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Punta Cana

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

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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: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari and Plantation

3. Punta Cana: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari and Plantation

Visit the coconut house or “Casa del Coco” to learn how coconut oil is produced and taste exotic Caribbean fruits, roasted coffee, and cacao. Interact in close proximity with friendly squirrel monkeys for the next 45 minutes. These charming and intelligent monkeys have been trained by a Canadian couple with over 35 years of experience working with animals, including 12 years at the Toronto Zoo teaching monkeys how to interact with humans. The tour is based on 5 acres of beautiful land that monkeys have made their home. They will descend from the trees to sit on your shoulder and eat from your hands. They also love to pose for the cameras, especially for selfies.

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

7. Punta Cana: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

Immerse yourself in a night full of music, confetti, special effects, light shows, and non-stop action in Coco Bongo. Choose from Open Bar or Gold Member. Depending on the option selected, you will enjoy different benefits throughout the night, such as national drinks, premium drinks and many more.  Coco Bongo is well-known for its glittering performances and music that’s sure to keep you on the dance floor. Once the lights are dimmed, the show truly gets started with glittering confetti falling from the sky and tribute acts taking to the stage, bringing the best of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé. If you love the nightlife, dancing and tropical cocktails, then Coco Bongo Punta Cana is something you just have to experience.

Saona Island: Beaches and Natural Pool Cruise with Lunch

8. Saona Island: Beaches and Natural Pool Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a fantastic journey starting with a pickup and a drive to Bayahibe, the launching point for your adventure. In Bayahibe, you'll board a high-speed boat that will transport you to the breathtaking Cotubanama National Park. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to experience several fascinating stops: Begin with a brief visit to the impressive Penon, where a knowledgeable English-speaking guide will share insights about this towering cliff and the history of the Taino natives, who were the island's first inhabitants. Next, you'll make a stop at the enchanting mangroves, where you can witness trees thriving directly in the seawater, creating a unique and picturesque landscape. Your first destination on Saona Island will be Catuano, a perfect location for snorkeling. Dive into the crystal-clear waters from the boat's piers and explore the vibrant marine life, including tropical fish and coral, in this tropical paradise. Following your underwater exploration, head to a pristine white sand beach, where you can relax with a refreshing drink, savor a delicious Dominican buffet lunch, and unwind while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views. To cap off your incredible adventure, you'll visit the famous natural pool, home to large starfish. Here, you can enjoy an aperitif in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, adding a perfect finishing touch to your day. As your journey comes to an end, you'll return to Bayahibe with cherished memories of this unforgettable excursion.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

9. Punta Cana: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

Delight in the unique experience of swimming with dolphins in Punta Cana. In this immersive experience, you’ll play with dolphins who will hug and snuggle you, and show off their aerial acrobatics. Choose from one of 3 dolphin swim programs. Each program includes various dolphin activities, including dolphin handshakes and hugs. You'll also have access to Isla del Pirata on weekends. There, you can play on the amazing Pirate Island, complete with water tunnels and slides, adult and children's pools and jacuzzi. You will also have access to lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, and dressing rooms. Dolphin Encounter - Beginner This option is great for all ages. Swimming is optional as you can stand on a platform and watch as the dolphins come to you. Get a dolphin handshake and hug and watch their amazing aerial acrobatics. You may also choose to pet and swim with the dolphins. Dolphin Swim Adventure - Intermediate This option includes the Belly Ride, where you will hold on to the dolphin's fins as he rides backward across the water. This also includes the Boogie Push, where the dolphin will push you across the water surface while you ride a boogie board. You'll also get a friendly dolphin handshake and hug. Royal Swim - Advanced As the most dynamic experience on offer at the center, this activity includes special features like the foot-push, where you’ll soar as two dolphins lift you out of the water. Try a dorsal tow, with two dolphins pulling you across the water as you hold their fins.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

10. 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.

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

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,921 reviews

Out of the few excursions we did whilst visiting Punta Cana - this was by far the best. Very well organised and really friendly tour guides. Everything planned really well and plenty of time to enjoy the island and the surrounding areas. We were lucky enough to see the turtles swimming in the mangroves too which was great!

Cultural education was great- it sounded like we would stop at the school and interact with the kids, but it was just a stop out front- that was fine just maybe advertise it differently

Very nice trip with amazing party on the boat, open bar and very good food. Soana Island is so beautiful and we really enjoyed. We also saw star fish and stingray

The first boat we were on didn’t have any songs on it. They should have some music, everyone’s there to enjoy and not just sit and watch

it was great fun, the guide really explained everything to us, we had a great day