy. Fantastic, we have done many tours worldwide but this one topped them all! In a word Phenomenal!! Staff super friendly, food local cuisine couldn't be better, fun factor 150%. Provider super reliable, nothing more needs to be said!

This buggy tour was so much fun!! Our tour guide, Chuchu (or Choochoo) was really great and very accomodating. Macao beach is also one of the best beaches I’ve seen. I wish we could’ve stayed longer.

Everything was very nice... they complied with all the punctual service, the food was good... and the best thing was the price... Saona Island was a dream!!!

Great adventure , the guide “coca Cola” he’s the man , just a little more time at Macao Beach and will be just perfect

The experience was wonder and my husband and I would do it 10x again. Thanks again