Things to do in Punta Cana

Don't be fooled by the resorts — rainforests, colonial towns, and adrenaline gems are all within arm's reach here.

Our most recommended things to do in Punta Cana

Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

1. 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

2. 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.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

3. Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

Spend your time in the Caribbean swimming and interacting with dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience while learning about the conservation of terrestrial and marine biodiversity. All options of this interactive dolphin experience include interesting information about dolphins, their diet, care programs, as well as some tips on how to help save their natural habitat. Choose from the following options: Explorer Swim Hold hands with a dolphin and let it take you for a swim. Learn how to cue and watch as the dolphin leaps right over you. This program includes 50 minutes of water time with the dolphins. Excellence Swim Have an adrenaline-filled experience that was only up to now reserved for trainers. Get a personalized introduction to the dolphins that will swim with you. The trainers will coach and prepare you for the famous foot push where the dolphins will push you full speed across the ocean surface. This program includes 60 minutes of water time with the dolphins. Funtastic Dolphin Encounter Be greeted with a dolphin “pec shake” and experience the magic of a dolphin kiss. Learn facts about dolphin anatomy as well as useful tips on conservation. This program includes 40 minutes of water time with the dolphins.

Punta Cana: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

4. Punta Cana: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

ScubaDoo is an incredible diving activity for beginners (you do not need to know how to swim) in which you will enjoy a fun and colorful underwater experience observing the fantastic seabed in all its splendor, as well as enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the Cabeza de Toro beaches in Punta Cana. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to take you to the beautiful coast of Cabeza de Toro in Punta Cana. - You will board a boat which will go to a comfortable platform where you will be received by specialized personnel and with our Dive Master guide, who knows the best dive sites, you will carry out an underwater adventure comfortably seated on our Underwater Scooters without using a mask or tube, you will be able to breathe normally, at a depth of 3 to 5 meters In direct contact with a marine environment and a fun interaction with fish, you will enjoy 15 to 20 minutes in our ScubaDoo scuba gear. - You will be able to do a fun snorkel observing corals and fish in the area at the official diving point "El Niño" (located next to the platform), they will be accompanied by a lifeguard guide, guaranteeing the greatest safety for your enjoyment. - You will board the Panoramic One (Glass Botton Boat) with a futuristic design equipped with a large glass bottom, and start a navigation of about 30 minutes enjoying the wonderful marine environment of the Caribbean. It operates from Monday to Saturday, 2 times a day. Its approximate duration is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Punta Cana: One-Way Private Transfer from Airport

5. Punta Cana: One-Way Private Transfer from Airport

Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from Punta Cana Airport. Rest back knowing you will be dropped off anywhere between city center and airport conveniently, safely and in comfort. Whether you are traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage, tailor your private transfer to your needs by indicating what you need when you book. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, our customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. When you book your private transfer, remember to include your flight details. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, your driver will be there to greet you on arrival. Your driver will pick you up from the arrivals hall or agreed meeting point in the airport and help you to the vehicle with your luggage. Feel secure knowing that our customer service line runs 24/7 to support you in whatever you need. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Please be aware that in order to ensure a smooth travel, you will need to provide us your flight number as well as your drop off destination and pick up time.

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

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

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speedboat on this full-day island excursion. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Start your tour at the Cotubanamá National Park. Head to Palmilla, a natural swimming pool, and enjoy drinks as you frolic in the turquoise waters. Interact with starfish and other marine life.  Afterward, head to the island beach club for three hours of free time: laze on the beach, go swimming, or play beach volleyball. Enjoy a buffet lunch before continuing with a catamaran cruise on the calm waters.

Punta Cana: Private Airport Transfer Service

7. Punta Cana: Private Airport Transfer Service

Ensure your arrival in Punta Cana is hassle free, with this pre-paid and private transfer from the airport to your hotel. You will meet with your friendly driver at the airport, and travel in air-conditioned comfort in your own private vehicle to the hotel of your choice. This ground transfer is the perfect way to start a holiday or business trip with ease, relaxation and convenience. Your friendly and professional driver will meet you upon arrival at PUJ Punta Cana international Airport, transporting you with total ease. Enjoy the convenience of door-to-door transportation and avoid the hassles of navigating the usual local transport with this easy-to-book service.

Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

8. Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Santo Domingo is a magical city, full of history, culture and amazing landscapes. Explore the oldest Capital of the “New” World, Santo Domingo, the first city founded in America. This sightseeing tour shows you a city full of history and culture. A great activity for the whole family. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to start an incredible trip to Santo Domingo, during the trip you will see incredible details about the Culture of the Dominican Republic. - Upon arrival in Santo Domingo you will visit the incredible cenotes of Los Tres Ojos National Park, especially natural and magical. - You will visit the most important monuments of the City: The 1st Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón and the National Pantheon, El Faro a Colón. - We will take a walk through the Colonial Zone, a romantic street, the first in America, “The Ladies”. Enjoying an ancient but picturesque panoramic view. It operates every day. Its approximate duration is 10 hours.

Punta Cana: Hoyo Azul and Scape Park Cap Cana Full-Day Trip

9. Punta Cana: Hoyo Azul and Scape Park Cap Cana Full-Day Trip

Start your day on an air-conditioned coach that whisks you from your hotel to Scape Park, an eco-adventure park located in the Cap Cana Resort, which covers over 247 acres (100 hectares) on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This full-day admission ticket includes all 7 quality attractions available at Scape Park. You might decide to start your Scape Park adventure on the Zip Line Eco Tour and then cool off on the Hoyo Azul Eco Tour. It’s up to you. Attractions available at the park: Hoyo Azul Eco Tour: Cool down with a swim in a hidden cenote with brilliant blue waters. Cross a bridge with gorgeous views of Farallon Cliff, and visit plant stations to learn about the local plants and wildlife Cave Expedition: Hike up into Farallon Cliff and trek in a jungle. Make your way down a staircase to enter the cave and explore its vast underground network of chambers and tunnels Cultural Route: During a nature walk, see markings by Tainos, the original indigenous inhabitants of the island. Saltos Azules: Escape the ordinary with this adventure you can't find in any other park. Discover Saltos Azules, a land with many fun and unique activities to do. Experience the diving platforms, hanging zip line, swing zip line, and ride the water hammocks that take you speeding and splashing in the refreshing water Zip Line Eco Adventure: Feel the adrenaline and enjoy the sensation of flying through a canopy of trees as you speed through eight zip lines. With the platforms set in a natural high cliff, the zip line has breathtaking views of the Caribbean coastline and lush natural scenery Cave Swim: Dive into this mystical underground spring and live the genuine sensation of swimming in these invigorating waters, previously used by the ancient natives for sacred rituals Iguanaland: In this wild journey you will have an up and close encounter with our rhinoceros iguanas. A species of reptile that can only be found on this tropical island. The handlers are trained to make this experience both fun and educational for the whole family

Punta Cana: Scenic Helicopter Flight

10. 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 activity provider'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 in 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.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Punta Cana?

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What people are saying about Punta Cana

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,107 reviews

Absolutely amazing trip! Was great fun swimming with the dolphins, they are treat really well and can see they have a great relationship with their trainer who feeds them lots of fish!

Very well organized tour, the guides were very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and everything was spotlessly clean.

Airplane was late but he was outside waiting for us thank you we really appreciate it we will book again (always) the best

Fran was amazing. Such a fun tour. I recommend this for everyone!!

Loved it lovely staff and super exciting highly recommend